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Certification Watch (Vol. 17, No. 31)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, Pearson raises a glass to its newest certification partner, HP has a fistful of new certifications, and more.

Days of Wine and Certification


Wine certsOK, so this isn't really an IT certification item. If you're looking to diversify your certification portfolio, on the other hand, and you have a highly sensitive, impeccably discerning palate, then you should be be feeling grape (zing!) about IT testing behemoth Pearson VUE's new partnership with the Society of Wine Educators. The society is handing Pearson the keys to its cellar of prized credentials, including Certified Specialist of Wine (CSW) and Certified Specialist of Spirits (CSS). Pearson's increasingly popular computer-based testing tools will make the literally vintage certs widely available around the globe.


Microsoft Improves Tracking for Certification Sayonaras


It can helpful to know when a given certification exam is about to get a porch rocking chair at the Golden Years Certification Home. Not knowing precisely when an exam is about vanish from the provider's active roster can be a source of great frustration. So it's nice to see Microsoft stepping in to help both MCPs and certification candidates stay abreast of exam retirement dates. The folks at Microsoft Learning now have a 12-month calendar of pending exam retirements that can be downloaded and stored on your phone, tablet, or other device for ready reference. Since dates are subject to revision, you should also bookmark the official exam retirements page, to stay informed about the latest changes.


Cisco Trumpets (Again) IPv6 Training


Sort of like the metric system for IP addressing, IPv6 is just a better way of doing things than the existing and limited and firmly entrenched IPv4. Not only that, but IPv4 is almost exhausted, so ready or not, IPv6. If you'd rather be ready than not, then Cisco is ready to fill your impressionable mind with knowledge of the new protocol. Cisco Learning Network is continuing to evangelize for its IPv6 routing technology training, launched earlier this year as part of its Learning Network Premium service.


CompTIA Security+ Certification is Changing Careers


Certification success stories are almost always good reading. Who doesn't enjoy peeking into someone else's life and finding out how IT training made a difference for them? This week, there's a great feature at CompTIA's IT Careers Blog about how Security+ certification has changed the fortunes of three IT professionals. One is a consultant and problem solver, one used certification to become an information systems security department chair at a community college, and one is a systems engineer at a university in Louisiana.


Sweet Deals on Certification at 2015 VMware Event


When is it a good time to save money of VMware certification? More like when is it NOT a good time, am I right? The cloud and virtualization firm offers some of the most sought-after certs for an increasingly in-demand IT specialization. VMware is offering discounts of up to 50 percent on cert exams taken at its Partner Exchange event, to be held Feb. 1-5 in San Francisco. The farther in advance you schedule an exam, the more you can save (and the more time you'll have to prepare), so don't let the grass grow under your feet on this one.


HP Releases Fisftul of New Certs


The certification mill is hoppin' at HP, where the hardware giant's ExpertOne education and training arm launched five new certifications this week. Two are sales certifications, geared toward sales professionals who demonstrate and sell HP computing solutions. One is a product certification that verifies working knowledge of HP desktop PCs and workstations, and one if document delivery cert that's also largely intended for sales professionals. The biggest of the bunch is a new credential in HP's highly respected ASE series, a security certification that trains candidates in the sizzling hot discipline of application security.


(ISC)² Partners with Department of Homeland Security


'Tis the season to shop online, and also the season to rally people in support of charitable causes. So IT security consortium (ISC)² is killing two birds with one stone by lending its good name and IT security wherewithal to the Stop.Think.Connect. initiative masterminded by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Launched in 2011, Stop.Think.Connect. is a national program that promotes cybersecurity awareness and encourages people to adopt safer, more secure personal computing practices. The initiative is supported by school and youth groups, law enforcement associations, ethical hacking groups, and many others.


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