For users who are relatively new to the OS X system and who have limited experience in the integration process, the associate level certification for Mac integration is a wonderful starting point. Participants can learn about and validate their knowledge of the most basic information regarding Mac integration. With the popularity of the Mac and OS X system having soared in the last decade, many companies are switching over or integrating the system into a Windows based or other standard based network. Support professionals are needed to fulfill that job in companies and organizations across the world.
This certification is great if you are interested in pursuing a career in Mac support and integration, or if you would like to add such knowledge to your skill set. This certification will verify that you not only know about basic migration and implementation skills, but that you also know about Mac and Windows network features and how to incorporate services such as email, printing, and file sharing into the network.
To earn the Mac Integration Associate certification for either the Lion (10.7) or Mountain Lion (10.8) system, little background knowledge and experience is needed. Most of the knowledge can be obtained by reading through the Mac Integration Basics guide, available to download for free from Apple’s website. Two courses – Support Essentials and Server Essentials – and can also be taken for added knowledge and to prepare for the ACSP and ACTC certifications (please note that the associate certification is not a prerequisite for either professional level certification).
The exam to earn this certification, Mac Integration Basics 10.8 (10.7 also available), is a two hour exam that can be taken online through Prometric. You will obtain a keycode for the exam upon purchase on the Apple website. You can also take the test at any Apple Authorized Training Center, located worldwide.