Apple Introduces ‘Buy One, Get One Free’ Exam
Christmas has come early this year for those aspiring for the Apple Certified System Administrator (ACSA), Apple Certified Technical Coordinator (ACTC) or Apple Certified Help Desk Specialist (ACHDS) credentials between now and the end of the year. Everyone who passes an exam in any of those three certification tracks will receive a voucher for a gratis Mac OS X exam, redeemable at any time during 2005 at all authorized Prometric Testing Centers around the world, company officials announced.
Participants in the promotion, which began Oct. 1, must pass a Mac OS X exam at a Prometric Testing Center by Dec. 31, 2004. Apple exams taken on the Web (proctored Prime exams) cannot be used to obtain a voucher. More than one voucher can be earned by passing more than one qualifying exam.
All those who pass a Mac OS X exam will receive an electronic voucher for a complimentary exam at their e-mail address, as listed in their Prometric test record. Qualifying exams are: Mac OS X Help Desk Essentials v10.3 Exam (Prometric exam #9L0-400), Mac OS X Server Essentials v10.3 Exam (Prometric exam #9L0-505), Apple Certified Technical Coordinator v10.3 Update Exam (Prometric exam #9L0-506), System Administration of Mac OS X Clients v10.3 Exam (Prometric exam #9L0-606), System Administration Using Mac OS X Server v10.3 Exam (Prometric exam #9L0-607), Apple Certified System Administrator v10.3 Update Exam (Prometric exam #9L0-608).
The new ACHDS certification demonstrates knowledge of Mac OS X core functionality, as well as constituting key services, performing basic troubleshooting and assisting end users with essential Mac OS X capabilities. Mac OS X Help Desk Essentials v10.3 Exam is required for this certification.
The ACTC certification verifies an understanding of Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server core functionalities and an ability to configure key services and perform basic troubleshooting of the essential Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server capabilities. This certification requires the Mac OS X Help Desk Essentials v10.3 Exam and the Mac OS X Server Essentials v10.3 Exam. Those who are ACTC 10.2 certified can bring their credentials up to date with the Apple Certified Technical Coordinator v10.3 Update Exam.
The ACSA certification validates an extensive comprehension of Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server architecture. It also corroborates the ability to install and configure machines; design and construct networks; enable, customize, tune and troubleshoot a wide spectrum of services; and integrate Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server within a heterogeneous and legacy networked environment. Required exams are the System Administration of Mac OS X Clients v10.3 Exam and the System Administration Using Mac OS X Server v10.3 Exam. Those holding the ACSA 10.2 credential can upgrade with the Apple Certified System Administrator v10.3 Update Exam.
For more information, see http://train.apple.com/certification.