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Published on April 20, 2011

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The Value of IT Certifications: The Value of IT Certifications By Marcine E. Lohman April 19, 2011 IT Certifications: IT Certifications As more and more people obtain their IT certifications, they tend to lose their value but at the lower level (like A+), certifications are actually more important because they are used as a way to filter the large number of applicants. http://www.eweek.com/c/a/IT-Management/IT-Certifications-Declining-in-Value/ How will corporations measure the importance of certifications? : How will corporations measure the importance of certifications? Employee turnover decrease Client retention improvement Productivity increase Reduced hiring costs Total annual savings Improvement in company’s bottom line V alidation of an individual's ability to understand new or complex technologies How IT Managers View Certifications: How IT Managers View Certifications How Employers View Certifications: How Employers View Certifications “Among IT hiring managers, nearly 64% rate IT certifications as having extremely high or high value in validating skills and expertise. 80% of human resources (HR) professionals surveyed believe IT certifications will grow in usefulness and importance and 86% of hiring managers indicate IT certifications are a high or medium priority during the candidate evaluation process.” 1 (1) http://jobsearch.about.com/b/2011/02/08/it-certifications-and-salaries.htm How IT Managers View Certifications: How IT Managers View Certifications Job Hunting: Job Hunting Certifications are still the tiebreaker in a tight decision for hiring managers. They serve as a visible demonstration of your commitment to the profession and career growth. Certifications make IT Professionals, looking to switch jobs, more marketable. Employers see applicants who've spent the time and money it takes to get certified as more credible. Job Hunting: Job Hunting IT managers are willing to hire certified workers who don't have traditional degrees . Certifications are a useful measure for career advancement. CompTIA Average Salaries in Longmont, Colorado: CompTIA Average Salaries in Longmont, Colorado CompTIA Certifications: CompTIA Certifications Project+ is a vendor-neutral credential recognized worldwide for the management of IT projects. Linux+ is designed to certify professionals who can install, configure, manage, network, and troubleshoot Linux-based desktops and servers. Security+ is an elective or prerequisite to advanced certifications from Microsoft and IBM. It may also serve as a launch pad to more advanced security certifications such as ISC2’s CISSP and Cisco’s CCSP. CompTIA Certifications: CompTIA Certifications Server+ validates knowledge and competency in advanced-level technical competency of server issues and technology. Network+ is CompTIA's second biggest certification. Microsoft, Novell, Cisco, Compaq, Lotus and 3Com have all recognized Network+ as part of their certification tracks. CompTIA Certifications: CompTIA Certifications A+ is one of the most popular certifications in the IT industry and is CompTIA's top certification. Records indicate over 500,000 individuals have achieved the A+ Certification. CompTIA Security+ or Server+: CompTIA Security+ or Server+ CompTIA Network+: CompTIA Network+ CompTIA A+: CompTIA A+ I have seen Help Wanted Ads for PC Support/Help Desk jobs with starting salaries listed as $10.00 per hour or $20,800 per year. ~~ Marcine Lohman Cisco Certification Average Salaries in Longmont, Colorado: Cisco Certification Average Salaries in Longmont, Colorado Cisco Certifications: Cisco Certifications CCDA - Cisco Certified Design Associate (CCDA®) validates knowledge required to design a Cisco converged network. CCNA Voice - The Cisco Certified Network Associate Voice (CCNA® Voice) validates associate-level knowledge and skills required to administer a voice network. Cisco Certifications: Cisco Certifications CCNA Security - Cisco Certified Network Associate Security (CCNA® Security) validates associate-level knowledge and skills required to secure Cisco networks. CCNA Wireless - Cisco Certified Network Associate Wireless (CCNA® Wireless) validates associate-level knowledge and skills to configure, implement and support of wireless LANs, specifically those networks using Cisco equipment. Cisco Certifications: Cisco Certifications CCNA - Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA®) validates the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size router and switched networks, including implementation and verification of connections to remote sites in a WAN. Cisco CCDA: Cisco CCDA Cisco CCNA Voice: Cisco CCNA Voice Cisco CCNA Security: Cisco CCNA Security Cisco CCNA Wireless: Cisco CCNA Wireless Cisco CCNA: Cisco CCNA Microsoft Certification Average Salaries in Longmont, Colorado: Microsoft Certification Average Salaries in Longmont, Colorado Microsoft Certifications: Microsoft Certifications MCDBA - A Microsoft Certified Database Administrator (MCDBA) certification helps enable IT professionals to demonstrate their ability to design, implement, and administer Microsoft SQL Server databases. MCTS - A Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certification helps enable IT professionals to target specific technologies and to distinguish themselves by demonstrating in-depth knowledge and expertise. Microsoft Certifications: Microsoft Certifications MCSE - A Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) certification helps enable IT professionals to demonstrate their ability to design and implement an infrastructure solution with Windows Server 2003–based business solutions. To earn the MCSE on Windows Server 2003 certification, you must pass seven exams. CompTIA A+ & Network+ combined can count as one of these seven exams. Microsoft Certifications: Microsoft Certifications MCSA - A Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) certification helps enable IT professionals to demonstrate their ability to administer network and systems environments with Windows Server 2003–based business solutions . To earn the MCSA on Windows Server 2003 certification, you must pass four exams. CompTIA A+ and Network+ combined can count as one exam. Microsoft Certifications: Microsoft Certifications MCITP - A Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) certification helps enable IT professionals to demonstrate comprehensive skills in planning, deploying, supporting, maintaining, and optimizing IT infrastructures. MOS - A Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) is globally recognized for demonstrating advanced business skills in using Microsoft Office 2010, the 2007 Microsoft Office system, and Windows Vista; or highly developed skills in using other Microsoft desktop software. Microsoft Certifications: Microsoft Certifications MCDST - A Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician (MCDST) certification helps enable IT professionals to demonstrate technical and customer service skills in troubleshooting hardware and software operation issues in Microsoft Windows environments. Microsoft MCDBA: Microsoft MCDBA Microsoft MCTS: Microsoft MCTS According to Robert Half Technology (the firm that publishes the annual salary numbers), IT certifications in demand for 2011 include Cisco certifications (CCNA), Linux certifications (RHCE), Microsoft certifications (MCAD, MCITP, MCSE, MCTS), Project management certifications (PMP), and Security certifications (CISSP, CCSA, CCSE). Microsoft MCSE: Microsoft MCSE Microsoft MCSA: Microsoft MCSA Microsoft MOS: Microsoft MOS Microsoft MCDST: Microsoft MCDST Value of Skills: Value of Skills Robert Half Technology, Salary Guide 2011 SQL Server database skills, add 10 % Oracle database skills, add 9 % Cisco network administration skills, add 9% Linux/Unix administration skills, add 8% VoIP administration skills, add 8 % Windows 2000, XP, Vista, add 6 % Windows 7, add 6 % Windows Server 2008 skills, add 6 % Percentages indicate how much your salary should increase for having these skills. How to Get Experience: How to Get Experience Since you have to get hired to get experience and since employers want applicants to have experience before they are hired, consider working for temp agencies to get your experience. If you are attending college, utilize their internship programs. What is the Value of IT Certifications?: What is the Value of IT Certifications? It basically depends on the employer. Some consider certifications as “Cash Cows” for the certifying company, while others value actual ability and experience over certifications. For the most part, they are considered valuable and worthwhile in achieving. Slide 40: The End

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