Why Get Certified?

(IT) Information Technology is a fast-paced, highly competitive and ever-changing industry. This means that it is best suited to people who are technically minded but have the flexibility to adapt to new technologies and new methods of operation. The skills that are in demand are in a continual state of change as technology evolves, so skills can do become obsolete ever so quickly, it is essential having up-to-date expertise. As such, it is a challenge for IT companies is to ensure their workforce is being continuously re-educated to provide the right skills at the right time. Getting certified is a sure-fire way to make your career progresses in the IT industry and to ensure your knowledge is updated.

IT certifications can bring numerous benefits. They can bolster resumes, and even lead to higher salaries, help you become a more competitive and valuable employee with the right skills. Certifications are an unbiased barometer of your skills, they can make you much more hirable, and furthermore, they can assist in job retention. Even if you have degrees and diplomas, IT industry certification programs enable you to demonstrate that your technology, processes, systems or services knowledge is in compliance with global industry specific requirements. even if you have diplomas and degrees, if you don’t have certifications, then it can just be not enough.

Which certification is best for me?

Choose a certification area that is directly applicable to the job you already have or to one that you want to have. Here are some of the most popular IT industry certifications in Melbourne, Australia with a short description to help you select what’s best for you:

Cisco CCNA

This course teaches learners how to install, operate, configure, and verify a basic IPv4 and IPv6 network, including configuring a LAN switch, configuring an IP router, identifying basic security threats, understanding redundant topologies, troubleshooting common network issues, connecting to a WAN, configuring EIGRP and OSPF in both IPv4 and IPv6, understanding wide-area network technologies, and getting familiar with device management and Cisco licensing.
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CompTIA A+

The CompTIA A+ certification will prepare you for maintenance of PCs, mobile devices, laptops, operating systems and printers.
CompTIA A+ 220-801 covers the fundamentals of computer technology, installation and configuration of PCs, laptops and related hardware, and basic networking.
CompTIA A+ 220-802 covers the skills required to install and configure PC operating systems, as well as configuring common features (e.g. network connectivity and email) for mobile operating systems Android and Apple iOS.
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VMware VCP

This course prepares you to administer a vSphere infrastructure for an organisation of any size and forms the foundation for most other VMware technologies in the software-defined data centre. This hands-on training focuses on installing, configuring, and managing VMware vSphere® 6, which includes VMware ESXi™ 6 and VMware vCenter Server™ 6.
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Microsoft MCSA

MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate) certification program intended for people who seek entry-level jobs in an IT environment. MCSA is a prerequisite for more advanced Microsoft certifications.
Students can select following specialty areas such as Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2012, SQL Server 2012, Windows 7 and Windows 8.
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ITIL Foundation

The ITIL provides IT managers, practitioners and anyone who uses IT services with a practical understanding of the key concepts, principles, processes, and functions that enables successful IT Service Management. The course intent is to provide proven practical guidance on how to successfully introduce an integrated IT Service Management framework and how best practices can be adopted to improve the organisation’s processes and performance, and reduce costs.
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CISSP

Certified Information Systems Security Professional is the top tip of IT security certifications pyramid. This vendor neutral certification is regarded as a must have certification for those looking at validating their skills, experience and ability to design and manage an overall information security system. One of the unique features of the CISSP certification is that in order to validate the professional status, , you need to have five years of information security experience and need to be endorsed by another CISSP, on top of passing the actual exam. YES, it is and exclusive club!

 

 

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