• SkillsUSA rewards students with top cert skills.

    Teens polish cert smarts by competing in SkillsUSA

    Whether it’s marching band, or debate squad, or cheerleading camp, or varsity athletics, kids in high school like to compete. Sure, it looks good on college applications, and parents and teachers like to encourage students to excel. For those who really catch the vision, however, for the ones who stay the course and take daylong …

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  • Jason Pucilowski built himself a computer from scratch.

    CertStudent: Parts in a box for Christmas

    A few years ago, Jason Pucilowski got a unique Christmas gift from his parents: a computer. What made the gift stand out …

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  • There's only one way to rock ... and get certified at the same time.

    CertStudent: Rocking down to Certification Avenue

     CertStudent  is a regular feature that profiles students of all ages who are pursuing certification at schools, in training programs, and on their own time (and own dime). Know an interesting  CertStudent ? Let us know at editor (at) certmag (dot) com.

    This week’s CertStudent is 16-year-old Kasey Sanchez, who attends Passaic County Technical Institute …

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  • Students are using certification to get ahead.

    CertStudent: New feature kicks off in a New York state of mind

    Welcome to the start of something new at CertMag. People get certified at lots of different stages in life. And once a person starts down a certification path, one thing typically leads to another. There’s always another cert beyond the horizon. One group that intrigues us, however, is what you might call certification’s all-rookie squad. …

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  • Cisco Systems certs are next up in our Salary Survey PLUS.

    Salary Survey PLUS — ISACA

    A favorite question among certification candidates is the one about the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow: How much money will I make after I finish this certification? There are several factors that determine salary, of course, but a good certification can be a strong argument for someone seeking a raise or …

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  • Carrera Profile Photo 5 THUMB

    People in Certification — Mr. Carrera’s Opus

    This feature, by Breanna Olaveson and Cody Clark, first appeared in the Winter 2014 edition of Certification Magazine.

    Johnny Carrera didn’t set out to become a magician, or even just a teacher. But he has pulled off something magical in a decade of teaching IT skills to kids at Holmes High School, a …

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  • Piggy bank THUMB

    Salary Survey 2013 — What’s in your bank account?

    This feature originally appeared in the Winter 2014 edition of Certification Magazine.

    What’s your dream of the good life? For some it means a nice home and a family, a vacation to Disneyland or Yellowstone National Park, and a workshop with one of every power tool, or twin jet skis behind the garage. For others …

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  • Do you want some sweet coin? Get a certification!

    Salary Survey 2013 — Dollars & Cents

    This feature originally appeared in the Winter 2014 edition of Certification Magazine.

    Let’s talk about the most important part of the salary survey: salary. In a world where just about everything involves technology — whether it’s ranchers using wireless transmitters to remotely herd cattle, or a toddler playing Temple Run on her parents’ tablet — IT professionals are in demand everywhere. Employers have …

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  • Shining, happy people holding hands ... because of certification!

    Salary Survey 2013 — Workplace

    This feature originally appeared in the Winter 2014 edition of Certification Magazine.

    IT is everywhere in 2013, and IT workers are literally all over the map. You can find them any place you look, not just in big glass-and-steel buildings where floor space is measured in cubicles. To get a better picture of where people work, however, we asked a few questions about …

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  • What works for people trying to get certified?

    Salary Survey 2013 — Certification

    This feature originally appeared in the Winter 2014 edition of Certification Magazine.

    What’s your certification story? We want to identify the best ways of becoming certified, as well as find out what people are doing to get there. There’s always the question of money — the exams aren’t free, and not everyone passes on the first attempt. Most candidates put in quite a bit of study …

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