CompTIA Switches to Single-Exam Format in Latest Linux+ Overhaul
Spring is traditionally one of those times of year when everything old becomes new again, so it's in keeping with the general vibe that tech industry association CompTIA has just released the newest version of its Linux+ certification. Most CompTIA credentials are on a (roughly) three-year refresh cycle, and the latest overhaul of Linux+ brings with it a not insignificant switcheroo: CompTIA has ditched the old dual-exam format and, moving forward, will only require Linux+ certification candidates to pass a single exam. Those who aren't already deeply in the know about Linux and have wondered what to make of the versatile, long-established open source OS can get some perspective from a new post to CompTIA's IT career news blog. Blogger Oliver Bailey discusses the rise of Linux and offers career pointers for those interested in gaining employment via Linux expertise.
Virtual Labs Can Help Save on IT Training Costs
It's frequently suggested in IT education circles that the best way to learn this or that new technology is to get some hands-on practice. Let's say that you want to learn how to build, upgrade, and repair a computer network. Most people, whatever their learning style, are going to have far more success learning the steps and committing them to memory by actually creating a network using real components. Such live training can be expensive, of course, which is one reason for the increasing popularity of high-fidelity simulations deployed in virtual labs. A new post to the IT and Technical Training blog over at Training Industry weighs the pros and cons of using virtual labs to simulate live equipment. IT educators, for example, can offer "hands-on" training with either needing to acquire expensive equipment, or set up various learning scenarios. Students mistakes no longer have the potential to damage expensive equipment, and instructors have more flexibility to monitor progress and provide helpful interaction. It's not all sunshine and roses, of course: If you're interested in virtual lab learning, then click over for further insight about the positive and negative aspects of this increasingly popular approach.
Get Certified in Oracle Financial Cloud
Oracle Certification, the training and certification arm of database titan Oracle, already has a vast library of certifications. Now there's a new addition to that already extensive program. Five new certifications are available to help you assert your mastery of Oracle Financials Cloud, the company's "complete financial management solution." You can now verify expertise using General Ledger Cloud, Payables Cloud, Receivables and Collections Cloud, Revenue Management Cloud, and Accounting Hub Cloud.
Domo Launches Certification Program
Speaking, as we just were, or newly available certifications, cloud-based OS provider Domo recently moved into the IT certification neighborhood with five new certifications of its own. Domo, part of the thriving tech scene in Utah, wants to help IT and business professionals improve their fluency in the booming Big Data realm. The company is now offering two levels of data fluency certification for "business professionals," and three levels of data fluency certification for "data professionals." Certification exams are scheduled to debut in June – you can register now to get more information later – and data professionals at the first two levels of certification will earn the title "Majordomo," while anyone who completes the third level will become a "Master Majordomo." Sorry, business professionals: You'll just be plain ol' "Domo Professionals." Cutesy nicknames, it would seem, are only for the IT crowd.
Build Your Own Certification Program with Certification Magazine
Speaking, as we just were, of brand new certification programs, "How do I make one of those," is a fairly common question put to experts in the IT certification space. Over at Certification Magazine, the eighth installment of a nine-part series about building a certification program from the ground up has just arrived. Certification expert Warren Wyrostek had provided several thousand words of advice to date and outdoes himself in discussing instructional design, with a two-part "Step" that provides a high-level overview of popular ID models and then covers five common questions that are important to consider at the ID stage of creating your certification program.
That's all for this edition of Certification Watch. Please keep your certification news and tips coming to the GoCertify News Editor.