Mobility

Will you get certified to support PDAs?

Forecasts show that shipments of handheld devices will reach 9.4 million units by the end of 2008 and grow to as many as 15.8 million units by the end of 2012. Because of this, some PDA-support certs are being offered.

Forecasts show that shipments of handheld devices will reach 9.4 million units by the end of 2008 and grow to as many as 15.8 million units by the end of 2012. Because of this, some PDA support certs are being offered.

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According to a recent Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) survey of 3,578 IT managers, one of the most sought after IT skills in the next five years will be technical proficiency in supporting and maintaining wireless infrastructure and mobile devices.

Certifications in wireless technology have been available for a few years, but cert programs for handheld mobile devices are just now coming to the forefront. And, according to a new Forecast Update from IDC, they'd better speed it up because the handheld device market is poised for a sharp and steady growth in the years to come. According to the forecast, shipments of handheld devices will reach 9.4 million units by the end of 2008, and grow to as many as 15.8 million units by the end of 2012.

BlackBerry already has certification programs that are grouped according to specific roles in the various stages of BlackBerry deployment:

  • Plan and Design
  • Manage and Monitor
  • Support and Troubleshoot

Exams are 1.5 hours and cost $150 USD. (Beta exams, indicated by exam codes that start with BCX, are four hours long.) Click here for a look at some training courses that can help you prepare for the BlackBerry exams.

Will you pursue a cert for a handheld device, or do you think they're unnecessary?

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2 comments
jpleace
jpleace

No, I won't-I don't care what the IT industry comes to-I will only support these pocket addictions out of necessity. If the industry comes to supporting that, I will change industries. They are useful but not interesting or useful enough to devote a certification to and seem to be more of an addiction for workaholics and gadget junkies. Jim Pleace MCP, A+, N+, CNA

aroc
aroc

Many people find them essential to getting their work done as they have "evolved" their workstyle/lifestyle to incorporate the devices' capabilites, just as people have done with PC's over the years, which I see by your certifications you do support. I have seen plenty of characterizations over the years of folks using PC's (mobile and desktop) for their work with terms just like yours, "workaholics and gadget junkies". What's the difference? Curiously, rokky

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