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Training Opportunities

for Warren E. Wyrostek, M.Ed, M.Div., MCNI, NAI

2009

Clients interested in onsite classes, please feel free to contact me at 3WsCertification.com. I am open to working with most companies and schools on the East Coast within a 2 day drive of my home. If you do not see a class scheduled that you are interested in please contact me directly.

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My revised Rates and Fees can be found at: 3WsCertification.com/rates.html.

 

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Recent Honors

  • The Top 10 Problems with IT Certification in 2008- was sited as the 8th Most Popular Article for 2008 on InformIT.com. 1/09
  • Scholarship winner from the International Biopharmaceutical Association for CDM Training toward the GCP and GDMP certifications-2007
  • Sited as "Man of Change" by Valdosta Daily Times, 10/05: http://www.3wscertification.com/ValDailyTimes.html
  • Sited as “Favorite Teacher Still Creating Computer Specialists,” 11/07, Madison Co. Carrier

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Master of Integrated Networking

The public announcement for this program will be published on InformIT.com in March/April 2008.

One course/program that I have proposed to several schools and publishers is "Designing and Administering an Integrated Network". A book proposal for this title was submitted to Novell Press in '06 just before they went through a round of budget cuts.

This course/program would require students to design, configure, implement and administer a real-world enterprise network that consists of NetWare, Microsoft, and Linux/UNIX servers and workstations, Cisco appliances, remote access solutions, and wireless devices. This program would take a student through introductory skills and concepts required to manage each of these platforms as well as have them incorporate products such as ZENWorks, Identity Manager, an e-mail solution and finally an SQL solution that would make distribution of data and applications manageable. Incorporated in this network would be a Web server, a Proxy Server, a NAT solution, a DNS and DHCP solution and a firewall.

Depending on the time available this could be a single course, or a program leading towards a degree, i.e. multiple courses with the final project being the development, design and configuration of a working enterprise.

If a vendor were interested, this could be a vendor-based certification, or an "open-source", "Multi-vendor/platform" certification, leading to a Master level designation. Some would say this is overkill, but those are the folks who have not looked at HR requirements for recent Network Engineer, System Engineer type jobs. This type of curriculum and their associated certifications and potential degree are what is being asked for in the IT market place. It just does not exist. Not in a way that if you hire someone with a single certification/degree you are assured that that person has the qualifications and hands-on experience necessary to do the job in an enterprise. This degree/certification guarantees that the person will have the needed skills and knowledge. The certification or degree could be called "Master of Integrated Networking."

A possible degree/certification/certificate program might consist of the following courses and assessments:

(Prerequisite: Either the A+ and NET+ certifications, or equivalent documented knowledge and experience. Could be validated with an online assessment.)

Revision 03/2008

Course
Assessment
Introduction to Directory Services-covering eDirectory, NDS, ADS, LDAP, X.500 and more. Computer-based cognitive exam
Novell OES Administration Novell CNA Exam
Microsoft - Managing and Maintaining a Windows Server 2003 Environment (Or the Appropriate MS Server exam for your area.) Microsoft MCP
Microsoft - TS: Microsoft Windows Vista, Configuring (or the equivalent MS Client exam for your area) Microsoft MCTS
Linux Server Administration LPI Level 1certification
Introduction to Cisco Routing and Switching Cisco CCNA
Introduction to E-Mail Systems (Exchange, GroupWise, Notes, Sendmail, Postfix or whatever the industry in your geographic area is using in the enterprise) Vendor exam for equivalent
Introduction to Enterprise Services- Apache, IIS, DNS, DHCP, NAT and Virtualization Project: On a single virtual server, install, configure and deploy and populate a Web Server, and deploy a DNS, DHCP, and NAT solution.
Security 101- Firewalls, Packet Filtering, Access Control Lists, Directory Service Security, File System Security

Either CompTIA's Security+, SCNP certification or a security certification from Microsoft or Cisco- depending on geographic demand.

SQL 101 Either the MS TS toward SQL 2005 or MySQL CMA certification.
Wireless 101-Optional CWNA certification
Final Project/Capstone Course- Master of Integrated Networking- 4 Credit/60 Hour Master’s Course

Design, Install, Configure, Administer, Secure, Use, Troubleshoot and Evaluate an Enterprise environment using geographically relevant platforms and skills.

Students would graduate with a possible degree, multiple vendor certifications, a Master Level Certification/Certificate, and real-world experience in an Integrated, Enterprise Networking Environment.

 

Those who might be interested in such a course/program, feel free to contact me at 3WsCertification.com. I will be glad to work with Colleges, Universities, Vendors and/or Training Partners to change the face of the IT Training and Certification Industry.

This program has been presented to and is being consider by Florida State University's College of Information. It is also being presented to the wider community through an upcoming article on InformIT.com. It should be published in Q1 2008.

It has been reviewed by Emmett Dulaney in the August 2007 edition of Redmond Magazine. The review is called The Need for an Integration Certification. That review and Emmett's constructive comments can be found Here. My thanks to Emmett and Redmond Magazine for taking the time to review and present this proposal to the wider IT community. Any and all comments are welcome. Feel free to contact me at:

wyrostekw@threewscertification.com

For the most up-to-date, official proposal for this program please contact me at the above email address.

Several suggestions that have come in since the review was published in Redmond Magazine and that I am seriously considering include the following:

  • Include a section dealing with networking Macintosh computers
  • Include a section dealing with virtualization and VMWare- might be creating a test lab using VMWare
  • Include a section on PMP
  • Include a section on Oracle
  • Remove the section on ZENWorks
  • Remove the section on Identity Manager
  • Include a section on Network Troubleshooting
  • Include a section on Installing and Configuring a Blackberry Server
  • Include a section on Web Conferencing
  • Comments from an Instructor in the UK:
    • Yes this type of certification is needed. I thought Novell was going there with the CDE.
    • Fits more in to academia rather than commercial training. Commercial training is more related to job roles. ... A student though will want this type of training so they would be able to apply for a range of jobs and also be assured of their skills learning the many IT disciplines.
    • Vendor neutral is good, but products like IDM and Zenworks Configuration Management could be included as they are platform and directory agnostic.
    • I think covering both GW and Exchange is good, a real comparison thatmany techies never get to see; however maybe IBM's Lotus Notes /Domino server should be in here to help support for IBM
    • Web Services throws a spanner in the works as we move from administration into development. Admins should have some dev skills such as vbscript, bash scripting etc but the practical side of style sheets and xml do not fall into admin.
    • I would agree with adding in virtualization

Addenda: This Program has also been cited in MCP Magazine: 8/2007

and Enterprise Windows Magazine online.


Current Projects- 10/2008

  • Technical Edit: SuSE Linux 11 Bible- Wiley
  • Technical Edit: 70-623 Vista Exam Cram 2- Que Publishing-COMPLETED
  • Technical Edit: Linux for Dummies-Wiley
  • 3 InformIT articles on Current State of IT Certification
  • Career Changer's Checklist Series on InformIT.com
  • Master of Integrated Networking Course
  • CRA course towards the GCP from KRGI.org
  • Technical Edits of several courses offered by KRGI
  • Developing online format for some of the courses that I teach for RealTimeITSolutions.com

 

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