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11 Best IT Certifications For Cutting-Edge Skills

Networking and infrastructure professionals looking to improve their job skills should consider these groundbreaking training programs.
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AlineL888
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AlineL888,
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5/16/2015 | 10:55:41 AM
Foundation
Hi!

I'm Brazilian and I have a question about IT certification.

Here in Brazil, there are many companies that sell courses on level foundations of APMG and EXIN (mainly self-study format or "online"), but I don't find as many in the USA and the EU.

Is there demand these certifications in the countries of you? You need the level Foundation first. How do you do to achieve the advanced and Master level?

I do not find online courses in the English language. Why?

Aline
Robindevmasters
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Robindevmasters,
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4/26/2015 | 8:32:28 PM
MCSD Sharepoint and ASP.NET Certification DONE
MCSD MVC Project in 2 hr

I learned a lot at thedevmasters.com. It is an amazing service special there mentoring program gave me real hand on experience in troubleshooting.  I was able to create a full MVC CURD Project in less than 1 hour time all by myself. Amazing  professional team of mentors and software educators. Visit and robin@thedevmasters.com
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Robindevmasters,
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4/26/2015 | 8:31:02 PM
Comptia Certification
Comptia Get certified in 10 Days

I learned a lot at thedevmasters  It is an amazing service special there mentoring program gave me real hand on experience in troubleshooting.  I was able to prepare myself for certification program in  in less than 6 days time all by myself. Amazing  professional team of mentors and software educators

The exam  has lots of inside which need handon exprience and practice.

robin@thedevmasters.com
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2/11/2015 | 4:00:39 PM
Re: Additional certs?
The value of certification is universal and validates knowledge and experience across most industries.  Self-reported experience doesn't always articulate to the hiring manager your true value.  Just because you have over ten years of experience doesn't mean you was good at your job. Have you ever worked with someone that (a) you couldn't figure out how they got the job in the first place and (b) you didn't understand how they kept their job?  You might be working with someone like that now.  I've seen "duct taped" networks with servers sitting on top of milk crates and I can assure you that's not the preferred SOP for most businesses.  I think most of us would agree that experience alone doesn't mean you are qualified.  

Certification today provides hiring managers a tool to measure and validate not only your experience but also your vendor specific knowledge.  We are truly living in a global economy and investing in your professional development is necessary if you want to stay competitive within the IT industry.  Technology is pervasive and changing daily with competition.   Certification provides a great compliment to individuals with a degree. 
jgherbert
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7/1/2014 | 12:33:12 PM
Re: Additional certs?
@PMH553:

Agreed. While certs do not prove your skills, they do end up doing a couple of favorable things for you on a personal level:

- Make your resumé look better (purely subjective)

- Match keywords from searches (e.g "CCNP or equivalent") meaning you get considered more often

- Provide a differentiator between you and somebody equally capable

 

 
PMH553
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PMH553,
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6/30/2014 | 5:25:43 PM
Re: Additional certs?
Additional certs play a big role in landing interview and possibly a good job. I always hear that I have 20 years of experience why do I need a cert? Well the person next to you has 15 years experience and has it thats why. There is a point in time where the years of experience flat line as a sell to a company. I know it is not IT technical but PMP Certifcation can be used by anyone. 
MarciaNWC
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MarciaNWC,
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6/30/2014 | 4:52:00 PM
Re: Cost
@jgherbert -- That approach sounds like a practical one if a company really wants to encourage its employees to earn certifications.
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jgherbert,
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6/30/2014 | 9:31:51 AM
Re: Cost
@aditshar1: "But still fact is company will only pay when you achieve passing grades otherwise you need to feel the loss."

Obviously I'm not going to argue with what your company actually does, but I will say that in my opinion, the "pay for the first time and the time you pass" is a much more equitable system. It still prevents people from taking exams over and over again at the company's expense, but it does also give some wiggle room for when you simply have a bad day, or realize you totally misunderstood a test. It happens, and certainly with the cost of CCIE I'm not sure I personally could take the financial risk on having to pay for an exam (plus travel expenses) that most people fail on first try. And then the company most likely wants to tie you in for at least a year afterwards in return for ME taking the risk? No thanks.
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aditshar1,
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6/30/2014 | 3:13:48 AM
Re: Cost
I agree you jgherbert on CCIE, one of the exam which seeks lot of pratice, attention and money with chances of getting fail at first attempt. But still fact is company will only pay when you achieve passing grades otherwise you need to feel the loss.
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PaulS681,
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6/29/2014 | 2:58:24 PM
Re: Cost
I can understand those stipulations. If I owned a company and I was paying for my employee it would have to benefit the company. I would require a passing grade to get reimbursed.
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