IBM Certified Associate - Rational AppScan Source Edition

Vendor: IBM

Certification Overview

Being an IBM Certified Associate is among the latest well paying professions in the IT world.  This is an expert who fully comprehends all the basics of web security.  All the user interfaces and various components used in particular operation systems are known by the expert. A prior knowledge in static analysis is relevant. There is nothing more dynamic than the new emerging IBM solutions and products, the main intention is to come up with a well defined user friendly and goal oriented systems that will reach the requirements of the clients. 

Who can do this certification?

Having the basic IT knowledge is actually a gateway to get started in this certification.  Web applications knowledge is another requirement because this is the main area of operation under the Rational Appscan source edition.  With the use of the technical knowledge, the installation and configuring of this IBM software becomes easy. The knowledge on Java based applications will also be vital for any potential student. Those who have had more craving for analysis skills especially in the Java based programs should count with this certification as it covers every area in details.


With the acquired skills from this course, an individual will come up with an ideal configuration. It is through these skills that such experts find the opportunity to educate decision makers in certain companies and organizations.  With a well defined client infrastructure, the expert will arrive at more refined decisions and conclusions that will be helpful in fixing vulnerabilities.

Associate Exam

The applicant will need to pass 1 test in order to qualify for the certificate.  It is known as C2150-057-Appscan Source Edition.


A professional needs to understand the technical knowledge that will be required in installing and configuring the Appscan Source Edition.  The experience of scanning various applications will also be necessary as it is part of the fundamentals of this training program. A candidate with good analysis skills will find it easy as he will be required to produce optimized findings to get more refined information. The IT knowledge in various programs will be useful for any person who intends to join this course.   The applicant basically needs enough experience with certain concepts in the customization of processes and codes.  The ability to use the products with less assistance from other resources is also required. 

Examination Overview

The   C2150-057-Appscan Source Edition test is composed of the following 7 sections:

  1. The trouble shoot application
  2. The assess coverage
  3. Filter findings
  4. Review findings
  5. Product components
  6. Licensing
  7. Appscan Enterprise

  An individual will be skilled in implementing the Appscan Source solution; this means less assistance from the other vendor services.   The configuration of several Java applications will also be taught under this certification.  Most of the advanced scan installations are thoroughly covered in this course. For those who have no idea about APPscan source licensing, and customizing reports, this is the best certification to go for. The professional will also be skilled in ways of getting rid of findings with the help of validation that has been filtered. 

Through the improve coverage testing, an applicant will know how to define the missing sources, taint propagators and lost sources. This is the best way in which one can learn on the troubleshooting of Java, mobile and PHP applications. Most of the questions are simplified through the use of multiple choices which make it easier to select on the best options.  It is advisable for the professional to go through all the guidelines and questions in order to get the certificate without any penalties.

The examination consists of 60 questions, which should be done within 1 hour. The target score should be 65%, failure to which the professional will have to do another test. This test is usually set in English and Japanese.

Validity of certification

The certificate only lasts for the duration within which another version of the same test has not been produced.

Expert Review

The Rational Appscan Source Edition certificate is a well known course that has been of much help to those who cherish modern scan settings. I personally gained the troubleshooting skills in various applications from this course.  I have since used the acquired knowledge to analyze the applications of the clients with much ease.  Those who work in an environment that demands much analysis should opt for this certification in order to make sound decisions.   

Phillip A.  New Horizon Co.

Seattle, USA.

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