RIM Announces New BlackBerry Certifications for Administrators, Consultants, Developers
How do you spot a BlackBerry guru? A new certification program from Blackberry-maker RIM, set to begin this fall, should help IT leaders who have a growing need for mobile talent.
By Al Sacco
Managing Editor, CIO
Research In Motion (RIM) , maker of the popular BlackBerry handheld, on Thursday announced a new certification program aimed at corporate BlackBerry administrators, support technicians, consultants and enterprise application developers.
To receive the certifications, interested parties will need to pass computer-based examinations meant to gauge their knowledge of the BlackBerry platform and its associated components, including the BlackBerry Enterprise Server (BES) and individual RIM smartphones.
“Mobile technology is becoming increasingly important in everyday life, so there will continue to be a constant and critical need to have a base of people who understand the intricacies of this technology,” says Ray Kelly, Senior VP of Sales and Client Services with Prometric, a provider of testing and assessment services, and the company selected by RIM to develop, manage and administer the examinations.
The findings of a recent Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) survey of 3,578 IT managers mirror Kelly’s sentiments. During the next five years, technical proficiency in supporting and maintaining wireless infrastructure and mobile devices, and related expertise, will be among the most sought after IT skills, according to CompTIA.
BlackBerry Certified Systems Administrator, for tech support representatives who deploy and manage BlackBerry Enterprise Solutions
BlackBerry Certified Server Support Specialist, which is meant to gauge IT professionals’ skills in BES upkeep and maintenance and related tasks
BlackBerry Certified Support Specialist, for IT staffers who work with end users in BES or BlackBerry Internet Service environments
BlackBerry Certified Solution Designer, for consultants who provide services to organizations planning BlackBerry Enterprise Solution deployments or additional post-deployment support.
Certifications for developers, trainers, sales reps and device experts will become available during 2009, according to RIM.
The new certifications will be offered to RIM employees at four corporate locations and to the general public starting this fall at 4,700 Prometric test centers located throughout the 135 countries where carriers offer RIM products and services.
Al Sacco was a journalist, blogger and editor who covers the fast-paced mobile beat for CIO.com and IDG Enterprise, with a focus on wearable tech, smartphones and tablet PCs. Al managed CIO.com writers and contributors, covered news, and shared insightful expert analysis of key industry happenings. He also wrote a wide variety of tutorials and how-tos to help readers get the most out of their gadgets, and regularly offered up recommendations on software for a number of mobile platforms. Al resides in Boston and is a passionate reader, traveler, beer lover, film buff and Red Sox fan.