NACSE Releases NSNS Professional Certification

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NACSE Offers Higher-Level Networking Certification with NSNS



The National Association of Communication Systems Engineers, a nonprofit
organization formed in 1993, has introduced the NACSE Senior Network
Specialist Professional (NSNS Professional) certification to help
networking pros meet industry requirements.



The NACSE has more than 14,000 certified members around the world and is
partners with more than 400 colleges and universities that deliver its
endorsed curriculum. The standards upheld by the NACSE are established
by four boards within the organization that represent four major IT
disciplines: data networking, telecommunications, Web design and
development and programming.



The NSNS Professional covers seven IT networking topics, including
security in data systems; wireless and broadband technologies; storage
area networks (SANs); convergence in IT and telephony; disaster
prevention and recovery; ethics and practices in IT; and project
management in the IT workplace. To earn the NSNS Professional,
candidates must hold a current NSNS certificate and earn a total of four
out of the seven designations, one of which must be ethics and practices
in IT.



The track to the NSNS Professional starts with the NACSE Computer
Technician (NCT) or NACSE Cable Technician (NCBT), either of which can
combine with fundamental networking knowledge to lead to the NACSE
Network Technician (NNT). From there, IT professionals can move up to
the NACSE Associate Network Specialist (NANS), which covers LANs, WANs
and TCP/IP. The NACSE Senior Network Specialist (NSNS) requires the NANS
plus knowledge of processes and protocols, internetworking devices, the
Internet and network design and planning. From there you can move up to
the new NSNS Professional. 



For more information on the NACSE and its certifications, go to


Kill Two Birds with One Stone: MCSA/MCSE Boot Camp



Mountain View Systems LLC offers numerous boot camps for Microsoft,
Cisco and security certifications. If you’re interested in achieving
your Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) or Microsoft
Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)—and who isn’t?—you might think about
attending the MCSA/MCSE Boot Camp, where you can earn both credentials
in just over two weeks.



“Boot camps are really geared toward IT professionals who are short on
time, know their stuff and want to get their certification done in the
shortest amount of time possible,” said James Carrion, CEO and lead
instructor for Mountain View Systems. “We’re not a paper-MCSE factory.
…We’re teaching the concepts, and it doesn’t really matter what the
questions are as long as you know the concepts behind the questions.”



The MCSA/MCSE Boot Camp is for IT professionals with at least two years
of experience. Mountain View prequalifies all boot camp attendees to
make sure they can handle the workload. Because of this, the company is
able to offer a 100 percent guarantee that you’ll walk out of the camp
with your certification in hand. The boot camp consists of 16 days of
intense study and exam preparation with a single instructor using
Microsoft Official Curriculum, and attendees take the seven exams
required for MCSE certification throughout the camp. In other words, you
prepare for an exam, take it, then move on to the next exam.



Carrion suggests that IT professionals interested in attending any boot
camp should shop around and make sure they are comparing apples to
apples. Before you compare prices, make sure you know what you’re
getting. The cost of some camps will cover instruction, courseware and
tests. Other camps might include hotel and meals in the cost. 



“We’re quality-based, and we pride ourselves in being the only boot camp
company that will publish monthly passing ratios,” said Carrion. “When
we say we have a 92-percent passing ratio, it means that 92 percent of
our boot camp attendees have walked out after the 16 days with their
MCSE in hand. We have faithful alumni—people who keep coming back to us
to get recertified.”



For more information on Mountain View’s offerings, check out



Mirror, Mirror, On the Wall, Who Is the Fairest IT Pro of All?



According to a recent survey, most hiring managers place some importance
on the professional appearance of job candidates. Only 10 percent said
it was not at all important. So what does that mean for all you IT pros
in the market for employment? It means you not only have to walk the
walk and talk the talk, you also have to look the part.



The national poll was developed by RHI Consulting, a provider of IT
professionals on a project and full-time basis, and was conducted by an
independent research firm. It includes repsonses from more than 1,400
CIOs from a stratefied random sample of U.S. companies with 100 or more



The survey asked, “How important is professional image, including attire
and personal grooming, when interviewing candidates for IT positions
within your department?”



Forty percent said professional image is very important, and 48 percent
said it is somewhat important. Only 10 percent claimed professional
image is not important at all when interviewing candidates.



Katherine Spencer Lee, executive director of RHI Consulting, said that a
professional image becomes more important in a competitive job market.
“Job-seekers get one chance to make a positive first impression on
prospective employers,” she said.



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