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knowledge of an individual who has demonstratedcompetence in a particular area.
What Are the Benefits of Certification forEmployers, Employees, and Vendors?
For employers, certification ensures quality workmanshipstandards and can help keep their workforce up to datewith respect to computers and technology. For employees,certification can enhance careers, provide better standingas industry professionals, and increase salaries. Forvendors, certification is a form of industry self-regulationthat sets computer professionals’ competence standardsand raises the level of expertise and knowledge.
How Can People Prepare for Certification?
Certification training options are available to suit everylearning style. Self-study programs help professionalsprepare for certification at their own pace and supplementother training methods. Online training classes, which areavailable on the Internet and on many company intranets,allow students to set their own pace in an interactiveenvironment. Instructor-led training classes are availablein a variety of forms, including seminars, boot camps, andacademic-style classes. Web resources include thecertification sponsor’s Web site and individual Web sites.The certification sponsor’s Web site can containdescriptions of certifications with FAQs and links totraining and testing centers. Training guides, sample testquestions, chat rooms, and discussion groups often areprovided. Individuals also set up Web sites to offer theirown views and tips.
What Are the General Areas of ITCertification?
Certifications usually are classified based on the computerindustry area to which they most closely relate:application software, operating systems,programmer/developer, hardware, networking, computerforensics, security, the Internet, and database systems.
What Are Some Specific IT Certifications inEach Certification Area?
Application software certifications, sometimes calledend-user certifications, include Microsoft Office Specialist(Office Specialist), Microsoft Certified Desktop SupportTechnician (MCDST), Adobe Certified Expert (ACE), IBMCertified Professional for Lotus Software, and MacromediaCertified Professional. Operating system certificationsinclude Microsoft Certified System Administrator ((MCSA),Novell Certified Linux Professional (CLP), Red Hat CertifiedEngineer (RHCE), Red Hat Certified Technician (RHCT),Sun Certified System Administrator, and IBM CertifiedSpecialist. Programmer/developer certifications includeCertified Software Development Professional (CSDP), IBM