Red Hat Now Offering Remote Testing for Key Certification Exams
The COVID-19 pandemic that erupted onto the world stage earlier this year has directly affected many areas of society, including the IT certification realm. With certification candidates in many cases (and in many places) no longer able to be present at traditional testing facilities, the certification exams offered by many providers have rapidly migrated to the internet. Red Hat became the latest major certification provider to follow the prevailing trend earlier this week when it announced that four key Red Hat certification exams are now available online. Effective immediately, exam candidates can take the Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA), Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE), Red Hat Certified Specialist in OpenShift Administration, and Red Hat Certified Specialist in OpenShift Application Development exams remotely via the internet. Red Hat certification director Randy Russell said in a press release announcing the change that the shift to remote exams is both helpful in current circumstances and will provide new opportunities to prospective certificants around the world. "As always, our goal is to provide customers, partners, and IT professionals with the tools they need to succeed," Russell said, "and this new offering enables us to do so." A proctor will observe all remote exams. Those wishing to take one of the four exams currently available will need to have a home system that is x86-64 compatible and can run Fedora, Red Hat's non-proprietary Linux distro.
Microsoft Learn Helps Company Bolster Workforce Skills
Sometimes an e-mail is all it takes to open the door to a brighter IT future. That's the starting point to an employee training and certification story shared this week on the Microsoft Learn Blog. The e-mail found its way in November of last year to the inbox of Veronica Gomez, a longtime Windows Server administrator employed by financial services titan Ernst & Young (also known as EY). Gomez took action, using the vast resources of Microsoft Learn, the education, skills development, and certification division of software giant Microsoft, to brush up her knowledge of DevOps and become a cloud engineer. Gomez's position at EY on the Client Technology Platform team shone a spotlight on her efforts and company leaders quickly became intrigued with idea of getting other employees to build up their IT muscles at the Microsoft Learn gymnasium (so to speak). Blog author Alex Payne goes on to describe how EY plowed deep into the Microsoft Learn library and is presently engaged in using Microsoft Learn to upskill thousands of employees. EY's (and Gomez's) story is certain to be of interest to managers in charge of skill development at other companies.
Why Get Certified? A CompTIA Special Report
Back in the day when people used to read the actual comic books printed by Marvel Comics (which is probably still a thing), there was a standing tradition in many of the books where a hero on the page would go crashing into battle reciting a quick list of their special powers and abilities. A faithful reader of Marvel's various X-Men titles, for example, would become accustomed to Wolverine taking apart a Sentinel (or something like that) while somewhat oddly saying something like, "Adamantium claws and adamantium-laced bones, can't be broke." Comic books attract new fans all the time, of course, and writers never know how much of the backstory the newcomers are familiar with. The solution is to have characters occasionally spout snippets of the mythology to help first-time readers find their footing. The point of all of that is to long-windedly explain why (or at least probably why) there's a new post this week to the official blog of tech industry association CompTIA with the headline "Why Get IT Certifications?" CompTIA and its long-established IT certification program didn't just wake up and realize that certification is a good thing, of course. It's for the noobs.
Memorization Can Help You Succeed at Certification
Memorization isn't always looked at fondly or even approvingly in the global IT certification community. As with other kinds exams, for example, an individual can memorize a lot of answers and pass a certification exam without really having learned the underlying skills and concepts. Multiple-choice questions, which frequently appear on certification exams, are especially susceptible to memorizers. Memorization is also an exam attack vector, as brain dump sites often "hire" faux exam candidates to take an exam in order to memorize as many of its questions and answers as possible. This doesn't mean, however, that there is no place for memorization in your certification toolkit, or that you should never expect to memorize anything as part of your IT learning and skills development. Indeed, as outlined in an article from the July issue of Certification Magazine, posted this week at CertMag.com, memorization can help you succeed both in learning IT skills and concepts and in passing exams. The key, writes IT course developer Craig Jenkins, is to use memorization strategically. Committing the right kinds of information to memory can help both IT workers and other build a foundation for effective long-term learning.
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