The Professional Certification Program from IBM is designed to validate and improve your skills and proficiency in the latest IBM technology and solutions. Professional certification instills confidence in your employer, and puts you in control of your career.

The program is self-paced, allowing you to select your role, advance and take tests at your convenience. Certification is achieved by completing exams that validate required skills and knowledge. Course recommendations are offered to help you prepare. All certifications require some level of field experience. As a certified professional, you will receive a certificate of completion and certification mark for use in advertisements and business literature.

Take UNLIMITED free exams at InterConnect!

All Full Experience badge holders at InterConnect are eligible to take as many free exams from the entire IBM Certification software exam portfolio as desired. No registration is necessary, and seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. A complete listing of available IBM tests is available online on the IBM Professional Certification Program's website. Collaboration Solutions, Systems Hardware, and GTS, exams are not eligible with the unlimited free exams offer.

Preparing for an exam

Potential test takers should prepare for their test(s) prior to the conference. To prepare, refer to the IBM Professional Certification Program's website.

There you'll find test descriptions, including:

  • Certification job role names and descriptions to which the tests apply
  • Test objectives measured on the tests
  • Recommended educational resources
  • Assessment and sample tests to help gauge your readiness for the actual exams
  • Estimated time required to take the tests

Important notes on certification testing

  • The same test may be taken by an individual only twice in a 30-day period. Both attempts may be taken at this event.
  • For each test, test takers are required to sign a confidentiality agreement, show their conference badge and one government issued ID with a recent photo (for example: passport, national ID, or driver license).
  • All tests are closed-book containing multiple-choice questions. They are delivered in a proctored environment via a web-based tool.
  • Candidates should ensure they have a valid web account with Pearson Vue. While a testing ID is important, it is not needed to log in to take the exam. Candidates will need the user name and password for their Pearson Vue web account to log in to take their exam.
  • Candidates can register for new accounts, test, and update existing credentials on the Pearson Vue website.

The certification lab is located in Banyan A.  Hours of operation are listed below:

Date Information, Testing


  1. Testing is per first come; first serve walk-in method.
  2. Last seating is 1.5 hours before closing time.
Sun., March 19 2pm – 5pm
Mon., March 20 11:30am – 5pm
Tues., March 21 11:30am – 5pm
Wed., March 22 8am – 5pm
Thurs., March 23 8am – 1pm