• Take CertMag's annual Salary Survey! You know you want to.

    Dropping In with the annual Salary Survey

    We're on a mission to harvest salary and certification data. Success depends on YOU!

  • Proper cooling protects your PC from heat damage.

    Be Cool

    Don't get burned on your CompTIA A+ exam by not knowing how PCs beat the heat.

  • Can social media certifications play an important role in IT?

    What's Not to Like?

    Businesses should tread carefully when evaluating social media certifications.

  • Understanding the basics of Windows Registry can help you pass CompTIA's A+ exam.

    Get Your Hands In It

    Try these simple exercises to learn about working with Windows Registry.

  • Are you responsible to report potential certification cheating?

    I Thought I Saw a Cheat Sheet

    Do certification candidates have a responsibility to report suspected cheaters?

  • You can write your own ticket with the right network security certification.

    Weak Link

    Get the top certifications for networking experts ready to tackle red-hot security problems.

  • Get IT going in Austin at SpiceWorld 2014.

    SpiceWorld 2014 tech conference under way in Austin

    Going all the way back to at least the debut of Austin City Limits in 1976, the state capitol of Texas has been a ground zero for fun and interesting cultural events. The city is nationally famous for its many annual music festivals, from the jazz, blues, bluegrass and Texas twang of the Old Settler’s Music Festival to the …

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  • Don't let failure stand in the way of certification.

    CertStudent: Overcoming failure by sticking to his certification guns

     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.

    There isn’t a whole lot to do in the small town …

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  • Only with careful preparation will you conquer CCIE Security.

    Be prepared: Study is key to conquering Cisco’s CCIE Security exam

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

    One of the most challenging networking credentials in the IT certification world is the Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE) offered by Cisco. Now imagine combining that clout with a specialization in security. For many networking professionals, a CCIE Security stamp of approval is at …

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  • What will Windows 9 have to wow PC users?

    Fearless forecast: What’s in the pipeline from Windows 9?

    Windows 8 has been with us for a couple of years now and its reception in the marketplace has been tepid at best. A lot of users found the interface changes in Windows 8 to be unpalatable. In fact, many users elected to keep the familiar environment provided by Windows 7 on their desktops, and …

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  • The right IT certification can be a career-changer/

    Hot tip: Certification observations from Chris Ward of CBT Nuggets

    We don’t all learn the same way, especially when it comes to certification. Some people are most at home sitting in a classroom and taking notes from an instructor. For others, a book and a set of do-it-yourself lab exercises may offer the best solution. For many, training videos are an essential tool. If you’re …

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  • Certification helped Steven Rich get a full-time job straight out of high school.

    High school grad trumps peers’ college training with certification

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

    After applying for a full-time customer support position with a wireless internet service provider in Worcester, Mass., recent high school graduate Steven Rich (Tantasqua Regional High School, class of 2014) landed in the same hiring pool as a handful of candidates with college …

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  • 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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