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MCPs Get Discounts on ALL MS Press Titles

Yowza! I came across an undeniably tasty item in trolling the Microsoft Born to Learn blog this morning. As of January 14, anybody with a Microsoft Certified Professional credential -- and that's anybody who's passed an exam that leads to MCSA, MCSE, MCPD, Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist, and everything else except exams for Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) or Microsoft Technology Associate -- gets a pretty hefty discount through the Microsoft Press Store.

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MS Restarts "Second Shot" Program

In what is apparently becoming something of a (very early) Rite of Spring, MS has re-launched its Second Shot program, whereby a special cert exam registration earns candidates the rights to a free re-take should they fail on their first attempt. The devil, of course, is in the details so please read on to learn all about them!

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By Ed TittelCommentsJanuary 14, 2015
Topics: Browse by Cert, Microsoft

MTA Mobility and Cloud Exams Get New Objectives

It's an outright truism that fast-moving technology areas change with equal rapidity. Building certifications to cover such topics areas can be a challenge and requires almost constant ferment to keep up with (or close to) the state of the art. That's why I was glad to learn that MS has recently updated its Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) exam objectives for its mobility and cloud fundamentals exams.

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Looking for Cert Inspiration for 2015? Look no further!

As 2014 is about to wind up tonight at midnight, it's highest time to start thinking about what kinds of IT certification adventures to ponder for the coming year that kicks off immediately after the ball drops in your neighborhood. I've got some suggestions for areas worth thinking about, and digging into that appear to be on the upswing for job opportunities, promotions, or simply to breathe new life and interest into a flagging career.

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By Ed TittelCommentsDecember 31, 2014
Topics: Browse by Cert

Giving Back in IT: In-School Volunteering and Mentoring

It's the time of year for a pause and some reflection, as the holidays are almost upon us and the New Year is immanent. I find myself thinking about how we IT pros can pass along what we know and have learned, particularly to that most impressionable of populations: school-aged youth...

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By Ed TittelCommentsDecember 17, 2014
Topics: Browse by Cert

Where to draw the line on exam prep?

In preparing, overseeing, and recommending quality cert prep materials, I always have to be keenly aware of the line that separates "the good stuff" from the stuff that oversteps the bounds of what's allowed when it comes to such things. Today I saw a terrific blog on Microsoft's Born to Learn that draws that line as clearly and explicitly as I've ever seen anywhere. Please, let me explain...

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By Ed TittelCommentsDecember 10, 2014
Topics: Browse by Cert

LinkedIn Weighs in on IT Certification

Starting at the end of November, 2014, LinkedIn started reporting on the results of its "Add to Profile for Certifications" functionality, introduced earlier that same year. The results draw on the site's 320 million-plus members to shed some interesting light on the certifications that they hold. Not all of them are in IT, of course, but those that are shed some interesting light on the subject.

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Looking Ahead: Hot IT Skills for 2015

When executive editor Brett Bartow at PITC occasionally suggests a blog topic, I'm always all ears. This time, he pointed me at a recent Network World story entitled "10 Hottest IT Skills for 2015," a November 18, 2014 story from Mary K. Pratt of sister publication Computer World. I'm always curious to know what's on the radar, so I read the story with some interest, and will share some high points with you here.

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Those Seeking Cisco Certs Should Mind Their Study/Learn Master List

Over the years, it's been interesting to watch the Cisco Learning Center grow and evolve to better meet the needs of IT professionals pursuing that company's often-coveted certification credentials. Of all the many things that Cisco does right with its cert programs, the company's "Study/Learn Master List" is second to none when it comes to helping interested parties find their way to the right exams, objectives, training, and study/prep materials. If you don't know about this already, you should; if you do know about it, you might want to head back to give it another look, as numerous exams have been (or will be) updated or replaced in the very near future.

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New CCNP Training Video Available at Half-Off

PITC's publishing arm strikes again, this time with over twelve hours of video training from Cisco CCIE and training maven Kevin Wallace. The subject is the Cisco Certified Network Network Professional, Routing & Switching, Exam 300-101, and consists of 149 videos that cover the entire CCNP R&S curriculum. These videos are structured as a collection of individual lessons, complete with summaries plus interactive module and glossary quizzes to help cert candidates master the materials covered. Good stuff!

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MCSE: Private Cloud Study Guides Finally Ready

The Microsoft Press study guides for the two MCSE: Private Cloud certification are now available, either in printed or eBook form. Check them out online at Pearson IT Certification.

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By Ed TittelCommentsOctober 29, 2014
Topics: Browse by Cert, MCSE, Microsoft, MCSA

Amazon Web Services Certs Worth Investigating

Long a leader in cloud technologies and related service offerings, Amazon offers a substantial and growing certification program to support its Amazon Web Services (AWS) offerings. Currently, credentials are available for architects, developers and sysadmins at associate and professional levels, with more on the way.

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