Certification Watch: Cisco Adds Wireless LAN Exams

Plus certification news regarding the FC SAN Specialist Exam, Juniper, RoboHelp and Nortel.
The Cisco certification program is expanding into the wireless arena with the addition of two new Specialist titles: Cisco Wireless LAN Support Specialist and Cisco Wireless LAN Design Specialist. Both titles demonstrates knowledge of radio technologies associated with WLAN 802.11 standards, WLAN topologies and applications, product configuration, WLAN security methods, basic antenna theory, and additional topics.

To earn the Support Specialist title, candidates must first hold Cisco CCNA certification, and then pass the Wireless LAN for Field Engineers (WLANFE 9E0-581) exam. For the Design Specialist certification, candidates must first hold Cisco CCDA certification, and then pass the Wireless LAN for Sales Engineers (WLANSE 9E0-576) exam. Cisco specialist exams cost $125.

FC SAN Specialist Exam Goes Live

The Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) recently launched the exam for the Fibre Channel SAN Specialist (FC SAN Specialist) certification. This single-exam certification is the third level offered in the SNIA Storage Networking Certification Program. Topics covered include: Fibre Channel operation; FC SAN Implementation; Identification and implementation of FC-SAN Software; Performance measurement; Management tools; Troubleshooting; and Evaluation. The exam is available through Prometric testing centers and costs $365.

The first two levels of the SNIA FC SAN program are Professional and Practitioner. At the FC SAN Professional level, intended for sales and marketing professionals, candidates demonstrate basic knowledge of FC SAN terminology and principles. The second level, FC SAN Practitioner, certifies fundamental technical knowledge of features, functions, and technologies underlying Fibre Channel SANs. A fourth level, FC SAN Expert, is planned. More information on the SNIA FC SAN program is available on GoCertify.

Juniper Networks Certified Internet Professional To Launch Dec 12

Juniper Networks has announced plans to add a new certification to its Juniper Networks Technical Certification Program (JNTCP) starting Dec. 12. The new title, Juniper Networks Certified Internet Professional (JNCIP), is designed to validate a candidate's ability to configure and troubleshoot common routing scenarios.

To earn this title, candidates must pass an 8 hour hands on exam, which requires them to build a fully functional ISP network consisting of 10 M-series platform routers. After performing basic system and interface configuration, candidates implement an IGP, interior and exterior BGP, and routing policy.

The addition of the JNCIP title expands the Juniper Networks certification program from three levels to four. The JNCIP exam costs $1,250 and is only available at Juniper Networks locations.

The JNCIP title will become the new prerequisite to the most advanced Juniper Networks title: Juniper Networks Certified Internet Expert (JNCIE). The original JNCIE exam, which spans two days, will be retired Dec. 12 and replaced with a new one-day, eight-hour format.

RoboHelp Certified Professional Program Suspended

eHelp has suspended the RoboHelp Certified Professional program to consider a program restructuring. One possibility under consideration is the delivery of the certification testing via the Web. The certification objectives will also be reviewed and updated to correspond to the latest version of the product, RoboHelp X3.

Nortel to Retire Five Data Solutions Certifications Dec. 31

Because of the introduction of many new certifications this year, Nortel will be retiring five Data Solutions certifications and their associated exams on Dec. 31. The retiring certifications are: NNCAS - Enterprise Solutions (data focused certification); NNCDS - Data Solutions; NNCSS - Data Solutions; NNCDE - Data Solutions; and NNCSE - Data Solutions. Individuals who hold certifications in these areas will maintain active certification. Anyone currently working toward a certification to be retired will need to meet the current requirements prior to Dec. 31.

That's all for this edition of Certification Watch. Please keep your certification news and tips coming to news@gocertify.com.

Anne Martinez is the author of Cheap Web Tricks: Build and Promote a Successful Web Site Without Spending A Dime and Get Certified and Get Ahead. She also is the founder of GoCertify.com.

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