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cruwl 02-19-2008 08:31 PM

Certified BlackBerry Support Specialist
 
Ok so my company recently got all of us BES admins access to the RIM partner zone. We are able to take all the CBTs that are for these certs.

But I canít find any information on the actual tests.
Iíve searched this forum and can only find like 2 posts about these none have the info i'm looking for.

Does any one know if these tests are like all other cert tests?
Do you take them at like pearson vue/prometric? Or do you have to go to a RIM location to take them?

Does anyone have a syllabus or required skills/knowledge list that this test tests?

Has anyone taken these RIM partnerzone CBTs and taken the test? Are these CBTs comprehensive enough to pass the test?

Thanks

jibi 02-19-2008 08:36 PM

None of the tests are available yet. They will make their debut at WES in Orlando. I believe you had a couple people down in Orlando last year (at least we met one person from your company at the Champions Sports Bar, I believe). You going to be present?

As for the CBTs, they cover a lot of stuff that I rarely, if ever, use in a production environment. I'm not sure if anyone has actually seen one of the final tests, so I'm not sure how valuable these CBTs will be. I can't imagine they'd hurt. And honestly, if you've been doing this for a while, I'd brush up on the CBTs and then combine the daily knowledge with the book knowledge and go from there. It's $150 for the certification, so what can it hurt to just try, ya know?

cruwl 02-19-2008 08:46 PM

My position is more or less direct user admin/support. you probably met one of our BES engineers ect.

No i wont be going im to low on the totem pole for that lol.

Thanks for the info, i guess ill just have to wait and see what RIM does with this stuff.

Jagga 02-19-2008 10:32 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cruwl (Post 842433)
My position is more or less direct user admin/support. you probably met one of our BES engineers ect.

No i wont be going im to low on the totem pole for that lol.

Thanks for the info, i guess ill just have to wait and see what RIM does with this stuff.

So you're a Helpdesk support, with Manager access then? Or you have complete and FULL BES access directly to all components. IF not then most of what you'll learn, you may not be able to perform when you run into a situation were you'll need that full access.

Quote:

Originally Posted by jibi (Post 842415)
None of the tests are available yet. They will make their debut at WES in Orlando. I believe you had a couple people down in Orlando last year (at least we met one person from your company at the Champions Sports Bar, I believe). You going to be present?

As for the CBTs, they cover a lot of stuff that I rarely, if ever, use in a production environment. I'm not sure if anyone has actually seen one of the final tests, so I'm not sure how valuable these CBTs will be. I can't imagine they'd hurt. And honestly, if you've been doing this for a while, I'd brush up on the CBTs and then combine the daily knowledge with the book knowledge and go from there. It's $150 for the certification, so what can it hurt to just try, ya know?

Pure and sound device. NOTHING like hands on experience; but it doesn't hurt to be educated and prepared.

jibi 02-19-2008 11:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cruwl (Post 842433)
My position is more or less direct user admin/support. you probably met one of our BES engineers ect.

No i wont be going im to low on the totem pole for that lol.

Thanks for the info, i guess ill just have to wait and see what RIM does with this stuff.

Be thankful it wasn't you ...talk about the conference alcoholic :razz:

hdawg 02-20-2008 06:06 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by cruwl (Post 842406)
Ok so my company recently got all of us BES admins access to the RIM partner zone. We are able to take all the CBTs that are for these certs.

But I canít find any information on the actual tests.

Contact whoever got you access to PartnerZone and ask about getting manuals / documentation on the tests. My company took all 4 tests in the spring / fall last year, I would think RIM would have something to help you with studying if you really wanted it.

DarthBBerry 02-20-2008 07:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hdawg (Post 842812)
Contact whoever got you access to PartnerZone and ask about getting manuals / documentation on the tests. My company took all 4 tests in the spring / fall last year, I would think RIM would have something to help you with studying if you really wanted it.

Sure wish I could access the CBTs. I wouldnt mind being certifiable.
Oh wait....

airunz 02-20-2008 09:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hdawg (Post 842812)
Contact whoever got you access to PartnerZone and ask about getting manuals / documentation on the tests. My company took all 4 tests in the spring / fall last year, I would think RIM would have something to help you with studying if you really wanted it.

I would also be interested in seeing what materials RIM is offering for these tests. A quick search of google provided the below link. https://www.blackberry.com/Certifica...dback/index.do

Pinjo 02-20-2008 09:48 AM

I received a couple of PDF's from my RIM rep the other day for the certification at WES. Some of the information overlapped in each, but it was general stuff.

To begin preparing to attempt the Maintaining a BlackBerry Enterprise Server in a Microsoft Exchange environment exam at WES 2008 you should review the two attached documents:
1. The BlackBerry Certification Program Guide provides an overview of the program along with policies and procedures related to participating.

2. The Exam guide for the Maintaining a BlackBerry Enterprise Server in a Microsoft Exchange environment exam. This provides details specific to the exam, the exam objectives and a listing of training and resources that may help you prepare to attempt the exam.


I can send these doc to anyone who wants them or attach them to a post here. Each is smaller than 700k.

DarthBBerry 02-20-2008 10:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pinjo (Post 843052)
I received a couple of PDF's from my RIM rep the other day for the certification at WES. Some of the information overlapped in each, but it was general stuff.

To begin preparing to attempt the Maintaining a BlackBerry Enterprise Server in a Microsoft Exchange environment exam at WES 2008 you should review the two attached documents:
1. The BlackBerry Certification Program Guide provides an overview of the program along with policies and procedures related to participating.

2. The Exam guide for the Maintaining a BlackBerry Enterprise Server in a Microsoft Exchange environment exam. This provides details specific to the exam, the exam objectives and a listing of training and resources that may help you prepare to attempt the exam.


I can send these doc to anyone who wants them or attach them to a post here. Each is smaller than 700k.

Oh heck yeah post em.

Pinjo 02-20-2008 10:13 AM

Alright... they are too large to post here. I'll get them up somewhere this afternoon. Need to think of the best place I can upload them to.

Viewings equal a drink at WES.

DarthBBerry 02-20-2008 10:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pinjo (Post 843097)
Alright... they are too large to post here. I'll get them up somewhere this afternoon. Need to think of the best place I can upload them to.

Viewings equal a drink at WES.

Since I don't drink, you can have mine. And, the Monday evening reception was open bar. Tuesday at Hard Rock was open bar. Wednesday at Verizon was open bar. I think I see a trend here.....

Pinjo 02-20-2008 02:21 PM

Here are the URL's:


19-00614-123_BlackBerry_certification_exam_Guide.pdf

BlackBerry_Certification_Program_Guide.pdf

It's not a ton of information, but it does give a general idea of the topics to be covered in preparing.

DarthBBerry 02-20-2008 02:26 PM

Thanks for the links!

Pinjo 02-20-2008 02:40 PM

No Problem.

I just hope I can find enough of the information I need to pass. We've never had to do much maintenance with our BES, so much of the logging and using the Resource Kit are beyond me. We do not use our BES for anymore than Email and calendaring and being a public institution, do not utilize many of the lock down features (block BIS accounts, forcing BB Browser traffic, etc.). Time to starting reading the Admin Guide thoroughly.

hdawg 02-20-2008 04:09 PM

Download the install / admin guides for both BES & the Resource Kit. I would bet that most of the content that you're not using on a regular basis would be on the exams

jnetter 02-20-2008 04:10 PM

Leaked?
 
Any idea where these originated from? This is ideal, now I am all excited but have nothing to study and nothing to act on.

hdawg 02-20-2008 04:14 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jnetter (Post 843638)
Any idea where these originated from? This is ideal, now I am all excited but have nothing to study and nothing to act on.

Study the install / admin / infrastructure guides. Yes, they're boring, but they include the stuff that you don't use on a regular basis but need to know for the exams.

BigA 02-20-2008 06:09 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by DarthBBerry (Post 842896)
Sure wish I could access the CBTs. I wouldnt mind being certifiable.
Oh wait....

DarthBBerry... I just skimmed through it and noticed this.


==============================================
BlackBerry Certified System Administrator
This certification is designed to validate the skills and knowledge of
technical professionals that install, configure, and manage the
BlackBerry Enterprise Server in large organizations.
To achieve this certification candidates must successfully pass one of the
following exams:
ē Maintaining a BlackBerry Enterprise Server in a Microsoft
Exchange Server Environment
ē Maintaining a BlackBerry Enterprise Server in a Lotus
Domino Environment

ē Maintaining a BlackBerry Enterprise Server in a Novell
GroupWise Environment
For more detailed information on this designation, refer to the
BlackBerry Certified System Administrator exam guide that will be
located at BlackBerry - BlackBerry | Wireless Handheld Devices, Software & Services from Research In Motion (RIM) in the next few
months.
================================================== =======

So I am assuming that BES w/Domino Certs will be avaliable soon. Not just for Exchange.

I am also running on Domino 7.0.2 , BES 4.1.4

hdawg 02-20-2008 07:35 PM

I haven't heard anything about the Domino certs ... I would recommend contacting RIM directly on this and seeing what they say.

DarthBBerry 02-21-2008 06:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hdawg (Post 843964)
I haven't heard anything about the Domino certs ... I would recommend contacting RIM directly on this and seeing what they say.

Oy, I'll get right on that Mr. Frodo. LOL

Pinjo 03-17-2008 08:22 AM

Updated list of upcoming beta exams from RIM, according to an email I received Friday:


BCX-410 Maintaining a BlackBerry Enterprise Server in a Microsoft Exchange environment March 2008
BCX-610 Designing and Deploying a BlackBerry Solution for the Microsoft Exchange environment April 2008
BCX-210 Supporting BlackBerry Devices with BlackBerry Internet Service April 2008
BCX-211 Supporting BlackBerry Devices in an Enterprise environment April-May 2008
BCX-212 Supporting the BlackBerry Enterprise Server in an IBM Lotus Domino environment May 2008
BCX-213 Supporting the BlackBerry Enterprise Server in a Microsoft Exchange environment May-June 2008
BCX-611 Designing and Deploying a BlackBerry Solution for the IBM Lotus Domino environment June 2008
BCX-612 Designing and Deploying a BlackBerry Solution for the Novell Groupwise environment June-July 2008
BCX-411 Maintaining a BlackBerry Enterprise Server in an IBM Lotus Domino environment July 2008
BCX-412 Maintaining a BlackBerry Enterprise Server in a Novell Groupwise environment Fall 2008
BCX-214 Supporting the BlackBerry Enterprise Server in a Novell Groupwise environment Fall 2008

chubby_nubby 03-17-2008 08:33 AM

Did anyone take the BCX-410 exam yet? I have my exam scheduled for this Friday March 21st

Pinjo 03-17-2008 08:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chubby_nubby (Post 860699)
Did anyone take the BCX-410 exam yet? I have my exam scheduled for this Friday March 21st


I'm scheduled Thursday Match 20th. I believe the first day anyone can take the beta is Wednesday the 19th if I recall the original announcement.

chubby_nubby 03-17-2008 09:37 AM

Cool, please let us know how easy the exam is, and how long it took you to complete it!

Pinjo 03-17-2008 01:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chubby_nubby (Post 860756)
Cool, please let us know how easy the exam is, and how long it took you to complete it!


I hope to be done soon. I have a lot of college basketball to watch that afternoon. I'll post as soon as I can in the afternoon.

y2kcbr 03-17-2008 05:58 PM

Does anyone have a link for these guides? Are they the same guides that are in the BES root folder?

Thanks in advance...I've been receiveing the emails for the past couple weeks, and I am very interested in getting certified (o.0).

hdawg 03-18-2008 05:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by y2kcbr (Post 861269)
Does anyone have a link for these guides? Are they the same guides that are in the BES root folder?

Thanks in advance...I've been receiveing the emails for the past couple weeks, and I am very interested in getting certified (o.0).

They don't appear to be publicly released. I would contact whoever contacted you from RIM Educational Services and ask them for anything they can provide.

chubby_nubby 03-19-2008 05:12 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pinjo (Post 860977)
I hope to be done soon. I have a lot of college basketball to watch that afternoon. I'll post as soon as I can in the afternoon.



I have a lot of drinking and b ball to watch on Friday as well, I'm sure it will not take the entire 4hours. I should have set the test for 8am then skipped a whole day of work! 8-)

Pinjo 03-20-2008 11:50 AM

OK... let's just say that if I passed, it would be a miracle. Unlike a number of you, my BES experience is a vanilla install and used only for email and calendaring. We do not do a lot of application pushes or extra configs, so my brain is hurting today. Those who are completely engrossed with the BES and have used it in every possible way would have no problem whatsoever with this test.

A good measuring stick to see what would likely be on the "real" cert exam. I have a lot of work to do:smile:

jibi 03-20-2008 05:32 PM

I have mine scheduled for tomorrow as well. I've managed to print out a few pages in one of the guides, but that's about all the studying I've done so far. I do know there's a lot of information on the test that you wouldn't necessarily use in a real world scenario with some exceptions from some people (like hdawg, who married the resource kit).

siemp 03-21-2008 05:38 AM

exams at WES
 
I am sure I saw some references to exams for BES with exchange at WES. Does anybody know if there is a similar thing for Domino as well?

Sith_Apprentice 03-21-2008 05:55 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jibi (Post 864593)
I have mine scheduled for tomorrow as well. I've managed to print out a few pages in one of the guides, but that's about all the studying I've done so far. I do know there's a lot of information on the test that you wouldn't necessarily use in a real world scenario with some exceptions from some people (like hdawg, who married the resource kit).

LOL! man hdawg you must be the king of BES admins to have Jibi pick on you like that :razz:

saporati 03-21-2008 06:40 AM

Beta Exam
 
Hello everybody, I just had my beta exam. Some personal considerations:

- We had no study guide to prepare the exam and the experience is not so useful. You've to read very well the latest Admin Guide and the latest Upgrade guide
-Many of the questions are about situations that you won't use in your activity (you're right jibi!)
- A lot of question (maybe too many) are focused on Policy, security, acl and permissions.

I think that all people (like me) used to admin only one server and a few users (I currently manage 31 devices) could have more difficulties than people with many servers and a lot of devices (a complex environment I mean).

I think we're giving a good help to RIM, in the beta exam 174 questions are too much, I took less that 3 hours (also becasue I'm Italian and I need to translate every question :razz:) but it was very stressfull at the end(n)

Maybe, the real exam could be easier to do now..
I hope this can help

Sapo

chubby_nubby 03-21-2008 06:46 AM

I have my test scheduled for today at noon, wish me luck!


... Chubbs

Pinjo 03-21-2008 08:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by saporati (Post 865099)
Hello everybody, I just had my beta exam. Some personal considerations:

- We had no study guide to prepare the exam and the experience is not so useful. You've to read very well the latest Admin Guide and the latest Upgrade guide
-Many of the questions are about situations that you won't use in your activity (you're right jibi!)
- A lot of question (maybe too many) are focused on Policy, security, acl and permissions.

I think that all people (like me) used to admin only one server and a few users (I currently manage 31 devices) could have more difficulties than people with many servers and a lot of devices (a complex environment I mean).

I think we're giving a good help to RIM, in the beta exam 174 questions are too much, I took less that 3 hours (also becasue I'm Italian and I need to translate every question :razz:) but it was very stressfull at the end(n)

Maybe, the real exam could be easier to do now..
I hope this can help

Sapo


Now that I've had time to digest, some other things to think about:

Disaster Recovery was all over the place
Application push setup and management
BES Admin Utility capabilities and usage
BES Upgrade types
Resource Kit

You know, the more I type here, the more I ruin my chances to pass this thing and have to pay to get certified at WES. I think those who use my tips on the beta and pass should tip me at WES:) I'm sure I'm going to have to pay for it again LOL

Oh yeah, anyone else who takes the beta, tell me if you had any questions that asked for one or more answers and could only select the opposite. That was a tough one to answer.

chubby_nubby 03-21-2008 08:45 AM

I wish i could record, or take pics of the exam, and post it on here . .8-)

saporati 03-21-2008 09:32 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pinjo (Post 865205)
Now that I've had time to digest, some other things to think about:

Disaster Recovery was all over the place
Application push setup and management
BES Admin Utility capabilities and usage
BES Upgrade types
Resource Kit

You know, the more I type here, the more I ruin my chances to pass this thing and have to pay to get certified at WES. I think those who use my tips on the beta and pass should tip me at WES:) I'm sure I'm going to have to pay for it again LOL

Oh yeah, anyone else who takes the beta, tell me if you had any questions that asked for one or more answers and could only select the opposite. That was a tough one to answer.

You're right, I found too a lot of question about:

Resource kit
Push/Pull applcations

chubby_nubby 03-21-2008 03:36 PM

Just finished taking the exam, I think I did pretty well, lets from what I can remember there were questions about:

Moving SQL db's from MSDE to remote SQL
Disaster Recovery scenarios -
How to restore if last good back up was 1 year old
Many questions about blocking, allowing application permissions to certain web addresses
Updating software configs
How IT policies are sent to handhelds - 5 steps
How E/A works - 5 steps
IT policy questions
Role Administration in Blackberry Manager
Many Resource Kit questions -
All I can remember are 3 log related questions, where to find info on calendaring in the BES Logs
Migrating from one BES 4.0 server to a new 4.1 server with least amt of downtime
Upgrading one server from 4.0 to 4.1 with least amt of downtime
Trouble Shooting Software configs - if device does not receive pushed app
What does the info mean in BB manager under Config Status, System Status, Application Status, Software Upgradeable
Port needed for LCS


That's all I can remember now, I'm sure I will think of more later .

jibi 03-22-2008 06:59 AM

I left a lot of comments for RIM on my exam. Hope they get them. There was one 'Choose Two' question that only gave you the option to select one (radio options rather than checkboxes).

I finished in a bit over 2 hours. I started to review them, but I had already fell asleep 3 times during the test, so I just said fuggit and left. LOL!

chubby_nubby 03-22-2008 07:26 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jibi (Post 866089)
I left a lot of comments for RIM on my exam. Hope they get them. There was one 'Choose Two' question that only gave you the option to select one (radio options rather than checkboxes).

I remember that question to . .I left some comments to about the exam hopefully they will review them as well.

jibi 03-22-2008 11:21 AM

We don't touch MDS Services/Integration Service (or whatever the hell they want to call it 'this week'), nor do we do much with MDS Push/Pull ACLs, so those were a bit of a guessing game for me. I hate having to wait 1.5-2 months for our results, though. They better have them ready by WES so we know whether or not to take the tests again ;-)

(Yes, I'm kidding. I think it's safe to say some of us passed... teehee)

avi@lionsgate.com 03-22-2008 10:14 PM

Chubby regarding the exam, the question referencing "Port needed for LCS?" Would that be Live Comms Server?

jibi 03-23-2008 02:07 AM

Yes. TLS is 5061, TCP is 5060.

Pinjo 03-23-2008 09:46 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chubby_nubby (Post 866097)
I remember that question to . .I left some comments to about the exam hopefully they will review them as well.

I believe that was the software configuration question.

cruwl 03-23-2008 12:15 PM

this was for exam BCX 610 right?

jibi 03-23-2008 09:36 PM

410. The 610 test won't be ready until next month for beta testing, at the earliest. There was a lot of crossover, though.

rimm1234 04-03-2008 02:16 PM

BCX-410 Beta
 
I appreciate this beta opportunity. I guess we can't comment too much on the actual content of the exam. Shorter questions and an exam survey at the end were expected. I assist in managing close to 300 user devices on a 4.0 BES in a Lotus environment. I stayed in that lonely test room for over 3 hours. For now, I can say that there's much more in this Beta than I have and will ever touch at my current job. BCX-211 is probably for me.

Logvin 04-03-2008 03:57 PM

Today is the last day of the Beta period... I took my exam yesterday. I agree with some of the comments above, but I did accept a rather lengthy NDA at the begining of the test, so I'll pass on commenting more.

coachthomas4192 04-03-2008 05:24 PM

Just got done taking the test. And all I can say is wow. I am in charge of 14 BES spread across the USA supporting over 7000 users and if I got 50% right I'm lucky. The majority of questions were on things we just don't use in our environment.

Plus at the beginning of the exam it mentioned you need familiarity with 4.1.5. Huh??? Kinda hard to do without it even being released yet.

DiscGolfer 04-08-2008 05:17 PM

I am an adim and could justify certs for my work...(you know, in the pocket book) but the web site is packed with little info. I am trying to get my compay to approve these but they have questions

Qustions I sent RIM;


1) Certificates must be renewed, would I have to pay the full price for each renewal test or would that be a different rate?
2) What is the benefit of taking a beta test vs. the regular test?

chubby_nubby 05-08-2008 03:08 PM

I just received the results for BCX-410 I passed the exam, did anyone else receive their results today via e mail?

... Chubbs

brinaht 05-08-2008 03:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chubby_nubby (Post 922571)
I just received the results for BCX-410 I passed the exam, did anyone else receive their results today via e mail?

... Chubbs

I received my results as well as passed! Yip!

chubby_nubby 05-08-2008 03:15 PM

Congrats . .so what other exams do we need to take for the complete certification? Also do you know what the percentage was out of 100% ?


...chubbs

jibi 05-08-2008 03:28 PM

I passed, as well. With the BCX-410/BCP-410, you are a Certified BlackBerry Administrator. With the BCX-610/BCP-610, you will be a Certified BlackBerry Solutions Designer.

chubby_nubby 05-08-2008 03:35 PM

I did notice that they changed the name of the test, I wonder whats up with that? so you are telling me since I passed the BCX-410 I am a certified Blackberry Admin? Wow I feel so special . .do you know what the percentages were out of . .like 100% was the best?

Pinjo 05-08-2008 03:43 PM

I passed as well. Woot!

coachthomas4192 05-08-2008 04:02 PM

I passed as well. Totally shocked me

bbqueen@cox.net 05-08-2008 05:41 PM

I passed as well..... Curious if the test is based off of 100%.....Does anyone know? Can't find anything online regarding this. Thnx!

jibi 05-15-2008 07:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bbqueen@cox.net (Post 922795)
I passed as well..... Curious if the test is based off of 100%.....Does anyone know? Can't find anything online regarding this. Thnx!

I've talked to two people who have scored over a 70 and only one who scored over an 80 (me). Down at WES, people were scoring in the 50's and passing, so I'm actually quite curious what the cut-off point was (during beta and now), as I've never seen anything like this before with any certification program. I haven't talked with anyone who scored below a 52, though... I'm pretty sure the pass rate is something near 100%.

hdawg 05-15-2008 08:52 PM

Wirelessly posted (banana)

A 33 and a 14 failed. 46 passed.

I achieved neither

MikeB 05-16-2008 08:04 AM

Prometric: BlackBerry Certification

Theres a Domino exam :) BCX-212

penguin3107 05-16-2008 08:30 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jibi (Post 931531)
and only one who scored over an 80

Make that two. 81.7% :)

Jadey 05-16-2008 08:34 AM

Can't find any exams available in the UK - discrimination!!

Stern 05-16-2008 09:14 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Jadey (Post 932014)
Can't find any exams available in the UK - discrimination!!

I presume you're looking to take the Domino exam? There are loads of dates for the exchange exams

Jadey 05-16-2008 09:30 AM

Yep, I can find lots of London dates for Exchange - just none for Domino. Cest la vie.

jibi 05-16-2008 10:54 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by hdawg (Post 931604)
Wirelessly posted (banana)

A 33 and a 14 failed. 46 passed.

I achieved neither

So it looks like a 40 or a 45 and above were the threshold. Hmm.

...congrats Penguin (y)

penguin3107 05-16-2008 03:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jibi (Post 932214)
...congrats Penguin (y)

Thanks, same to you.
I guess I made somewhat of a good choice leaving that Verizon party to go back to my room to study... even though you told me not to. ;-)

snapp 05-18-2008 01:32 PM

Is there any practice tests or study material other than the PDF's on RIM's site? looking at taking BCX-212

bbqueen@cox.net 05-20-2008 10:40 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by jibi (Post 931531)
I've talked to two people who have scored over a 70 and only one who scored over an 80 (me). Down at WES, people were scoring in the 50's and passing, so I'm actually quite curious what the cut-off point was (during beta and now), as I've never seen anything like this before with any certification program. I haven't talked with anyone who scored below a 52, though... I'm pretty sure the pass rate is something near 100%.

WOW rock on....80....very impressive!!! Courtney from RIM - BlackBerry Certification Program confirmed via email to me that the "score is based on 100". I'm taking BCX-610 tomorrow....another 4 HRS....ugh!!! Wish me luck!

chubby_nubby 05-20-2008 01:08 PM

good luck on your exam, I am still waiting for my beta invite for the 610

snapp 05-20-2008 02:02 PM

How long do the exams take? Is 4 hours accurate?

Pinjo 05-20-2008 02:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by snapp (Post 937274)
How long do the exams take? Is 4 hours accurate?

Beta tests take 4 hours and are a couple of hundred questions.

The real test after it has gone through beta is usually 65-70 questions and should only take an hour or so for most.

Pinjo 05-20-2008 02:12 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by bbqueen@cox.net (Post 936962)
WOW rock on....80....very impressive!!! Courtney from RIM - BlackBerry Certification Program confirmed via email to me that the "score is based on 100". I'm taking BCX-610 tomorrow....another 4 HRS....ugh!!! Wish me luck!

Just got my invite. I'll be taking it next Tuesday afternoon.

Good luck.

bbqueen@cox.net 05-20-2008 02:28 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chubby_nubby (Post 937185)
good luck on your exam, I am still waiting for my beta invite for the 610

Thanks(y)! I hope you receive it soon.....the beta exam is available from April 30 - May 28, 2008.

bbqueen@cox.net 05-20-2008 02:38 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pinjo (Post 937292)
Just got my invite. I'll be taking it next Tuesday afternoon.

Good luck.

SWEET.....Best of luck to you as well!

Frank Castle 05-20-2008 03:35 PM

I got killed on the Enterprise Policy, PGP and SMIME stuff as we don't use any of that. Also I started second guessing myself on the order of things (I too left At&t early to study) but I passed, not as high a score I'd like but passing is passing :)

I highly recommend the book Blackberry was showing. It's available in PDF format (though you cannot download it!) from http://knowledge.elementk.com/keycod...e=MBES52194005

chubby_nubby 05-20-2008 05:32 PM

BBQueen

I take BCX-610 on Friday, how was your exam?

bbqueen@cox.net 05-20-2008 05:48 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by chubby_nubby (Post 937678)
BBQueen

I take BCX-610 on Friday, how was your exam?

Heyyy C_N, I take 610 tomorrow morning....so the "how" is still yet to be seen :? RE: BCX-410 I passed but was expecting to score higher than I did....I agree with 'jletendre' "A pass is a pass". Hoping to score higher on 610!

Jadey 05-21-2008 04:31 AM

Just registered for the BCX-212 beta, found a test centre in London.

4hr 15m exam - crikey!!! I have till 4th June to prep.

LovingMyBB 05-21-2008 02:41 PM

jletendre, is there a similar read for Lotus Domino? I'm scheduled for 212Beta on June 3rd.

jibi 05-21-2008 06:03 PM

Hrm, I didn't get an invite for the 610 test. I scored an 85 on the 410 test, so I would have thought I would have received an invite for this one. Hrmph.

cruwl 05-21-2008 06:38 PM

how long is your cert good for? 1 year? 3 years?

or has rim not said yet?

jibi 05-21-2008 06:54 PM

Refer to Pages 22 and 23 in the Program Guide. Seems rather silly, but oh well. Looks like we'll be retaking the exam later in the year.

http://na.blackberry.com/eng/support...gram_Guide.pdf

siemp 05-21-2008 07:01 PM

Ah seems BCX-212 is now available in Amsterdam. Maybe I'll take a shot at it. Jetlag is still killing me....

"Looks like we'll be retaking the exam later in the year"

Shouldn't be to hard with 85 score ;-)

chubby_nubby 05-21-2008 08:22 PM

Jibi

I didnt get an invite either for 610, I needed to e mail Courtney and ask to take the beta exam, then she sent me the 50% voucher. They are good until this Friday so if you e mail them tomorrow you should be able to register for Friday if you wanna take the test off the top of your head like I am planning to do . .


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Originally Posted by jibi (Post 939213)
Hrm, I didn't get an invite for the 610 test. I scored an 85 on the 410 test, so I would have thought I would have received an invite for this one. Hrmph.


mnkygn2hvn 05-22-2008 01:28 AM

re: Maintaining BlackBerry Enterprise Server For Microsoft Exchange
 
Would this be the book you were speaking of?

link invalid

Pinjo 05-22-2008 07:34 AM

Jibi, the only reason I received mine was by talking to Courtney at WES. She added me to the list, but the exam is only available in my area through tomorrow. I don't have enough time to review the material by then, so I'm canceling mine. If it were free, I'd still take it, but even at $75, I would prefer to be able to prepare for it better.

Pinjo 05-22-2008 08:26 AM

UPDATE... I just went to cancle and found there are dates open through June 12 on the Prometric site. I emailed Courtney to see if this is true or not. I'll let you know what she says, but it looks like they might have extended the dates.

Frank Castle 05-22-2008 11:34 AM

WES was the first I've seen of the book and it was only for Exchange. It was nice having it all in one place but nothing in the book that's not in what I was studying prior:

Admin Guide, Resource Kit Guide, Installation Guide.

Devour those and you should be ok. Make sure you fully understand how software configuration works, lot of questions on it.

chubby_nubby 05-22-2008 02:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Pinjo (Post 939766)
UPDATE... I just went to cancle and found there are dates open through June 12 on the Prometric site. I emailed Courtney to see if this is true or not. I'll let you know what she says, but it looks like they might have extended the dates.

I changed my exam from tomorrow to June 14th dont want to mess up my 3 day drink fest . .i mean weekend!

... Chubbs

Frank Castle 05-23-2008 08:50 AM

How did I miss that? :)

Pinjo 05-23-2008 09:28 AM

No idea. You didn't miss much.

penguin3107 05-23-2008 03:16 PM

Did all of the exam takers at WES receive their 50% off voucher via email?
I just received mine a little while ago.

Clip:

"***Important: Voucher Number Attached***

Thank you for participating in the launch of the BlackBerry Certification Program at WES2008!

As a follow-up please find a voucher number attached that will allow you to complete another live (BCP Series) BlackBerry certification exam within the next 12 months.

Updates are frequently being provided via the BlackBerry Certification Program Website (BlackBerry - BlackBerry | Wireless Handheld Devices, Software & Services from Research In Motion (RIM)) including details on new exam launches, additional resources and information on the program and its benefits!

The BlackBerry Certification Program Team"

Frank Castle 05-25-2008 04:39 AM

Yeah I got the same email last Friday.

Pinjo 05-26-2008 01:11 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by penguin3107 (Post 941784)
Did all of the exam takers at WES receive their 50% off voucher via email?
I just received mine a little while ago.
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Will be perfect when we have to upgrade the certifications when 5 is released

ODub 06-02-2008 12:17 PM

So how was the 610 exam. i'll probably take mine later this month. 410 was more focusing on Resource Kit, IT Policies, Enterprise Policy, Blackberry Logs...master these and you've got over the 60% pass. BB Queen and Pinjo, any tips on the 610, as i presume you've written it by now.

Pinjo 06-02-2008 01:41 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by ODub (Post 953146)
So how was the 610 exam. i'll probably take mine later this month. 410 was more focusing on Resource Kit, IT Policies, Enterprise Policy, Blackberry Logs...master these and you've got over the 60% pass. BB Queen and Pinjo, any tips on the 610, as i presume you've written it by now.

I postponed mine until next Thursday.

ODub 06-02-2008 02:22 PM

Cool, let us know some tips or brief headings which they focus on. Next Friday is mine.

Jadey 06-04-2008 09:48 AM

I took "BCX-212 - Supporting a BlackBerry Enterprise Server in an IBM Lotus Domino Environment" today. Got the printout at the end thanking me for participating in the beta, blah, your results will take (an undetermined number of) weeks to calculate and be sent to you.

So...

To the peeps who took the Exchange equivalent, how long did you have to wait between exam and result?

I want to know how I did!! Argh.


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