It's to IBM's credit that these certs are detailed and difficult.
They are also evolving as the system and products change.
I do wish IBM would add a System i Security Admin cert. The non IBM
security certs are great, but do not tell me someone knows i5/OS security.
I do think that added cert will mean something in the marketplace.

btw - we have all met or have heard of  managers who cannot manage,
MBA's that cannot run a business, certified teachers who cannot teach,
and programmers and admins who are less than competent. Certs are just
another tool for weeding them out. When I was with a IBM Business Partner,
we required all rpg developers to acheive the cert within 6 months, and ran
our own classes to get them through it. They were actually excited at getting
the training (many passed it immediately on their own knowledge), and we
paid a cash bonus upon completion. Then each had to get at least one more cert, from our approved list. This program was a benefit to both employees, customers,
and our own bottom line. We were able to compete and win business by pushing
our certifications.

jim franz

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I'm glad it's a rigorous test and that I failed it (by about 2% points). It's a real incentive to study, which has to make me more knowledgeable; and passing it will mean more.

By the way, did you know that for $10 you can take an assessment test which has the same level of difficulty as the certification exam? I'd like to see how many developers could pass the admin test.


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