CompTIA Releases Revised i-Net+

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It’s a Web World After All


CompTIA, provider of A+ certification, will release the revised i-Net+
exam April 12, 2002. The current exam will retire May 31. The i-Net+
certification is designed to prepare candidates for Internet and e-
commerce careers. Once you pass, CompTIA encourages you to move on to
the Brainbench Certified Internet Professional (BCIP) program—CompTIA
and Brainbench have joined forces to map these Internet job-role



“Brainbench has a good Internet education program—BCIP,” said Eva Chen,
i-Net+ certification program manager at CompTIA. “We reviewed the
content, we did a mapping, and we saw that the program targets specific
Internet job roles, but they don’t have a broad-range, entry-level
Internet certification, so i-Net+ can play an active role.”



“We see i-Net+ as a great foundational certification program—kind of
like that first door you need to go through if you want to become an
Internet professional,” said Mike Russiello, president and CEO of
Brainbench. “Once you’re in the room, you can go in about 15 different
directions. Brainbench’s BCIP program lets you go in any of those



The i-Net+ certification is aimed at professionals who want to prove
their foundational knowledge and skills in Internet, intranet and
extranet technologies. The updated exam, which places more emphasis on
security and includes newer technologies like wireless, covers Internet
basics and clients, development, networking, Internet security and
business concepts.



Brainbench’s online BCIP certification offers tracks in Web design,
development and administration. The program was introduced in April
2001, and there are already more than 25,000 BCIP-certified individuals.
And for those who are already BCIP-certified, Brainbench and CompTIA
recommend getting certified  in the i-Net+ program. 



“Brainbench fulfills a very important function in the industry—for
assessment, for self-evaluation, for being able to provide quick access
to changing technologies,” said Lutz Ziob, vice president of
certification for CompTIA. “If you want to have a bulletproof proof of
what you know—if you want to have something that employers are prepared
to accept at the same level as a college degree—you have to fall back on
something like a CompTIA certification, which is fully proctored.”




For Your Eyes Only



Videos may not be the most popular training resource, but they can be
extremely helpful for those who learn best visually. Videos offer many
of the benefits of instructor-led courses—you get to learn from experts
in the field, for example. But videos offer some additional benefits,
including lower cost and the ability to work at your own pace. And
sometimes, training videos come as part of a package that includes other
tools, such as practice tests and simulations.



Video training is available in various formats, including videotape, CD-
ROM and DVD. Videotapes can be a bit of a pain to use because you can’t
skip between topics as easily, but they still offer the benefits of
learning visually from expert instructors. One good thing about training
with videotapes is that the equipment is widely available. Most of us
have VCRs at home, and most people are familiar with the equipment—a
benefit for those new to the certification training field.



With DVD or CD-ROM, you get additional benefits. For one thing, they can
hold more information, so each disk offers more learning potential. They
also give you the ability to jump around within the material. If you
come across a section that is pure review, you can just skip it. They
also might offer more kinds of training material than is found on
videotapes. CD-ROMs can incorporate video, interactive labs, practice
tests and other forms of assessing your skills and text-based material. 



So where can you go to find video-based training? Numerous vendors
provide quality video-based training in various formats. These include
CBT Nuggets,, which offers
CD-ROMs covering Microsoft, CompTIA and Cisco certification programs.
KeyStone Learning Systems ( offers
training on CD-ROM, video and DVD; and LearnKey
( offers CD-ROM and videotapes. 


Novell: The Year in Review



It’s been a year since Novell’s last BrainShare conference, and with
BrainShare 2002 rapidly approaching (March 18-22), I thought we might
take a step back in time. Novell has made numerous updates to its
technology in the past year, has introduced new products and solutions
and has made changes to its certification program. In addition, Novell
acquired Cambridge Technology Partners, an IT service provider. So let’s
take a look at some of the innovations and updates of the past year. And
if you can’t make it to this year’s BrainShare, tune in to, where we’ll post a new column
every day of the conference, starting March 18, recounting the previous
day’s events.



On the technology front, Novell made improvements to existing technology
and introduced new products and solutions to advance its one Net vision.
Of interest to certification students (and trainers), 2001 saw the
introduction of Novell Quick Classroom, a virtualization software-based
solution that helps trainers set up classrooms more quickly, reducing
costs and making the classroom experience more positive for everyone
involved. The year also saw updates to existing technology. Most
notable, Novell released its newest version of NetWare—Novell NetWare 6.



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