Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Get ISACA CSX Practitioner, VMware VCP6-DCV and Microsoft certified twice as fast on these new Firebrand courses


By Sarah Morgan


Firebrand continues to accelerate traditional IT training! This week we’re proud to announce the release of four new Firebrand courses.

ISACA Certified Cybersecurity Practitioner CSX – only 9 days

ISACA’s brand new accelerated CSX Practitioner course is here, and with Firebrand it’s 33% faster. In only nine days you’ll get an introduction to crucial cybersecurity skills like:

  • Vulnerability analysis
  • Network evaluation 
  • Malware detection
  • Safeguard implementation

50% of this accelerated course is made up of hands-on lab exercises, conducted in a virtual cyber lab. Find out more about ISACA’s new cybersecurity course now.


VMware® vSphere: Install, Configure, Manage [6] – only 5 days

Get the knowledge and skills you need to operate VMware vSphere 6, and take your VMware Certified Professional 6 – Data Center Virtualization Exam. On this accelerated course you’ll be VCP6-DCV certified in just five days.

As well as also hands-on lab training, covering VMware ESXi™ 6 and VMware vCenter Server™ 6, you’ll also learn how to:

  • Deploy an ESxi host and create virtual machines
  • Configure virtual networks with vSphere standard switches
  • Use vCenter Server to manage host storage
  • Manage virtual templates, machines, clones and snapshots
  • Create a vApp

Plus, this certification is the foundation for other VMware software-defined data centre technologies. Get VCP6-DCV certified in just five days with Firebrand!


Microsoft MTA Windows Operating System Fundamentals – only 2 days

Jump-start your IT career in database technology with Microsoft MTA Windows Operating System Fundamentals and get certified 33% faster than traditional training.

On this accelerated two day course, you’ll build an understanding of operating system configuration and maintenance. After completing this MTA course you’ll be able to:

  • Understand operating system configurations and maintenance
  • Install and upgrade client systems
  • Manage applications, files, folders and devices

Study Microsoft Official Curriculum and get certified in just two days on this accelerated Microsoft course.


Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 Developer – only 6 days

Streamline your business processes and learn how to use Dynamics NAV 2015 to manage your finance, manufacturing, sales, project management and more.

On this accelerated six day course, you’ll get the skills you need to develop and modify Dynamics NAV 2015 – twice as fast as traditional training.

You’ll study:

  • MS Dynamics NAV Standard Data
  • Process Model
  • New Database Schema Synchronization
  • Microsoft Word in order to define report layout

Plus, on this accelerated course you’ll have access to Microsoft Official Curriculum.


190+ courses and counting

Firebrand’s portfolio now exceeds 180 accelerated courses from vendors like Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA.
(ISC)2

We’re committed to developing new accelerated courses. To stay up to date with our newest and most cutting edge training follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ and LinkedIn.

Find out how you can get certified at twice the speed and take a look at our full range of accelerated training.


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About the Author:        
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

LinkedIn is down!


By Sarah Morgan


The working day is about to begin, but one key tool for business around the world isn’t here yet! LinkedIn is currently down and displaying the error code: SSL Connection Error.

Will your sales teams, recruitment or lunchtime procrastination be hindered? We’ll keep you updated on LinkedIn’s status.

For more information on LinkedIn's status, take a look at downrightnow.

Update #1: LinkedIn is accessible on Internet Explorer.
Update #2: Hooray, LinkedIn is back for all users!




About the Author:        
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Wednesday, 10 June 2015

Two Firebrand employers (and one Firebrand!) recognised at Microsoft Apprentice of the Year 2015 awards


By Sarah Morgan


Two Firebrand employers, and one Firebrand apprentice, were recently recognised at the Microsoft Apprentice of the Year 2015 awards - hosted by Microsoft UK’s Managing director, Michel Van der Bel.

The annual awards, which highlight the value IT apprentices bring to their businesses, recognised Firebrand apprentice employers: TechQuarters and Gamma. As well as 5G Communications' Firebrand apprentice, Richard Smith.

Judges were impressed with the great attitude apprentices shared with their employers – with many businesses expanding to hire even more talented young professionals.


Michel Van der Bel (left) and TechQuarters’ CEO, Chris Dunning

Gamma get recognised! Gamma employer, Joe Nunn with Michel Van der Bel plus Firebrand apprentices Reece Money and Simon Curren (left to right)



Firebrand apprentice Richard Smith (right),
5G Communications, receives his award
2014’s Apprentice Employer of the Year – Mitchell Fedlman, Cloudamour - spoke at length about apprenticeships, and why 20% of his workforce are now apprentices.

In regards to how apprenticeships shaped his business, Mitchell said, “We want to be vibrant. We want to be energetic…and we are.”

“To sustain rapid growth you need staff…you need apprenticeships.”

2015 marked the 5th anniversary of Microsoft’s Apprentice of the year Awards. Microsoft’s ‘Get-On’ programme has so far helped over 7000 apprentices get employed and trained by Microsoft partners.

Find out more about how to hire a Firebrand apprentice, on a programme with 38 days of Microsoft training and certifications.

Firebrand is the fastest way to develop IT staff with industry-recognised training and certifications worth £10,000s. Expand your business today.


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About the Author:        
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Wednesday, 3 June 2015

The 5 best CEH certification books 2015


By Sarah Morgan


Cyber-attacks are now ranked amongst the top 10 global threats to your business, a survey from Aon Solutions revealed this week. It’s no surprise – security breaches can cripple your business infrastructure, leak private customer data and destroy your organisation’s reputation.

The IT security field is expected to grow 37% by 2022 and many security professionals are now taking the offensive and building their white hat hacking skills with EC-Council’s CEH certification.

The CEH v8 certification is an advanced certification, and to conquer it you’ll need to prove your expert white hat hacking knowledge. To help you do just that, here are our 5 best CEH certification books for 2015…


CEH: Certified Ethical Hacker Version 8 Study Guide – 14 Oct 2014
ISBN-13: 978-1118647677

Sybex’s Certified Ethical Hacker Version 8 Study Guide is perhaps the most popular preparation tool for the CEH certification.

The guide boasts a concise, easy-to-follow approach to the certification that covers all exam objectives with examples and hands-on exercises.

You’ll study everything you need to pass the CEH exam – including cryptography, footprinting, trojans and covert channels. Also included is a companion website, stuffed with study tools like practice exams, chapter review questions and electronic flashcards.

The guide is useable in both classroom and self-study scenarios. Plus, an average user score of 4.2/5 stars across Amazon (28 reviews) ranks this as one of the most sought-after books on our list.

Available in:


CEH Certified Ethical Hacker Bundle, Second Edition (All-In-One) – 1 Oct 2014
ISBN-13: 978-0071835572

A popular CEH revision guide from Matt Walker - a man with so many certifications after his name he makes the alphabet feel insecure.
Billed as a money-saving self-study bundle, this comprehensive package includes massive amounts of content:

  • CEH Certified Ethical Hacker All-in-One Exam Guide, Second Edition
  • CEH Certified Ethical Hacker Practice Exams, Second Edition
  • CEH Quick Review Guide

The All-in-One exam guide is your primary asset for CEH certification success. Inside, you’ll find complete coverage of all CEH exam objectives and topics.

Reviewers cite a desire for a greater focus on policy questions. Despite this it retains an impressive 4.1/5 star review average on Amazon (14 reviews)

Available in:


Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Cert Guide15 Dec 2013
ISBN-13: 978-0789751270

Authored by certification expert Michael Gregg and published by Pearson IT certification, this chunky 640 page CEH certification guide is certainly comprehensive.

As well as a companion to the CEH certification’s v8 topics, you’ll also focus on building your own study guide, complete with test preparation routines and review questions. A CD featuring two complete practice exams is also bundled with this certification guide.

Finally, you’ll get preparation hints and exam tips from leading security consultant, Michael Gregg.

Available in:


The Basics of Hacking and Penetration Testing: Ethical Hacking and Penetration Testing Made Easy – 1 Aug 2013
ISBN-13: 978-0124116443

Though not a CEH certification guide, this introductory book provides any aspiring ethical hacker with a solid foundation of ethical hacking knowledge – crucial for passing the CEH exam.

You’ll study the same hacking tools commonly found within the CEH certification, and learn how to use them to conduct real life penetration tests.

This book begins with the basics and guides you towards more advanced subjects such as post exploitation and access maintenance. This is an ideal book for anyone with an interest in penetration testing - especially useful for those starting down the path to their CEH certification.

Available in:


Official CEH CoursewareEC-Council

As well as study guides, you also have the option to simply purchase EC-Council’s official CEH courseware. This is everything you’ll need to pass your CEH exam - included in the official bundle is:

  • Three official EC-Council CEH books (lab manual and two courseware manuals with slides)
  • 6 DVDs

The labs showcased in the courseware are tested against the latest operating systems with all up-to-date patches and hot-fixes applied.

Plus, the 6 DVDs contain over 20GBs of guides on how to use the latest hacking and security tools alongside more than 1,000 minutes of videos demonstrating hacking techniques.

Purchase the official CEH courseware from EC-Council store.


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About the Author:        
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Tuesday, 2 June 2015

How to become a SharePoint Consultant - Industry Interviews

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Today we speak to President and Senior SharePoint Consultant at vNext Solutions, Vlad Catrinescu. With more than 5 years experience analysing and deploying SharePoint Infrastructure, Vlad has been a Microsoft Most Valuable Professional for SharePoint Server since 2013. He is currently the youngest SharePoint MVP in the world. 

Vlad is active on the SharePoint speaking circuit and is renowned for his Absolute SharePoint blog. He is the founder of SharePoint Community - the largest and most active SharePoint community on the web.

Find out how to become a SharePoint Consultant with Vlad in today's Industry Interview.


Profile



Name: Vlad Catrinescu
Job Title: SharePoint Consultant and President
Employer: vNext Solutions

Personal Blog: Absolute SharePoint
Social Media: LinkedIn | Twitter  
Awards: SharePoint Server MVP, Top 25 Office 365 Influencers 2015

Certifications:
- Microsoft MCSE: SharePoint 2013
- Microsoft MCSA: Office 365
- Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2012
- Microsoft MCITP: SharePoint 2010




Summarise your job in a sentence

I help companies get the most business value out of SharePoint by using the platform’s capabilities to the maximum, solving real business problems.


What does an average working day look like?

About 50% meetings where I try to understand the pain points of the business, and the rest where I try to solve them. 


What do you enjoy most about your job?

Working with SharePoint is always a challenge since every business has different needs, so every client is unique.  I enjoy meeting new people and by talking to business owners, and people from every department I get to make new connections every day.  


What are the biggest challenges in your current role?

SharePoint is at a big turning point right now, and with Office 365 and Hybrid, a lot of changes are coming. Getting clients used to SharePoint Online and Office 365 with all the new features it brings can be quite a challenge.


What career path did you take to bring you to your current job title?

I started out as a Junior Network Administrator, which allowed me to learn the Microsoft ecosystem.  Since I was working in a pretty small company, within a month I had Domain Admin rights and was playing with Lync, SharePoint, Exchange, AD, DNS , SCCM, SQL and more. 

This allowed me to have a much better understanding of how all the Microsoft Servers work together.  After, working as a SharePoint Consultant for a few companies, I set up my own SharePoint consultancy. 


Do you have/did you require any professional certifications to secure your current job title? If yes, which?

A lot of my clients require me to be certified in SharePoint, and I have my MCITP SharePoint 2010 and MCSE SharePoint 2013. Personally, I enjoy more the learning I have to do to get those certifications, and I think the learning you do to get them is worth a lot more than the title itself. 


What guidance would you give someone wanting to do your job?

Don’t only learn SharePoint, learn SQL, AD, DNS, and everything in the ecosystem, it will help you better understand how everything works together.  Also, be prepared to learn something new every day as Microsoft is pushing new features and changes to the cloud every two weeks, and since clients see you as the “Expert” you need to know what those changes are.


What guidance would you give someone starting their career in IT?

If you can, join a smaller company or a startup. You will be able to do multiple jobs, and see what you really love. In a big company, your roles and responsibilities are locked in. In a smaller company, you can help with Dev, IT, writing proposals, and taking care of the company twitter if you want to.


Has training and/or certification influenced your career? If yes, how?

For sure it did. I think that everyone who is in IT has to go through training a few times per year to learn new best practices and the new tools. Not only did the training help me get to the technical level that I am now, but being certified helped me open more doors. 

If you are certified, Microsoft Gold Partners will be looking for you. They need your certifications to keep their gold status. 

What are your thoughts on the widely reported IT skills gap and its impact on business?

There is a big IT Skills gap, because IT is evolving so fast that most IT Pro’s cannot keep up. However, that opens up a huge market for consultants, and people that are specialised on certain systems. 

What are your opinions on professional training and certification?

Training is very very very important in IT, since it keeps evolving every day. If you don’t keep training and learn new technologies, you will fall behind and your chances at getting a good job will go down.  

Also, let’s face it, new technologies are cool and doing projects on new technologies is a lot more fun than doing COBOL.  

Certification, well, unfortunately the reputation of IT Certification took a hit in the last few years due to the huge amount of illegal material out there. Whether you believe in the certification or not, I highly recommend you do the training as if you were going to do the exam. And in my opinion, paying that extra $150 to take an exam and be certified is worth it in the long run!


Wednesday, 27 May 2015

Yammer is down! How will you procrastinate now?


By Sarah Morgan


Microsoft’s integral project management software, and lunchtime procrastination tool, Yammer, is currently down.

According to status.yammer.com – “The investigation determined that a networking issue is causing the service to be unavailable. Currently, engineers are moving database infrastructure away from the affected network environment.”

You won’t currently be able to connect to Yammer. As well as stopping your important projects in their tracks, you’ll also have to find another outlet to impress your colleagues with semi-work appropriate witticisms.

Update #1: Yammer is back!




About the Author:        
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Cisco launch new CCNA Cloud and CCNP Cloud certifications


By Sarah Morgan


Today Cisco introduced two brand new cloud certifications to complement their already comprehensive certification portfolio.

The Cisco certification Pyramid
Available globally, the CCNA Cloud and CCNP Cloud are new job role certifications, designed to build and validate your cloud skill set.


Cisco CCNA Cloud – only six days

Companies are embracing cloud to help them to be more agile, flexible, and effective – with a CCNA cloud cert, you’ll get the skills you need to help these companies succeed with cloud technology.

On this accelerated course, you’ll learn how to perform entry-level provisioning and support for Cisco cloud solutions. You’ll also study:

  • Cloud characteristics and models
  • Cloud deployment
  • Cloud compute
  • End-user support
  • Infrastructure, administration and reporting

The CCNA Cloud certification will prepare you for the role of a cloud engineer or cloud administrator working in a small/medium business, or as support for a large enterprise.

Get this crucial cloud certification in just six days with Firebrand.


Cisco CCNP Cloudonly 12 days

Become a recognised expert with Cisco cloud technology and get the skills you need to build, implement, provision and support Cisco Cloud and Intercloud solutions. This certification is a progression of the Cisco CCNA Cloud.

On this accelerated course, you’ll learn how to:

  • Implement and troubleshoot Cisco Cloud Infrastructure
  • Automate Cisco Enterprise
  • Manage application centric infrastructure

Plus, this Cisco course includes all four CCNP exams, and is delivered exclusively by Certified Cisco Instructors. Get CCNP Cloud certified in only 12 days with Firebrand.


Firebrand are among the first to market these brand new Cisco cloud certifications. And with accelerated training, you'll be certified at twice the speed.

190+ courses and counting

Firebrand’s portfolio now exceeds 190 accelerated courses from vendors like Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA.
(ISC)2

We’re committed to developing new accelerated courses. To stay up to date with our newest and most cutting edge training follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ and LinkedIn.

Find out how you can get certified at twice the speed and take a look at our full range of accelerated training.


About the Author:        
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Industry Interviews - Elizabeth Harrin, Director of Otobos Consultants Ltd

Today we begin a new series focusing on careers across the IT industry. Over the coming months we'll be interviewing prominent industry professionals from some of the most sought after job titles within the tech sector.

Gain invaluable insights to the career you desire as we reveal the paths professionals  have taken to secure their chosen career,  what an average day looks like and how training and certification can influence career progression. 

So without further delay i'd like to reveal our first professional, Elizabeth Harrin:

Elizabeth is a Fellow of the Association for Project Management. She runs a project management copywriting firm which helps small and medium-sized businesses talk about their projects and solutions. She’s the author of three books about project management: Shortcuts to Success: Project Management in the Real World, Customer-Centric Project Management and Social Media for Project Management.  She occasionally speaks at conferences and tries not to fall off the stage too often.


Profile


Name: Elizabeth Harrin
Job Title: Director
Current Employer: Otobos Consultants Ltd
Personal Blog: A Girls Guide to Project Management
Social Media: found on Twitter and Facebook
Awards: 
- Finalist at the 2015 Women in IT Awards
Computer Weekly - Best IT Professional Blogger of the Year, 2011  



Summarise your job in a sentence


I manage projects and I’m a copywriter writing about managing projects.


What does an average working day look like?


On non-commuting days I give my children breakfast and then when we are all ready for the day I walk into the garden where I have an office. I’m at my desk a bit before 9am. I work until lunchtime – a mixture of conference calls and virtual meetings, catching up on emails and project management. 

At lunchtime I’ll come in for lunch and normally we eat as a family. After lunch, I’ll go back out to work and go through the To Do list I’ve prepared for the day to check I’m on track to complete everything. There’s normally some emergency or last minute thing to sort out that I didn’t plan for – that’s the nature of project work.

Around 4pm I’ll wrap up and come in for the day. I’ll prepare dinner for the children and between then and 7pm it’s eating, family time, baths and bed. I’ll finish up any other work tasks when they are asleep but I don’t go back out to work; I’ll set my laptop up on the dining room table.


What do you enjoy most about your job?


The variety. I love being able to spend a morning working with colleagues from France and Spain and then the afternoon focusing on resolving issues. I love writing and my copywriting work which sits alongside project management, means I work with clients all over the world, and help them explain what they are doing. It’s satisfying to know that what I’m writing helps them solve problems for project managers.


What are the biggest challenges in your current role?


Time management! With two distinct roles, plus a young family, it’s hard to keep on top of everything. As a result, I spend less time on risk management and proactive strategic work than I would like.


What career path did you take to bring you to your current job title?


I chose to be a project manager, so that part of my job was a natural progression from Business Change Analyst many years ago to the role I have now. I’ve always written things down as well. I wrote stories as a child and then magazine articles, progressing as the world of copywriting changed to mainly preparing blog articles for project management websites as well as writing my own blog and a couple of books.


Do you have/did you require any professional certifications to secure your current job title? If yes, which?


No. I had written one book at the time of my interview and I think that helped me though. I was also PRINCE2 qualified but I’m not sure that had any particular bearing on my application.


What guidance would you give someone wanting to do your job?


You can get project management skills from any walk of life, including volunteering and managing a household, so don’t be put off by people saying you need deep subject matter expertise. And while it didn’t work this way for me, you can move into project management through other careers, so look for opportunities in your current role.

The advice I have for budding writers is to write. I have heard people say, “Oh, I’d love to write a book.” If you want something, do it. You don’t need anything to get started. Having said that, many people would like to write and really can’t. If you have something to say but lack the skills to get your  message across, either work hard to improve your writing or work with an editor who can polish it up for you.


What guidance would you give someone starting their career in Project Management?


It’s a great job. Take it seriously and remember who your customers are.


Has training and/or certification influenced your career? If yes, how?


I believe it’s a hygiene factor: certification doesn’t automatically mean you are a stellar project manager but it’s a useful grounding in project management practice and it ensures everyone on the team speaks the same language. No one has ever said to me that I didn’t get a job or couldn’t do a role because I didn’t have a certification. 

I support my team and colleagues to get certifications because it’s a way of ensuring the team shares a common background and because I strongly believe people should take responsibility for their own career progression. It’s a way of continuous professional development and that’s only a good thing.


What are your thoughts on the widely reported IT skills gap and its impact on business?


From my own experience it’s the business understanding piece that is lacking. For example, we can recruit developers but it’s hard to get someone who understands what happens when their code doesn’t work: the business impact can be significant. 

That’s the gap that I’m seeing, and the only answer is for organisations to get better at succession planning so that they can fill that gap with internal talent and create a pipeline for those hard-to-fill positions. 

It’s unacceptable to expect universities to turn out senior programmers with deep business knowledge: they can’t do it and they shouldn’t be expected to, although I know many courses have industry placements which must help.


Thursday, 21 May 2015

Brand new (ISC)2 CCSP and Microsoft MCSD: Azure Solutions Architect courses from Firebrand


By Sarah Morgan


With IDC predicting 7 million cloud jobs created by 2015, mastering cloud technology can lead to a fulfilling and profitable career.

And to help you build – and prove – your knowledge of cloud computing, Firebrand has launched two brand new career changing accelerated cloud certification courses:



(ISC)2 Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) - only six days

On this six day accelerated course, you’ll get the knowledge you need to secure your organisation’s cloud infrastructure.

Your business may be using an outdated approach to cloud technology which could open the way for costly and embarrassing cyber-attacks. To prevent these malicious attacks, businesses around the world need CCSP certified professionals with advanced cloud security skills.

Achieve the CCSP and you’ll learn how to secure cloud environments & purchased cloud services. You’ll also study:

  • Cloud data, platform, infrastructure and application security
  • Architectural concepts & design requirements
  • Compliance and legality
  • Operations

This advanced certification, developed by leading information security organisations, the Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and (ISC)2, proves your cloud security expertise at a global level – get it in only six days.



Microsoft MCSD: Azure Solutions Architect - only seven days

Get four Microsoft certifications in only seven days on this accelerated Microsoft MCSD: Azure Solutions Architect course.

You’ll learn how to migrate your existing on-premise infrastructure to Azure – Microsoft’s globally integrated cloud platform.

Plus, get the skills you need to design websites, application storage and infrastructure in Microsoft Azure.

On this course you’ll achieve a Microsoft MCSD and three Microsoft Specialist certifications, by studying and passing these Specialist courses:
  • Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions
  • Implementing Microsoft Azure Infrastructure Solutions
  • Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions


190+ courses and counting

Firebrand’s portfolio now exceeds 180 accelerated courses from vendors like Microsoft, Cisco, and CompTIA.
(ISC)2

We’re committed to developing new accelerated courses. To stay up to date with our newest and most cutting edge training follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ and LinkedIn.

Find out how you can get certified at twice the speed and take a look at our full range of accelerated training.


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About the Author:        
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

How to get your TOGAF 9.1 certification in five steps


By Sarah Morgan


Use TOGAF 9.1 in your organisation and develop an enterprise architecture (EA) that’s free to use, consistent and aligned to industry best practices.

However, to prove you know how to use this renowned EA effectively, and to get on track for a £70,000 salary (ITJobsWatch), you need to get certified.



Passing both TOGAF certification exams and achieving your certification is an investment, but it can be a daunting. This guide will show you how to get TOGAF certified, in five simple steps.


1. Two-step approach vs. combined approach

You’ve decided to get TOGAF certified, but what now? To get the certification, you’ll need to pass both TOGAF exams:
  • Level 1: TOGAF 9 Foundation
  • Level 2: TOGAF 9 Certified
Your first choice is between the two-step approach and the combined approach. Take the two-step approach and you’ll pass the two TOGAF exams individually - the Level 1 first, followed by Level 2 when you feel comfortable with your chances of passing it.

The combined approach allows you to get both exams out of the way in one sitting, it’s faster but you’ll need to retain more knowledge.


2. Study the TOGAF 9.1 Framework

Get started by reading the TOGAF 9.1 framework. You’re able to access, and download, the entire framework on The Open Group’s website. A number of licensing options are available, depending on how you propose to use the framework:

  • A free, perpetual Corporate License is available to any organization wanting to use TOGAF 9.1 entirely for internal purposes.
  • A free, perpetual Academic License is free to any academic organization wanting to use TOGAF 9.1 entirely for academic (teaching and/or research) purposes.
  • An annual Commercial License is available for organizations wishing to exploit TOGAF 9.1 commercially.


3. Get yourself a TOGAF 9.1 study guide

Study guides are a near essential tool for any student embarking on self-study. As you might imagine for a popular certification like TOGAF, there are several effective guides available in both electronic and physical formats.

Take a look at the TOGAF® 9 Certified Study Guide - 3rd Edition if you’re attempting either the two-step or combined approach. This comprehensive study guide covers both certification levels and supports you as you prepare for both exams. It’s available on Amazon in both paperback and kindle, depending on your preference.

If you’re currently aiming to pass the Level 1 TOGAF certification exam, take a look at the TOGAF 9 Foundation Exam Study Guide. This foundation guide is concentrated and to-the-point, ideal for busy architects who need to learn TOGAF quickly. If you’re struggling with hundreds of pages of TOGAF documentation – this is for you. Get it on Amazon, in kindle and paperback.


4. Make the most of free TOGAF revision resources

Take a break from your study guide and TOGAF framework documentation to take a look at some external resources.

There are dozens of high quality TOGAF resources available online. And to save you from trawling the web to find the best, we’ve already compiled a list of our Top 10 TOGAF resources you don’t need to pay for, including:


Revision is much easier when you have a plethora of exam simulators, multiple choice practice exams, free presentations, TOGAF FAQ’s and instructional videos to support your knowledge.


5. Book your exam(s)

You’ve invested your precious time, and hard-earned cash, into revising TOGAF 9.1 - now it’s time to book your exams. However, before you do, make sure to test your knowledge against practice exam questions, here are our favourite:


To book your exam, simply navigate to Prometric’s website, register and find a local test centre.


I don’t have time to self-study!

Sometimes, even the most determined can’t fit self-study around their busy lives. For those who can’t invest the time, lack the motivation or simply need to get certified faster, there are other options.

For those who really need to get TOGAF 9.1 certified in the fastest possible time, take a look at Firebrand’s accelerated three day TOGAF course.


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About the Author:        
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Thursday, 14 May 2015

New accelerated Microsoft courses from Firebrand


By Sarah Morgan


Become an Azure architect, learn how to install Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 in your organisation then master NAV 2015’s financial application area. Study it all - twice as fast as traditional training - on three new accelerated Firebrand courses.

Firebrand is excited to bring these new accelerated Microsoft courses to our ever expanding training portfolio:



Microsoft Specialist: Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions

Learn how to build websites, application storage and infrastructure with Azure – Microsoft’s global cloud platform that boasts over 90,000 new customer subscriptions per month.

The third Azure specialist course in Firebrand’s portfolio, Architecting Microsoft Azure Solutions will give you the skills you need to design public and hybrid cloud solutions.

Study Microsoft Official Curriculum, take your Microsoft exam 70-534 onsite at the end of your three day course, and return to work certified.

Become an Azure Architect in only three days!





Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 Financials

Learn how to automate and streamline your business processes with Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 financials. In just six days you’ll get the knowledge you need to manage your business with NAV 2015 and get to grips with new features like Tablet Client and Office365 integration.

By the end of this six day course, you’ll be able to setup and use the Microsoft Dynamics NAV 2015 Finance application area. You’ll also learn:

  • How to setup and use VAT, budgets, cash management & multiple currencies
  • Basics of Sales and Purchase
  • Basic functionalities, including sorting and filtering
  • Management of roles and user rights
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