According to Kara Pritchard, director of exam development, the objectives have been completely reorganized, and more than two-thirds of the content on the exams has been revised or updated. New coverage has been added for boot managers, kernel topics, security issues, and many additional areas.
At the beginning of the exam, candidates will choose whether they wish to receive questions on RPM or Debian package manager, and that will affect the question stream for the rest of the exam. Objectives for the updated exams can be found on the LPI Web site.
Cisco CCIP Certification Redesigned
Cisco has modified its Cisco Certified Internetwork Professional (CCIP) title to make it fit with the CCDP and CCNP format of four exams with four associated courses. The four exams are: Building Scalable Cisco Networks (BSCI) exam (641-901); Implementing Cisco Quality of Service (QoS) exam (642-641); Implementing Cisco MPLS (MPLS) exam (640-910); and Configuring BGP on Cisco Routers (BGP) (642-661). Candidates pursing the previous track, which included an elective, have until Oct. 31, 2003 to complete the certification requirements.
HP/Compaq Certification Transition Details Available
Individuals who hold a Compaq or HP certification from the pre-HP merger days will be happy to hear that full details on how to migrate to the new, unified HP Certified Professional program are now posted on the HP Web site. On the new pages you can find out what happened to your pre-merger certification title, whether you need to renew or complete continuing certification credits, and when/whether you will receive a new certificate and ID card.
Sybase Adds Replication Server Certification, Goes to Single Level
The Sybase Certified Professional Program has expanded to include a new title: Replication Server Administrator. The new certification is appropriate for individuals who are Database Administrators, Replication Server Application Developers, Replication Server System Administrators, and Data Application Designers. It requires passing a single exam of the same name. Passing score is 61% and the cost (in the US) is $150.
The Sybase Certified Professional certification program, which has historically offered two levels of certification (associate and professional), is migrating to a single-level format. Because the "Professional Level" Adaptive Server Administrator exam focused on high-end performance and tuning, its audience was small, with 90% of test takers choosing the other DBA exam. To better serve this core DBA audience, Sybase has decided to stick with a single level exam format for all future exams.
Planet3Wireless CWSP Exam to Go Live April 15
The exam for the Certified Wireless Security Professional title offered by Planet3Wireless is slated to go live on April 15. Individuals who wish to earn CWSP certification must first hold the CWNA (Certified Wireless Network Administrator) certification. The CWSP exam will be available through Prometric testing centers worldwide.
SAS Exam Update
The SAS Base Programming, Advanced Programming, and Warehouse Development Specialist exams are now available in final (production) format. A new exam, SAS webAF Server-side Application Development, has just begun its beta period, and is available through Prometric testing centers. The beta price is just $75, while the final production exams cost $150 each. See the SAS Web site for full details.
Nortel Networks releases New Meridian 1 Database exams for VoIP certification
All Nortel Networks Enterprise VoIP Specialist certifications (except BCM 3.0) require the successful completion of a Meridian 1 Database exam. The existing Meridian 1 Database exam (920-318) was retired March 28, 2003.
Effective April 1, all Design Specialist certifications require the Meridian 1 Database - Design Specialist (920-319) exam, and all Support Specialist certifications require the Meridian 1 Database - Support Specialist (920-320) exam. These new, separate exams cover more specific tasks for each job role and include new content.
Candidates who have already successfully completed the 920-318 exam prior to its retirement March 28 received credit for that exam toward VoIP Specialist certification and will not need to take the new exam.
Complete details can be found on the Nortel Networks Certification Web site.
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