Monday, August 06, 2012

Starting WebSphere Certification

I'm starting work on my WebSphere certification.
I'm beginning my work with the IBM WebSphere website.

WebSphere main page:
http://www-01.ibm.com/software/websphere/

WebSphere Application Server V8.0 Administration Curriculum:
http://www-01.ibm.com/software/websphere/education/curriculum/appserv/index.html


Several courses are offered.
1 - Administration on Windows
2 - Administration on Linux
3 - Technical Overview
4 - Problem Determination
5 - Transition to V8

I think that this is a good place to start focusing.  No budget to actually TAKE these courses, but this makes a fantastic outline.

The Certification page (http://www-01.ibm.com/software/websphere/education/certification/#free-was-cr) lists quite a few resources as well.

Available certifications include
"IBM Certified System Administrator - WebSphere Application Server Network Deployment V8.0"
The Recommended prerequisite section is telling:

Recommended Prerequisite Skills

(*Knowledge and skills one needs to possess before beginning to prepare for this job role certification; skills not measured on test) 
  • basic Java Enterprise Edition 6 knowledge
  • basic Web application architecture and deployments
  • network and operating system security concepts
  • network or operating system administration and problem determination skills
  • understanding of operating systems


There is an assessment test which I think will be a very, very useful tool, found here: http://www-03.ibm.com/certify/tests/sam317.shtml.  Cost is $30 / practice test.

There is also a "Training Resources" section (http://www-03.ibm.com/certify/tests/edu317.shtml) that lists several redbooks and Web Resources.

REDBOOKS:
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/abstracts/sg247957.html?Open
http://www.redbooks.ibm.com/redpieces/abstracts/sg247971.html?Open

There are about a bazillion web resources.  Probably worth checking out.


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