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Macromedia Flash MX Designer Certification Ready To Go Live
The Certified Macromedia Flash Designer certification, the last to be rolled out under the updated Macromedia certification program announced last September, will hit VUE testing centers on April 30. The title focuses on effective planning and implementation of visual design, motion design, optimization, and publishing output for complex Macromedia Flash applications. The exam costs $150. Individuals who are more on the implementation side should look at the Developer certification instead.
New CompTIA i-Net+ Exam Arrives
In other CompTIA news, the Security+ title has been put on the fast track and is scheduled for a late third quarter debut. This is three to six months ahead of typical development for a CompTIA certification.
Novell Exam Prices to Rise May 1
As of May 1, 2002 Novell certification exams will cost $125 each, up from $100. Note that you don't have to take the exam before May 1 to get the $100 rate, as long as you register by May 1 and take the exam within six weeks.
New Storage Certification Program from McDATA
Storage Area Networks (SANs) continue to garner a lot of attention, and the latest opportunity for IT pros to demonstrate their expertise in this area comes from McDATA Corp., vendors of a SAN solution. The new 7 title McDATA Certified Professional program starts with a Storage Network Designer title (the only one currently available) aimed at individuals who design small to medium SANs that use McDATA products, and will eventually work up to a Certified Master Architect offering that will be demonstrate multi-vendor and multi-protocol expertise.
If you're new to SAN, hop on over to the useful introduction on the McDATA Web site.
And One (Maybe) From VERITAS
VERITAS recently announced plans to launch a VERITAS Certified Professional Program, which will start by certifying individuals on such topics as VERITAS Data Protection, and VERITAS High Availability. Future tracks will include Storage Management and Data Recovery. Unfortunately, the only details on the program come from the company's press release issued last month, and those are non-specific at best. Our inquiry requesting further clarification went unanswered and there are no details we (or the search function) could find on the company's Web site, even after a month. If you're interested you can read the company's press release.
Oracle Withdraws From jCert
With little fanfare or explanation, Oracle Corporation has apparently withdrawn from the jCert Initiative. As a result, Oracle certificates and exam score reports will not be accepted by jCert member companies after June 30, 2002.
The jCert group was formed in 1999 to reduce exam redundancy for Java skill validation. The group essentially mapped out Java certifications and skill levels in a effort to fit them into single, ascending progression of Java certification. jCert member organizations, which now include comprised of BEA Systems, Hewlett Packard, IBM, ProsoftTraining, and Sun Microsystems, will give credit for each other's exams as long as they follow this map.
Exam Cram Publisher Ceases Operations
The Coriolis Group, publishers of the extremely popular line of Exam Cram and Exam Prep certification study guides, has been shut down by its majority owner Haights Cross Communications, which says it was simply losing too much money. Although efforts to sell the company's assets, including the certification study guides, are reportedly still under way, so far they have come to naught. Interestingly, Haights Cross reported an 11% increase in profits from its core educational and professional publishing businesses, for 2001 - with Coriolis excluded from the results.