Apple Certified Associate - Mac Integration is the perfect starting point on the Mac OS X certification path, addressing the basics of integrating a Mac into an Active Directory or other standards-based environment. Next on the path, Apple Certified Support Professional (ACSP) addresses Mac OS X support and troubleshooting needs. Apple Certified Technical Coordinator (ACTC) certification then builds on ACSP and adds essential Mac OS X Server support and troubleshooting skills.
Apple Certified System Administrator (ACSA) is Apple's premier Mac OS X certification, addresses the needs of professional system administrators and engineers who manage networks of systems in complex multi-platform deployments. Technical professionals who specialize in particular aspects of system administration can earn Apple Certified Specialist certifications in Directory Services, Deployment, and Security and Mobility.
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Apple Certified Associate - Mac Integration certification verifies an understanding of the different ways to integrate a Mac within a Windows or other standards-based network. This entry-level certification is designed for anyone who needs to know how to set up a Mac system to take full advantage of network services such as directory services, file sharing, printing, email, and more.
ACSP verifies an understanding of Mac OS X core functionality and an ability to configure key services, perform basic troubleshooting, and support multiple users with essential Mac OS X capabilities. ACSP certification is designed for the help desk professional, technical coordinator or power-user who supports Mac OS X users, manages networks or provides technical support for the Mac in your organization.
ACTC certification builds on ACSP, and verifies a foundation in Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server core functionality and an ability to configure key services and perform basic troubleshooting on Mac OS X and Mac OS X Server. ACTC certification is intended for Mac OS X technical coordinators and entry-level system administrators who maintain small-to-medium networks of computers using Mac OS X Server. This certification addresses both the support of Mac OS X clients and the core functionality and use of Mac OS X Server.
ACS certifications all require ACTC certification as a foundation, and build on that knowledge. ACS certifications are intended for advanced technical professionals who specialize in a specific area of systems administration:
ACSA certification verifies an in-depth knowledge of Apple technical architecture and an ability to install and configure machines; architect and maintain networks; enable, customize, tune, and troubleshoot a wide range of services; and integrate Mac OS X, Mac OS X Server, and other Apple technologies within a multi-platform networked environment. ACSA certification is intended for full-time professional system administrators and engineers who manage medium-to-large networks of systems in complex multi-platform deployments.
NOTE: Candidates who are ACSA 10.5 certified can update to ACSA 10.6 by passing the ACSA 10.6 Recertification Exam available at Apple Authorized Training Centers.