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Computer Certifications

Becoming certified in a specific skill or product is a way to prove that you have the necessary knowledge to perform a job in a given field or a job that uses specific technologies. Employers often look at a candidate’s certifications in order to assess whether or not the individual is a viable candidate for a position. Webopedia has compiled this alphabetical list of different certifications related to computer technologies with a brief explanation of each certification and links to further information.

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A+ Sponsored by CompTIA, this certification indicates that the holder has the skills and training to troubleshoot and repair computers. A common certification for entry-level hardware technicians. A+ is not vendor-specific, though one core element of the certification is knowledge of the Microsoft Windows operating system. For more information, see http://www.comptia.org/certification/a/default.aspx
AcceleratedSAP Sponsored by SAP AG, this certification indicates that the holder has been trained using Accelerated SAP in one or more of the following categories: Customer Solution Strategy, AcceleratedSAP Implementation, and/or Continuous Business Improvement. For more information, see http://www.sap.com/index.aspx
ACDT (Apple Certified Desktop Technician) Apple Certified Desktop Technician (ACDT) certification verifies the ability to perform basic troubleshooting and repair of Macintosh desktop systems, such as iMac and Power Mac G5. ACDT certification exams emphasize identifying and resolving common OS X problems, and using Apple Service and Support products and practices to effectively repair Apple hardware. For more information, see http://train.apple.com/certification/acdt.html
ACHDS (Apple Certified Help Desk Specialist) The new Apple Certified Help Desk Specialist (ACHDS) certification verifies an understanding of Mac OS X core functionality and an ability to configure key services, perform basic troubleshooting, and assist end users with essential Mac OS X capabilities. This certification addresses the technical skills needed by a Mac OS X specialist who works on a help desk or otherwise assists Mac OS X users with technical issues. For more information, see http://train.apple.com/certification/achds.html
ACPT (Apple Certified Portable Technician) Apple Certified Portable Technician (ACPT) certification verifies the ability to perform basic troubleshooting and repair of Macintosh portable systems, such as iBook and PowerBook G4. ACPT certification exams emphasize identifying and resolving common OS X problems, and using Apple Service and Support products and practices to effectively repair Apple hardware. For more information, see http://train.apple.com/certification/acpt.html
ACSA (Apple Certified System Administrator) Apple Certified System Administrator (ACSA) certification verifies an in-depth knowledge of Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server architecture and an ability to install and configure machines; design and configure networks; enable, customize, tune, and troubleshoot a wide range of services; and integrate Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server within a heterogeneous and legacy networked environment. The required exams are based on Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server v10.3. For more information, see http://train.apple.com/certification/acsa.html
ACTC  (Apple Certified Technical Coordinator) Apple Certified Technical Coordinator (ACTC) certification verifies a foundation in Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server core functionality and an ability to configure key services and perform basic troubleshooting of the essential Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server capabilities. The required exams are based on Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server v10.3. For more information, see http://train.apple.com/certification/actc.html
AIS (Advanced Information Security) Computer security certification for the network IT and security professional that focuses on assessing security risks and prevention of security breaches. This certification, offered by Security University, is an advanced course that requires expert knowledge of security technologies. AIS is broken down into two different areas of focus: Computer Security Fundamentals and Anti-Hacking Certification. For more information, see http://www.securityuniversity.net/certification.php
Apple Pro Training Series: End-User Certification Program The Apple Pro Training Series gives end-users the opportunity to choose their method of learning, with either instructor-led or self-paced courses, in Final Cut Pro, DVD Studio Pro, Shake and/or Logic. Instructor-led courses are held throughout North America, South America, Europe and Asia at Apple Authorized Training Centers. These courses are taught by Apple Certified Trainers and balance concepts and lectures with hands on labs and exercises. Upon completion of the course material, students can become an Apple Pro by taking the certification exam at an Apple Authorized Training Center. For more information, see http://www.apple.com/software/pro/training/cert_programs.html
CCA (Citrix Certified Administrator) Sponsored by Citrix, this certification indicates the holder understands Citrix application servers and Citrix platform products. This certification is the foundation for more advanced Citrix certifications. For more information, see http://www.citrix.com/site/SS/training/certTrack.asp?trackID=3381
CCDA (Cisco Certified Design Associate) Sponsored by Cisco, this certification indicates the holder demonstates a foundation or apprentice knowledge of network design for the Cisco Internetwork Infrastructure, which includes designing routed and switched network infrastructures involving LAN, WAN, and dial access services for enterprises. CCNA is a prerequisite for CCDA. For more information, see http://www.cisco.com/en/US/learning/le3/le2/le0/le4/learning_certification_type_home.html
CCDP (Cisco Certified Design Professional) Sponsored by Cisco, this certification indicates the holder demonstrates advanced knowledge of network design and can design routed and switched networks involving LAN, WAN, and dial access services. CCNA and CCDA are prerequisites for CCDP. For more information, see http://www.cisco.com/en/US/learning/le3/le2/le37/le5/learning_certification_type_home.html
CCEA (Citrix Certified Enterprise Administrator) Sponsored by Citrix, this certification indicates the holder can install and administer the Citrix MetaFrame Access Suite of products. The CCA certification is a prerequisite to CCEA. For more information, see http://www.citrix.com/site/SS/training/certTrack.asp?trackID=3382
CCI (Citrix Certified Instructor) Sponsored by Citrix, this certification indicates the holder demonstrates an exceptional knowledge of the Citrix MetaFrame Access Suite and underlying operating systems. This certificate enables the holder to teach Citrix-authorized courses. For more information, see http://www.citrix.com/site/SS/training/certTrack.asp?trackID=7173
CCIA (Citrix Certified Integration Architect) Sponsored by Citrix, this certification indicates the holder demonstrates best practices recommended by Citrix for analysis, design, and build/test of Citrix technologies. For more information, see http://www.citrix.com/site/SS/training/certTrack.asp?trackID=6878
CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert) Sponsored by Cisco, this advanced certification indicates the holder has in-depth knowledge of Cisco network technologies and can troubleshoot large networks. For more information, see http://www.cisco.com/en/US/learning/le3/ccie/index.html
CCIP (Cisco Certified Internetwork Professional) Sponsored by Cisco, this advanced certification indicates the holder demonstrates understanding of networking technologies in the service provider arena, including IP routing, IP QoS, BGP, and MPLS. CCNA is a prerequisite to CCIP. For more information, see http://www.cisco.com/en/US/learning/le3/le2/le37/le8/learning_certification_type_home.html
CCMSE (Check Point Certified Managed Security Expert) Sponsored by Check Point, this advanced certification indicates holder demonstates skill with Check Point's VPN-1/FireWall-1 as an enterprise security solution and deploying Check Point’s Provider-1 in a Network Operating Center environment as a centralized policy management solution. For more information, see http://www.checkpoint.com/services/education/certification/certifications/ccmse.html
CCMSE Plus VSX Sponsored by Check Point, this advanced certification indicates holder demonstates skill in deploying Check Point's VSX enterprise security solution. CCSA, CCSE and CCMSE are prerequisites to CCMSE Plus VSX. For more information, see http://www.checkpoint.com/services/education/certification/certifications/ccmse_vsx.html
CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) Sponsored by Cisco, this entry-level certification indicates the holder demonstrates basic knowledge to install, configure, and operate LAN, WAN, and dial access services for small networks (100 nodes or fewer), including but not limited to use of these protocols: IP, IGRP, Serial, Frame Relay, IP RIP, VLANs, RIP, Ethernet, Access Lists. For more information, see http://www.cisco.com/en/US/learning/le3/le2/le0/le9/learning_certification_type_home.html
CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional) Sponsored by Cisco, this advanced certification indicates the holder demonstrates the knowledge to install, configure, and troubleshoot local and wide area networks for enterprise organizations with networks from 100 to more than 500 nodes. CCNA is a prerequisite to CCNP. For more information, see http://www.cisco.com/en/US/learning/le3/le2/le37/le10/learning_certification_type_home.html
CCSA (Check Point Certified Security Administrator) Sponsored by Check Point, this certification indicates holder demonstates the ability to configure and manage Check Point’s Firewall-1 corporate Internet security product. The certification also implies that the holder understands the fundamentals of network security. For more information, see http://www.checkpoint.com/services/education/certification/certifications/ccsa.html
CCSE (Check Point Certified Security Expert) Sponsored by Check Point, this certification indicates holder demonstates the ability to configure and manage Check Point’s VPN-1/FireWall-1 products. CCSEs are also tested for skills to configure content security by enabling Java blocking and anti-virus checking. CCSA is a prerequisite for CCSE. For more information, see http://www.checkpoint.com/services/education/certification/certifications/ccse.html
CCSE Plus An advanced form of CCSE that indicates the holder has in-depth technical knowledge (enterprise integration and troubleshooting) of Check Point VPN-1/Firewall-1 products. For more information, see http://www.checkpoint.com/services/education/certification/certifications/ccse_plus.html
CCSP (Cisco Certified Security Professional) Sponsored by Cisco, this certification indicates the holder demonstrates advanced knowledge of securing Cisco networks, including perimeter security, virtual private networks, and intrusion protection. CCNA is a prerequisite to CCSP. For more information, see http://www.cisco.com/en/US/learning/le3/le2/le37/le54/learning_certification_type_home.html
CCSP (Citrix Certified Sales Professional) Sponsored by Citrix, this certification indicates the holder demonstrates knowledge of Citrix technology, products and services and can sell and market them. For more information, see http://www.citrix.com/site/SS/training/certTrack.asp?trackID=3402
CCSPA (Check Point Certified Security Principles Associate) An entry-level certification for security professionals, CCSPA ensures that the holder can recognize network security threats and recommend solutions at the enterprise level. For more information, see http://www.checkpoint.com/services/education/certification/certifications/ccspa.html
CDIA+  (Certified Document Imaging Architech Certification) The CompTIA CDIA+ certification is the first global standard of competency and professionalism in the document imaging/document management industry. Supported by a network of worldwide industry leaders, it validates a professional's level of expertise in the technologies and best practices used to plan, design, and specify a document imaging, management system.  For more information, see http://www.comptia.org/
CHAMP (Certified Hardware Asset Management Professional) Sponsored by the International Association of IT Asset Managers (IAITAM), this certification targets the business practices that all organizations should employ to manage hardware assets.  Professionals receiving this certification are qualified to improve the life cycle management of assets to attain the goals of accountability, cost savings, control and reduced risk.  For more information, see http://www.iaitam.org/
CITAM (Certified Information Technology Asset Manager) Sponsored by the International Association of IT Asset Managers (IAITAM), this certification for the IT asset management professional signifies mastery of the implementation and management issues associated with hardware and software asset management.  This advanced class requires CSAM or CHAMP certification or significant job related experience in the ITAM field.  For more information, see http://www.iaitam.org/
CIW (Certified Internet Webmaster) A CIW certification is a documented measure that validates an individual's skill and knowledge in a given CIW job role, or a combination of specified CIW job role and language theory exams that culminate in a Master CIW certification. A CIW certification is earned by passing the required CIW exam(s). A CIW certification is earned by passing the required CIW exam(s).  For more information, see http://www.ciwcertified.com/introCND.asp?comm=CND
CNA (Certified Novell Administrator) Certified Novell Administrators (CNAs) provide companies direct support for software users in various work environments including professional offices and small businesses, work groups or departments, and corporate information services (IS). For more information, see http://www.novell.com/training/
CNE (Certified Novell Engineer) Certified Novell Engineer (CNE) training gives you a wide variety of network support skills that allow you to keep your company's network running efficiently - with less downtime. As a CNE, you solve advanced company-wide support problems and high-level network problems. You perform planning, installation, configuration, troubleshooting and upgrade services for networks.  For more information, see http://www.novell.com/training/
CSAM (Certified Software Asset Manager) Sponsored by the International Association of IT Asset Managers (IAITAM), this certification focuses on the business practices for software asset management necessary for compliance and as a corporate cost savings strategy. For more information, see http://www.iaitam.org/
CTT+ (Certified Technical Trainer) Sponsored by CompTIA, this certification indicates the holder has demonstrated the skills required to successfully train IT professionals. For more information, see http://www.comptia.org/certification/ctt/default.aspx
DCSE (Dell Certified Systems Expert) Dell Certified Systems Expert (DCSE) courses teach the Theory of Operation, Diagnostics and Hardware Troubleshooting, Proper Component Removal and Replacement Procedures and Operating System Installation and Configuration. It is specifically designed for technicians that install and service Dell products (Dell Services: Dell Tech Support, Dell Installation Service Provider and Dell Service Provider). This certification will ensure knowledge and skills of Dell Services and ensure DCSE Certified technicians are dispatched to customer sites to provide product installation and service. For more information, see
http://dcse.dell.com/DCSEProgDef.asp

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