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Apple certifications

Discussion in 'Other IT certifications' started by systempsyche, Jul 9, 2011.

  1. systempsyche

    systempsyche Nibble Poster

    I will be studying for the 'mac integration basics 10.6' to begin with just as soon as i finish learning iweb and create my website. Then i will be taking th ACSP then ACTC. With the emerging market share of apple products from microsoft I think its very relevant to be certified in this area, even here on certforums there is not much of a forum in regards to apple certs. What do you think?
    Certifications: A+, network+, server+, mcdst, mcp, ccent
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  2. Lozler

    Lozler Bit Poster

    I don't actually know too much about Apple certifications, but I'm sure if you're interested in it, go for it. I've looked at the 9LO-403 exam (Qualifies you for the ACSP i believe), and it states that it's for IT professionals who have been supporting Apples etc, but the syllibus looks pretty straight forward. Apple is becoming more and more popular so It would be good to get knowledge of MAC.

    What is the general path for these Apple certifications? I've just got interested myself, I don't think it would be that relevant to the majority of work in the IT field at this minute, but would be good to get the knowledge from the cert, and my gf always disses me saying Windows sucks and that she's better than me with MAC's so have to show her up haha.
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2011
  3. GSteer

    GSteer Megabyte Poster

    Apple It Pro Certs are listed here in order: Apple - Mac OS X Certifications

    You'd be looking at the first two until you want to know about the server side then it's the third one too, although without commercial experience with the software I'd stop at two, this is my intention as and when I get around to them.
    Last edited: Jul 10, 2011
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  4. mcrilly

    mcrilly Byte Poster

    I was going to do Apple certifications a while back, but if I recall correctly the exam are stupidly expensive.
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  5. Shinigami

    Shinigami Megabyte Poster

    I don't think it's just the exams which are stupidly expensive ;)

    Ok ok, jokes aside, Mac sales are healthly. I'm sure having a cert on your CV is one way to pave a foot in the door of those potential employers that now have Macs on-site, around 38% of the Fortune 500 companies if I recall correctly. And they also help for some Apple Store jobs as well.

    An A+ could help on the hardware side of things (since they're really just PC's, albeit a little less tinker-friendly), which leaves the OS itself for interpretation. Maybe some of these exams also pave a way to iOS devices, an added plus since iPad's are doing well in the enterprise.

    In the end, nobody can see into the future and know if one path is better than the other, ends up being a gut feeling thing in my opinion. But I don't tsee any certification as ultimately being a bad choice since it shows to any employer that you do not lack dedication.
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  6. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    Good luck with the Integration Basics exam, it was my first (and so far my only) Apple cert/exam.

    I too, like the guys above were going to do more Apple certs, but at this moment in time, it's not worth it for me.

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  7. Lozler

    Lozler Bit Poster


    Well, I looked on prometric and the exams are only £105, same as the A+ really! I'm taking my SCJP on tuesday and that was £242 without vouchers :eek:

    I'm looking into that ACSP, but i mean, is it only ONE exam? that's not bad! =D I don't really know much about macs, Is snow leopard a type of OS or something?
  8. DryPlate

    DryPlate Nibble Poster

    Anything above the Integration exam will require some hands on experience with a Mac. The Integration exam is nice though you can use Apple's PDF guide to learn domain integration and file sharing.

    Lozler, Snow Leopard refers to the version of Mac OS X, the operating system. They've used wild cat names since the 10.0 beta release. Snow Leopard is the latest version, 10.6, and Lion is coming out this Fall.

    Mac OS X - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

    Just remember when you're doing your resume and talking with people:

    It's spelled Mac not MAC (It's not an acronym!!)

    Apple is the company name, Mac is the general term to refer to an Apple computer

    A lowercase i is used for iMac, iPhone, iPad

    Pronounce the roman numeral as "ten" not "ex"
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  9. systempsyche

    systempsyche Nibble Poster

    i agree its getting popular especially with ipads and iphones too
    Certifications: A+, network+, server+, mcdst, mcp, ccent
    WIP: mac integration, ACSP, ACTC

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