BlackBerry certification is now a must

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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.

  • Caspan

    Its the same as having your MCSE just because you have a piece of paper that say you know everything there is to know about Microsoft does not mean you are smart or know what you are doing. I know developers that had their MCDBE or what ever they call it and they were the stupidest person I ever knew and I wouldent let them touch the DBs as I knew more of them from real world experience with setting them up and running them. Again its just a piece of paper that some people earn for taking a course some people are smarter with it some are not. so people do good in school cause they know how to memorize but have no idea how to apply that knowledge.

  • Caspan

    Its the same as having your MCSE just because you have a piece of paper that say you know everything there is to know about Microsoft does not mean you are smart or know what you are doing. I know developers that had their MCDBE or what ever they call it and they were the stupidest person I ever knew and I wouldent let them touch the DBs as I knew more of them from real world experience with setting them up and running them. Again its just a piece of paper that some people earn for taking a course some people are smarter with it some are not. so people do good in school cause they know how to memorize but have no idea how to apply that knowledge.

  • Curtis

    I agree with the previous statement. Its a piece of paper just like people with college degrees. They aren’t always qualified for the job.

    Now for the topic on hand. I would take the cert but ill be damned if I could figure out how to do it. Blackberry’s website leads you in circles just to get a testing site. I would like to take it just to pick up stuff I don’t know.

  • Curtis

    I agree with the previous statement. Its a piece of paper just like people with college degrees. They aren’t always qualified for the job.

    Now for the topic on hand. I would take the cert but ill be damned if I could figure out how to do it. Blackberry’s website leads you in circles just to get a testing site. I would like to take it just to pick up stuff I don’t know.

  • Bradley

    I also agree, I have employees who are certified and not certified in various technologies. Both are just as capable. Interviews and testing is more likely to result in a better candidate than a program certification.

  • Bradley

    I also agree, I have employees who are certified and not certified in various technologies. Both are just as capable. Interviews and testing is more likely to result in a better candidate than a program certification.

  • d_fisher

    My biggest issue is that RIM is taking sooooo long to get some of the certification exams our of beta. I took exams BCX-210 and BCX-212 on May 6th (5 months ago) and July 3rd (3 months ago)respectively. I am STILL waiting on results.

  • d_fisher

    My biggest issue is that RIM is taking sooooo long to get some of the certification exams our of beta. I took exams BCX-210 and BCX-212 on May 6th (5 months ago) and July 3rd (3 months ago)respectively. I am STILL waiting on results.

  • MobileAdmin

    I took the test (410) at WES and passed and it wasn’t hard. It certainly nice to obtain but I hope my 10 years of suppporting BES / Blackberry speaks to my knowledge more.

  • MobileAdmin

    I took the test (410) at WES and passed and it wasn’t hard. It certainly nice to obtain but I hope my 10 years of suppporting BES / Blackberry speaks to my knowledge more.

  • MobileAdmin

    I took the test (410) at WES and passed and it wasn’t hard. It certainly nice to obtain but I hope my 10 years of suppporting BES / Blackberry speaks to my knowledge more.

  • Sep

    The certificate is simply a starting point. It’s a baseline employers can use to gauge someone with basic knowledge. The concepts, knowledge are assumed to be there. Practical experience is not assumed with the certification. But at least the employer knows that the person can start to work with the technology and not have as steep a learning curve than someone who doesn’t have it.

    I’ve been a trainer for Microsoft’s MCSE programs and come across lots of people with different experience level and it shows in class in their questions and understanding of the labs. It’s also important to stress that the certification loses its value if you don’t work with it on an ongoing basis. Technology changes fast and knowledge without experience also diminishes over time much more quickly.

    Those are my 2 cents.

  • Sep

    The certificate is simply a starting point. It’s a baseline employers can use to gauge someone with basic knowledge. The concepts, knowledge are assumed to be there. Practical experience is not assumed with the certification. But at least the employer knows that the person can start to work with the technology and not have as steep a learning curve than someone who doesn’t have it.

    I’ve been a trainer for Microsoft’s MCSE programs and come across lots of people with different experience level and it shows in class in their questions and understanding of the labs. It’s also important to stress that the certification loses its value if you don’t work with it on an ongoing basis. Technology changes fast and knowledge without experience also diminishes over time much more quickly.

    Those are my 2 cents.

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