Use me: What certification information do you seek?

Have a question about a certification program? Maybe you're trying to track down an elusive certification fact. Let us help. Details are inside this week's Paperchase Digest.

Do you need to know the number of IT pros who have earned MCSE certification? Have you been meaning to learn which study guides are best for passing a specific exam? Maybe you want to find out how much an IT pro with a CNA and two years of experience should expect to earn in Clearwater, FL. Or perhaps you’re studying for your CCNA exam, and you’re a little apprehensive. You’d like more information on what to expect, and any tips on preparatory resources would be appreciated.

Feel free to use me. It’s OK. Really.

While I may not have the answer off the top of my head, I have a few resources at my disposal. Plus, if you’ve got a question, odds are your peers and colleagues do, too.

So, here’s what we’re going to do
Send an e-mail to TechRepublic stating your certification question. I’ll answer the most common questions in future columns.

While it may not be possible to track down answers for every query (I once had someone request a program for accurately predicting winning lottery numbers), I’ll certainly give it a go. And to ensure others benefit from your inquiries, I’ll showcase popular questions, as well as the answers I am able to dig up, in future Paperchase Digests. If I can’t find the answer, I may throw it out there for other readers to take a crack at.

Fair enough?

How does it work?
Not long ago, I received a few e-mails in which IT professionals said they were unsure how to proceed now that the NT 4 certification track is being retired. Should they move forward with their NT training, or should they wait for the release of Windows 2000? They were also confused since, between the time of my writing an initial column on the subject and their reading it, additional elective exams had been retired.

Here’s the answer I provided:

Please keep in mind my piece was written before Microsoft's December announcement that the following are being retired on Dec. 31, 2000:

Exam 70-059: Internetworking with Microsoft TCP/IP on Microsoft Windows NT 4.0

Exam 70-064: Implementing and Supporting Microsoft Windows 95

Exam 70-087: Implementing and Supporting Microsoft Internet Information Server 4.0

This, of course, means candidates will probably need to pass four exams, not two, to migrate to Windows 2000 MCSE status from the NT 4 track. My understanding is that Microsoft will still recognize the NT 4 MCSE until Dec. 31, 2001. So candidates have two years to take four exams (assuming they're already certified in NT 4).

If you're just starting afresh, I'd recommend migrating to Win2000. As Microsoft is moving aggressively to retire the NT 4 exams, unless you've got tremendous hands-on experience with NT 4, I think you'd be best served pursuing the certification path with Win2K.

Thanks for visiting the site and taking time to write. I appreciate your feedback.


Erik Eckel MCP+I, MCSE

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