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Aug 27 2009   8:19PM GMT

Don’t forget that certs have perks…use ’em!

Ed Tittel Ed Tittel Profile: Ed Tittel

In her own most recent blog on August 24 entitled “Remember to grab those certification perks,” fellow certification maven Anne Martinez of offers some good advice about checking into the privileges that rank sometimes prefers. That is, you’ll often be eligible for various types of special information access (password-controlled Websites or forums, publications, and so forth), discounts on products or trade show attendance, inclusion in directories or online listings, and so forth, once you earn certain certifications.

How do you know if this means you? Dig into the information that the certifying body provides to tout its certifications, and/or to explain their benefits. Once you earn the credential, as with the old American Express ads, you get all the “rights and privileges” (yeah, right! ;-)) that pertain thereto. In some cases, that means a monthly magazine and a one-time shot at free software, but in other cases, it can mean discounts on products, training, or trade show attendance. You won’t really know what’s what until you check–so check, already! Tell ’em “Ed sent me!”

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  • Nancywalden
    I agree. Certifications are as important as an IT degree. When choosing your college and degree program, make sure that the one you choose also prepares you for various IT certifications and make sure that they are up to date as well. For example, the [A href=""]computer science degrees[/A] offered by CollegeAmerica also prepare students for various possible certifications, which is a huge advantage to graduates entering a cut-throat job market.
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  • Ed Tittel
    Dear Nancy: Thanks for sharing your boservations with us. In fact, a growing number of IT programs in computer science, business, and MIS departments are including certification training and testing as an outright part of their degree plans. Sounds like a good idea to me, and I bet you'll think so too. Visit Bing, and search on "IT degree programs that include IT certifications" and you'll get pointers to dozens of such programs around the country. HTH, --Ed--
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