Press Pass: A certification celebration and other cert news

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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.

Send an ethernet card and flowers: There’s a national or international day of observance for just about anything you could name. It’s all pick-and-choose, of course. Except for maybe International Talk Like a Pirate Day (Sept. 19) and National Donut Day (June 6), few such events are observed by everyone everywhere. May 31 is National Certification Day, however, and that’s dear to our hearts, and probably to yours as well. It’s unclear who declared it, or how widely adopted it’s become, but at least one major certification entity, Microsoft Learning, is celebrating National Certification Day by offering discounted cert exams through New Horizons testing centers. You have to take the exam on May 31, which is a Saturday, so you might have other plans. Even if you’re just backyard barbecuing, however, maybe offer a toast, or eat a bratwurst, in honor of certification.

(ISC)2 will hold its annual Security Congress in Atlanta in September.

Meeting of the IT security minds: Have you heard the totally stale old joke about congress? It’s the opposite of progress. (Nyuk, nyuk, nyuk.) The United States Congress may be, yes, boxed in by gridlock and special interests. The are plenty of other congresses, however, that are still progressive, including the (ISC)2 Security Congress, to be held Sept. 29 through Oct. 4 at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta.  The annual event, now in its fourth year, provides opportunities to network, attend workshops and seminars, and view new IT security products and services. The full education program and lineup of speakers were announced earlier this month. Among those scheduled to appear are keynote speakers John Huntsman Jr., former governor of Utah and 2012 Republican presidential candidate, and former Secretary of State Gen. Colin Powell. Registration information is also available for those planning to attend.

Wearing a different Red Hat: It’s already been a momentous 2014 for Red Hat Certification, which is in the midst of its milestone 15th year. The wheel’s still in spin, however, for the certification and training arm of the open-source software giant. Yes, the times they are a changing, with Red Hat announcing a significant overhaul of its certification program this week. The changes, summarized at length in a company-issued brochure, are intended to make the certification program less rigid, and give Red Hat certified IT pros greater flexibility in pursuing top Red Hat certs. Red Hat hopes that the changes will also make its certification program more adaptable to evolving technology, and encourage more long-term learning.

Who’s going to play Angela in the movie?: Comic books have enjoyed a surge in pop cultural status in recent years, thanks largely to the ongoing popularity of comic book movies. Now there’s even a certification comic book, or “graphic novel,” if you’d rather. The Project Management Institute is touting its Agile Certified Practitioner credential with an adventure-based comic book set at a mountain resort during a winter storm. “Snowed Under” feature Agile-trained Angela, who uses her quick thinking and certified skills to help resort management restore order in the midst of the weather-spawned chaos. Who says that certification can’t be cool and groovy?

New 12c certs in the hopper: There’s not a certified superhero at Oracle, or at least not one who has her own comic book. You might need a cape and tights, however, just to keep pace with all of the 12c updates. This week Oracle Certification announced three new 12c certs that will be released in coming months. All three fall into the Oracle Certified Expert, Oracle Database 12c family: Data Guard Administration, Performance Management and Tuning, and RAC and Grid Infrastructure Administration. The prerequisite for all three new certs is the Oracle Database 12c Administrator Certified Professional (OCP) credential.

The price is right: It’s not uncommon to hear about the high cost of certification, but at least one cert provider out there is looking out for your wallet. If you’re undecided about which direction to take your networking career, then you could do a lot worse than help yourself to a free certification from leading-edge networking provider Brocade. As part of its ongoing Bridge to Awesomeness promotion, Brocade is offering a six-hour online training course, study materials and an exam voucher for its Brocade Certified Ethernet Fabric Professional credential, all for the low, low cost of … nothing! All you have to do is show up. Well, that and have a serious interesting in networking. So, yeah, you may have to keep looking for that elusive free lunch, but free certification is there for the taking.

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Fida Reeder


FIDA REEDER is a journalist and writer with experience in both print and web publications. E-mail her at fidareeder (at) gmail (dot) com.

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