Which Version of the Security+ Exam Will You Try?

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Global Knowledge

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Article by Michael Gregg

When tests change they always offer a difficult choice since most vendors have a period in which both the old and new exam are available.

During this period, test candidates can attempt either exam. That is where we’re at now with Security+.

CompTIA announced that the new version of Security+ becomes available in May 2011.  The current version of the exam, SY0-201, will also remain available until December 2011.

This means there is about a six month window when you can take either exam.

Regardless of which test you take, you need to know that CompTIA changed the rules for all new test candidates, and any exam completed after December 2010 is only valid for three years.

The CompTIA website states that, “effective January 1, 2011, all new CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+ certifications will be valid for three years from the date the candidate is certified."

"After three years, the certification must be renewed. This can be done by passing the most current exam for a respective certification or by participating in CompTIA’s new continuing education program, which will allow individuals to keep their skills current and their certification up to date without retesting.”

Studying for the current exam offers an advantage in that it’s been around, there are plenty of test prep guides available, and there’s lots of practice questions that map to current objectives.

Attempting the new exam offers the opportunity to become certified on the latest and greatest version of the test and, after all, almost everyone likes something new. So here’s my question to each of you:

When such situations arise, which exam would you plan to attempt?

Cross-posted from Global Knowledge

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