When you think of an IT certification exam, the usual image created in one’s brain is rooms with many people and a question paper overloaded with the toughest questions of the world. But what about an exam which rather appears like a competition, where you sit in brilliant labs, face real world challenges and do brain storming to earn the the certification. Sounds cool right? Well today we bring to you 7 coolest IT certifications to earn!
7. Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) from Red Hat
A very popular and a very interesting exam. It is a practical exam of two hours where in you have to do all the tasks from the exam guide, like configure SELinux, setup HTTP and DNS server. 100 per cent practice.
6. GIAC Security Expert (GSE) from GIAC
The GIAC Security Expert exam is held in two parts. One out of the two is definitely boring, but second one is quite cool. The second exam is basically a two-day lab where you work with real problems using several operating systems (Windows, Backtrack, Fedora). You will be using sniffers, scanners and Metasploit to finish all the tasks.
5. Cisco Certified Architect (CCAr) from Cisco
It’s a dream of many as the exam itself is super cool. If the Cisco Team recognizes that you are worthy, after paying $11250 you can start your exam. The exam is a live Board Review with Cisco Certified Architects and Distinguished Engineers. After a few hours of talking and solving many surrealistic, high-level problems you can be a proud CCAr.
4. MDI Certified Developer (MDICD)
How to become a certified iOS/BlackBerry/Android developer? Easy, simply write an iOS application, browse through the source code and explain the general structure and functions of the major application modules. And after the end a supervisor will ask you to change your application. Real exam, for real developers.
3. SecurityTube iOS Security Expert (SISE) from SecurityTube
This one is a real cool exam. In order to become a certified iOS security expert, all you need is a jailbroken iPhone or iPad running at least iOS 5.1.1. The supervisor gives you a real iOS application. You install the application on your iPhone and you are expected to find all security vulnerabilities in 6 hours.
2. IPv6 Sage from Hurricane Electric
Even if this exam is free and you receive a free T-Shirt after passing this exam but there are not too many IPv6 certified geeks in the world. The reason being that during the certification process one needs to configure and test complex IPv6 scenarios, like setup a SMTP server and read an email delivered over IPv6, configure a name sever and configure AAAA entry for your domain. Users say that the Hurricane Electric Free IPv6 certification service is both entertaining and educational. And all this needs to be done on your own server or computer. Sounds cool, no?
1. Offensive Security – All Exams
And one exam that tops the chards of the coolest IT certifications is the Offensive Security. The easiest one of its all exams, the Offensive Security Certified Professional – OSCP is a remote lab experience. You are given 24 hours to break through couple of operating systems using your information gathering, buffer overflows, password attacks and web application hacking skills. Its a pure hacking and you can even drink if you want to! Going forward towards more advanced IT exams from Offensive Security you get more complex tasks and 72 hours to end them including your sleeping time! That definitely sounds like some fun!