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COMMON Certification Program


Come be one of the first to merit from the COMMON Business Computing Associate certification at the COMMON 2010 Annual Meeting and Exposition in Orlando! After a year’s worth of hard work from dedicated volunteers and industry experts, the Business Computing Associate credential will launch the COMMON Certification Program – a perfect complement to COMMON’s 50th Anniversary celebration.

COMMON Certification Program
The Certification Program will consist of two levels of credentials, the COMMON Business Computing Associate and the COMMON Certified Business Computing Professional. The first level certification exam for the Business Computing Associate credential will be available in Orlando.

The COMMON Certification Program was developed by COMMON members to recognize current and future IT professionals as those that have demonstrated a high-level of technical and business knowledge through achievement of certification. The program consists of two levels of credentials, the COMMON Business Computing Associate and the COMMON Certified Business Computing Professional. The program was developed by long-time members and industry experts - those that know what knowledge and skills are needed in today’s competitive job market.

Business Computing Associate
The Business Computing Associate credential is aimed directly at IT professionals who are new to the workplace, recent college graduates looking for jobs in the IT industry, and college students approaching graduation.

The COMMON Business Computing Associate is someone who is qualified to enter the business world with a credible business computing background. Receiving this credential signifies that COMMON attests to the professional competence, and to the knowledge and skills represented by defined tasks in the exam. Certified individuals will stand out from the ever-growing job seeking crowd, and gain a competitive advantage.

The test focuses on nine important aspects required to be an ideal workplace candidate, including:

  • Business Processes – covers such areas as accounting, budgeting, office productivity, work flow, SWOT analysis, change management
  • Interpersonal – assesses speaking and writing skills, team attitude, work ethic
  • End User Support – looks at problem identification, determination and resolution, managing user expectations
  • Programs/Databases – checks methodologies, concepts, analysis, specific programs and databases
  • Operating Systems/Platforms/Environments – includes a variety of different specific systems
  • Systems Hardware – ranges from Power Systems to hubs, disks and printers
  • Networking/Telephony – ranges from physical cabling all the way to mobile devices
  • Security and Regulatory – covers such topics as backup processing and retention, password security and the balance between security and availability
  • Business Computing Terms and Concepts – looks at such concepts as virtualization, quality assurance, profit and loss, and disaster recovery

Certification Benefits
IT Professionals will reap the benefits of earning this certification. The exam is being developed by COMMON volunteers, Power Systems experts and the people who hire Power System experts. These are the people who have experience in the field and know exactly what it takes to be successful. Achieving the Business Computing Associate certification allows IT professionals to demonstrate their knowledge and skills to their current and future employers. They will be recognized as individuals that have the combination of business acumen and technical expertise to contribute to the success of their company. IT professionals with this credential will have proven themselves to be a cut above the rest. Employers will see that these employees add more value to their business because they have taken it upon themselves to demonstrate their value through certification. Employers will look at their high level of professionalism and value, especially when it comes to performance reviews, and possibly when looking to cut back on staff in a tough economy.

Current students and recent college graduates will also find this certification invaluable. They are facing a tight job market due to the nature of today’s economy. The competition to find a job is extremely high; this certification will position job candidates apart from non-certified candidates. It’s important today to stand out from the crowd, and one of the best ways to accomplish this is by obtaining the COMMON Business Computing Associate credential. This distinguishes certified candidates by showcasing initiative and commitment to the field, along with demonstration of important technical and business skills that are important to employers. It is a key differentiator and a clear projection of an ideal candidate’s status.

Employers can rely on this COMMON Business Computing Associate credential as a way to see which qualified candidates are the best and the brightest candidates. Employers will be able to see that potential employees with this certification have gone the extra mile of independently validating their skills and competencies, and will be an asset to the business. Employers can rest assured that these candidates have much more than just technical expertise, they also have the elusive personal and communicative skills that every company needs to be successful. Employers specifically looking for and supporting this credential will be more likely to attract and retain the paramount candidates and employees to their company. Employers can also use this certification as a tool to support and encourage professional development among their employees, which can be a greater motivator and more rewarding to an employee than just salary increases. An employer’s support for the certification program can also be a key differentiator from other companies when looking to hire and retain top employees.

On-Site Exam Fees - Introductory Pricing
Don’t miss your chance to be one of the first to stand apart and showcase your knowledge and skills with this indispensable certification. Your first chance will be in Orlando at the COMMON 2010 Annual Meeting and Exposition. Exam fees in Orlando will be as follows:

  • Student Rate = $99 ($125 value)
  • Member Rate = $149 ($250 value)
  • Non-member Rate = $300

Exam fees must be paid prior to taking the exam and can be paid on-site at the COMMON Registration desk.

Testing Dates and Times
Certification testing for the COMMON Business Computing Associate credential will take place in the Clear Lake room during the following hours:

  • Monday, May 3: 11:00am – 3:00pm
  • Tuesday, May 4: 8:00am – 12:00pm, 2:00pm – 6:00pm
  • Wednesday, May 5: 8:00am – 12:00pm, 2:00pm – 6:00pm

Note: It is expected that the exam will take up to 2 hours to complete, so please plan on arriving at least 2 hours before the room closes for the day to start the exam. Testing will take place on a first come, first served basis.


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