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TOP 10 certification hot list for 2006

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TOP 10 certification hot list for 2006
« เมื่อ: 5 มิถุนายน 2007, 09:25:39 »
Review of list will be revised every year .... Let's see this reference list just for 2006 only
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#1: Red Hat Certified Engineer
Vendor: Red Hat
Reader Interest Score (out of 20): 17
Buzz Score (out of 10): 8
Total: 25

If you’re looking for yet another sign that Linux is becoming a real player, then you’ve got it. While Linux certifications have regularly made our Hot Cert list over the past few years -- in fact, the RCHE has appeared on this list since we started it for 2002 -- this is the first time one has ever taken the top spot. Quite a feat, especially when you consider that the vast majority of CertCities.com’s readers are Windows professionals.
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2#2: Microsoft Certified Technical Specialist: SQL & .NET
Vendor: Microsoft
Reader Interest Score (out of 20): 18
Buzz Score (out of 10): 5
Total: 23

While the MCA represents a new top-level addition to the Microsoft program, the MCTS will be the first step, requiring between one and three exams to earn a variety of specialties.
So far, only the SQL and .NET tracks have been officially announced (they’re currently in beta), so those are the only specialties we asked you about. Even with this limitation, the title scored extremely well on our survey, earning it a No. 2 debut. Interest in this title (along with the higher level Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional, which just missed the cut this year) should only continue to rise as the expected Windows server tracks are released during the next few years.
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#3: Microsoft Certified Architect
Vendor: Microsoft
Reader Interest Score (out of 20): 15
Buzz Score (out of 10): 7
Total: 22

It wasn’t a surprise when Microsoft announced its architect certification earlier this year; rumors that the title was coming had been swirling for a while. What did surprise many was the format: Instead of a hands-on lab exam, Redmond went with a peer-review format modeled after professional board certifications, along with an estimated $10,000 price tag
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#4 (TIE): Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP), Project Management Professional (PMP)
Vendors: Cisco, Project Management Institute
Reader Interest Score (out of 20): 13, 14
Buzz Score (out of 10): 8, 7
Total: 21

Since we’re already on a Cisco roll, let’s continue with the CCSP -- the company’s mid-level security title. It’s no surprise to find this title so high our list for 2006, as it combines two of the hottest certification areas today: Cisco and security.

CertCities.com contributor and CCIE Scott Morris placed the CCSP at No. 4 on his personal top 10 list, citing the popularity of security plus the title’s role as a stepping stone to the security track of the CCIE.
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#6: Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert
Vendor: Cisco
Reader Interest Score (out of 20): 11
Buzz Score (out of 10): 9
Total: 20
Okay, don’t freak out. We know this was our No. 1 title last year. And we also know that this title probably the most respected certification in the world thanks to its grueling, day-long lab exam that tests candidates’ hands-on skills with Cisco hardware at the highest levels.

And no, the title’s reputation isn’t sinking. Quite the opposite: Its buzz is stronger than ever, and all of contributors once again placed the CCIE on their personal top 10 lists, with two putting it at No. 1.
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7 Cisco Certified Network Professional
Vendor: Cisco
Reader Interest Score (out of 20): 12
Buzz Score (out of 10): 7
Total: 19

If you’re looking for perpetual hotness, it’s hard to beat the CCNP. After a few years on this list, most title rise to the level of the truly established credentials, such as Microsoft’s MCSE and CompTIA’s A+. But no matter how many of you achieve this title, every year more of you line up, making this one of only two titles that we’ve called a Hot Cert for all five years we’ve done this list.
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#8: MCSE: Security
Vendor: Microsoft
Reader Interest Score (out of 20): 12
Buzz Score (out of 10): 6
Total: 18

This title debuted on last year’s 2005 Hot Cert list No. 2, and while many of you obtained the title last year, enough of you still plan to get it in 2006 that it was able to hang on for another year, coming in at No. 8.

#9: Systems Security Certified Practitioner (SSCP)
Vendor: (ISC)2
Reader Interest Score (out of 20): 13
Buzz Score (out of 10): 4
Total: 17

(ISC)’s flagship title, the CISSP, was a staple on this list until two years ago, when so many of you earned it simply took the title out of the running for this list of up-and-comers. Those who sent us hate mail back then can take some solace that the program’s lower-level SSCP title has found its way onto this list, debuting at No. 9.

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10: Linux Professional Institute Certification, Level 2 (LPIC 2)
Vendor: Linux Professional Institute
Reader Interest Score (out of 20): 10
Buzz Score (out of 10): 5
Total: 15