Funding Your Certification

Anyone can find excuses for not pursuing IT certification. Some are valid, and some aren’t. These will vary largely based on the background of the person in question.

Some of the older IT workers who have two or three decades of professional experience under their belt come from a time before certification, back when techies generally eschewed formal education and training programs. Thus, they’re often skeptical of the value of credentials and feel their years of experience speak much louder to their level of proficiency.

Or they could be IT professionals who are fresh out of four-year colleges with a bachelor’s degree in computer science might be completely absorbed in mastering their new job or burned out on education and test-taking generally.

Whatever the reason, they’re just not looking into certification right now.

Regardless of the explanation, I’d wager that the two main underlying reasons why IT professionals don’t seek certification are time and money. Finances can be an especially thorny issue — people just don’t want to pay for stuff.

And it’s not like certifications are cheap. Some of them have costs that run into the thousands of dollars, and that’s not even counting the associated training materials.

There are essentially three principal sources of certification funding: yourself, your employer and the government. (Of course, there’s also the occasional inheritance from a deceased rich uncle, but if you’ve got that going for you, then I’m not sure why you’re…

Brian Summerfield


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