Certification in the ‘Net Economy

Some administrators want you to believe that certification is not important anymore. Certain managers are looking for employees with experience, not certifications. However, certification can provide employers with a basis for determining if job applicants have the required skills.

With rapidly changing technology and the increasing need for qualified employees, taking classes to learn about new technologies is generally preferred to employees testing their knowledge and skills on the corporate network. For example, certification ensures the complexities of transitioning a company to an e-business environment are performed correctly and effectively.

A common belief in the IT industry is that holding certifications covering a wide range of skills and vendors will make a person more marketable and better equipped to handle challenges. Becoming certified can also enhance one’s career, as well as increasing salaries. Additionally, companies recognize a rapid return on investment (ROI), often in less than nine months, from the investment made to certify their employees. This indicates certification is not valueless, but actually empowers the company that employs certified professionals.

What differentiates certificate holders with experience from certificate holders without experience? The answer is hands-on testing. Most IT companies only have the capability to test candidates using a written test. While this may test a person’s knowledge, it is not always adequate in testing their experience and ability to resolve issues.

Currently, two companies, Cisco and Novell, provide hands-on testing. The CCIE has a multiple-choice, computer-based qualification exam. Once a candidate passes this exam, they qualify to take a…


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