Written on Monday, August 27, 2007 by Gemini
There are hundreds of tech certification programs and exams out there, some sponsored by software vendors, some by vendor-neutral organizations, and some by educational institutions. A number of them are easy to obtain—as evidenced by the many IT pros who list a three-line string of acronyms after their names. You pay your money and you take a multiple-choice test; if you pass, you’re in.
Others are excruciatingly difficult: Cost is high; eligibility to even take the exam is dependent on having years of experience, formal education, and/or sponsorship from others who already hold the title; and the exams are grueling, multi-day affairs that require hands-on performance of relevant tasks. Most are somewhere in between.
But which certifications really provide a measure of your knowledge and skills in a particular area? And which will really help you get a job or promotion? Here's a look at 10 of the technical certifications that actually mean something in today’s IT job market.
- MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer)
- MCA (Microsoft Certified Architect)
- CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert)
- CCSP (Cisco Certified Security Professional)
- CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional)
- SSCP (Systems Security Certified Practitioner)
- GSE (GIAC Security Expert)
- RHCE / RHCA (Red Hat Certified Engineer / Architect)
- ITIL (Information Technology Infrastructure Library)
- Certifications for special situations: Many specialist exams are available in IT subcategories that can be helpful to those who want to specialize in those areas. Some of these include:
- Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) compliance certification
- Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) compliance certification
- Database administration certification
- Wireless networking certifications
- Voice over IP certifications
In the next post, I would discuss these certifications in details...If you enjoyed this post Subscribe to our feed