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Testing and Certification opportunities (and free stuff)

My colleagues in the education and certification group have passed along some opportunities for saving, testing, networking (and getting a cool little gadget for free, to boot.)  Read on for all of the opportunities.

1: Free Certification Testing at IOD
Take advantage of free professional certification testing for Information Management, WebSphere, SOA, XML, Tivoli, and Rational software while at the conference. The first three tests are free, additional exams are offered at a discounted price of $75.00 each. Lotus exams are $75.00 each. New tests available this year include: COGNOS BI exams, DB2 9 for z/OS  System Administrator, DB2 9 SQL Procedure Developer and InfoSphere Warehouse V9.5

All IBM Information Management Certified Professionals will be entitled to visit the ‘Members Only’ Certification Lounge. This café-style lounge is designed for the ultimate in relaxation. Comfortable seating, quiet study areas, chair massages and unique refreshments are just a few of the amenities.
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2: Pre-Conference Education Classes
Get an early start to building your skills at the Information On Demand Global Conference by attending  one of our full day education classes. These classes will be offered on Sunday only,  October 26th, 2008 from 8:30 am to 4:30pm at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Take advantage of preferred attendee pricing of US $399.00 and get a full day of education,  delivered by professional IBM instructors. Registration is now open, sign up early as seats will be limited.
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3: SKILLS HUB @ IOD -- NEW IN 2008!
Network at the Information Management Skills Hub! Come to the Skills Hub to learn more about IBM Training, Services, and Support in one convenient location. Talk to experts from Data Management, InfoSphere, Cognos, and Enterprise Content Management. Learn about IBM Professional Certification, Training, Software Services, Premium Support, developerWorks and Redbooks. Network with your peers and enjoy exclusive giveaways and offers. Complete a short survey and get a cool  2.0 USB Hub -- helping you connect everything you need to your computer!
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4:  Hot skills, cool Chumby - Get both with IBM Training
IBM Training helps you keep your skills red hot with intensive hands-on lab classes taught by product experts. Now, attending a class gives you more than in-demand skills. You’ll also receive a Chumby: a cool, new, and versatile wireless Internet device that lets you stay connected to your favorite parts of the Web. Enjoy music, news, e-mail, videos, photo sharing and more.

Simply enroll in and attend an eligible class by December 12, 2008 to participate in this exciting program.
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