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Certification Watch (Vol. 16, No. 2)

News about online badges for IT certification, for sale a CompTIA Security+ milestone, Oracle cloud certifications and beta exams, and big changes to Red Hat JBoss certification.

Online Certification Validation is Coming/Already Here

CompTIA recently announced the ability to add CompTIA certification badges to online profiles that employers can use to verify validity. The service is provided through partnership with two organizations – Blue Ribbon Techs and Zylog Systems (Canada) Ltd. To utilize it,  certified individuals register with either or both of the two partners and are assigned an ID number. Then they provide the ID number to prospective employers, who can use it to check the candidates credentials online. The pages aren’t publicly viewable, but employers can access them and view validated certification logos displayed there.

If you follow us on Twitter, you may have noted that Professional Examination Service (ProExam) is headed down the same road but using the Mozilla Foundation’s Open Badges Infrastructure. This is a new effort to create a free technical standard that any organization can use to create, issue, and verify digital badges. To learn a bit more about how the ProExam credential vault works with Open Badges, read their announcement.

CompTIA Security+ Certified Hits 250,000 Mark

Congratulations to Jeremy Claudle of Lexington, NC, who secured the honor of becoming the 250,000th individual to earn CompTIA Security+ certification. And kudos also to the rest of you IT pros and soon-to-be IT pros somehow squeezing in time for professional improvement through IT certifications at a time when everybody seems to be working at an ever intensifying rate.

As an interesting side note, the revelation that a quarter-million of the of the 1.7 million total certifications CompTIA reports awarding  in another recent press release shows just how popular the Security+ credential is.

Oracle Certifications for Cloud-aholics Arrive

Oracle + cloud - what more could Oracle professionals ask for to boost their marketability? Here they are:

Fresh Crop of Oracle Beta Exams Open for Registration

Feeling Frugal? Take one of these Oracle beta exams and save some $. If you’ve got time, you can take these exams on the latest technologies for a measly $50. For the full list of current beta opportunities (about a dozen) see Oracle’s frequently updated beta list.You can also preview upcoming certification tracks on the same page.

Red Hat Restructures JBoss Certifications

Red Hat is restructuring its JBoss certification program by adding a new certification and renaming the existing JBoss credentials. Under the new format, there will be two base Red Hat Certified JBoss certifications, and the remainder of the JBoss certifications will be renamed variations of “Certificates of Expertise” instead of called certifications. In addition, assumedly for branding purposes, all of the credentials will start with the company  name “Red Hat” rather than JBoss, as they do now. IT pros who already hold JBoss credentials will be affected, as the name of the credential they hold will change to follow the new naming scheme, which is as follows:

Red Hat JBoss Certification Name Changes
Current NameNew Name
Red Hat Certified JBoss Developer A new certification
JBoss Certified Application Administrator (JBCAA) Red Hat Certified JBoss Administrator
JBoss Certified Developer in Persistence Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Persistence
JBoss Certified Developer in Seam Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in Seam
JBoss Certified Developer Red Hat Certificate of Expertise in ESB

You can read specific Q&A about the changes on Red Hat’s certification FAQ (scroll all the way to the bottom of the page and click on the plus sign on the bar that says "Red Hat certification changes").

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