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Caché Certification

The Caché Professional Certification Program ensures a level of competence in either Caché Application Development or Caché Systems Administration.

The Caché Expert Certification Program ensures a comprehensive level of technical knowledge needed to support Caché application developers and Caché systems.

Caché Professional Certification Program

Caché Professional Certification is based on a standardized measurement of skills, knowledge, and applied experience with Caché.

Certification is offered in two major disciplines: administrator and application developer. The table below summarizes each discipline.

Certificate of Competency Best Suited For: # of Exams Recommended courses & Required Certification
Caché Systems Administrator Systems Administrators, DBAs, IT Managers 5 Caché System Management
Caché Application Developer Developers 3 Caché Foundations

Examination modules

To achieve certification in a specific discipline, a passing grade must be attained in a specified number of exam modules. Each exam module measures competency in a specific topic, such as Caché Server Pages. Each of the online exams has a 45 minute time limit.

Each online exam costs $125. Exams can be re-taken as needed. The exam fee applies each time a user takes the exam.

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Caché Systems Administrator certification exam modules

  • Configuration: includes capacity planning, environment staging, security, resiliency, and recoverability.
  • Operations: includes the production monitoring tasks that a System Administrator is expected to perform daily.
  • Backup & Restore: includes best practices to ensure uptime and recoverability, journaling, shadowing, and integration with third-party backup tools.
  • Database Structure: includes globals, storage structures, integrity mechanisms, and basic recovery techniques.
  • Security: includes authorization, authentication, application security, services, and resources.

Caché Application Developer certification exam modules

  • Caché ObjectScript: includes comprehensive use of commands, functions, procedures, variable scoping, and locking semantics.
  • Objects: includes classes, properties, methods, instantiation, inheritance, packages, and application deployment.
  • Dual Architecture: includes Caché SQL and how it interacts with the development environment.

Certification restrictions

  1. Certificates are valid for two years from the date of achievement. Certification can be renewed by successfully completing a refresher exam, which includes a comprehensive selection of multiple-choice questions on new features and practices.
  2. Certification is applied to a named person and is not transferable.
  3. Certification can be withdrawn, at the sole discretion of InterSystems, without advanced notice. This may occur if the person certified violates agreements with InterSystems or causes harm to a licensee of Caché.
  4. Exam fees are non-refundable.

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Caché Certified Expert Program

Purpose: To build a community of highly-qualified Caché Certified Experts who can provide services to Caché application developers and support for deployed Caché applications.

Benefits: As a Caché Certified Expert, you will be the first choice for Caché developers and users who need assistance creating or deploying their Caché-based applications. InterSystems maintains a list of certified Caché Experts, and refers customers to them as appropriate.

Applying: Acceptance into the program is selective, and requires the approval of InterSystems management. Applicants to the Caché Certified Expert Program must:

  • Contact the Director of Learning Services, Jim Breen, at +1-617-621-0600 to enroll.
  • Interview with an InterSystems senior manager.

Program requirements: All candidates must achieve and demonstrate comprehensive technical knowledge of Caché in either Application Development or Systems Management. The table below outlines the minimum components (courses or labs) that are required to be considered a Caché Certified Expert. An assessment, usually an examination, is given at the end of each component. Components (and the associated assessments) may be repeated, if necessary, with the permission of the Director of Learning Services.

Successful implementation and deployment of a Caché-based application may be required for certification as a Caché Expert. In addition to coursework, candidates may be assigned an application development project, which should take about one week to complete. Projects require complex business logic, an appealing user interface, and reporting capability. The candidate’s assigned mentor provides direction and feedback during the assignment. Upon deployment, the mentor reviews the application and determines whether it demonstrates competency in the use of Caché features.

The final requirement for certification is an examination.

Re-certification: Re-certification is required every two years.

Class information:

Coursework requirements for Application Development:

Courses & Materials

Style

Duration

Teaching &
Assessment
Responsibility

Caché Foundations

Learning Services Course – Prerequisite

5 days

Learning Services Staff

Comprehensive Caché Object Script

Tutorial

Self-
Determined

Self-Guided

Advanced Objects and SQL

Expert Course

1 day

WRC Expert

Web Development Using Caché Server Pages

Expert Course

1 day

WRC Expert

Web Services and XML

Expert Course

1 day

WRC Expert

Coursework requirements for Systems Management:

Courses & Materials

Style

Duration

Teaching &
Assessment
Responsibility

Caché System Management Course

Learning Services Course – Prerequisite

3 days

Learning Services Staff

Database Structure

Expert Course

1 day

WRC Expert

Network Troubleshooting

Expert Course

1/2 day

WRC Expert

License Troubleshooting

Expert Course

1/2 day

WRC Expert

Cstat

Expert Course

1/2 day

WRC Expert

Core Dump Analysis

Expert Course

1/2 day

WRC Expert

NLS

Expert Course

1/2 day

WRC Expert

Performance Analysis

Expert Course

1 day

WRC Expert Development/ Performance Team

Process Structures

Expert Course

1/2 day

WRC Expert