Why get Certified?

To be honest, experience is everything. Certifications will not replace experience and I wouldn’t trust a website or a person that tells you otherwise. Would you trust your company’s backup and restore strategy to someone without experience? Of course you would not.

That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t get certified, in fact certifications are incredibly worthwhile. A person who gets certified shows dedication and the willingness to work hard. Companies love employees who can set goals, and have the drive to achieve them. Certifications also demonstrate your level of knowledge.

My best advice is to study hard and get the type of training that will teach you the fundamentals enabling you to have a long successful career. Grab a good book, take a course, or purchase quality computer based training. I would recommend Train Signal, Inc., CBTplanet or even CBT nuggets as they are all quality companies. Once you have the necessary fundamentals to do the job and are ready to take the actual test, look for practice tests or brain dumps to test your knowledge. They are a lot cheaper then paying for an exam twice.

If you are looking for practice tests or brain dumps look for those that offer explanations and help improve your skill set not just provide the answers. Review the explanations and use them it to evaluate your strengths and weaknesses. You should also look for study material that is reviewed by industry experts to ensure a high-level of accuracy. This is one industry where you definitly get what you pay for.

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IT Testing and Certification Tools

How to get started?

Well, this largely depends on you. Do you already have experience? Are you just starting out? Are you trying to switch careers?

  • You should start with an honest assessment of your abilities and experience.
  • Decide why you want to get out of the certification process. Determine what your goal is.
  • Review the available certifications that are related to achieving this goal.
  • Select high quality, respected study materials that will help develop the required skills necessary to pass the selected certifications.
  • Review practice tests and dumps to familiarize yourself with the type of questions you will be facing
  • Schedule your test

About me:

I have 10 years of experience in Information Technology.

I have passed over a dozen certification exams in the last 10 years and have my MCSE in NT and Windows 2003.

Every product or service we recommend on this website is high quality and is from a company that will stand behind it.

Do you need further incentives? How would you like one of these salaries.

Average Salary by job – Certification: MCSE according to payscale.com:

  • IT Manager $74,858
  • Network Administrator $53,651
  • System Engineer $64,668
  • IT Director $85,901
  • Senior Sys. Engineer $80,106
  • System Admin $57,771
  • Sr. Network Engineer $78,886

10 Hottest I.T Certifications for 2008 according to knowhow-now.com

MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional)

Like I even had to list this one. This will probably always be number 1 for the next 1,000 years. There are over 2 million people with this certification.

CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate)

This one comes in 2nd as most network administrator jobs right now are IP related and they are in more demand at higher professional level as compared to Microsoft Certifications.

MCPD (Microsoft Certified Professional Developer)

This has been a rocket since last year. Demand for these developers are up over 80% compared to last year, and does not seem to be slowing down any time soon. There are only a little over 3000 currently with the certification. If you are looking for a certification track, I would give this one a lot of consideration.

SCJP (SUN Certified Java Programmer)

Today, a Java credential is one of the most valuable credentials that a programmer or developer can have. About 70% of business entities’ development projects are done through J2EE.

CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional)

One of the elite certifications. With CISSP’s earning $94,070 a year on average, it is easy to see why this one is on the list. The exam lasts up to six hours and includes 250 multiple choice questions. It is also $500, so you might want to study for this one.

Comptia A+

I figured everyone had this already, but I guess not. This is the first certification almost everyone gets when first starting in the IT field. It is by far the most popular entry level certification.

Comptia Network +

Coming in right behind A+. This is usually the 2nd certification that most IT. Professionals acquire. Which is great because Network systems and data communications analysts is ranked Number 2 on the ‘Most in Demand Jobs’ list.

MCTS SQL Server 2005 (The Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist)

SQL Server 2005 is going to be hot next year. A lot of companies are switching to SQL Server 2005 and these guys are going to be in big demand. Companies of all sizes need these professionals to manage everything from planning a new database to managing and supporting existing databases.

RHCE (Red Hat Certified Engineer)

About 25% of enterprises will be running mission-critical business applications on the Linux open source operating system by 2009, according to a survey by Saugatuck Technology and Business Week Research Services. By the end of 2007 the figure will be 18%. RHCE is called the ‘crown jewel of Linux certifications’.

Comptia Security+

Growth in Security+, which covers topics like communication security, infrastructure security, cryptography, access control and authentication, shows no signs of slowing down. Comptia’s Security+ Credential is a must have in today’s world.