• Should certification exams switch to an open-resource format?

    So Crazy It Just Might Work

    Is the world of IT certification ready for open-resource testing?

  • Using strong passwords is a simple way to beef up your protection against cybercrime.

    The Last Time I Changed My Password Is ...

    The simplest way to protect your online activities is one many people ignore.

  • What is the most productive way to make career-determining decisions?

    The Wisdom of (Pardon me, have we met?)

    What sort of weight should you give to free career advice from forums and message boards?

  • CompTIA wants YOU ... to nominate someone to the IT Hall of Fame.

    Lifetime Achievement

    Do you know of someone who should be in the IT Hall of Fame? Tell CompTIA!

  • How much do you know about hybrid cloud? Would you like to know more?

    Look! Up In the Sky

    Nope, it's not a bird or a plane. It's the future (and present) of business computing.

  • What do you need to know about wireless standards to pass CompTIA's Network+ exam?

    WWW = World Without Wires?

    Keeping your wireless standards straight is an important part of networking certifications.

  • CompTIA is preparing to recognize the 1 millionth person to be A+ certified.

    CompTIA has big plans for millionth A+ certified professional

    It doesn’t seem to happen all that much anymore, but once upon a time celebrations of this or that businesses’ milestone millionth customer occupied a somewhat iconic place in pop culture. Maybe we’re just not as impressed by the number 1,000,000 anymore. Besides which, hey, it’s a tough economy. When Banco Walmart opened its millionth account (after …

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  • The right mix of skills can get you to the head of the IT hiring line.

    Stand out from the IT crowd by refining these career skills

    This feature first appeared in the Summer 2014 issue of Certification Magazine.

    People often talk about how quickly things change. Look back even just a few years, and you’ll see how different things were then than they are now. Ask anyone under the age of 15 to make the sound of a phone’s busy …

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  • Getting a sports IT job may be harder than you think.

    Dear CertMag: I’m ready to go pro — how do I get a sports IT job?

     Dear CertMag  is a weekly feature that addresses common questions about certification and related IT issues. Have a question? Send an e-mail to editor (at) certmag (dot) com.

    Dear CertMag: Big NBA fan and gym rat here. I’ve never been good enough to actually play sports for a living, but I’d love to get into …

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  • You can nail CompTIA's A+ cert with these exam resources.

    CompTIA A+ 220-801 and 220-802 study resources

    It has been a while since CertMag has given an exhaustive list of study materials for the CompTIA A+ exam (since 220-602 in 2009 by my count). I figured it was about time to do some research and provide a complete list of the materials you need to pass the current …

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  • Before she learned to fix computers, Kendra Cole was fixing cars.

    CertStudent: Small town girl, big certification dreams

     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 ? Share the details with us at editor (at) certmag (dot) com.

    The rural town of Vancleave sits in the heart of Jackson …

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  • Help CertMag determine which cloud certs are the best!

    Salary Survey PLUS — Cloud Computing

    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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  • CompTIA certs can help you get into the IT groove.

    CompTIA certs blaze career path for Defense Department contractor

    There are lots of ways to get a foot on the bottom rung of the career ladder in IT and start climbing. Education, whether in college or high school, is what leads a lot of young professionals to settle into an IT groove. Many IT lifers’ first exposure to computers and technology is from playing video …

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  • Are you ready for the new SQL Expert exam from Oracle?

    Oracle’s SQL Expert exam slated for facelift Sept. 15

    Of the more than 200 certifications offered by Oracle, their SQL Expert credential ranks in the Top 10 most popular according to a blog post by Oracle University. This is no surprise to me — knowledge of SQL is an extremely valuable skill and the SQL Expert designation is useful to both DBAs and developers. …

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  • Robots aren't quite ready to take over IT professions.

    Study finds networking, information security on leading edge of IT

    There is a fair-to-decent chance that most of us don’t still have the same job title that we did in 1999, whether that title was sales manager or burger flipper. Especially in the realm of IT — where advances in technology open up new areas of specialization with a regularity approaching that more typically attributed to the …

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  • Damn, these Microsoft certifications are the best!

    Microsoft Certified Professionals have mixed view of certification

    Here’s a non-IT tidbit that you probably didn’t know: The Carnation food brand originally famed for its evaporated milk from “contented cows,” was founded in 1899 in Washington state, in the same general vicinity where Microsoft now has its world headquarters. In a related vein, the most recent annual survey of Microsoft Certified Professionals revealed that many …

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