CALIFORNIA, September 25, 2013 – CompTIA has announced that CompTIA Green IT and CompTIA IT for Sales certification exams are slated to be retired by the year-end. Candidates who intend to take these exams must schedule and register their exam before December 31st, 2013. As of January 1, 2014, these exams will no longer be available.

The CompTIA Strata Green IT certification is designed to enhance an IT professional’s experience, knowledge, and existing IT credentials to incorporate emerging technologies shaping the global green IT industry today. This exam covers the following areas:

  • A specialized knowledge of current IT methodologies.

  • The ability to develop, deploy, and calculate true ROI for green IT initiatives.

  • Knowledge of cost-cutting power management and IT virtualization techniques.

  • Proven understanding of environmentally-sound waste disposal.

To achieve this certification, candidates need to pass FC0-GR1 exam and they should hold CompTIA A+, and CompTIA Server+ certification in addition to minimum 18 months of technical experience. Candidates can schedule their exam via Pearson VUE testing centers.

 CompTIA Strata IT for Sales certification is designed to show that the successful candidate has the knowledge to effectively engage a customer, identify types of technology users, coordinate with technical staff, ensure customer satisfaction, and provide appropriate solutions based on customer requirements – including Green IT and preventative maintenance.

To achieve this certification, candidates need to pass FC0-TS1 exam. There is no pre-requisite for this certification exam. Candidates can schedule their exam via Pearson VUE testing centers.

uCertify provides test prep materials for the exams scheduled to be retired soon. To achieve these certifications, candidates can visit www.ucertify.com.

CompTIA has recently begun including performance based questions for several of its exams in addition to the standard multiple choice questions. The current list of exams that contain performance based questions are: A+ (220-801 and 220-802), Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP), Network+ (N10-005), and Security+ (SY0-301).

 

Candidates are required to perform a specific task or solve a problem in simulated IT environments in Performance-based questions. When the candidate completes the required steps, the task is considered accomplished.

 

A comprehensive certification prep course can help you to prepare thoroughly for the actual certification exam. uCertify courses include performance-based question in the practice tests to help candidates prepare for CompTIA exams.

 

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CompTIA has announced the retirement of CompTIA A+ 700 series exams. If you wish to get certified in this series, you must take the exams prior to August 31, 2013. The English version of CompTIA’s A+ 700 series exams are scheduled to retire on August 31, 2013.

 

Why should you take the 700 series when the 800 series is already released? If you have already taken the 220-701 exam, but were putting off the 220-702 exam, now would be the time to do it. You will not be able to take the 220-702 exam after August 31,2013. Starting Sep 1, even if you completed your 220-701 but not the 220-702, you will need to take both the 800 series exams to earn your CompTIA A+ certification.

 

A combination of the 700 series and 800 series exams is not allowed because the exam objectives of the CompTIA A+ 800 series are different from the CompTIA A+ 700 series.

 

If you are preparing for CompTIA A+ 700 series exam, be sure to take both the exams before August 31, 2013. Otherwise, you will need to purchase CompTIA A+ 800 series content.

 

Please visit the below links to buy uCertify’s CompTIA A+ 700 series PrepKits:

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CompTIA’s Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) certification recently earned DoD approval and it  is now included in the U.S. Department of Defense Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program. The program provides guidance and procedures for the training, certification and management of the Department of Defense workforce conducting information assurance functions in assigned duty positions.

 

The CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner certification attests competency in applying critical thinking and judgment across a broad spectrum of security disciplines. The exam covers enterprise security, risk management, integration of computing, Communications, and Business Disciplines.

 

The certification is targeted at Security Administrators, and Security Officers with a minimum of 10 years of experience in IT administration and at least five years of hands-on security experience in an enterprise environment.

 

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Certifications play a vital role in determining an individual’s salary. 2013 is looking to be a great year for IT professionals. The nature of IT is to stay ahead of the curve in all things related to technology. Today, the expectation is that IT professionals will have a measure of capability, if not proficiency, in everything from wireless networking and security to mobile app development and maintaining a cloud-based infrastructure. Extending your expertise into new areas demonstrates that as an IT professional, you can manage the complex changes taking place today in technology and that you are up to the challenge.


Here, we take a look at few certifications with the highest earning potential.


1. Project Management Professional (PMP):

The PMI-PMP certification is an industry recognized vendor neutral credential. The PMI PMP Certification (Project Management Professional) is one of the most popular certifications today. The PMP exam recognizes demonstrated knowledge and skill in leading and directing project teams and in delivering project results within the constraints of schedule, budget, and resources. PMP PMI’s certification provides experienced individuals the skills and abilities to manage large projects with critical paths, critical dates, available resources, and track the progress of the project from inception to completion, on time without cost overruns.


2. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP):

The CISSP certification is an advanced-level certification specially meant for IT security professionals who have a minimum of five years of professional experience (effective Jan 1st 2012) in the field of information security. The prerequisite for the ISC2 CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certifications is five years of professional work experience as an IT professional, but in a different domain. The certification is proof of a person’s competence in defining the architecture, design, management and security of business environments.


3. Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA):

The CCNA certification is the novice certification, i.e., the entry level. It is a pre-requisite for all the advanced level Cisco certifications such as CCNP and CCIE.  It validates the skills of networking professionals to install, configure and troubleshoot routed and switched networks. CCNA Certified professionals are capable of implementing and verifying connections to remote sites in a WAN. They also have basic knowledge on security issues, Wireless networking and performance-based skills.

You can choose either of the two paths for becoming CCNA:


4. Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA):

The Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) certification is considered the foundation-level enterprise Wi-Fi certification for the Certified Wireless Network Professional program and it also acts as a gateway to more senior credentials. As an increasing number of users view wireless connectivity as basic infrastructure and not as an extra bonus, the need for wireless management capability will continue to grow.  It is believed that the candidates should have a basic understanding and fundamental knowledge of information technology. The Certified Wireless Networking Administration certification exam is a standalone certification from CWNP with the exam code PW0-104. Its upgraded version is PW0-105.


5.  Strata Green IT:

The CompTIA‘s Strata Green IT certificate is designed to enhance an IT professional’s experience, knowledge, and existing IT credentials to incorporate emerging technologies shaping the global green IT industry today. IT professionals that pass the Strata Green IT exam validate that they have the aptitude needed to effectively implement and measure Green IT programs and investments.

The certification requires you to pass only one exam:

CompTIA is providing an opportunity for IT Professionals to enroll in the CompTIA Continuing Education (CE) program on or before December 31, 2012. This offer is limited to only those certified in 2010 or earlier in CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ and/or CompTIA Security+  certifications. Candidates who earned their CompTIA certification in 2011 are already enrolled in the CE program.

Candidates certified in 2010 or earlier are considered “certified for life,” but they can enroll in the CompTIA Continuing Education Program to further demonstrate their knowledge and skills to their employers who may require such a certification.

If the “certified for life” individual is not enrolled in the Continuing Education program before Dec 31, 2012, they will need to retake and pass the corresponding current certification exam in order to achieve the CE certification.

Continuing education credits can be awarded within a three-year period through a variety of activities that show an understanding of relevant industry knowledge.

Candidates who are “certified for life” must follow these steps to enroll in the CE program:

1. Log in to the CompTIA Candidate Database https://www.certmetrics.com/comptia/login.aspx
2. Click the Continuing Education Menu Item
3. Click on the Enroll link
4. Click on the Enroll button

Click the link below for more information on tihs program: http://certification.comptia.org/news/12-11-29/Deadline_for_Certified_for_Life_Candidates_to_Enroll_in_Continuing_Education_Dec_31.aspx

uCertify, a proud CompTIA GOLD Partner will be at CompTIA’s Academy Educator Conference this month, in Las Vegas on July 28th and 29th. The conference is targeted at educators and has several informative sessions on the latest CompTIA certifications. We would love to meet you and learn about your specific needs, as well as share how we can help your students not only get certified, but actually learn the skills expected of a certified professional!
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CompTIA has announced four certification level series that test various knowledge standards, from entry to expert-level. The CompTIA certification program has been reorganized and repositioned from a collection of entry-level credentials to a multi-level program. These four levels are:

CompTIA Mastery Series: CompTIA Mastery certifications cover the advanced practice of a specific IT area. Candidates targeting this track must be able to integrate multiple enterprise disciplines through the application of advanced skills.

  • CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP): This certification covers the advanced topics related to enterprise security; risk management; research and analysis; and integration of computing, communications, and business disciplines.

CompTIA Professional Series: The CompTIA certification program has been reorganized and repositioned from a collection of entry-level credentials to a multi-level program. CompTIA professional certifications cover the technical skills and knowledge needed to succeed in a specific IT career.

  • CompTIA A+: This certification relates to preventative maintenance, basic networking, installation, troubleshooting, communication and professionalism, etc.
  • CompTIA Network+: This certification includes managing, maintaining, troubleshooting, operating and configuring basic network infrastructure.
  • CompTIA Project+: This certification covers the entire process of project management, including initiation, planning, execution, acceptance, support and closure.
  • CompTIA Security+: This certification validates the knowledge of system security, network infrastructure, cryptography, assessments and audits.
  • CompTIA CDIA+: This certification tests the knowledge and skills needed in the document imaging sales field, including planning, designing and specifying a document imaging management system.
  • CompTIA CTP+: This certification validates the knowledge of designing, implementing and managing voice and data networks.
  • CompTIA CTT+: This certification includes the knowledge and skills needed for the technical training field, including classroom preparation, presentation, communication, facilitation and evaluation in both traditional classroom and virtual classroom environments.
  • CompTIA PDI+: This certification explains the knowledge and skills needed for technicians in the printer and document-imaging field, such as basic electromechanical components and tools, print engine and scan processes, color theory and networking.
  • CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI: This certification includes user administration, file permissions, software configurations and the fundamental management of Linux systems.
  • CompTIA Server+: This certification explains the areas such as RAID, SCSI, managing multiple CPUs and disaster recovery.
  • CompTIA Storage+ Powered by SNIA: This certification includes storage components, connectivity, storage management, data protection and storage performance.

CompTIA Speciality Series: The CompTIA Speciality certifications cover the business and technical knowledge needed for specific vertical or niche markets. Specialty certifications can be taken in combination with other CompTIA certifications as well. Some of the Specialty certifications are as follows:

  • CompTIA Cloud Essentials: This certification explains what cloud computing means from a business and technical perspective, as well as what is involved in moving to and governing the cloud.
  • CompTIA Green IT: This certification covers the knowledge needed to implement environmentally sound techniques within an organization’s IT infrastructure.
  • CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician: This certification validates the knowledge of methods to implement, deploy, and support healthcare IT systems in various clinical settings.
  • CompTIA IT for Sales: This certification covers the professional knowledge in technology basics necessary to complete sales activities with customers in technical fields.

CompTIA Basic Series: CompTIA basic certifications cover foundational topics and issues in IT and are suited for individuals looking to enter jobs that involve computers.

  • Strata IT Fundamentals: This is the only credential in this group so far, and it covers the fundamentals A+. This certification includes the basic understanding of PC components, functionality, compatibility and related technology topics.

Q. What is the FC0-U21 exam?
A.The CompTIA Strata Fundamentals of IT Technology (FC0-U21) exam is designed for beginners. It is a vendor-neutral certificate program that validates an individual’s understanding of information technology (IT). Students and professionals holding a Strata certificate can prove they have the skills required to enter and excel in technology-related fields.

Q. What are the prerequisites for the FC0-U21 exam?
A. There is no prerequisite for the FC0-U21 exam.

Q. What credit does the FC0-U21 exam provide?
A. The CompTIA Strata Fundamentals of IT Technology (FC0-U21) exam is designed to show that the successful candidate has the knowledge to identify and explain PC components, set up a basic PC workstation, conduct basic software installation, identify compatibility issues and recognize/prevent basic security risks.

The CompTIA Strata Fundamentals of IT Technology (FC0-U21) certificate holders continue advancing their careers by earning higher-level IT certifications such as CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA Security+.

Q. How many questions are asked in the test?
A. 35

Q. What is the duration of the test?
A. 60 minutes

Q. Which type of test is it? (Adaptive/Linear)
A.Linear

Q. What is the passing score?
A. 70%

Q. What is the test retake policy?
A. There is no wait time fixed between the first and second attempts. However, a third or any subsequent attempt needs to be at least 30 calendar days apart from the previous test.

Q. Is the FC0-U21 exam right for me?
A. This exam is ideal for students beginning an IT education program, prospective employees seeking to demonstrate that they are ready to enter the IT workforce, and individuals focused on an IT career. This exam is also helpful for candidates who are preparing for higher level certifications such as CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA Security+, and professionals in technology-related career roles.

Q. What can I expect in the FC0-U21 exam?
A. You can expect multiple-choice questions on the following topics:

  • Technology and Computer Hardware Basics
  • Compatibility Issues and Common Errors
  • Software Installation and Functions
    Security
  • Green IT and Preventative Maintenance

Q. What are the code languages available for the FC0-U21 exam?
A. English

Q. Where can I take the test?
A. CompTIA certification exams are provided through Pearson VUE and Prometric.

Q. How can I locate a testing center?
A. Visit the Pearson VUE and Prometric sites to locate a testing center.

Q. What is the Strata Fundamentals of IT Technology (FC0-U41) exam?
A. The CompTIA Strata Fundamentals of IT Technology (FC0-U41) exam is designed for beginners. It is a vendor-neutral certificate program that validates an individual’s understanding of information technology (IT). Students and professionals holding a Strata certificate can prove they have the skills required to enter and excel in technology-related fields.

Q. What are the prerequisites for the FC0-U41 exam?
A. There is no prerequisite for the FC0-U41 exam.

Q. What credit does the FC0-U41 exam provide?
A. The CompTIA Strata Fundamentals of IT Technology (FC0-U41) exam is designed to show that the successful candidate has the knowledge to identify and explain PC components, setup a basic PC workstation, conduct basic software installation, identify compatibility issues and recognize/prevent basic security risks.

The CompTIA Strata Fundamentals of IT Technology (FC0-U41) certificate holders continue advancing their careers by earning higher-level IT certifications such as CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA Security+.

Q. How many questions are asked in the test?
A. 70

Q. What is the duration of the test?
A. 60 minutes

Q. Which type of the test is it? (Adaptive/Linear)
A. Linear

Q. What is the passing score?
A. 70%

Q. What is the test retake policy?
A. There is no wait time fixed between the first and second attempts. However, a third or any subsequent attempt needs to be at least 30 calendar days apart from the previous test.

Q. Is the FC0-U41 exam right for me?
A. This exam is ideal for students beginning an IT education program, prospective employees seeking to demonstrate that they are ready to enter the IT workforce, and individuals focused on an IT career. This exam is also helpful for candidates who are preparing for higher level certifications such as CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA Security+, and professionals in technology-related career roles.

Q. What to expect in the Strata Fundamentals of IT Technology (FC0-U41) exam?
A. You can expect multiple-choice questions on the following topics:

* Technology and Computer Hardware Basics
* Compatibility Issues and Common Errors
* Software Installation and Functions
* Security
* Green IT and Preventative Maintenance

Q. What are the code languages available for the CompTIA Strata Fundamentals of IT Technology exam?
A. English

Q. Where to take the test?
A. CompTIA certification exams are provided through Pearson VUE and Prometric.

Q. How to locate a testing center?
A. Visit the Pearson VUE and Prometric sites to locate a testing center.