As one of the fastest growing industry in the world, information technology is also one of the largest job producers too. Information technology certification courses happen to keep the trainees at pace with what’s new, since technologies change every day. These short term courses are excellent for people with time constraints along with being inexpensive in comparison to the long term degree/training courses. Despite them being short and not very extensive in nature, they are still treated in fine regards since they add “innovative techniques” and “latest technologies” to the skill set of the employees Information technology certification can be acquired in various disciplines among IT: big data, Linux, cloud computing, networks and communication, system administration, virtualization, web technologies, wireless technologies, coding languages, etc. The employee’s training area may depend on their individual career objectives, apart from the current market dynamics.
Here, we have shortlisted certain certificate courses given by some major companies and institutes which are highly valued:
1. Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)
Microsoft technology associate (MTA) is an information technology certification course by the Microsoft to let the trainee understand the fundamentals of IT. MTA is an introductory Microsoft certification for individuals considering a career in technology, with little relevance to in-depth knowledge. It addresses a wide variety of basic technical concepts, assessing and validating your core technical knowledge, with an aim to enhance ones technical credibility. To become an associate, one must pass an exam in one of the “tracks” like software development, web applications Desktop and Device Cloud management, Network or Server Administration, depending on their interests and career goals. Various certification programs are now provided by Microsoft under the name “Microsoft Certification Boaster Packs”.
2. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
A credential for professionals who develop procedures as well as policies in information security, this Information technology certification can easily fetch one the post of security managers and security professionals. The CISSP is ideal for those working in (or aspiring to work in) positions such as security consultant, security analyst, security system engineer, etc though people not directly associated with security go for it too. It’s a comprehensive, up-to-date course ensuring that security professionals have a deep understanding of new threats, regulations, practices, and standards.
3. IT Infrastructure Library:
Originally developed by the Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency (CCTA) as a set of comprehensive and interrelated codes of practice, ITIL is acknowledged in high regards. Achieving efficient support and development and delivering high quality and cost effective IT services, such codes are extremely useful.
ITIL is accredited by Information Systems Examinations Board (ISEB) which prepares delegates for the ITIL Foundation Certificate in IT Service Management. Another organization providing this exam is the EXIN. The main aim of EXIN is to promote the Information Communication Technology (ICT) sector as well as make sure that the professionals working in this sector are improving too, by means of independent testing and certification.
4. AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate
Amazon Web Services’ baseline certification, AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate, arrived in mid-2013 and is basically intended to train individuals with experience designing distributed applications and systems on the AWS platform. Addressing a range of topics, including designing on AWS, selecting the appropriate AWS services for your situation, estimating AWS costs and identifying cost-control measures, AWS has rolled out four additional certifications, including the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Professional since its launch.
5. Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)
The nonprofit group ISACA offers the CRISC certification, designed primarily for IT professionals, project managers and others whose job description is any way associated with identifying and managing risks to IT and the business by covering the entire life cycle, from design to implementation to ongoing maintenance. It measures two primary areas: risk and IS controls.
6. Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)
ISACA also created the CISM certification, fundamentally aimed in the management sector rather than the IT professionals. It focuses more on the security strategy as well as assessing the systems and policies in place in comparison to the focus on the person who actually implements those policies using a particular vendor’s platform. The exam takes place five times a year, and requires at least five years of experience in IS, with at least three years dedicated as a security manager.
7. Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) Routing and Switching
CCIE Routing and Switching is one of the highest-level certifications available, and one of the highest paying CISCO certification. There are no formal prerequisites for CCIE Routing and Switching, but a written exam must be passed along with an eight-hour hands-on, in-person lab exam. The exam topics include technologies used in Layers 2 and 3, security, VPNs, and Simple Network Management Protocol (SNMP), etc. CCIE Routing and Switching is considered an industry-leading networking certification.
8. Cisco Certified Design Professional (CCDP)
A professional-level Cisco certification (the level between the entry-level associate tracks and the expert level), it ensures a greater depth and specialization in certain topics than the associate-level ones. Designed for senior-level architects, there are three exams one requires to clear for this certification. Two are focused on implementation (routing and switching) and one on architecting.
10. Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC-Council) introduced the CEH certification, aimed at security officers and auditors, site administrators, and others responsible for network and data security. The exam tests a candidate’s abilities to check for weaknesses and vulnerabilities in a company’s network defenses using techniques that hackers employ, with, of course positive intentions than the hacker. The exam topics include scanning networks, malware threats, session hijacking, denial of service, social engineering, hacking wireless networks, cryptography, cloud computing, and evading IDS, firewalls, etc.
11. VMware Certified Professional 5 – Data Center Virtualization
The Data Center Virtualization track, the largest and oldest of the VCP tracks certifies one’s knowledge and ability to perform basic deployment and administration of vCenter and ESXi.
In order to remain certified, every two years, VCPs must recertify on their current track, take an exam in another VCP track or take r-level exam. Also, with the arrival of vSphere 6, becoming certified requires two exams: a Foundations exam that applies to all tracks and a track-focused exam.
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