Certification Watch: G.I. Bill Reimbursement News

Certification News regarding Cisco, Lotus, certification exams eligible for G.I. Bill reimbursement, Nortel, Sun Microsystems and Hyperion Solutions Corp.
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Cisco To Retire WAN Certifications
Effective December 31, 2001, Cisco is officially retiring the CCNA WAN, CCNP WAN, and CCDP WAN certifications. Current WAN certifications will remain valid for three years from the date they were earned. According to Cisco, a Cisco Qualified Specialist designation that corresponds to the WAN curriculum may be added in the future.
In other Cisco news, two new exams that count toward the Cisco Certified Internetwork Professional (CCIP) titles have been released: Cisco IP Telephony (CIPT 9E0-402) and Cisco Voice Over Frame Relay, ATM, and IP (CVOICE 9E0-423). Both are available through both Prometric and VUE testing centers

Lotus Adds New CLP Certifications
Lotus has added two new Certified Lotus Professional (CLP) tracks focusing on collaborative solutions in November. These certifications - one for administrators and the other for developers - recognize the skills involved with the tools and task-specific applications to help organizations gather, harness, and leverage information and knowledge, and apply it to business goals. Specifically, they cover Sametime, Domino.Doc, Discovery Server, and Lotus Workflow. The CLP Collaborative Solutions System Administrator and CLP Collaborative Solutions Application Developer each require passing three exams. Only one of the exams is currently available. As the remaining exams are developed they will first be offered for free in beta format. Get the details on Lotus' site.

More Certification Exams Eligible For G.I. Bill Reimbursement
Two certifications offered by The International Information Systems Security Certification Consortium are the latest to receive the nod from the US Dept. of Veterans' Affairs as they join the list of IT certification exams for which Uncle Sam will reimburse veterans. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) and Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP) now qualify for exam fee reimbursement. Other eligible IT certification exams include those from CompTIA, Microsoft, Oracle, and the Project Management Institute.

Nortel To Begin New Year With Restructured Program
Nortel Networks is restructuring its certification program to make the requirement more consistent across designations. Beginning January 1, Specialist level certifications will require passing one fundamental exam plus at least one product/solution exam. Achieving Expert certification will require passing two more product/solution exams. Recertification is required every two years for these levels. For the Architect level, recertification is required every three years.

Sun Microsystems Launches Another Designation
It's been a busy year over in the Sun Microsystems certification department and it isn't over yet. Close on the heels of three new network storage certifications announced earlier this year, Sun is launching another new title: Sun Certified Developer for iPlanet Application Server 6.0. To earn it you'll have to first achieve Sun Certified Programmer for the Java Platform, and then pass the 76 question, multiple choice iPlanet Server exam. Objectives are available on the Sun Web site.

Past Issues of Certification Watch
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Microsoft Builds Bridge To MCSE, MCSD

Novell Changes Tack

New Certifications Cover Analytics
If you haven't found the perfect certification yet, or are seeking to expand your technical repertoire, here's another for you to consider: Hyperion Solutions Corp., a vendor of business intelligence/analytics software, has launched the Hyperion Certified Professional Program . This three track program offers single exam certification on Hyperion Essbase, Hyperion Enterprise and Hyperion Pillar. Tests can be taken through Prometric.

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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: Millennium Edition she is also the founder of GoCertify.com.

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