Ten Benefits of IT Certification for You (and Your Employer)

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Certification renewal and retention

IT professionals may have a requirement by their respective certification bodies to recertify every two to three years. For example, Cisco requires that you either take and pass a recertification exam or take the next higher certification exam every three years. Red Hat requires you to recertify every three years. Microsoft requires you to recertify every three years for an MCSE or two years for an MCSD. In this instance, a certification or recertification exam can benefit both you and your employer. In some circumstances, customers may only want to work with companies that have certified individuals.

Why should you earn an IT certification (or certifications)? What is the value of an IT certification to you and to your employer? An IT certification is a quick and readily recognized benchmark mapped to a specific skill set based on standardized testing. A certification demonstrates your dedication, motivation and technical knowledge on a specific platform. Once you earn an IT certification, you join a select group of individuals - a peer group with demonstrated skills. Having a certification shows that you not only possess comprehensive knowledge of that technology but you also care enough about your own career to spend the time and money to get certified. Remember: You are your own best career manager!

Instructor-led IT training, especially training that leads to certification, usually includes some type of hands-on work (whether through a virtual environment or with physical equipment and software). The benefit of this is that you get to learn, play and experiment with new technologies in a non-production (read: safe) environment. This will enable you to gain new knowledge more quickly that you can bring back to your work environment. Certification exams usually become more complex and difficult the longer they have been out, so there is no time like the present to get started.

In this slideshow, Global Knowledge highlights 10 benefits gained from earning IT certifications.

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