Certified Novell Administrator (CNA) Certification

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What is the Novell CNA Certification?
The Certified Novell Administrator (CNA) certification is the first credential for network administrators working with Novell's NetWare software. Individuals holding this certification are qualified to provide software support in professional offices, small business and corporate information services. The CNA is the first step to becoming a Certified Novell Engineer (CNE).

Exam details and overview
The CNA has two separate tracks each focusing on a specific Novell technology:
  • CNA in Novell Open Enterprise Server for NetWare
  • CNA in NetWare 6.5
Novell Open Enterprise Server for NetWare

To earn the CLA credential for Novell Open Enterprise Server for NetWare, candidates must pass one exam:
The exam is a form-based exam consisting of 66 questions and 75 minutes in which to complete them. Candidates must get a total score of 650 or higher to pass. In form-based exams, every candidate is given the same set of questions and are then graded on the number of questions they answer correctly. Topics that are covered in the Foundations of Novell Open Enterprise Server for NetWare exam include:
  • Describing the evolution of NetWare
  • Disabling and deleting User Objects
  • Installing the Novell client
  • Securing a network
  • etc.
For an up-to-date list of all the exam objectives click the link above to visit the official 050-696 web page.

Netware 6.5

To become certified under the NetWare 6.5 track candidates must pass one exam:
The exam is also a form-based exam consisting of 66 questions and 75 minutes in which to complete them. Candidates must achieve a total score of 650 or higher to pass. Topics covered on the exam include:
  • Installing NetWare 6.5
  • Installing the Novell client
  • Identifying the guidelines for planning network volumes
  • Evaluating directory structures
  • etc.
The full and current list of topics for this exam can be found on Novell's Netware 6.5 test objectives page.

How much does the Novell CNA certification cost?
The cost for either CNA exam is US$125 however, depending on the country location of the testing center, prices may vary due to currency and local factors.

Check in on the official Novell website from time to time, as Novell periodically offer discounts on the exam fees.

Where to take the CNA exam
Novell exams are administered through Pearson VUE testing centers which have locations worldwide.

CNA exam retake policy
The retake policy for the CNA certification exams is the same as for all Novell certifications. Candidates are not required to wait for any period of time between their first and second attempt at passing an exam, however there is a waiting period of at least 30 days before their third and any subsequent attempts to pass the same exam. If successful in passing an exam, a candidate must wait a minimum of twelve months if they wish to retake the same exam. The exam fee is payable for each and every attempt at the exam.

About Novell's Continuing Certification Registration (CCR) requirement
Novell credentials do not expire, however applicants will be obliged to sign an agreement before taking their CNA exam agreeing to take any Continuing Certification Registration (CCR) exams that are periodically required by Novell. The onus is on the candidate to keep up-to-date with what CCRs are required. Candidates who do not complete the CCRs may have their CNA certification revoked and may no longer claim to be Novell certified.