LPIC-3 Certification (Senior Level Linux Professional)

November 30, 2010 by · Comments Off on LPIC-3 Certification (Senior Level Linux Professional)
Filed under: Lpi Level 3, LPIC 

The LPIC-3 certification track is the pinnacle credential offered by the LPI certification and is aimed at experienced Linux professionals. As the upper-level of a three-tiered certification program, candidates who wish to earn the LPIC-3 credential must first obtain both the LPIC-1 and the LPIC-2 certifications (although the exams for all three certification tracks can be taken in any order).

Candidates can choose to earn the ‘core’ LPIC-3 credential by passing just one exam or they can elect to supplement that credential by passing an additional specialisation exam:

  1. LPI 117-301 Core Exam

Elective exams (optional only):

  1. LPI 117-302 Mixed Environment Exam
  2. LPI 117-303  Security
  3. LPI 117-304 Virtualization and High Availability

LPI intend to introduce three more elective exams in the near future.

The core LPIC-3 exam consists of 50 questions and 90 minutes to complete them unless the exam includes non-scoring evaluation questions (called ‘pilot items’) that the LPI use for testing purposes. In that case the candidate will be allowed 120 minutes to complete the exam to account for the extra questions. Subject topics are weighted, meaning some exam topics are given greater emphasis in the exam than others. For that reason, the number of questions required to pass the exam will vary, however candidates must score at least 500 on a scale of 200-800 to pass.

Candidates receive their results at the end of the exam, with an indication of a pass or a fail. Successful candidates can look forward to having their details updated in the ‘candidate area’ on the official LPI website shortly after passing the exam, but will have to wait a little while longer for their official LPIC-3 certificate to arrive in the mail (allow up to 5 weeks).

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LPIC-2 Certification (Intermediate Level Linux Professional)

November 29, 2010 by · Comments Off on LPIC-2 Certification (Intermediate Level Linux Professional)
Filed under: Lpi Level 2, LPIC 

The LPIC-2 certification is the second in a series of three Linux certifications offered by the LPI certification, sandwiched as it is between the LPIC-1 and LPIC-3. LPIC-2 certified individuals should have the skills and knowledge to be able to adequately plan and administer a small to medium sized network comprising of mixed platform workstations and servers, Internet gateways, firewalls, proxies etc., and have an all-round awareness of automation techniques and peripherals.

Candidates wishing to obtain the LPIC-2 certification must first pass the LPIC-1 before they can be awarded their certificate (although candidates who do not already hold the LPIC-1 credential can start with the LPIC-2 exams first if they wish – the LPIC-2 certificate will be withheld until the candidate then goes on to complete the LPIC-1 exams).

To gain the LPIC-2 credential, candidates must pass two exams (click on each link to go directly to the exam objectives):

  1. 117-201 (Lpi Level 2 Exam 201)
  2. 117-202 (Lpi Level 2 Exam 202)

The exams can be taken in any order, and candidates have up to five years to pass the second exam after successfully passing the first.

Each grouping of exam objectives is weighted differently meaning that some sections will be given more attention in the exam. Each exam consists of 60 questions in a 90 minute time frame and a passing score is 500 or more on a scale of 200-800, although due to ‘weighting’, the number of questions that a candidate must successfully answer in order to pass will vary from exam to exam. In some cases candidates will receive extra questions (referred to as ‘pilot items’) in their exam (making a total of 80 questions in total) and will be allocated extra time (120 minutes in total). The LPI uses these questions for research and evaluation purposes for future upgrades to the LPIC exams. These questions are not graded and do not count towards a candidate’s final score.

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LPIC-1 Certification (Junior Level Linux Professional)

November 29, 2010 by · Comments Off on LPIC-1 Certification (Junior Level Linux Professional)
Filed under: Lpi Level 1, LPIC 

The LPIC-1 certification track is the first-step, entry-level credential along the LPI certification ladder. Candidates who wish to progress on to the higher-level LPIC certifications first need to pass the LPIC-1. The scope of the LPI Junior level certification means that successful candidates who pass the LPIC-1 exam will have sufficient knowledge with Linux to operate reasonably with the Linux command line, be able to carry out simple administration tasks such as user and object setup and control, backups, system monitoring and workstation configuration. The LPIC-1 is required for candidates wishing to go on an earn the  LPIC-2 and LPIC-3 credentials.

To obtain the LPI Linux Junior Level certification a candidate needs to pass two exams (for an overview of the exam objectives for the LPIC-1 exams, click the respective links below):

  1. 117-101 (Lpi Level 1 Exam 101)
  2. 117-102 (Lpi Level 1 Exam 102)

There are no pre-requisites required for either exam meaning you can take them without any prior qualifications or certifications.

Each exam consists of 60 questions with a total time frame of 90 minutes to complete them. Occasionally, candidates will receive a test with extra questions interspersed throughout the exam. The LPI uses these questions (called ‘pilot items’) for research and evaluation purposes for future upgrades to the LPIC exams. These questions are not graded and do not count towards a candidate’s final score, however extra time is allocated to the candidate to finish the exam. In such cases, candidates can expect an exam with 80 questions and 120 minutes to complete them. Candidates must score at least 500 on a scale of 200-800 to pass, however questions for each exam can be ‘weighted’ differently meaning the number of questions needed to be answered correctly can vary. Each section listed in the official list of exam objectives has been given a ‘weight’ factor which corresponds to the number of questions on that subject the candidate can expect in the exam – i.e. a section with a weight of ‘3’ will have 3 questions in the exam related to it.

The exams can be taken in any order and candidates can take up to five years to complete the second of the two exams before the first exam must be retaken.

Candidates will be advised of a pass/fail score at the conclusion of their exam, and successful candidates can expect to receive their LPIC-1 certificate through the mail within 2-5 weeks. Successful candidates will appear on LPI’s website in their ‘candidate area’ within a couple of days of successfully passing the exams.

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New! LPI Certifications

November 29, 2010 by · Comments Off on New! LPI Certifications
Filed under: Lpi Level 1, Lpi Level 2, Lpi Level 3, LPIC 

The Linux Professional Institute (LPI) offers a series of Linux certifications (LPIC) aimed at professionals who wish to demonstrate general Linux skills and competencies from beginner through to senior level.

The Linux Professional Institute Certification (LPIC) program is designed to certify the competency of IT professionals using the Linux operating system and its associated tools. It is designed to be distribution neutral, following the Linux Standard Base and other relevant standards and conventions. 

The LPI certifications are vendor-independent and distribution-neutral which provides candidates with the opportunity to demonstrate all-round, general Linux skills, as well as providing a progressive certification path that may be viewed as more portable than a proprietary Linux certification. Additionally, the three separate tiers of the LPI (LPIC-1, LPIC-2 and LPIC-3) provide various starting points, and a natural progression, for candidates depending on their existing Linux skill level.

The three LPIC certification levels are:

  1. LPIC-1  Junior Level Linux Professional
  2. LPIC-2  Intermediate Level Linux Professional
  3. LPIC-3  Senior Level Linux Professional

Each level is a stand-alone credential in its own right, so candidates can choose to stop at any particular level. Each lower level, however, is a pre-requisite for each of the levels above it (i.e. LPIC-1 is required to qualify to take LPIC-2, and LPIC-1 and LPIC-2 are required to be eligible for LPIC-3).

All LPI exams are computer-based, meaning candidates sit at a remote computer terminal and answer a series of multiple-choice and short answer questions.

Oracle MySQL Certification

November 26, 2010 by · Comments Off on Oracle MySQL Certification
Filed under: MySQL, Oracle 

MySQL certification lays the foundation for becoming a trusted and valuable resource for your company and customers. MySQL certifications are available for Developers, DBAs and for those specializing in MySQL Cluster technologies.

Consultants, developers and DBAs use MySQL certification to show prospective employers and customers that they are up to date on the latest features, gain confidence that they are on top of MySQL tools and tricks, and promote themselves with certification logos on business cards and personal weblogs.

An Oracle certification recognizes and rewards your skills, dedication, and motivation in the highly competitive technology industry.

  1. Oracle Certified Associate, MySQL 5.0/5.1/5.5
  2. Oracle Certified Professional, MySQL 5.0 Developer
  3. Oracle Certified Professional, MySQL 5.0 Database Administrator
  4. Oracle Certified Expert, MySQL 5.1 Cluster Database Administrator

MySQL Certification Candidates

MySQL Certification candidates can access certification details, download logos and provide certification verification at www.certmanager.net/sun. If you have not received your login information for CertManager, please contact suncert_ww@oracle.com for assistance.

Oracle Certified Expert, MySQL 5.1 Cluster Database Administrator Certification

November 26, 2010 by · Comments Off on Oracle Certified Expert, MySQL 5.1 Cluster Database Administrator Certification
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Sun Certified MySQL 5.1 Cluster Database Administrator (SCMCDBA) Certification Preparation, New name of this certification: Oracle Certified Expert, MySQL 5.1 Cluster Database Administrator.

Oracle Certified Expert, MySQL 5.1 Cluster Database Administrator

The Sun Certified MySQL Cluster Database Administrator (SCMCDBA) is a specialization exam for those that design, deploy and administer MySQL Cluster setups. Cluster certification is part of the DBA track, and represents an advancement level exceeding SCMDBA certification. SCMCDBA can be attained only by Sun Certified MySQL DBAs.

To achieve certification, candidates must successfully complete one exam, candidates must be certified as a Sun Certified MySQL Database Administrator (SCMDBA) prior to taking this exam.

Prerequisite:

Sun Certified MySQL Database Administrator (SCMDBA)  -or-
Oracle Certified Professional, MySQL 5.0 Database Administrator

Core Requirement:

Sun Certified MySQL 5.1 Cluster Database Administrator (Exam CX-310-815)

Oracle Certified Professional, MySQL 5.0 Database Administrator Certification

November 26, 2010 by · Comments Off on Oracle Certified Professional, MySQL 5.0 Database Administrator Certification
Filed under: MySQL, Oracle 

Sun Certified MySQL 5.0 Database Administrator (SCMDBA) Certification Preparation, New name of this certification: Oracle Certified Professional, MySQL 5.0 Database Administrator.

Oracle Certified Professional, MySQL 5.0 Database Administrator

An individual holding the Sun Certified MySQL Database Administrator (SCMDBA) certification has extensive and broad competences in his or her field of expertise.

The SCMDBA certification is targeted at candidates who will take the administrative role of tuning, planning, and optimizing data layout for one or many servers, but do not write many applications.

To achieve certification, candidates must successfully complete both part I and part II exams.

MySQL 5.0 Database Administrator Certification Exam:

Sun Certified MySQL 5.0 Database Administrator Part I (CX-310-810)
Sun Certified MySQL 5.0 Database Administrator Part II (CX-310-811)

Oracle Certified Professional, MySQL 5.0 Developer Certification

November 26, 2010 by · Comments Off on Oracle Certified Professional, MySQL 5.0 Developer Certification
Filed under: MySQL, Oracle 

Sun Certified MySQL 5.0 Developer (SCMDEV) Certification Preparation, New name of this certification: Oracle Certified Professional, MySQL 5.0 Developer.

Oracle Certified Professional, MySQL 5.0 Developer

The Sun Certified MySQL Developer (CMDEV) certification is targeted toward candidates who will be developing applications that use MySQL as back-end storage.

To achieve certification, candidates must successfully complete both part I and part II exams. Although the recommended progression through these exams is to complete first the part I and then the part II, the exam part numbers do not express an advancement level. Rather, each part covers distinct areas of expertise, and the exams may be taken in any order.

MySQL 5.0 Developer Certification Exam

Sun Certified MySQL 5.0 Developer Part I  (CX- 310-812)
Sun Certified MySQL 5.0 Developer Part II (CX- 310-813)

VMware Certified Design Expert on vSphere 4 – Datacenter Design (VCDX4)

November 22, 2010 by · Comments Off on VMware Certified Design Expert on vSphere 4 – Datacenter Design (VCDX4)
Filed under: VCDX, VMware 

Become a VCDX4

1.Be a VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 4 (VCP4)
2.Pass the VCAP – Datacenter Administration Exam. (Registration Now Open!)
3.Pass the VCAP – Datacenter Design Exam (Coming Soon.)
4.Submit a VCDX4 Application that is accepted
5.Successfully present and defend a VMware Infrastructure Design and Implementation Plan

VMware no longer requires qualifying exams to be taken in a specific sequence. However, required exams must be passed before the start of the application submission and defense process.

VMware Certified Design Expert on VMware Infrastructure 3 (VCDX3)

November 22, 2010 by · Comments Off on VMware Certified Design Expert on VMware Infrastructure 3 (VCDX3)
Filed under: VCDX, VMware 

Become a VCDX3

1.Obtain VCP certification & complete VCDX Qualification Review

The VMware Certified Professional on Virtual Infrastructure 3 (VCP3) or the VMware Certified Professional on vSphere 4 (VCP4) is a prerequisite to the VCDX certification. The next step in the process is to complete the VMware VCDX Qualification Review. Qualified candidates will be provided a pre-authorization code for the VMware Enterprise Edministration on VI3 Exam. [Note: We are no longer accepting new candidate for the VCDX3 program.]

2.Pass Enteprise Administration Exam

The exam objectives are outlined in the VMware Enterprise Administration on VI3 Exam Blueprint. For practice, a VMware Enterprise Administration on VI3 Mock Exam has been provided. For registration assistance contact vcdx@vmware.com.

3.Pass Design Exam

The exam objectives are outlined in the VMware Design on VI3 Exam Blueprint.
4.Submit, Present & Defend your Design and Implementation Plan
The final step in becoming a VMware Certified Design Expert is the VCDX Defense. In this step you will need to successfully complete an interview, project review, and design defense activity. The VCP3 (or VCP4) certification, the VMware Enterprise Administration on VI3 Exam pass, and the VMware Design on VI3 Exam pass are all pre-requisites to the VCDX Application. Applications will not be accepted unless all pre-requsites have been met.


VCDX Defense

Defense interviews will be held during the following days:

•July 5-9, Melbourne, Australia (Application Deadline: May 18, 5:00 PM Pacific Time)
•August 23-27, San Francisco, CA (Application Deadline: June 21, 5:00 PM Pacific Time)
•October 11-15, Copenhagen, Denmark (Application Deadline: August 2, 5:00 PM Pacific Time)
•November 1-5, Cambridge, MA (Application Deadline: Aug 30, 5:00 PM Pacific Time)
•February 7-11, Orlando, FL (Application Deadline: Nov 22, 5:00 PM Pacific Time)

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