Bryan J. Smith
b.j.smith at ieee.org
Thu Nov 10 17:51:11 EST 2005
Paul Tader <ptader at gmail.com> wrote:
> Please also consider what potential students are seeing - a
> "incomplete" certification track.
Show me any certification track that is "complete."
It took Red Hat quite awhile to come out with the RHCA.
In fact, many cert critics used to complain that Red Hat
didn't have a security specialty -- all while not listening
to Red Hat that security was always a key focus in the RHCT
and RHCE (so much so that it counts for 50% of your score on
But now we have the RHCSS -- although that's driven by
authentication, certificate and directory services, as well
as DAC, MAC and other approaches such as SELinux. As someone
who holds the MCSA/MCSE:Security specialty, it's funny what
marketing is versus reality. I.e., the RHCSS puts the
MCSA/MCSE:Security to shame. E.g., the latter doesn't even
address more than 3 of the 7 domains of the ISC2 SCCP.
> If they are at the start of a long certification road,
> knowing that a lot of time and money is going to be spent,
> where will they spend it?
LPI isn't interested in money or they'd be doing training.
So this is a non-consideration.
> Just a thought.
Here's a thought ... is it better to take 10+ exams from one
vendor, or take 10+ exams from a host of vendors -- going
through the professional level but avoiding the specialties?
I could easily go nuts with the Cisco lines of certs, but I
think a 5-exam CCNP and 4-exam (2 overlapping with CCNP) CCDP
tracks are enough -- let alone I'm sure many CCIEs don't
bother to go wild except for when they have to re-cert (any
CCIE specialty exam re-certs now).
I took my 4 LPIs, my 9 Microsofts, my 4 CIWs, my 6 Ciscos, my
4 Suns, etc... I'd rather take 10+ exams (I took 40) from
different vendors than take a bunch from just 1. Especially
as a consultant.
So LPI's "branching out" isn't going to get it more
candidates. In fact, it's just going to get it more
headaches/load for the same number of candidates.
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