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19 Sep 2014
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Three Tips to Keep Up with the Changing Certifications
Today, certifications require continuous education and recertification at regular intervals. Because technology is constantly changing, certification programs are constantly evolving. Older credentials are disappearing and newer ones appear like mushrooms after the rain. This raises an interesting question: "How do we keep up with these changing technologies?" I have some ideas that I'll share here.

Create a certification calendar
It is your responsibility to understand the expiration date of any certification you earn. Some credentials, like those from Cisco require you to retest the original certification or to obtain a more advanced certificate to keep an older one current. Other credentials, such as those from (ISC), the parent organization for the Certified Information Systems Security Professional credential (CISSP), and other well-known information safety certs, impose an annual quota of Continuing Professional Education credits and allow you to retesting in place of meeting that requirement.
It will take some research to find out what it takes to maintain a certification. It will also take some planning effort to ensure you meet the deadlines for that credential. It is one thing to know that you need to earn a total 120 CPE credits over the three year life of a CISSP. But, it is quite another to also recognize that you must earn at most 40 CPE credits each year, regardless of how many credits may have been earned in other years. Although the $600 cost of retaking the CISSP exam, plus travel time and expenses to get there, may seem high, it is likely to be less than the cost to meet your annual CPE requirements by attending conferences or paying for online seminars. Fortunately, CISSPs don't have to pay an additional cost for any CPE task. Writing articles, teaching classes, and other professional activities count towards the CISSP CPE requirement.
It's important to keep track and record the dates you have completed qualifying activities or work in order to remain certified. These records may be necessary to prove your compliance with recertification policies in the event that self-reporting is ever questioned.
It is important to establish a certification calendar. It can be used to schedule activities and submits well in advance so that you can meet any requirements before your credential expires. You might find it motivating to consider that allowing your credential to lapse can not only force you into retaking the cert exam but also require a reinstatement fee, along with a lot of paperwork, to get back in the program's good graces.
Make a list of all your certifications. You should identify the deadlines for continuing education requirements. If you have to meet requirements such as attending a class, a conference, or submitting work, make a schedule and add it to the calendar.
You will need to check the calendar every month, especially when one milestone reads "Sign up to a class." This would result in later adding classes dates and locations to ensure you keep your promises. Include any form that must be completed after the class to prove that you attended. This will establish a routine that will allow you to keep track of all the details.

Keep an eye on Certification Sponsors and Programmes
It is important to keep up to date with changes in certification programs, sponsors, and credentials. Individuals with VMware and EMC certifications should be aware of the changes in these programs.