The very nice folks at SearchNetworking.com get my partner, Kim Lindros, and I to update a list of network certification for them on an an annual basis. The latest incarnation is called the “Networking Certification Guide,” and was posted on August 19, 2008. Even though that’s over three months ago as I write this blog, the content you’ll find in this survey of networking related certifications remains over 95% accurate and correct. I’m not sure if that means the survey is especially good, but I can see some relationship between the uncertain state of our current economy and a relatively static IT certification landscape for as long as these “cloudy conditions” persist.
That said, IT professionals interested in taking a look at their certification options in the networking arena are bound to find this collection of items pretty interesting. Here’s what you’ll find as you take a closer look at these three alphabetized lists (by vendor or sponsor organization) of credentials:
- Cisco Certification Guide: this was assembled by the crack editing team at SearchNetworking.com, and larded liberally with quotes from Ed and other networking nabobs, but we nevertheless don’t want to take credit for somebody else’s work). You’ll find all of Cisco’s certs covered in this piece.
- Basic certifications: You’ll find 35 offerings from companies ranging from 3Com to Planet3 Wireless/CWNP here.
- Intermediate Certifications: 24 credentials from outfits such as Aruba to Sun Microsystems.
- Advanced/Expert certifications: 10 credentials from organizations ranging from Alcatel to Network General.
All in all, there are lots of good pointers and information to programs in all kinds of networking related tools and technologies here, where the notion of “something for everyone” (as least for those who work in IT) isn’t terribly far off the mark. Please check it out and use it to help with your career planning and development.