Certification means “certifying your skills and knowledge”

Director of Solutions Development and Microsoft Partner Manager Rick Flath at New Horizons-Minnesota is presenting at the New Horizons training facility in Edina, Minnesota on June 25, 2009 from 4 pm to 6 pm on the topic, “Leveraging Certification in Today’s Economic Market to Ensure YOUR Success.” This event is open to all. I strongly encourage students and IT pros alike to attend this event and bring your questions. New Horizons-Minnesota specializes in providing courses that prepare IT pros with new technologies and in a one week or shorter course you can prepare yourself for a new certification exam.
Details on this event may be found at the link below. To register, click on the course date in the right section.

http://www.nhmn.com/Courses/CrsDetail.aspx?C=NHSharkWeek
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Technology vendors such as Microsoft, Oracle, and CISCO have developed exams that IT professionals can take to demonstrate their skills, knowledge, and mastery of specific technology products. Additionally, so-called “vendor-neutral” organizations such as CompTIA and the Project Management Institute (PMI) offer similar kinds of exams. These two kinds of exams (vendor-specific and vendor-neutral) are often sequenced and upon successfully completing a sequence, an information technology professional is awarded a certificate, or certification. Possessing a certification is one way that you can demonstrate to an employer that you have the skills and knowledge necessary to practice your profession.

Due to the rapid change and replacement of software and hardware with newer versions and newer technologies, old skills and certifications become—well—old and obsolete. This means that certification can be for some an ongoing and never-ending process. For others, certification in newer technologies no longer becomes important or necessary as work experience leads to a certain amount of job security and on-the-job-learning. However, even for those of us who “don’t need no certifications to prove what we know” the day often comes when we find ourselves looking for a new job. On days like that we give our certifications a good looking-over and think about attaining new ones too.
Often, I have people asking me about what they can do to obtain a particular certification. Our IT program graduates are well-prepared to sit for many certification exams. However, these exams are usually, as I have said, sequenced. The actual certification is awarded only upon passing the sequence of exams. 

It can often be confusing to know exactly which exam is right for you. There are dozens of certifications and opinions vary regarding the strengths and relevance of each of them. I encourage all of you to become familiar with the information published online by CompTIA, Microsoft, Cisco, Oracle, and PMI. This can take you several days of research to truly immerse yourself in the morass. However, if you are an IT professional, online research into new technologies is nothing new to you and you should just dive in. Additionally, I recommend that you ask other IT pros who may be current on technologies in which you are interested in receiving certification.

One such IT pro is Director of Solutions Development and Microsoft Partner Manager Rick Flath at New Horizons-Minnesota. Rick is presenting at the New Horizons training facility in Edina, Minnesota on June 25, 2009 from 4 pm to 6 pm. This event is open to all. I strongly encourage students and IT pros alike to attend this event and bring your questions. New Horizons-Minnesota specializes in providing courses that prepare IT pros on new technologies and in a one week or shorter course you can prepare yourself for a new certification exam.

Details on this event may be found at the link below. To register, click on the course date in the right section.
http://www.nhmn.com/Courses/CrsDetail.aspx?C=NHSharkWeek