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14 Mobile Certifications That Meet IT Demands

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By Kim Lindros and Ed Tittel, CIO, March 26, 2014 09:21 AM ET

CIO - Now that mobility has become critically important to IT, helping employees achieve one or more certifications is a win-win for both employers and employees alike. Managers need a well-developed and skilled workforce to tackle today's omnipresent mobile issues, while employees feel more confident in supporting business and IT functions if they receive proper training and experience. Certification, then, is a great way to determine the effectiveness of an employee's ability to meet business demands and expectations.
This article looks at several types of mobile certifications - app development, networking, security and a mixed bag of mobile workforce and digital forensics offerings. Most of the featured companies and cert programs provide training courses, which are typically not required, along with self-study materials, sample exam questions, candidate forums and other certification prep resources. All prices are in U.S. dollars.
Mobile Development Certifications: Microsoft, MDI, Oracle and SAP
Microsoft offers several entry-level certifications through its Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA) program, originally designed for high school and college students. However, because of the cachet a Microsoft certification brings to any resume or portfolio, MTA certifications also appeal to workers looking to segue into another career or to enhance their current skillset.
The MTA Mobile Development Fundamentals certification tests a candidate's ability to work with Windows Phone mobile devices, networked data and data stores, evaluate mobile programming code in XNA, Visual Basic .NET, HTML5, XAML and C# .NET and, finally, develop mobile apps. At only $69 for the exam, it's a highly affordable credential. Students take the exam through Certiport; nonstudents can sign up at Prometric. The exam was last updated in 2011, so we believe that a refresh must be in the works.
Meanwhile, the Mobile Development Institute (MDI) is a nonprofit organization with three entry-level MDI Certified Developer certifications for Apple iOS, Google Android and BlackBerry. (These certs are similar to the MTA mobile credential.) To qualify for an MDI certification exam, candidates must have published at least one app on one of the platforms. The exam itself is performance-based. An MDI proctor conducts a remote viewing session into the test-taker's computer; the testee must answer questions posed by the proctor and successfully modify example code upon request. Each certification requires one exam, which costs $375.
For its part, the Oracle Certification Program (OCP) is one of the largest in the world, with more than 200 individual certifications. Its Java certs include the Java ME Mobile Application Developer, formerly called the Sun Certified Mobile Application Developer (SCMAD). The credential recognizes developers of mobile apps for smartphones and other mobile devices who are proficient in using Java technologies and are well-versed on the Java Technology for Wireless Industry (JTWI) specification. Candidates must have an OCP Java Programmer or Sun Certified Java Programmer certificate as a prerequisite and pass a single exam, which costs $245. Oracle exams are delivered through Pearson VUE.
If your shop supports SAP/Sybase products, the SAP Certified Development Associate -- Sybase Unwired Platform (SUP) Mobile Application Developer is a good intermediate-level certification for mobile developers. Only one $500exam is required, and SAP provides both classroom and e-learning prep courses.
Finally, a number of secondary educational institutions also offer certificates in mobile application development, including the University of California Extension (Irvine and San Diego), Northwestern University and ITT Tech. You can find a wealth of reputable mobile app development training courses, whether in-class or online, through companies such as Learning Tree, Appcelerator and Google.
Mobile Networking Certifications: CompTIA, Citrix, Aruba and Cisco (Sort Of)
A mobile networking certification identifies individuals who implement, manage and support mobile devices and environments, often integrating mobility with wired and wireless LANs.
CompTIA Mobility+ is perhaps the best vendor-neutral certification in the mobile networking category. Although it's considered a foundational credential, it's geared toward network administrators, security professionals and mobility architects and engineers. The exam tests candidates on Wi-Fi, cellular, Bluetooth and RF technologies, network infrastructure, mobile device management, security and troubleshooting.
Mobility+ certification serves as an unofficial stepping stone to many higher-level credentials, whether vendor-neutral or -specific. CompTIA recommends that candidates have at least 18 months of experience in a mobile environment, have achieved the CompTIA Network+ cert and have 12 months of networking experience. The single exam, MB0-001, costs $261 and is administered through Pearson VUE.
Citrix released a mobility certification in 2013, the Certified Professional - Mobility (CCP-M), and it gained a lot of buzz. This cert focuses on the design, installation, configuration and management of a Citrix XenMobile Enterprise solution, including mobile device and application management issues, security and IT compliance. Citrix provides instructor-led and online training, which cost up to $5,000. Pearson VUE administers the $300 certification exam.
Although Cisco doesn't offer a mobile-only credential, the Cisco Certified Network Professional Wireless (CCNP Wireless) covers integration of mobility services with wireless LANs. This is a highly useful credential for network engineers and support personnel who work with Cisco networking equipment in a wireless environment. To achieve the certification, a candidate must pass four exams, one of which is 642-747: Implementing Cisco Unified Wireless Mobility Services (IUWMS). Each exam, available through Pearson VUE, costs $200.

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