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Old 23rd April 2011
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Default BSDA cert exam now available at IQT testing centers

Dear forum,

As someone who recently took the BSD Associate (BSDA) Exam at a conference here in Chicago and who is also on the BSDCG mailing list, I've been asked to post the announcement about the new computer-based testing option for the BSD Certifications in relevant forums etc.


Basically, since 2008 when the BSDA exam first appeared, it's been a paper-based exam and while this is still an option--and very affordable at a cost of $75 USD--there is now an option to take the exam at IQT testing centers located throughout the world.

Because of the new delivery method, if you opt to take the test in computer-based form, the cost becomes $150 USD. As I understand it, the BSD Professional (BSDP) exam also seems to be available and there is no requirement for a person to take the BSDA first as is the case with other certification programs (e.g. RHCSA to RHCE etc). Basically, if you feel you have the skills, you can take the BSDP. I'm not sure at this point as to the pricing of the BSDP, as it is a two-part test: written and a live lab-oriented part.

Finally I'd like to say it's important to realize that taking the BSDA or BSDP directly supports BSD and spreads awareness about the systems. Case in point, I was the only person who took the BSDA exam at the aforementioned conference a few weeks ago here in Chicago. All the rest of the examinees were taking the Linux Professional Institute exams 1 & II. Even if you are, say originally a Music student like myself and a computer hobbyist and don't envision yourself becoming a master systems admin, it can be a very good experience to find areas you need improvement in. Even if you are an expert, there is likely a chance you will learn a new way of doing something. If you do work in IT, well all the more reason to make yourself marketable in this competitive economy.


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