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					IT Certification
By
Nick Johnston
Joel Bowers
Scott Dinnage
Why certifications?
 Proof of certain amount of
  information in given field.
 Industry recognized.
Certification Categories
 Proprietary: A certification offered
  by a specific industry vendor of
  hardware or software. (ex.
  Microsoft, Java, and Cisco)
 Industry Standard/Educators: A
  certification offered by an industry
  educator or standards body. (ex.
  CompTIA, (ISC)2
Steps Towards Any
Certification
1.   Decide on a certification
2.   Get some hands on experience
3.   Take training courses
4.   Know what to expect on exams
5.   Take practice exams
6.   Take required exams

Steps from http://www.microsoft.com/learning/mcp/sixsteps.asp
Proprietary Certifications
   Microsoft
    - MCDST: Desktop Support Technician
    - MCSA: Systems Administrator
    - MCSE: Systems Engineer
    - MCDBA: Database Administrator
    - MCAD: Application Developer
    - MCSD: Solution Developer
MCDST: Desktop Support
Technician
   Two core exams:
     User and XP OS support
     Microsoft application support

 $125 USD each
 “Technical and customer service
  skills to troubleshoot hardware and
  software operation issues in
  Microsoft Windows environments”
MCSA: Systems
Administrator
   Three core exams:
       Two networking system exams
       One client operating system exam
       6-12 months of admin experience
       One elective exam
   $125 USD each
   “Administer network and systems
    environments based on the Microsoft
    Windows platforms. Specializations
    include MCSA: Messaging and MCSA:
    Security. ”
MCSE: Systems Engineer
   6 core exams:
       Four networking system exams
       One client operating system exam
       One design exam
       One year admin experience
       One elective exam
   $125 USD each
   “Design and implement an infrastructure
    solution based on the Windows platform
    and Microsoft Windows Server System
    software. Specializations include MCSE:
    Messaging and MCSE: Security.”
MCDBA: Database
Administrator
   Three core exams:
     One SQL Server administration exam
     One SQL Server design exam

     One Windows Server 2003 exam

 $125 USD each
 “Design, implement, and administer
  Microsoft SQL Server databases.”
MCAD: Application
Developer
   Two core exams:
       One exam focused on either Web Application
        Development or Windows Application
        Development
       One XML Web Services and Server
        Components exam
       One elective exam
   $125 USD each
   “Microsoft technologies to develop and
    maintain department-level applications,
    components, Web or desktop clients, or
    back-end data services.”
MCSD: Solution Developer
   Four core exams:
      Web Application Development
      Windows Application Development
      XML Web Services and Server Components
       Development
      Solution Architecture
      Two years developing and maintaining solutions
      One elective exam
   125 USD each
   “Design and develop leading-edge business solutions with
    Microsoft development tools, technologies, platforms, and
    the Windows architecture.”
    Proprietary Certifications
        Java




Image from http://www.sun.com/training/certification/java/index.html
SCJP: SUN CERTIFIED PROGRAMMER
FOR THE JAVA 2 PLATFORM

   One core exam:
       Fundamentals of java language
 $150 USD
 “Proficiency in the fundamentals of
  the Java programming language
  using the Java 2 Platform, Standard
  Edition (J2SE) technology.”
SCJD: SUN CERTIFIED DEVELOPER
FOR THE JAVA 2 PLATFORM
   Prerequisite: SCJP
   One essay exam
   One programming assignment
   250(assignment) + 150(exam) = $400
    USD
   “Advanced proficiency in developing
    complex, production-level applications
    using Java 2 Platform, Standard Edition
    (J2SE) technology.”
SCWCD: SUN CERTIFIED WEB COMPONENT
DEVELOPER FOR THE JAVA 2 PLATFORM,
ENTERPRISE EDITION

   Prerequisite: SCJP
   One exam in java’s assorted web
    technologies
   $150 USD
   “Application of JavaServer Pages and
    servlet technologies used to present web
    services and dynamic web content using
    Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE)
    platform.”
SCEA: SUN CERTIFIED ENTERPRISE
ARCHITECT FOR THE JAVA 2
PLATFORM, ENTERPRISE EDITION
   Prerequisite: SCJP
   One essay exam
   One programming assignment
   One regular exam
   150(exam) + 250(assignment) +
    150(essay) = $550 USD
   “Architecting and designing Java 2
    Platform, Enterprise Edition (J2EE)
    technology compliant applications, which
    are scalable, flexible and highly secure.”
SCBCD: SUN CERTIFIED BUSINESS
COMPONENT DEVELOPER FOR THE
JAVA 2 PLATFORM
 Prerequisite: SCJP
 One exam: Mostly beans and
  transactions
 $150 USD
 “Enterprise Edition (J2EE) platform
  technologies used to develop server-
  side components that encapsulate
  the business logic of an application.”
SCDJWS: SUN CERTIFIED
DEVELOPER FOR JAVA WEB
SERVICES
   Prerequisite: SCJP
   One exam: Java web services (xml, soap
    etc.)
   $150 USD
   “Web services applications using Java
    technology components such as those
    supported by the Java Web Services
    Developer Pack and the Java 2,
    Enterprise Edition (J2EE) Platform.”
SCMAD: SUN CERTIFIED MOBILE
APPLICATION DEVELOPER FOR THE
JAVA 2 PLATFORM, MICRO EDITION
   Prerequisite: SCJP
   One exam: Very broad covering
    networking, micro edition platform,
    security and mobile device specifics.
   $150 USD
   “Create mobile applications using the
    Java 2 Platform, Mobile Edition (J2ME)
    platform for cell phones or "smart"
    devices.”
        Cisco Certification Grid
        Note: Specialist certifications are available in different sub groups of
        the paths listed below.

Certification        Associate           Professional         Expert
Paths

Routing &
Switching
                     CCNA                CCNP                 CCIE
Design
                     CCNA &              CCDP                 NONE
                     CCDA
Network Security
                     CCNA                CCSP                 CCIE
Service Provider
                     CCNA                CCIP                 CCIE
Storage
Networking
                     CCNA                NONE                 CCIE
Voice
                     CCNA                CCVP                 CCIE
CompTIA Certifications
 A+: Vendor independent hardware
  and software technologies
 Network+: Vendor-neutral
  certification for networking
 Server+: Industry Standard Server
  Architecture (ISSA) technology
CompTIA Certification cont.
   Security+: Communication security,
    infrastructure security, cryptography, access
    control, authentication, external attack and
    operational and organization security
   i-Net+: Implementing and maintaining Internet,
    Intranet and Extranet infrastructures and
    services as well as the development of related
    applications
   Linux+: Fundamental open source
    resources/licenses, demonstrate knowledge of
    user administration, understand file
    permissions/software configurations and manage
    local storage devices and network protocols
CompTIA A+
   Two exams:
     Hardware
     OS Technologies

   145(hardware) + 145(OS) = $290
    USD
CompTIA Network+
   One Exam
     Network technologies
     A+ recommended but not required

     9 months experience recommended but
      not required
   $207 USD
CompTIA Server+
   One Exam:
     Vendor independent server
      technologies and troubleshooting
     A+ recommended but not required

   $207 USD
CompTIA Security+
   One Exam:
     Two years experience in networking
      with emphasis on security
      recommended.
     CompTIA Network+ recommended, but
      not required
   $225 USD
CompTIA i-Net+
   One Exam:
       No recommended training or
        experience listed
   $207 USD
CompTIA Linux+
   One of two different exams:
       A+ and Network+ certifications or
        equivalent knowledge recommended,
        but not required.
   $207 USD
Security Related
Certifications
 CISSP
 SSCP
 GIAC
 SCP
 Security+ (already mentioned in
  CompTIA section)
CISSP: Certified Information
Systems Security Professional
   Security Managers and CISO (Chief Information Security
    Officer)
   Pass an exam, be endorsed by another CISSP, 4 years
    experience required
   Must earn a given number of education credits every three
    years
   Offered by
        International Information Systems Security Consortium
        (ISC2)
        www.isc2.org
   Covers: Access Control, Applications and Systems
    Development Security, Business Continuity Planning,
    Cryptography, Law, Operations Security, Physical Security,
    Security Architecture, Security Management Practices, and
    Telecommunications and Network Security
SSCP: Systems Security
Certified Practitioner
   For Security Managers
   Less difficult and comprehensive as the CISSP
   Requires an exam half the length of the CISSP
   Offered by
       International Information Systems Security
        Consortium (ISC2)
       www.isc2.org
GIAC: Global Information
Assurance Certification
 Offered by SANS but located at
  www.giac.org
 A collection of certifications based
  on different areas of security from
  administration, legal, and technical
  issues.
SCP: Security Certified
Professional
 Designed for security technicians
 Two streams:
       SCNP: Security Certified Network
        Professional, focus on network technology.
       SCNA: Security Certified Network Architect,
        focus on authentication.
   Home: www.securitycertified.net
Proprietary Resources
 Microsoft:http://www.microsoft.com
  /learning/mcp/default.asp
 Java:http://www.sun.com/training/c
  ertification/java/index.html
 Cisco:http://www.cisco.com/en/US/l
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Industry Standard
Resources
   CompTIA:http://www.comptia.org/c
    ertification/default.aspx