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.

 

Cisco CCENT

http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/certifications/entry/ccent/index.html

Linux Essentials

https://www.lpi.org/certification/linux-essentials/

CompTIA A+

http://certification.comptia.org/getCertified/certifications/a.aspx

CompTIA IT Fundamentals

http://certification.comptia.org/getCertified/certifications/comptia-it-fundamentals

Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)

https://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/mta-certification.aspx#infrastructure

CompTIA Security+

http://certification.comptia.org/getCertified/certifications/security.aspx

CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI

http://certification.comptia.org/getCertified/certifications/linux.aspx

CCNA Routing and Switching

http://www.cisco.com/web/learning/certifications/associate/ccna/index.html
http://certification.comptia.org/ExploreCareers/careerpaths/career_roadmap.aspx?tracking=CertsRoadmap

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