Novell to Close Certified Directory Engineer Program
As of April 1, 2004, Novell will no longer accept new candidates for its Certified Directory Engineer (CDE) certification. The closing of the CDE program follows Novell’s acquisition of SuSE Linux, with which the company is now working to build additional courses and certifications focusing heavily on Linux and open-source initiatives.
The CDE certification was designed to be extremely rigorous, with a difficult, hands-on Practicum exam as one of its requirements. The certification was designed for IT professionals working with Novell’s directory-enabled solutions to extend systems within their organizations and across the Internet.
Novell eDirectory, a high-end directory service and the core technology of the CDE certification, is a crucial part of Novell’s security identity management solutions and multi-platform network services. Thus, the technology will still form a major part of Novell’s testing for its other certifications, including the Certified Novell Administrator (CNA), Certified Novell Engineer (CNE), Master CNE, and Novell Certified Linux Engineer (CLE) credentials.
Candidates who are still interested in earning the CDE certification will be able to do so prior to the April 1, 2004 cutoff. Novell recommends contacting your local VUE testing center to schedule your exam for the certification. IT professionals who earn the CDE prior to April 1, 2004 will be recognized as CDEs by Novell and will be able to continue to use their credential as needed, on their resumes and business cards. Novell also will continue to verify CDE certification to employers and potential employers upon request.
For more information on Novell certifications, go to http://www.novell.com/training/certinfo.