The debate about whether certifications are arduous and endless, especially among tech professionals, but it is clear that companies value them a lot, both because of the possession of expert knowledge they indicate about the professional, and the ability of such professional to apply this knowledge.
Here is a list of 5 of the most valued and sought after certifications in the marketplace today.
PMP (Project Management Professional)
This is the most prestigious certification in the world for project managers. It is a difficult certification to obtain in which not only must the extensive and rigorous exam be passed, but there must be demonstrated training and successful experience in project management. It has a high demand and a great recognition.
CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional)
This security certification is accredited by ANSI and ISO, and aimed at IT professionals who have responsibilities in information security policies and procedures. It is, possibly, the most important certification in its scope of action; being often an essential requirement to be able to work in programs of the government concerning military security.
MCDBA (Microsoft Certified Database Administrator)
As the name suggests, this Microsoft certification indicates that the professional is an expert in the design, installation, configuration, maintenance and administration of SQL Server database systems. This certification can no longer be obtained and has been replaced by two different new ones; the first one oriented to the data platform itself, and the other to BI (Business Intelligence) or data exploitation.
CCDA (Cisco Certified Design Associate)
All Cisco certifications are highly recognized and valued among professionals. This is designed towards network engineers, technicians and support professionals (network administrators), who demonstrate in-depth knowledge of the fundamentals and design in Cisco communication networks.
It helps in validating that the professional has the necessary knowledge to design a switched network, the routing of the infrastructures and the services that comprise a LAN, WAN, etc.
VCP-DV (VMware Certified Professional Datacenter Virtualization)
There has been an increasing labor demand for specialized professionals skilled in virtualization systems. Therefore, the VMWare certification indicates that an official course has been completed and that there is sufficient knowledge to correctly install, deploy, scale and manage VMware vSphere environments.
CNE (Certified Novell Engineer)
This is one of the most important certifications of IT professionals, which recognizes advanced knowledge of networks and solutions of communication problems. A certified professional must be able to perform the planning, installation, configuration and administration of Novell networks.
ITILv3(The Information Technology Infrastructure Library v3) Foundation
This is a fundamental process that seeks quality in the management of IT services. For this purpose, it uses a series of documented processes that cover the entire service life cycle.
The ITIL Expert level certification is aimed at those people who are interested in demonstrating a higher level of knowledge of ITIL version 3; mainly service project managers.
CCA (Citrix Certified Administrator) – Citrix XenServer 6
This certification validates the knowledge of the professional in one of the 11 Citrix products. Such professional is expected to be able to install, configure, manage, troubleshoot and maintain XenServer 6.0 Enterprise and Provisioning Services 6.0 servers in enterprise environments.
As you can see, even in a professional as practical-oriented as the tech industry, your certificate can still make a huge difference in whether you get the dream job or not. Even when you think of how much value this brings to you, you would see that it is worth the sacrifice.
So, if you could learn more and earn more, what is stopping you?