IT Certification and Training

March 17, 2007

BrainShare Preparations and an Article Highlight

Filed under: certification — Jim Henderson @ 0:17

It’s been a little bit since I’ve written something new here – I’ve not forgotten, but just been busy preparing for BrainShare and my annual Novell Instructor Summit. There’s been more to do than I could have imagined a year ago; I’ve got a track of 10 instructor sessions being run (including IPEs for those who want to become instructors – it’s not too late for attendees to register for CNI281 and CNI380 in order to participate)

I did want to highlight something, though – I was contacted by Allan Hoffman over at after he’d read some of my thoughts here; he was interested in my thoughts about the value of certification. I wrote a fairly long response to his inquiry, which I will repost here after BrainShare is completed.

Allan’s article also talks about a recent Foote Partners survey which talks about IT skills pay and the tie to certification. It’s very good reading, and I’d recommend it to anyone interested in pursuing certification.



  1. Jim,
    not sure if I agree with your thoughts on certification, but I see some indications that what you say may be true. I find many jobs listing a requirement for certifications that have almost nothing to do with the job skills actually required for the position, which in my opinion demeans the certifications a person does have. The reason companies do this is because when they are bidding any certified individuals add dollars and oomph to their proposals. They can recieve more money, though they often do not pass any on to the certified individual. However, I have known several people who have a degree and some experience but can’t get a job, but everybody I know who has a few certifications has a job. It is interesting to see what others think, and I guess, in general, I agree with you.


    Comment by J — March 21, 2007 @ 17:49

  2. I read your article on I found it interesting and very accurate. I think you need more than just the certification to stay competitive. I am personally just starting my certification process. I earned my A+ last week and should have my Network+ in a few more weeks. I also just landed my first IT HelpDesk position.

    I had attempted several times to pursue a degree in business management only to learn that I absolutely hated the classes and was therefore unable to write the papers they requested. It’s just too hard to write about something you have no drive to learn. However, the classes that I did take have caused me to have a bit more rounded background when it comes to dealing with people from admin assistants up to the executives of the company. I can see both the solution and how it affects the company. I can understand why companies would desire more than just the certification.

    For now I am happy in my HelpDesk position. I’m trying to determine what certification to complete next as I have dedicated this year to earning certifications and then returning to school to get some sort of degree. As for the certifications, I’m wondering if you have any advice on what direction might serve me best. I have always been drawn to working on databases and programming. I thought about getting my MCSD or possibly going into Oracle (sorry I can’t remember the certification name at the moment). My other option would be getting into Web Develpment of some sort as I’m sure my employer would love that. Or perhaps you have some questions that I could use to determine what direction would be best. Any light you can shed on it would be greatly apprectiated.



    Comment by Danielle — March 21, 2007 @ 20:46

  3. Jim,
    I am a military member about to retire. A few years ago I found myself in a ‘management’ position that pretty much eliminated my ability to get hands-on experience with anything remotely technical. I believed that pursuing a Master’s degree would be a good way to keep my hands in. That was a big mistake. Everyone who gets certifications gets a call. I’ve been looking for a job for about a month now and can’t seem to get any notice. BTW, I’ve bookmarked your blog and will be checking back to it every once in a while.
    Tim Gullett sends…

    Comment by Tim Gullett — March 23, 2007 @ 10:20

  4. Jim,
    We agree that certifications are extremely important. Regarding what J said, he has a point that the certifications aren’t always exactly what the job requires, but the same goes for a college degree of any kind. Joining the workforce after college, people in many fields find the job they are doing different than what we studied.
    Aside from the clear financial benefits of having a few certifications, clearing these exams requires more than braindumps…it requires practical experience, even if that is just in the classroom or at home. And for those without years of experience on a technology, the certification is also a good support.

    Comment by SitesPower Dubai Training Institute — June 24, 2008 @ 15:15

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