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Learn about the different certification paths and options through our detailed IT certification guides on Cisco, Citrix, CompTIA, CWNP, Microsoft, VMware and other popular IT certifications.

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Here are the latest changes to the CCIE retake policy

By Sean Wilkins on August 18, 2014

The CCIE’s updated retake policies make it harder for cheaters to slip through the cracks, but it also means that you need to be more prepared than ever before. Here’s everything you need to know before taking the next big exam.


Learning Paths for MCSD: Windows Store Apps with C# and XAML

By Mike Woodring on June 13, 2014

To earn the MCSD credential, you must pass a series of exams, each of which focuses on a particular programming language, platform or service. Achieving the MCSD: Windows Store Apps certification using C# and XAML involves passing three separate exams. Here we outline the three learning paths that will help you prepare for each.


Learning Path: Advanced Windows Store App Development Using C# (Microsoft Exam 70-485)

By Mike Woodring on June 11, 2014

With this learning path you’ll find a complete course list that will help you prepare for Microsoft exam 70-485: Advanced Windows Store App Development Using C#.


Learning Path: Essentials of Developing Windows Store Apps Using C# (Microsoft Exam 70-484)

By Mike Woodring on June 9, 2014

Interested in taking Microsoft’s exam 70-484? Here’s a complete course list to help you ace it.


Learning Paths for MCSD: Web Applications

By Mike Woodring on June 6, 2014

To earn the MCSD credential, a developer must pass a series of exams, each of which focuses on a particular programming language, platform or service. These learning paths will tell you which Pluralsight courses will help you prepare for these exams, and achieve your MCSD certification for web applications.


Learning Path: Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3 (Microsoft Exam 70-480)

By Mike Woodring on June 4, 2014

These courses will help you prepare for Microsoft’s exam 70-480, Programming in HTML5 with JavaScript and CSS3.


Learning Path: Developing Microsoft Azure and Web Services (Microsoft Exam 70-487)

By Mike Woodring on June 2, 2014

Our goal with this learning path is to help software developers pass the Microsoft exam 70-487. Here you’ll find a complete course breakdown of everything you need to know for developing Microsoft Azure and Web Services.


Learning Path: Developing ASP.NET MVC Web Applications (Microsoft Exam 70-486)

By Mike Woodring on May 30, 2014

Certifications such as the Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer (MCSD) are achieved by passing a set of related certification exams, each with a different technology focus. Here’s a breakdown of everything you’ll need in order to ace Microsoft’s exam 70-486.


Learning Path: Programming C# (Microsoft Exam 70-483)

By Mike Woodring on May 29, 2014

Developers who work through every course listed here will learn far more than what is required in order to pass Microsoft’s Exam 70-483.


14 developer certifications that will give you an edge

By Ed Tittel on May 14, 2014

Achieving a developer certification can help you keep an edge in the market. But before you dig in, it’s important to learn which ones are right for you and your career path. Here are 14 certifications and cert programs that are sure to boost your career.


VMware’s new recertification policy: What does it mean for you?

By Ashraf Al-Dabbas on April 14, 2014

Since VMware announced that its VCP certification is no longer valid for life, and now expires every two years, there has been plenty of debate in forums and blog posts surrounding this decision. There are many who viewed the change as necessary and even desirable, while others noted flaws that make it more harmful than useful. So what is this new policy and how will it impact your certs?


Cisco CCNA’s value over time

By Sean Wilkins on December 6, 2013

Over the last 15 years, one of the premier entry-level networking certifications has been the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA). The CCNA is targeted at those with one to two years of network engineering experience and is achieved by taking either two specialized or one consolidated written exam. Over time the certification has held its value while other programs have waned away.


Cisco CCNA exam day questions

By Manya Susoev on November 2, 2013

In our Cisco CCNA: Network Control and Security course, we take you through the ICND 1 series and prepare you for the CCNA certification. In this free clip, learn the best ways to prepare for the certification test and how to make the best use of your time while taking it.


Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching learning path

By Gary Eimerman on October 15, 2013

The CCNA has long been a staple of the networking world and is known for retaining value better than most certifications in the industry. Part of the reason it holds its value is because of how thorough this exam is. The other reason is because it gets revamped from time to time in order to [...]


Is VMware’s new VCA cert as fancy as it sounds?

By Lora Beros on September 12, 2013

Don’t be fooled by the fancy title. VMware’s new VCA certification is less useful than it sounds. Learn why IT pros don’t need to get riled up about this cert.


Be a subject matter expert with these senior-level IT certs

By Greg Stuart on August 26, 2013

As you near the peak of your IT career, make sure you’re continuing to learn and validate your skills. These three advanced certifications will solidify you as a senior-level subject matter expert.


The best certifications for IT newcomers

By Greg Stuart on August 12, 2013

Ready to make your debut on the IT pro stage? In order to land that great job you’ve been looking for, you need to bulk up your resume with the right certifications. But if you’re new to IT, that may seem like an overwhelming task. Check out the top 5 certifications to begin your career.


The hardest topics on the Windows Server MCSA exams are….

By Dana Gagnon on August 8, 2013

We polled more than 300 people who recently sat for the MCSA to find out which topics they found to be the most challenging. Will this help you focus your studies? Yes, but there’s an important truth about the exams you should know before jumping in.


Microsoft pros, you need to get VMware certified

By Larry Gonzalez on August 7, 2013

If you’re a Microsoft Certified Professional who’s interested in virtualization, you might think knowing Hyper-V is enough. But you’re wrong. Find out why becoming VMware certified will benefit your career and your life on the job.


INFOGRAPHIC: What does it take to conquer the MCSA?

By Dana Gagnon on July 30, 2013

Wouldn’t certification exams be less daunting if you knew what to expect ahead of time? Do you need to take practice exams? What study methods work? We answer these questions and more about the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) exams.