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Apple Certified Systems Administrator

The Apple Certified Systems Administrator program is the most detailed certification program that Apple offers. It represents a significant leap upward in the amount of knowledge from that demonstrated by achieving the ACTC certification. The actual certification is designed so that candidates can specialize in various aspects of Mac network management, enabling you to identify specific job functions or environment types to potential clients and employers.

The ASCA is Apple’s most impressive IT certification, and because it offers specialization certificates, it enables you to truly identify yourself as an expert in specific Mac network technology concepts and skills. For individuals interesting in Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server administration and engineering, it is a powerful resume booster. The requisite training also provides you with a solid understanding of advanced technical concepts used in some very specific areas.

All ASCA-related exams are elective and each is assigned a certification credit value. To receive ASCA certification, you must receive a total of seven credits from your choices of elective exams. The exams include Mac OS X Deployment (two credits), Xsan Administration (three credits), Directory Service Integration and Administration (four credits), Security Best Practices (three credits), Podcast and Streamed Internet Media Administration (three credits), and Mac OS X Server Command Lin Install and Configuration (three credits).

Training for the various ASCA exams is offered only through Apple training centers. There are no training texts or guides currently published for these exams, making this the most expensive Apple certification choice (as well as the most impressive).

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