Once you register for IOD you’ll be sent a confirmation email that will tell you about the pre-conference education sessions that are available. Maybe you’ve heard of these before. They are full day classes that go deep in a particular topic. These classes have an additional cost.
Six of the classes are Certification Crammer Courses. These remain popular year after year and help you prepare to pass one of the free certification exams that are offered at the conference to attendees. These classes are taught by well-known experts who helped create the certification exam. Here are the six that are offered this year:
- (9Q001) DB2 10 for z/OS Database Administration Certification Crammer for Exam 730 & 612
Instructor: Information Champion Susan Lawson - This is a high-level certification preparation course intended to help you take DB2 9 Family Fundamentals exam (730) and DB2 10 for z/OS Database Administration exam (612). Passing of these exams will result in certification as an IBM Certified Solutions Expert - DB2 10 z/OS Database Administration.
In addition to this Crammer Course, Susan’s latest Certification Guide will be launched at the conference. This book will focus on what you need to know to pass exam 612. The book isn’t listed on amazon.com yet, but as soon as it is, I’ll create an entry about the book. We’ve tentatively scheduled Susan Lawson and co-author Dan Luksetich for a book signing on Tuesday October 25 from 4pm – 5pm.
- (9Q002) DB2 10 for z/OS System Administrator Certification Crammer for Exam 617
Instructor: Information Champion Judy Nall - This one-day crammer course guides students through the six testing sections that comprise the #617 Exam. Students attending this course will review tasks, methods and responsibilities of a DB2 10 for z/OS System Administrator as they relate to the #617 testing areas.
Judy’s book was launched at IOD last year and is a must read if you are interested in System Administration. DB2 9 System Administration for z/OS: Certification Study Guide: Exam 737
- (9Q020) DB2 9.7 for Linux, UNIX and Windows DBA Certification Crammer for Exam 541
Instructor: Information Champion Roger Sanders - This one day course is designed to introduce you to the concepts a test candidate must know in order to take and pass the DB2 9.7 DBA for Linux, UNIX and Windows certification exam (Exam 541). The material for this course is aligned with the 541 exam objectives.
Roger’s books will fill an entire bookcase! This year we’re launching two more of his books. One is for Certification – exam 541, the other is about writing technical books and articles. Roger Sanders’ signings are tentatively scheduled for Monday October 24 3:00 – 4:00 pm and Tuesday October 25 from 2:00 pm – 3:00 pm.
- (9Q060) InfoSphere DataStage 8.5 Certification Crammer for Exam 421
instructor: Pavan Marpaka - In this one day course, students will review the 11 sections of knowledge candidates are expected to know for the InfoSphere DataStage V8.5 exam. The approach of this course is to review the 'core' knowledge for each section and the associated sub-topics for these sections.
- (9Q061) InfoSphere QualityStage 8.5 Certification Crammer for Exam 422
Instructor: Dale Buckingham - This one day crammer course is designed to introduce you to the concepts a test candidate must know in order to take and pass the InfoSphere QualityStage 8.5 Certification exam 422. The material for this course is aligned with the 422 exam objectives.
- (9Q080) InfoSphere BigInsights Essentials Crammer ( Mastery Test M97)
Instructor: Glen Mules - This one-day training course is for system administrators and developers responsible for managing Apache Hadoop. This course will teach you everything you need to know about IBM BigInsights and will prepare you to take the BigInsights Technical mastery test.
There aren’t certification books for these last three topics… yet. If you think that these would be valuable, let me know.