• Should certification exams switch to an open-resource format?

    So Crazy It Just Might Work

    Is the world of IT certification ready for open-resource testing?

  • Using strong passwords is a simple way to beef up your protection against cybercrime.

    The Last Time I Changed My Password Is ...

    The simplest way to protect your online activities is one many people ignore.

  • What is the most productive way to make career-determining decisions?

    The Wisdom of (Pardon me, have we met?)

    What sort of weight should you give to free career advice from forums and message boards?

  • CompTIA wants YOU ... to nominate someone to the IT Hall of Fame.

    Lifetime Achievement

    Do you know of someone who should be in the IT Hall of Fame? Tell CompTIA!

  • How much do you know about hybrid cloud? Would you like to know more?

    Look! Up In the Sky

    Nope, it's not a bird or a plane. It's the future (and present) of business computing.

  • What do you need to know about wireless standards to pass CompTIA's Network+ exam?

    WWW = World Without Wires?

    Keeping your wireless standards straight is an important part of networking certifications.

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    Shuffling the deck of MySQL certifications

    When Oracle acquired Sun in January of 2010, it inherited the MySQL database and the associated Sun certification program. The MySQL certification exams were immediately added to the Oracle Certifications Program. With the exception of altering the title (i.e. Sun Certified MySQL Associate became Oracle Certified Associate, MySQL 5), the certification exams have been left …

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    Dear CertMag: How do I make time for certification?

     Dear CertMag  is a weekly feature that addresses common questions about certification and related IT issues. Have a question? Send an e-mail to editor (at) certmag (dot) com.

    Dear CertMag: I have a full-time job and my wife and I have four active children who seem to produce a never-ending stream of homework and school projects. …

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    Wearing your certification on your sleeve

    The Oracle Certification Program announced in January the availability of branded merchandise for professionals who have earned one or more certifications. At this time, there are only a handful of items available: two styles of shirts (a T-shirt and a polo shirt), a gym bag, and journals in two sizes. I am surprised how fast …

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    Press Pass: Ask for (and get) a raise, fathoming SDN and more

    Welcome to the latest installment of Press Pass, where CertMag blows through as many industry press releases, blogs, dispatches, messages in a bottle, etc., as we can fit in one post. We’ve got the highlights and you can click thru straight to the horse’s mouth for more information.

    Taking IT to the troops: There are …

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    CCNMA: She’s got a way of talking — Her

    CertMag goes to the movies: Looking for love in all the byte places.

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    People in Certification — Mr. Carrera’s Opus

    This feature, by Breanna Olaveson and Cody Clark, first appeared in the Winter 2014 edition of Certification Magazine.

    Johnny Carrera didn’t set out to become a magician, or even just a teacher. But he has pulled off something magical in a decade of teaching IT skills to kids at Holmes High School, a …

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    Salary Survey 2013 — What’s in your bank account?

    This feature originally appeared in the Winter 2014 edition of Certification Magazine.

    What’s your dream of the good life? For some it means a nice home and a family, a vacation to Disneyland or Yellowstone National Park, and a workshop with one of every power tool, or twin jet skis behind the garage. For others …

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  • Do you want some sweet coin? Get a certification!

    Salary Survey 2013 — Dollars & Cents

    This feature originally appeared in the Winter 2014 edition of Certification Magazine.

    Let’s talk about the most important part of the salary survey: salary. In a world where just about everything involves technology — whether it’s ranchers using wireless transmitters to remotely herd cattle, or a toddler playing Temple Run on her parents’ tablet — IT professionals are in demand everywhere. Employers have …

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  • Shining, happy people holding hands ... because of certification!

    Salary Survey 2013 — Workplace

    This feature originally appeared in the Winter 2014 edition of Certification Magazine.

    IT is everywhere in 2013, and IT workers are literally all over the map. You can find them any place you look, not just in big glass-and-steel buildings where floor space is measured in cubicles. To get a better picture of where people work, however, we asked a few questions about …

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  • What works for people trying to get certified?

    Salary Survey 2013 — Certification

    This feature originally appeared in the Winter 2014 edition of Certification Magazine.

    What’s your certification story? We want to identify the best ways of becoming certified, as well as find out what people are doing to get there. There’s always the question of money — the exams aren’t free, and not everyone passes on the first attempt. Most candidates put in quite a bit of study …

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