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Why Get Ceritifications...

Let's talk about certification. From a personal aspect on certification, I was first certified since 1996. I get my share of questions from people in the field as to what are my feelings about certifications. Some times we get into heated discussions with people that are opposed to them. There are pros and cons to the argument and this article will make the case for gettingand for staying current.

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Part 1: The Argument FOR Certifications

Why would someone that's working for a company bother to get certified especially if they already have a college degree and have been working for a number of years for one employer?

Here are some points to consider.

1. Show Your Value Through Certifications

The way I look at certfication is that someone takes the time to better themselves. By showing your skills are up to date you might be more in line for the next promotional progression in your role or for the next role. Your also showing your employer that you're a valuable member of the team and that you're willing to learn new things.

Additionally, you'll be able to make a better argument for that next version of technology that you want to introduce into your enterprise. Perhaps part of the reason your company has been skittish is because they are concerned that the staff knows the current version better and would like to hold off on upgrades. You can take part of that argument away by getting certified on the new technology.

2. Market Yourself By Gettng Certified

There is also the marketability factor. You may not think you need to be marketable because you're not planning on taking a new job anywhere else especially in this job market. But it is that exact comment -- this job market -- that should make you WANT to prove you're at the top of your game.

If your job is outsourced and you're lucky enough to keep it with the outsourcer you want to be able to make sure they understand just how valuable of a resource you are to the company which is now their customer. If the outsourcer brings in their own staffers you want to at least be up to their speed or faster and certifications help prove that on top of your own employment records and performance reviews that your skills are relevant.

You see certifications are a particularly unbiased barometer of your skills. This scenario is also true for any downsizing that may come from your employer. If they are going to try to do more with less they will need the people at the top of their game and this is another way to show that.

Mergers of business or buy outs of companies also fall into this category.

3. Stay Up-To-Date With Certifications

Certifications are an inexpensive way to show proof that you're keeping your expertise current and up to date. You're passing the industry's measurement of knowledge based on their skill assessments of the role where they are certifying the results of your testing efforts.

Some people in technology today have simply made their way up through the ranks and it is a way for them to differentiate themselves from their peers. Nothing will make you stand out to management like taking on additional education and getting business aligning certifications, especially when they are not required and you are setting a new bar for the organization.

Since being certified, I have not looked back. That is also part of what is keeping me afloat in the current storm.

So in summary, getting certified:

- Shows that are you skills are current
- Shows initiative when certifiying is not required
- Seperates you from peers
- Verifies to management that the ceritification provider is effectively validating you skills for them
- Keeps you valuable and marketable in the event of a slowdown, takeover, merger, etc.
- Raises management's confidence level when they need to move to newer technologies that the staff is ready for the challege.
- Provides you with pesonal satisfaction that you've mastered new material

Hopefully this article has been helpful in showing the reasons to get certified. There are lots of employers that feel the same way. It just gives you the competitive edge over other candidates.

If you are looking to get certified on the newest technologies then give us a try.

Also, learn how to get trained for FREE. Also, get a free exam voucher with each course that you take with us.

We are here to help you acheive your goals.

Thanks for reading...

Michael W Krout, MCSE, MCSA, MCTS, MCITP, CVE 5.0, MCT
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