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The Symantec Certification program offers credentials in cyber security that span the breadth of Symantec solutions. As we continue to update the program, we will deliver enhancements, including new certification exams, a consistent set of exam preparation materials, and digital credentials.

New Symantec Digital Credentials and Badges

Starting in September 2017, Symantec will recognize your knowledge gained along the learning journey with badges and digital credentials that will result in greater visibility for customers and partners that publish their credentials online. Digital credentials will be earned by passing an SCS Certification exam. In addition to receiving a PDF certificate, you will receive a digital, shareable, and verifiable credential that you can post across various social media platforms. These digital credentials and badges are also clickable and viewable to customers and managers so that others can view and verify your credential details. Click here to view the FAQ.

The Future of Symantec Certification and Network Protection (Blue Coat) Certification

On July 1, 2017, new pricing for SCS certification exams will go into effect. The fee to register for a certification exam will be $250 per exam for all countries to align with Network Protection (Blue Coat) pricing.

On July 1, 2017, the Symantec Certification Program will begin to provide global availability of proctored exams in Pearson VUE testing centers for all Network Protection (Blue Coat) technical exams that lead to product certification. Proctored exams increase the technical credibility and market recognition for our customers, partners, and Symantec employees (i.e., end users). End users can increase their level of technical proficiency by completing exams in the proctored environment. End users will benefit from greater opportunity for career advancement and increased opportunities.
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Effective October 1, 2017, Network Protection (Blue Coat) technical exams will only be available in Pearson VUE proctored testing centers globally. Until then, Network Protection (Blue Coat) technical exams will continue to remain available at Prometric through September 30, 2017. Stay tuned for more information and a frequently asked questions summary to be published in the upcoming weeks. Click here to view the step-by-step process to register, pay for, and take a Prometric exam.

Additionally, Symantec will introduce a new SCS expiration policy. Starting in October/November, newly released SCS exam credentials will reference exam versus product versions and they will expire after 24-months from the date achieved. After 24-months candidates may have the option to complete Symantec eLearning continuing education in order to extend their existing SCS credential for 12-months (i.e., a candidate can hold an active SCS credential for a total of 36-months from the date achieved). Or, candidates will have the option to pass a newer version of an SCS exam and remain valid for 24-months from the date achieved.

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New Exams Available: SEP 14 and Data Center Security - Server Advanced 6.7

Symantec is pleased to announce the release of the all-new 250-428: Administration of Symantec Endpoint Protection 14 and 250-426: Administration of Data Center Security - Server Advanced 6.7 exams. To prepare for the exams, review the exam details and exam prep guide on the certification page. To register for the exam, go to https://www.symantec.com/certtracker.

Symantec Certification Plaques

Symantec Education is pleased to announce the official launch of a new certification display offering, Symantec Certification plaques. Symantec Certified professionals who hold a Symantec Certified Specialist (SCS) credential can now purchase plaques – digitally reproduced Symantec certificates to display in offices and/or homes. Now, you can display your accomplishments on recycled wooden substrates, utilizing state of the art, 6-color digital press or on contemporary, 5x7 metal sublimation designed for cubicle display and workstations. American Registry is a Symantec Approved Vendor. Visit http://www.americanregistry.com/symantec to learn about how you can purchase your plaque today.

IT Management Suite 8.0 SCS Prep Webinar Available Now

Review a recording of an engaging webinar (originally delivered on June 9, 2016) covering some of the objectives in the latest Administration of Symantec IT Management Suite 8.0 SCS exam. During this webinar, Rajesh Rathod, a Symantec subject matter expert since 2008, explores the SCS exam blueprint and some of the ITMS 8.0 SCS exam objectives, introducing useful, real-world scenarios that can help add to your skill set and better prepare you to become Symantec Certified. Whether you are a seasoned endpoint management professional or just starting out, this webinar could benefit you. Go to https://www.symantec.com/content/elibrary/selibrary.html and select IT Management Suite > IT Management Suite 8.0 > SCS Exam Preparation to get started.


"Being Symantec Certified pulled more weight and opened more doors."
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"When employers can promote they have a Symantec Certified expert on staff, it helps them win bids and get contracts."
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"The newer exams have better quality and are harder, and it was worth the time and cost. It was one of the best exams that I have taken from Symantec."
–Symantec Certified Specialist

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Did you know?

Symantec certifications ranked #1 as the top product vendor cyber security certifications by salary according to the Certification Magazine IT Security Salary Survey (November 2015).

If you're Symantec Certified, make sure to get noticed by adding your Symantec Certified Specialist (SCS) credential to your LinkedIn profile. In fact, according to LinkedIn, people who add their Symantec Certified Specialist (SCS) credentials to their profile get 6 times more views by recruiters.

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Legacy & New Exams

Many of the Symantec certification exams will be replaced by a newer product version of the exam as technology and trends continue to evolve. Symantec updates SCS exams approximately every 12 months depending on industry demands. Legacy exams will be retired 60 days after a newer version of the exam is released.

To prepare for certification exams, we encourage you to review the Certification Exam Page for more information. Additionally study of the course content, exam objectives, sample questions, product documentation, and on-the-job experience, are also recommended. Be cautioned that attendance in a training course does not guarantee passage of a certification exam.

About Symantec Certification

Symantec Certification is an industry benchmark for validating the competence of those who are certified as a result of their investment in training and experience. Although each technology varies in complexity and depth, Symantec Certified Specialist (SCS) exams measure technical knowledge and skills needed to efficiently deploy, configure, utilize, troubleshoot, and optimize Symantec solutions.

Thank you for your continued support and interest in the Symantec Certification program. We look forward to bringing you more information as we continue to update our program and deliver the best cyber security certifications.