Top 5 IT Certifications for Newbies

Top 5 IT Certifications for Newbies

Getting certified is a definite way to advance your career in IT. Certifications will not only give you a competitive edge over other applicants but can open doors to greater job opportunities. With so many different professional certifications out there, it can be difficult to decide which one is the most ideal one to go for.

This post is for the newbies, who are not necessarily new to the world of IT but are new to the world of IT certifications and can’t tell the good from the great. Lucky for you, I have done most of the work for you. I have scoured job posting sites, certification forums and technology blogs to find out exactly what employers are looking for regarding certifications. The list below will show my pick the top 5 certifications for newbies.

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching

WHAT IT IS
Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) validates the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size route and switched networks, including implementation and verification of connections to remote sites in a WAN. CCNA curriculum includes basic mitigation of security threats, introduction to wireless networking concepts and terminology, and performance-based skills.

PREREQUISITES
None

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COST
CCNA ($295) or ICND1 ($150) + ICND2 ($150)

CERTIFICATION PROCESS
CCNA exam (90 minutes) or ICND1 + ICND2 exams (90 and 75 minutes)

DIFFICULTY LEVEL
Intermediate

JOB TITLES
Network technician, Support engineer, Network administrator, Network designer, Network engineer etc

LINK
http://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/training-events/training-certifications/certifications/associate/ccna-routing-switching.html

Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert (MCSE)

WHAT IT IS
An advanced credential, the MCSE builds on the foundational skills developed at the MCSA certification level. The MCSE comes in various certification flavors, all designed to meet the demanding requirements facing advanced level Microsoft professionals in today’s ever-changing technology environment.

PREREQUISITES
A current MCSA

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COST
Vary depending on MCSE certification choice. Typically around $150

CERTIFICATION PROCESS
All MCSEs require candidates to pass either four or five exams, depending on the concentration area selected as some MCSA certifications require three exams, while others require only two.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL
Intermediate

JOB TITLES
Systems engineer, Technical support engineer, Systems analyst, Network administrator, Network engineer, Network systems analyst or Consultant

LINK
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/mcse-certification.aspx

Project Management Professional (PMP)

WHAT IT IS
The Project Management Professional is the most important industry-recognized certification for project managers. This credential is designed to ensure that credential holders possess the skills and qualifications necessary to successfully manage all phases of a project, including initiating, planning and budget, scheduling, controlling, monitoring and closing the project.

PREREQUISITES
Secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent), 7500 hours leading and directing projects, 35 hours of project management education or a four-year degree, 4500 hours leading and directing projects, 35 hours of project management education

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COST
Member: $405
Non-member: $555

CERTIFICATION PROCESS
The certification exam has 200 multiple-choice questions, and you have four hours to complete it.

DIFFICULTY LEVEL
Difficult

JOB TITLES
IT Project manager, Project management business analyst, Project management consultant

LINK
http://www.pmi.org/certification/project-management-professional-pmp.aspx

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

WHAT IT IS
The vendor-neutral CISSP certification is the ideal credential for those with proven deep technical and managerial competence, skills, experience, and credibility to design, engineer, implement, and manage their overall information security program to protect organizations from growing sophisticated attacks.

PREREQUISITES
5 years cumulative paid full-time work experience in two or more of the 8 domains of the (ISC)² CISSP CBK® or 4 years cumulative paid full-time work experience in two or more of the 8 domains of the (ISC)² CISSP CBK® with a 4-year college degree, or regional equivalent or additional credential from the (ISC)² approved list.

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COST
$599

CERTIFICATION PROCESS
One 2 hour, 200 question exam

DIFFICULTY LEVEL
Difficult

JOB TITLES
Security Consultant, Security Manager, IT Director/Manager, Security Auditor, Security Architect, Security Analyst, Security Systems Engineer, Chief Information Security Officer, Director of Security, Network Architect

LINK
https://www.isc2.org/cissp/default.aspx

Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)

WHAT IT IS
CSM® is a certification that is related to project management focusing primarily on software development. It focuses on handling changes in IT Projects with a Project Management approach. It is used when the customer suggests some changes during the process of project development.

PREREQUISITES
Take 1 CSM course from a Scrum Alliance Authorized Trainer and demonstrate your progress through the online CSM test. Then attend an in-person, two-day (16-hour) CSM course taught by a Scrum Alliance Authorized Trainer.

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COST
Prerequisite course fee: $1000 – $1600
Exam fee: None

CERTIFICATION PROCESS
One CSM exam

DIFFICULTY LEVEL
Intermediate

JOB TITLES
Agile scrum master, Agile project manager, Software engineer, Project manager

LINK
https://www.scrumalliance.org/certifications/practitioners/certified-scrummaster-csm

Seda
Seda Kunda is a web designer and developer with a degree in Computer Science and a great passion for code. Besides code, she enjoys pepperoni pizza, watching the bachelor and sleeping in on Saturdays.
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