If you are going to be attending either the IIUG Informix Conference (April 27 – 30 in Overland Park, Kansas) or the IDUG North America Conference (May 13 – 22 in Dallas, Texas) then you’ll have the opportunity to take free Information Management Certification exams while at the conference(s). This is a great way to boost your skill level and save some money. I had the opportunity to be a proctor at an event last fall. While many people studied and passed their exams, others said they wished they had prepared a bit earlier.
So, now is the time to start studying to make sure you pass when your exam day arrives. I’m going to point you to some handy certification study tutorials, guides, and self-assessments to help you prepare.
Self-study tutorials: ibm.com/software/data/education/selfstudy.html#5
There are a number of certification tutorials available to you.
- Those attending IIUG would likely be interested in the new IBM Informix Dynamic Server 11 System Administration Certification Prep Tutorial Series. This series of eight tutorials helps you prepare for Exam 918.
- If you are attending IDUG North America there are a few new tutorials to choose from, including the DB2 9 Fundamentals Exam 730 Certification Prep Tutorial Series, the DB2 9 DBA for Linux, UNIX, and Windows Exam 731 Certification Prep Tutorial Series, and the DB2 9 Application Developer Certification Exam Prep Tutorials for Exam 733.
Certification guides: ibm.com/software/data/education/bookstore/certify.html
If you are prepping for a DB2 9 exam, you’ll want to pick up one of the recently published certification guides available for Exam 730, Exam 731, Exam 732, and Exam 736. These guides not only get you ready for certification day, they are also a great resource to keep on your desk as a reference (perhaps beside your new certification).
Self-Assessment exams: ibm.com/software/data/education/cert-assessment.html
Since you are already getting your exam for free at one of the conferences, you should invest $10.00 before the event and take a self-assessment exam. Test your readiness and identify areas in need of focused study before sitting down to write the actual exam. If you pass the assessment you’ll have a boost of confidence, and if you don’t you will be able to identify areas to study. Either way you can’t lose.
I hope some of these resources help you as you prepare for certification. Now stop reading… and start studying!
P.S. My coworker Susan Visser just wrote a great new article for DB2 Mag about certification – check it out here: www.ibmdatabasemag.com/qanda/2001q2_cert.shtml