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May 20, 2009  7:07 PM

IT Certs on a Song…or a Shoestring



Posted by: Ed Tittel
budget IT cert preparation, IT career planning, IT certification, IT certification prep, IT certification study tips

My favorite recipe for preparing for an IT certification goes something like this: 1. Purchase one (or at most two) big fat study guides on your exam topic (I often call these books "doorstops" for a very good reason). Usual cost: $50 a pop, cheaper if you can buy used via Amazon, HalfPrice, and...

January 23, 2009  4:07 PM

CompTIA Lets New Network+ Loose on the World



Posted by: Ed Tittel
CompTIA, IT careers, IT certification, IT certification study tips, Network+

With the organization's decision to hew to ISO9000 requirements regarding training and certification, it looks like CompTIA will be refreshing and updating its credentials on a rather less leisurely schedule going forward. The latest Network+, released on January 9, is a good case in point. Though...


December 22, 2008  5:02 PM

Check Out GoCertify.com



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career development, Career planning, GoCertify.com, IT careers, IT certification, IT certification study tips, Work background

My colleague and long-time certification industry expert, Anne Martinez, runs a very nice Web site called GoCertify.com. There's lots of interesting content there, not least of which is the information available through its


October 15, 2008  7:39 PM

Prepping for Cert Exams



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career development, Career planning, CertCities.com, Emmett Dulaney, IT careers, IT certification study tips, job seeking skills, soft skills, Will Harper, Work background

You know that old saying: "You can never be too rich, or too thin?" Well, I think a variation on that theme applies to preparing for certification exams: "You can never be too prepared, or too ready!" To that end, I've compiled a bunch of advice on preparing for exams that readers may find...


October 13, 2008  2:52 PM

If at first you don’t succeed, try again!



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career development, Career planning, IT careers, IT certification, IT certification study tips, Microsoft Second Shot, soft skills

Microsoft Learning has been running its Second Shot program on and off since the late 90's. It works like this:

  • You


October 9, 2008  8:24 PM

Check the “Beta Exam Announcements” Blog for MS Beta Exam Info



Posted by: Ed Tittel
Career planning, IT careers, IT certification, IT certification study tips, Microsoft Windows

Not 'By Invitation Only' Any More! Normally, you have to hold a Microsoft certification of some kind and your e-mail address has to make its way onto a beta exam invitation list before you become eligible to take a beta certification exam. The invitation e-mail has long been the...


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