What Does a Certification Get You?

Recent surveys of certifications and certification holders show the following.

1. Almost 70% of employers either pay the entire cost of certification or participate in the cost of certification.

2. Almost two-thirds of certification holders have college degrees.

3. The average cost of one certification is close to $2,000.

4. Over one-third of certified personnel were promoted within one year of obtaining certification.

5. More than half of certification holders received a substantial raise within one year of obtaining their certification.

6. The average salary increase due to one certification was close to $5,000.

7. CompTIA’s A+, iNet+ and Network+, Security + certifications are among the top types of certifications.

8. The average salary of a certification holder is over $55,000.

The above is just one example of the benefits of certification. To be competitive in today’s job market, a degree is helpful but is not the all-encompassing answer that it once was. Certification is highly desired and I encourage you to include one or more certifications in your professional development plan. A+, Network+, Security +, CCNA, Linux + and iNet+ certification preparation courses are offered  through Iowa Central Community College.




Linux Essentials


CompTIA A+


CompTIA IT Fundamentals


Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)


CompTIA Security+


CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI


CCNA Routing and Switching


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