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MCPs Get Discounts on ALL MS Press Titles

Ed Tittel

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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New Virtual Workshop on RHCSA/RHCE Announced

Jamie Shoup

Join us for Lesson 1 of “Tips for passing the Red Hat RHCSA and RHCE exam”, on Jan. 23rd, at 12:00pm EST, exploring “Understanding external authentication,” presented by Pearson IT Certification Author Sander van Vugt.

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Free Learning Events by Cisco Press Authors

Jamie Shoup

New Janurary learning events to get on your calendar!

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MS Restarts "Second Shot" Program

Ed Tittel

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

A+ Certified at Twelve - Study Success Story

Jamie Shoup

From a very early age, Garrett Hillyard from Brockville, Ontario, Canada has had an interest in computers. When only four years old, he received his first laptop (a Toshiba Satellite with Windows XP), and mostly used it for educational gaming. He then began to develop keyboard, mouse, and navigating skills that would lead him down a very technical path.

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MTA Mobility and Cloud Exams Get New Objectives

Ed Tittel

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!

Ed Tittel

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

Ed Tittel

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?

Ed Tittel

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

Ed Tittel

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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Exam Advice with Cisco Press Author Raymond Lacoste

Jamie Shoup

Listen up test-takers - Author Raymond Lacoste is talking CCNP Routing and Switching exams, advice and more!

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Looking Ahead: Hot IT Skills for 2015

Ed Tittel

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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