Certification Roundup

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There are always new things taking place in the IT credentialing industry. Here are news briefs on a few of latest happenings in the IT certification world:


  • IBM is looking for SMEs to help it develop a certification exam for its Tivoli Identity Manager Version 4.6 at workshops that will be held over the next few weeks. These can include security experts, consultants, business partners, courseware developers, support engineers, marketing managers and sales reps. Travel costs, on-site living expenses and billable time for qualified candidates will be covered by the Tivoli certification program. Development sessions include a job-task analysis workshop (Jan. 30 to Feb. 7), an item-writing workshop (Feb. 8 to 10), a technical review workshop (Feb. 16 to 17) and an Angoff/scoring workshop (Feb. 21). For more information, see www.ibm.com/software/tivoli/services/certification.
  • The new Hitachi Data Systems Storage Foundations – Modular Exam (#HH0-120) will go live on Feb. 6. This test will certify that successful candidates have knowledge of Hitachi Data Systems’ modular storage products and technology. These include Hitachi Data Systems modular storage hardware and software, Hitachi HiCommand Suite, virtualization, Hitachi Data Systems Application Optimized Storage solutions, storage area management, performance, configuration and business continuity. By passing this exam, participants will earn the Hitachi Data Systems Certified Professional credential. In addition, this month Hitachi plans to release the latest version of its Hitachi Data Systems Storage Foundations – Enterprise Exam (#HH0-110), which covers most of the same topics from a storage networking enterprise perspective. For more information, see www.hds.com/products_services/education/certifications.html.
  • Open-source database provider MySQL has unveiled a new certification structure with the announcement of MySQL Version 5.0, slated for release this quarter. Under the previous model, MySQL certifications were divided into two tracks: professional and core. The organization will maintain a dichotomous certification structure but has recast its credentials as Certified MySQL 5.0 Developer and Certified MySQL 5.0 Database Administrator. Each of the new certs will require a five-day course and successful completion of two tests, with the exception of MySQL 4.0 certified professionals, who will have to take a four-day class and pass one upgrade exam. For more information, see www.mysql.com/training/certification.
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