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July 21, 2009  1:54 PM

The enduring value of IT certification



Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, adult education, continuing education, IT career development, IT career planning, IT careers, IT certification, MCITP, MCSA, MCTS, Network+

In running the contest to select winners for some MCP exam vouchers graciously donated by Microsoft, and in profiling four of the six winners (so far, I'm still chasing the other two) I've found myself revisiting several thoughts and ideas that have confronted me throughout my dozen years toiling...

May 4, 2009  3:27 PM

Erik Eckel Opines on “10 Best IT Certifications”



Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, adult education, CCIE, CCNA, CISSP, continuing education, IT career planning, IT certification, MCITP, MCSA, MCSE, MCTS, Network+, PMP, Secuirty+

In digging through some Microsoft PR materials recently, I came across mention of a Top 10 IT certification list that Erik Eckel put together for TechRepublic, later reprinted by big-time training company Global Knowledge. Though it's...


November 12, 2008  4:47 PM

TechKnight Does It By the Numbers, Gets a Complete Answer



Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, Career planning, CCNA, IT careers, IT certification, Network+, SAP consulting certification

Looks like some people actually do their homework here. I got this comment posted to my "7 Questions" blog, wherein I laid out some queries to enable advice-seekers to get...


September 26, 2008  4:37 PM

The Other CompTIA Certifications



Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, Career planning, CDIA+, Convergence+, CTT+, DHTI+, e-Biz+, IT careers, IT certification, Linux+, Network+, PDI+, Project+, RFID+, Security+, Server+

OK, so everybody knows about the Big Three certs from CompTIA: A+, Network+, and Security+. A+ and Network+ are more or less checkbox items for aspiring entry-level IT, help desk, and tech support workers. Security+ is fast becoming a stepping stone to other, more senior, well-recognized and...


September 22, 2008  4:14 PM

To CompTIA, or Not?



Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, IT careers, IT certification, Network+, Security+, Work background

Many of the questions I get from readers and IT professionals might best be summarized as "If I earn the following cert(s), will it help my career?" More than half the time, in fact, one or more of the specific IT certifications mentioned in the query comes from the Computing Technology Industry...


September 15, 2008  3:03 PM

DoD Directive 8570 and the OMB Follow-up



Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, CISA, CISSP, GISF, GSEC, GSLC, IT careers, IT certification, Network+, SCNA, SCNP, Security, Security+, SSCP

Back in 2005, the US Department of Defense aka DoD, issued Directive 8570 entitled "Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program." In a nutshell, this document states workforce responsibilites and requirements for...


August 27, 2008  2:17 PM

7 Questions for Highly Effective Career or Certification Advice



Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, Career planning, CCNA, IT careers, Network+, Work background

When people ask me for career advice, especially as it touches on IT certification, their questions often cut straight to the subject of interest as in "If I earn a A+, Network+, and a CCNA can I get a good job?" Alas, I really can't provide meaningful answers to such questions without a fair...


August 25, 2008  2:44 PM

Despite the cautions, and the evidence, hopes remain unfounded and unbounded



Posted by: Ed Tittel
A+, Career planning, CCNA, IT careers, IT certification, Network+

This morning I found a message in my inbox from one of the readers of these blogs. I will paraphrase its contents as follows: "I am interested in a career in networking. I am taking A+ classes, after which I plan to earn Network+ and then the CCNA. Please tell me I am on the right track: although I...


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