Although certification sponsors who work the same industry patches are often inclined to regard others with whom they share such patches as competitors, that’s not always the case. Consider the recent announcement from the ISACA (formerly known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association; read “ISACA and EC-Council sign MOU” for more details) and the EC-Council (aka the International Council of Electronic Commerce Consultants).
ISACA is best known for its CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) and CISM (Certified Information Security Manager) credentials, while EC-Council is best known for its CEH (Certified Ethical Hacker) and related code analysis and penetration testing credentials. The cooperative agreement between these two organizations lets individuals who earn the ISACA CISM use that credential in place of the CEH as a pre-requisite for earning the EC-Council’s LPT (Licensed Penetration Tester) certification, while ISACA grants applicants for the CISA continuing professional education (CPE) credits for their pursuit and attainment of the CEH credential as well.
This sort of mutual reinforcement between programs is a good idea, because it encourages IT professionals to broaden their horizons to encompass multiple certification programs, and encourages synergy between similar but not identical credentials and bodies of knowledge. I’d like to see more of this kind of thing become common practice. Today, beyond the various programs that recognize various CompTIA certifications as initial stepping stones onto their certification ladders, there really isn’t that much of this kind of thing going on.
[A shout-out to Anne Martinez, whose latest Certification Watch Vol14#7 alerted me to this cross-organizational agreement.]