Training Buyers Guide: A snapshot of suppliers of certified training

3Com

3Com's NetPrep is a school-to-career curriculum that trains students in IS administration. Teachers trained through this program will provide foundational instruction to their students on selecting, configuring, and managing data networks using a platform-neutral curriculum. The curriculum is taught in schools and colleges via course materials and textbooks in the classroom, or, as an alternative, in CD-ROM and browser-based Web format in computer labs. Students will qualify with an industry standard certificate at the end of the program.

There are 11 regional training centres and more than 20 schools using the program throughout Australia.

Pricing: On application.

Contact: (03) 9934 8814

www.3com.com

Australian Computer Society

Certification program

ACS's certification program is a master's level program of study, designed for members of the ACS who wish to become Certified Members (CMACS). The program consists of four subjects, two core subjects: IT trends and business and legal and ethical issues, and two subjects in a specialisation. Specialisations include e-business; IT strategy and management, marketing and selling IT, project management and software engineering.

Subjects are assignment based or exam based (or a combination of both) and examinations are conducted for ACS by Deakin University in 81 cities throughout Australia and 31 cities overseas.

Pricing: $895 per subject; $695 (member)Contact: 1800 671 003www.acs.org.au/vic/certifCitrix Systems Citrix Certified Administrator: is awarded to industry professionals who have demonstrated a thorough knowledge of Citrix MetaFrame 1.8 for Windows, Citrix MetaFrame 1.0 for Unix Operating Systems, or Citrix WinFrame 1.8.

Citrix Certified Enterprise Administrator: an advanced technical certification that builds on the CCA program, expanding knowledge of Citrix products with experience installing and administering Citrix products.

Citrix Certified Sales Professional: designed for individuals who want to expand their customer base to boost sales revenue, giving a thorough overview of Citrix technology, products and services and how to sell and market them.

Citrix Certified Instructor: for individuals who have demonstrated an exceptional knowledge of the MetaFrame or WinFrame product line and underlying operating systems, and have completed a Citrix-approved instructional method course and passed the CCA exam.

Pricing: on application

Contact: (02) 8870 0800

www.citrix.com.au

Dialog Information Technology

Dialog, in partnership with the Distributed Systems Technology Centre (DSTC) and Monash University, offers Microsoft certification courses in high-level C++ and COM programming.

Each intensive five-day course provides IT professionals with skills useful for developing high-end business solutions in the e-business and B2B market space.

Course presenters include Dr Damien Watkins on C++ and Leah Garrett, a lecturer with Monash University's Faculty of Information Technology.

Pricing: $3500

Contact: 1300 363 053

www.dialog.com.au

Educom

Educom provides certified training in Microsoft, Novell, Internet (CIW), Citrix, Unix, Linux, Lotus technologies and Macromedia.

Some of the most popular certification packages offered by Educom include: Certified Internet Webmaster (in e-commerce, site designer, and enterprise developer); Macromedia (Dreamweaver 3, Flash 4, Fireworks 3; Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (NT or 2000); and Novell Certified Network Engineer.

Pricing: Technical training $500 a day, PC training $270 a dayContact: (02) 9409 8900; (03) 8602-8300www.educom.com.auExcom EducationExcom offers certification courses for Microsoft, Novell, Linux, Lotus and A+. Excom also offers special package prices for those wishing to become certified on more than one platform. The company is currently offering free Web development training worth more than $2000. Both the Excom offices have a Prometric testing centre for vendor exams. Excom is an authorised Prometric Testing Centre for all vendor certification exams Contact: on (02) 9299 0883 www.excom.com.auGlobal Knowledge NetworkGlobal Knowledge, in conjunction with leading internetworking vendors, delivers industry recognised certification programs. These certification programs include Cisco Certifications (associate, professional and expert) which offers two disciplines - network design and network support.

The NetGun Academy CCIE Preparation Program is a mix of certified Cisco courses, hands-on workshops and exams designed to increase the level of success in the final CCIE lab exam. The closed enrolment program (12 students) runs for eight months, creating the best of breed in the group environment.

Pricing: $23,995 incl GST

Global knowledge also offers Nortel Networks certifications (specialist, expert and architect) which offer disciplines in sales, network design and technical support.

Contact: 1800 647 468

Hewlett-Packard Education

HP Education offers HP-UX Systems Administrator and OpenView Technical Certification Programs (IT Professional and Advanced IT Professional) for IT professionals. The program, named HP Certified, focuses on job roles rather than products. HP has also restructured its HP-UX curriculum to further meet on-the-job needs of IT professionals worldwide.

The certification program includes certification tracks for HP-UX and HP OpenView. Practice tests, along with certification tests are also available.

Pricing: on request

Contact: 1800 035 520

www.hp.com.au/hpeducation

Informix Software

The Informix Certified Professional Program offers six separate certification streams for database professionals. Each certification consists of a series of examinations designed to validate an IT professional's proficiency in database technology and specifically, to create an industry-wide benchmarking standard for Informix technology skills. Courses range from one day to five days, and are conducted regularly in Sydney and Melbourne.

Pricing: Varies according to the topic and duration.

Contact: (02) 9928 1600

www.informix.com.au

Intel

The Intel certification program has been running in Australia since July 1998, with a range of e-commerce courses recently added to the curriculum.

In Australia, the program is delivered by ExoCaT. http://www.exocat.com.au http://channel.intel.com/training/certification/index.htmLotus DevelopmentLotus Certification in a Box contains everything you need to become a Certified Lotus Professional (CLP). There are two types of Certification in a Box: System Administration and Application Development.

Each box includes: Lotus Notes/Domino Software; vouchers for training courses through Lotus Authorised Training Centres; training material for courses; computer-based training courses; self test software vouchers to prepare for exams; exam vouchers; Lotus technical reference manuals and T-shirt and carry bag.

Pricing: Notes R5 System Administrator is $6490; R5 Application Developer $5775.

Contact: (02) 9350 7751

www.lotus.com/australia

NETg

NETg offers more than 1000 professional IT, desktop and personal skill development courses in several languages. Leading software manufacturers, including Microsoft, Oracle, Novell, Cisco and IBM, are allied with NETg and approve its training products.

Among NETg's certification courses are MCSE, MCSD and MOUS (Microsoft), CNA and CNE (Novell), CCNP and CCNA (Cisco), DBA (Oracle), Network+, A+ and the International Computer Driving Licence (ICDL).

The MCSE course will be updated in August to cover the new Microsoft curriculum and support Windows 2000. NETg also will shortly release 14 Java certification courses for enterprise developers.

Pricing: Indicative costs, based on a single user profile, are: MCSE $2495, Office 2000 (MOUS) $500, ICDL $195.

Contact: (02) 9460 2016

www.netg.com

Oracle

The Oracle Certified Professional (OCP) Program includes: Oracle Certification Tracks; database administrator; database operator; Oracle Java developer; Oracle application developer and Oracle financial applications consultant.

The Oracle Certified Professional Program Candidate Guide contains detailed information related to a specific OCP Track. The guide will inform a candidate of the exams required, recommended preparation, registration and testing information. (this can be obtained be calling the Education Hotline) The OCP exams are delivered at Sylvan's Authorised Testing Centres worldwide. The exams contain computer-based, multiple-choice, fill-in and interactive graphical questions. An OCP exam may range from 60 to 80 questions.

Exams are either 90 or 120 minutes in length depending on the topic.

Pricing: Each OCP exam $171. For exams licensed from another company, are offered at the price set by that company.

Contact: 1800 025 855, (02) 9491 1416

www.oracle.com/au/education

Red Hat

The Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) course (RH300), is for candidates with significant real-world Unix or Linux systems administration experience and some experience setting up networking services who want a fast-track course to prepare for the RHCE Exam.

The four-day intensive training on Red Hat Linux 6.2 is followed on day five with the RHCE performance-based exam. Successful candidates will be able to install and configure Red Hat Linux; understand limitations of hardware; configure basic networking and file systems; configure the X Window System; configure basic security, set up common network (IP) services, carry out basic diagnostics and troubleshooting, and perform essential Red Hat Linux system administration.

Pricing: $2950

Contact: 1800 733 428

www.redhat.com/training

Sybase

Certified Professional Program

The Sybase Certified Professional Program offers associate and professional certification levels. The professional designation distinguishes individuals who have proven their advanced technical expertise in exams. Sybase certifications include PowerBuilder 7 developer, EAServer developer and ASE12 administrator. Sybase also has available a certification exam for SQL Anywhere Studio. Although currently only in beta it is intended to be generally available in the near future.

New certification programs will emerge to support new Sybase technologies.

Contact: 1800 645 632

www.sybase.com.au/education/oz

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