Would You Believe Free Tests, Training?

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2002-03-11 Print this article Print

For a limited time, IBM and Compaq Computer Corp. are offering free exams and training.

Talk is cheap, but getting it certifications is anything but. Self-study certifications start at $900 and go up to $1,200. If IT professionals feel the need to sit in a class to soak up knowledge, those costs shoot up to between $5,000 and $11,000 per certification. Whats a poor, cash-strapped individual or enterprise to do? If Linux or IBM DB2 certifications are on your agenda, you can rejoice. For a limited time, IBM and Compaq Computer Corp. are offering free exams and training. Through March 31, free training and testing for Compaqs ProLiant/Linux ASE (Accredited Systems Engineer) is available for systems engineers employed by Compaq channel partners, Compaq customers and employees, and Compaq ASE certification holders who want to acquire the Linux designation.
Prerequisites are RHCE (Red Hat Certified Engineer) or the Sair Linux and GNU Certified Engineer certifications from Wave Technologies International Inc., of Oxford, Miss. Candidates can receive test vouchers good toward the certification exam fee.
New candidates for Compaq ASE can also receive a voucher for a Compaq ProLiant/Linux class, a five-day course that usually costs $2,000. ProLiant ASE holders can get free tuition for a Compaq ProLiant/Linux Integration and Performance class, a two-day course that normally goes for $800. A credit card number is required to secure any no-show penalty. For more information, go to www.compaq.com/certification/na/linux100clubterms.html. IBM is also giving away goodies: free electronic vouchers for DB2 Certification exams. The offer is good during the months of April, June, August, October and November of this year. Candidates must pass an assessment exam first. Those who score 75 percent or greater on the exam will be sent a voucher to take the real certification exam. You must qualify for a voucher during one of the six offering months and use the voucher as a fee for the exam before its expiration date. For additional information, go to www-1.ibm.com/certify/news/20020129.shtml. Related stories:
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    Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for eWEEK.com and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on eWEEK.com, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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