IPv6 certifications are not as commonplace as other IT certifications are right now. This is probably because we are still transitioning from IPv4, so many people are still learning about it.
Earning the Hurricane Electric IPv6 Certification on OS X
From Newbie-Level to Sage-level
Most of the users that sign up for the IPv6 certification process stop after the first few levels, but I will walk you through each level in detail. Everyone’s setup is a little different, so I will offer tips where I can to accommodate different people.
Since originally writing this article, I have reset my certification and earned it again a few different times.
Here is what I used to earn the certification
- MacBook Air running Yosemite 10.10.3
- A home Internet connection
- Linksys EA8350 Wireless Router (the first time, I used a TP-LINK TD-W8970 ADSL2 Wireless Router when I had a DSL connection, but then I upgraded to AC wireless)
- A domain name that I purchased from www.GoDaddy.com
- Hurricane Electric’s Free DNS
- Hurricane Electric’s Tunnelbroker service
What you need
- A Mac running OS X (you can use any version starting at 10.6.8 or newer, but you may find some of the instructions are slightly different)
- Router with connection to the Internet (an IPv6-capable one)
- A domain name from GoDaddy.com – World’s No.1 Domain Registrar
- The ability to edit DNS zone files from your current host
Links to All of My Walkthroughs
Are There Any Official IPv6 Certifications?
IPv6 certifications do not seem as commonplace as other IT certifications are right now. This is probably because we are still transitioning from IPv4, so many people are still learning about it. It was frustrating to me that there wasn’t even a IPv6 certification from CompTIA, Cisco, or any of the other big players. There does seem to be some certifications for vendors or large companies.
After searching endlessly for an “official” IPv6 certification, I found the Hurricane Electric IPv6 free certification, which turned out to be an excellent one because it provides hands on experience. This is a great option, which most users will be able to do from the comfort of their home!
This certification is not a simple multiple-choice exam. Rather, it is an application of practical knowledge, which actually made it very fun to accomplish. In a way, it gamified the learning process because after accomplishing certain tasks, you are awarded with a new merit-badge as well as the experience gained along the way. You are forced to learn a complex topic and then apply it, which is the one of the best ways to learn.
If you are just learning about IPv6, you might be interested to check out this infographic of IPv6.