Ten Certifications That Actually Mean Something

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When one thinks of a highly sought after certification, generally, the first one most people think of is the CCIE. The Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert is the highest level of certification offered by Cisco and is one of the most respected. You must prove your knowledge through arduous hands-on lab - no memorization, pure hands-on examination - and this is regarded as one of the most difficult and sought after IT certifications today. There are nine discrete CCIE specializations to the CCIE Program and, as of January 2012, there were a little over 25,000 CCIE professional around the world. The CCIE exam focuses on managing large, converged networks.

What gives meaning to a certification? Is it the certification vendor? Is it the subject? Or is it the perceived difficulty, mystique or aura? Or might it be something totally different? There are some certifications and/or vendors that are perceived to be more valuable - think of Cisco's CCIE, which has been perceived as meaning something (value) since its inception. Then there are other certifications that don't have this same perceived value - certifications that are seen as too easy or ones that might be seen as entry-level certifications. Global Knowledge instructor Randy Muller, MCT, MCTS, MCSE, CEH, has identified a list of certifications that do have perceived value and worth.

 

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