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June 9, 2010  1:22 PM

Cisco expands its already-great certs with new architecture credential



Posted by: Ed Tittel
CCAr credential, Cisco certifications, Cisco Certified Architect, IT certification

I had the good fortune to spend some time on the phone last week with Fred Weiller, Director of Marketing for Learning at Cisco, along with Erik Ullanderson, Manager of Global Certifications for the same company. We talked our way through the new Cisco Certified Architect credential (sometimes...

June 3, 2010  3:05 PM

Revisiting Computer Forensic Certs



Posted by: Ed Tittel
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Last week, I got a phone call from one of my publishers asking for a revision to this Sybex title Computer Forensics...

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January 13, 2010  10:25 PM

CompTIA Certs Finally Get an Expiration Date



Posted by: Ed Tittel
CompTIA A+, CompTIA certification, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, leading CompTIA certs finally gain renewal/maintenance requirements

In a press release entitled "CompTIA Announces Plan to Help IT Professionals Keep Skills Up-To-Date" dated 1/11/2010, CompTIA finally backed...


January 4, 2010  3:37 PM

Building certs into job descriptions



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, job requirements for IT certification, MS certs relevant to job search and job skill development

I'm working for a global chemical concern as a consultant right now, as part of an IT insourcing project they're undertaking. I've been hired to help them acquire, train, and equip their staff with the tools, documentation, and information they'll need to run IT operations. As a small but...


December 23, 2009  7:42 PM

One Key to Certification Interest Levels



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Amazon sales rankings for books to indicate certification interest, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification

In a recent article at CertCities, long-time certification maven Emmett Dulaney makes the observation that Amazon sales rankings for certification-related books provide an accurate if also volatile cue toward the most popular certifications at any given moment. The story is entitled "


November 25, 2009  5:41 PM

The Holiday Season Is Here: Time for Planning & Reflection



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career development, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, IT training and coursework, pondering another degree, project and people management opens doors to career advancement, working on soft skills

Wow! How this year has zoomed past. Tomorrow is Thanksgiving and like me, I'm sure a lot of you have the same kinds of plans for that day: a house full of people, lots of food, good conversation, and the occasional ball game. But as the holiday season winds up, remember that a new year lies just...


November 16, 2009  4:37 PM

MCITP Windows 7 Enterprise Desktop Support Tech Cert Takes Shape



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MCITP Win7 EDST almost ready, Microsoft Certification, MS Exam 70-680, MS Exam 70-685 almost ready

Last week, Erwin Chan posted about this emerging Windows 7 certification to the Born to Learn blog. While the complete and final requirements have yet to...


October 28, 2009  5:07 PM

MS, Prometric Team Up to Offer Student Exam Discounts



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MCP exam discounts for students, MS certification

What with Prometric being Microsoft's primary global testing center operator nowadays, I guess the two companies simply had to team up to make their recent "learn.grow.succeed" program workable. Here's the...


October 16, 2009  4:46 PM

Need a cheaper MCP exam? Ask an MCT



Posted by: Ed Tittel
IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MCP exam discounts, MCP exams, MCT rewards program, MS certification

MCT stands for Microsoft Certified Trainer, and these stalwart and knowledgable professionals make up the backbone of the classroom training industry for Microsoft certification exams. I stumbled across this tidbit of information in the Born to Learn blog while trolling for topics to write about....


October 5, 2009  1:14 PM

ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 Accredited Certifications



Posted by: Ed Tittel
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I got an e-mail last week from Microsoft indicating that "Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Windows Server 2008 Server Administrator and Microsoft Certified IT Professional: Windows Server 2008 Enterprise Administrator certifications are the first two Microsoft product-specific IT certifications...


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