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Certification Watch Volume 12 #5

Certification news regarding a major revision for the Cisco CCIE, medicine Red Hat exam changes, Citrix certification launches, and Oracle PL/SQL and CompTIA Server+ beta exams.

Cisco CCIE Routing & Switching to Undergo Major Revision

Cisco Systems has created new requirements for the CCIE Routing & Switching certification that will take effect on October 18, 2009, at which time new versions of both the written and the hands on lab exam will go live. According to Cisco, the update reflects the role of the expert in evaluating network changes; the growing use of IPv6 multicast, multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) and virtual private networks (VPNs) in the enterprise; and the updating of lab equipment. Advances in testing include assessment of hands-on troubleshooting skills and the addition of scenario-based questions in the written examination. The new written exam (#350 001) contains 100 multiple choice questions and has a 2 hour time limit. Exam blueprints for both of the new v4.0 CCIE R&S exam components are available online (written, lab). These will replace the current v3.0 exams immediately on their release.

Red Hat Slashes Exam Length

As of May 1, 2009, the format of the Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) and Red Hat Certified Technician (RHCT) exams will became significantly shorter. The RHCE exam now consists of a single section lasting 3.5 hours, down from the 5.5 hours its previous two section format required. The RHCT exam has dropped to a single 2 hour section, down from the 2 sections and 3 hours it previously required. The time savings was accomplished by consolidating questions into a single section and by providing pre installed systems rather than requiring the test taker to perform an installation, a time consuming task that virtually every test taker could accomplish. According to Red Hat, the scope of tasks and topics covered on the exams has not changed. Thank you Red Hat!

First Citrix Advanced Administrator Certification is Live

Citrix Systems recently announced the release of the first track of its new Citrix Certified Advanced Administrator (CCAA) program, covering Citrix XenApp 5 for Windows Server 2008. To earn this certification you must first hold Citrix Certified Associate (CCA) certification on XenApp 5, then you must complete a training requirement and pass the Advanced Administration for Citrix XenApp 5.0 for Windows Server 2008 exam. For details on the array of available Citrix certifications, visit the GoCertify Citrix certification page.

Citrix Certified Enterprise Engineer (CCEE) Requirements Posted

Citrix has also published the requirements for the first Citrix Certified Enterprise Engineer (CCEE) designation, CCEE for Virtualization, and the corresponding Citrix Certified Integration Architect (CCIA) certification. The exams are not yet available and are slated for release in the 4th quarter of 2009, but you can view the CCEE and CCIA for Virtualization requirements on the Citrix website.

CompTIA Server+ Beta Open

The CompTIA Server+ exam is in the process of being updated, and the new exam has reached beta stage and is available for beta registration through Prometric and Pearson VUE. The beta exam contains 130. The exam code is SK1 003. Because it is a beta exam, scores will not be available until late 2009, which is also when then launch of the new exam is planned. Objectives can be obtained from the CompTIA website.

New Oracle PL/SQL Exam in Beta

Beta testing for the new Oracle Database 11g: Programming with PL/SQL certification exam (1Z1-144) will run through August 15, 2009. This test is offered as an alternative option to taking existing exam 1Z0-147 (Programming with PL/SQL) for both the Oracle PL/SQL Developer Certified Associate (OCA) and Oracle Advanced PL/SQL Developer Certified Professional (OCP) certification tracks. The beta exam costs $50. An exam blueprint can be found on the Oracle website.

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