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14 mobile certifications that meet IT demands

Kim Lindros and Ed Tittel | March 27, 2014
Mobile technologies are increasingly important to organizations of all sizes, but how can you best prepare your workforce? Find out which of these 14 vendor-specific and vendor-neutral mobile IT certifications -- from app development to security -- are the most valuable to your employees.

If your shop supports SAP/Sybase products, the SAP Certified Development Associate — Sybase Unwired Platform (SUP) Mobile Application Developer is a good intermediate-level certification for mobile developers. Only one $500exam is required, and SAP provides both classroom and e-learning prep courses.

Finally, a number of secondary educational institutions also offer certificates in mobile application development, including the University of California Extension (Irvine and San Diego), Northwestern University and ITT Tech. You can find a wealth of reputable mobile app development training courses, whether in-class or online, through companies such as Learning Tree, Appcelerator and Google.

Mobile Networking Certifications: CompTIA, Citrix, Aruba and Cisco (Sort Of)
A mobile networking certification identifies individuals who implement, manage and support mobile devices and environments, often integrating mobility with wired and wireless LANs.

CompTIA Mobility+ is perhaps the best vendor-neutral certification in the mobile networking category. Although it's considered a foundational credential, it's geared toward network administrators, security professionals and mobility architects and engineers. The exam tests candidates on Wi-Fi, cellular, Bluetooth and RF technologies, network infrastructure, mobile device management, security and troubleshooting.

Mobility+ certification serves as an unofficial stepping stone to many higher-level credentials, whether vendor-neutral or -specific. CompTIA recommends that candidates have at least 18 months of experience in a mobile environment, have achieved the CompTIA Network+ cert and have 12 months of networking experience. The single exam, MB0-001, costs $261 and is administered through Pearson VUE.

Citrix released a mobility certification in 2013, the Certified Professional - Mobility (CCP-M), and it gained a lot of buzz. This cert focuses on the design, installation, configuration and management of a Citrix XenMobile Enterprise solution, including mobile device and application management issues, security and IT compliance. Citrix provides instructor-led and online training, which cost up to $5,000. Pearson VUE administers the $300 certification exam.

Although Cisco doesn't offer a mobile-only credential, the Cisco Certified Network Professional Wireless (CCNP Wireless) covers integration of mobility services with wireless LANs. This is a highly useful credential for network engineers and support personnel who work with Cisco networking equipment in a wireless environment. To achieve the certification, a candidate must pass four exams, one of which is 642-747: Implementing Cisco Unified Wireless Mobility Services (IUWMS). Each exam, available through Pearson VUE, costs $200.

Finally, the Aruba Networks certification program includes three levels of its Certified Mobility certification (associate, professional and expert) that support next-generation mobility. The certs recognize network engineers who are proficient in installing and supporting enterprise mobility and wireless LAN projects. The Associate and Professional certifications each require a single multiple-choice exam that costs $125 and is available through Pearson VUE. The Expert certification ($995) requires a performance-based, hands-on exam delivered through an Aruba Networks facility.

 

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