Certificates

Network+

Network+

NetworkPlus
Network+ What is it? Network+ is a globally recognized certification that verifies your ability to design, manage and troubleshoot wired and wireless...
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CompTIA A+ Technician

CompTIA A+ Technician

CompTIAA
CompTIA A+ Technician What is it? CompTIA A+ is an entry-level certification and is a basic starting point for an IT career....
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Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)

MCTS
Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) MCTS certification validates skills on a particular Microsoft technology. As with MCITP, there are many technologies...
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Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)

Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)

MCSE
Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) What is it? The MCSE is a mid-level certification that validates an individual’s ability to build innovative solutions...
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Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

CISSP
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) What is it? CISSP is a globally recognized credential verifying information security competency in order to...
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Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE)

Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE)

CCIE
Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) CCIE demonstrates that the recipient has all the expert-level skills required to plan, prepare, operate, monitor,...
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Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

CCNA
Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) What is it? The CCNA is a lower-level certification that assures employers you are able to install, operate...
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ACE: Adobe Certified Expert

ACE: Adobe Certified Expert

ACE Web Specialist
ACE: Adobe Certified Expert   Adobe is a leading purveyor of graphics, design, publishing, video and interactive web development tools....
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Network+
NetworkPlus

Network+

Network+

What is it? Network+ is a globally recognized certification that verifies your ability to design, manage and troubleshoot wired and wireless networks.

Certification process: You must pass a single 90-question exam on the configuration of wired and wireless network devices and other emerging technologies. The exam costs $285.

Available entry-level jobs in past year: 5,404

Most common job titles:

  • Helpdesk technician
  • Information technology specialist
  • Information technology technician
CompTIA A+ Technician
CompTIAA

CompTIA A+ Technician

CompTIA A+ Technician

What is it? CompTIA A+ is an entry-level certification and is a basic starting point for an IT career. Certified A+ technicians handle the maintenance of PCs, printers, operating systems, mobile devices and laptops.

Certification process: You must pass two exams in order to receive the CompTIA A+ certification — one multiple choice and one performance-based. The exam costs approximately $200.

Available entry-level jobs in past year: 6,640

Most common job titles:

 

  • In-home support specialist
  • Desktop support technician
  • Help desk technician

 

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)
MCTS

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)

MCTS certification validates skills on a particular Microsoft technology. As with MCITP, there are many technologies that you can certify for, for example, Exchange server, Lync Server and Office Communications Server, virtualization and more. There are simply to many to list them all by name here, 57 in fact. The entire list can be found here. Average salary: $90,000

Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)
MCSE

Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)

Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE)

What is it? The MCSE is a mid-level certification that validates an individual’s ability to build innovative solutions across multiple technologies. MCSE certification is offered in the following specializations: server infrastructure, desktop infrastructure, private cloud, enterprise devices and apps, data platform, business intelligence, messaging, communication and SharePoint.

Certification process: The steps to become certified will vary depending on your preferred concentration, but the exam is a five-step process that incorporates various question formats such as multiple choice, drag-and-drop and simulation problems. The exams typically cost $150 regardless of the specialization.

Available entry-level jobs in past year: 4,686

Most common job titles:

  • Systems administrator
  • Field systems technician
  • Systems engineer
Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
CISSP

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

What is it? CISSP is a globally recognized credential verifying information security competency in order to protect organizations from attack. The credential proves extensive technical and managerial abilities to engineer and manage information security programs.

Certification process: The CISSP exam covers eight subjects: security and risk management, asset security, security engineering, communications and network security, identity and access management, security assessment and testing, security operations and software development security. The exam contains 250 questions, takes around six hours to complete and costs $600.

Available entry-level jobs in past year: 4,910

Most common job titles:

  • Information technology auditor
  • Security analyst
  • Information security analy
Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE)
CCIE

Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE)

Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE)

CCIE demonstrates that the recipient has all the expert-level skills required to plan, prepare, operate, monitor, and troubleshoot complex data center networks. CCIE is a common goal for network professionals who want to be recognized as experts in their field. Cisco touts this certification as “the most prestigious networking certification in the industry” and this certification has also been called out by RHT as one of the most in-demand certifications for 2012. Average salary, $103,000.

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)
CCNA

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

What is it? The CCNA is a lower-level certification that assures employers you are able to install, operate and configure enterprise level switches and routers. CCNA certified individuals can also detect and solve common network problems and have the option of specializing in security, voice or wireless networking.

Certification process: You can become CCNA certified by passing a single 90-minute written exam consisting of about 50-60 questions. The test costs around $295.

Available entry-level jobs in past year: 6,757

Most common job titles:

  • Network engineer
  • Network administrator
  • Systems administrator
ACE: Adobe Certified Expert
ACE Web Specialist

ACE: Adobe Certified Expert

ACE: Adobe Certified Expert

 

Adobe is a leading purveyor of graphics, design, publishing, video and interactive web development tools. In support of its software platforms and tool suites, the company offers the Adobe Certified Expert (ACE) credential, which covers a broad range of interactive and online content areas. Candidates can certify on a single Adobe product, such as Dreamweaver, or achieve an ACE Specialist or Master certification.

 

The ACE Specialist tracks include Data Specialist, Web Specialist, Video Specialist, Rich Internet Application Specialist, Technical Communication Specialist and eLearning Suite Specialist. Each track has two or three required exams, and candidates choose an elective exam.

The ACE Master tracks are CS Design Master, CS Web Master and CS Video Master (CS stands for Creative Suite). Candidates must pass the current exam for each product in the suite.

 

Adobe certification exams are reasonably priced at $180, and Adobe certs are valid for two years. Adobe also offers numerous prep resources for its exams, and the more popular elements of its exam portfolio are supported fairly well with aftermarket books, practice exams and other ancillary materials.

 

There’s a high demand for Adobe-savvy professionals. As long as you’re ready and willing to keep up with Adobe’s two-year renewal requirement, it’s a great area in which to pursue certification and stay current and competitive in this field.

 

ACE Facts & Figures

Certification Name Adobe Certified Expert (ACE)
Prerequisites & Required Courses No prerequisites
Single-product certifications are available for many products, such as Adobe Dreamweaver, Adobe Photoshop, Adobe InDesign.Specialist credentials:
•  Design Specialist
•  Web Specialist
•  Video Specialist
•  Rich Internet Application Specialist
•  Technical Communication Specialist
•  eLearning Suite SpecialistMaster credentials:
•  CS Design Master
•  CS Web Master
•  CS Video Master
Number of Exams Single-product: One
Specialist: Two or three plus one elective
Master: One exam for every product in the chosen suiteNote: Specialist and Master exams track the same version, for example, all CS5 or all CS6
Cost per Exam Most certification exams are $180 each; recertification exams $60 USD. Exams are administered by Pearson VUE
URL training.adobe.com/certification.html
Self-Study Materials Adobe learning activities: helpx.adobe.com/learning/ and training.adobe.com/resources.html

Learning tools, including books, eBooks, eLearning, preparation bundles, video-based learning, practice exams and more: Adobe Certification Marketplace