Keeping current on certs: It's an age-old problem

Certifications present the eternal problem of what to do to keep them up to date. Once the most important certification to have, Novell's CNE still exists. This Classic Tip shows what you had to do at the turn of the century to keep your CNE certification current. See how some things haven't changed.

The Classic Tip from this week comes from our NetWare TechMail dated March 24, 2000 and concerns keeping your CNE certification current:


If you're a Certified Novell Engineer and plan to update your

certification using Course 529, NetWare 4.11 to NetWare 5 Update, be

advised that there are additional reading materials not included with

the student manual.

These materials are Web accessible. Be sure to download and study them

because the test for Course 529 covers objectives from both the student

manual and the supplementary material. You can download the material

from the Novell Education Web site.

Check out the Novell Education Web site for help in determining your

upgrade path.

In the 80's, the certification to have was Novell's CNE. Although not the first professional certification available, the CNE was the certification that probably got the whole certification vs. degree discussion going. By the turn of the century, momentum had switched to the ubiquitous MCSE. Today, it's the CCIE and others.

Novell had the whole certification business down to a fine science by the end of the 80's and early 90's. This tip illustrates how even Novell's well-oiled certification machine had a few glitches in it. It wasn't always easy to keep the certification exams and materials available and included in student kits.

Novell still offers the traditional CNE certification. Reflecting its emphasis on Linux, there are also several Linux certifications available as well. Novell's Certification Web site contains the full list.

As you can tell however, once you get on the certification merry-go-round, it's hard to get off. Keeping certifications current is a problem that presents itself continually. It will be just as much of a hassle in the 2010's and 2020's as it was in the 1980's and 1990's.