A BlackBerry Cool reader just passed me along an interesting article from IT Career Planet on BlackBerry certification. If you remember, waaaay back in May RIM launched the BlackBerry Certification program as a means of empirically validating the skills of a company’s IT department in supporting BlackBerry. According to IT Career Planet, RIM’s certification program is now longer a novelty or a good angle for getting a raise, but a must for any IT professional.
An early adopter of Research In Motion’s BlackBerry Smartphone, Salt River Project, one of Arizona’s largest utility companies, today supports 1,600 devices and adds 30 new accounts monthly. The company has about 5,000 employees. It’s no surprise to learn that Salt River Project is rallying around RIM’s recently introduced BlackBerry certification programs.
“When we hire, we’ll definitely require that the job candidate is BlackBerry certified,” says Alex Logvin, enterprise messaging analyst at Salt River Project, Phoenix, Ariz.
I know a lot of IT and BES admins read BlackBerry Cool, so please weigh in. Is the BlackBerry Certification a novelty or a necessity for any enterprise serious about mobile IT? You can see a list of RIM’s current and upcoming certification programs after the jump.
(via IT Career Planet)
# BlackBerry Certified System Administrator – for technical professionals who install, configure and manage the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution.
# BlackBerry Certified Server Support Specialist – for technical specialists supporting BlackBerry Enterprise Server and its associated components.
# BlackBerry Certified Support Specialist – for specialists who support BlackBerry smartphone users in a BlackBerry Internet Service or BlackBerry Enterprise Server environment.
# BlackBerry Certified Solution Designer – for technical professionals who provide pre- and post-sales technical consulting services to organizations that have deployed the BlackBerry Enterprise Solution.
Additional certifications will be available in 2009 including: Blackberry Certified Enterprise Application Developer; BlackBerry Certified Trainer; BlackBerry Sales Expert; and Blackberry Expert User. Organizational certifications planned for 2009 include BlackBerry Certified Reseller and BlackBerry Certified Training Center.
RIM is ramping up exams for its certifications in a number of server environments such as IBM Lotus Domino, Microsoft Exchange and Novell GroupWise.
RIM offers certification candidates several training resources including instructor led training; web-based training; and tutorials and resources on its web site. The company is collaborating with Prometric for certification exams, which are offered at more than 3,000 testing sites, worldwide.