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Certifications 310 posts

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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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Since VMware announced that its VCP certification is no longer valid for life, and now expires every two years, there has been plenty of debate in forums and blog posts surrounding this decision.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?

CompTIA Mobility+: What you should know

By John O'Neill Sr. on December 16, 2013

CompTIA recently released its new Mobility+ Certification targeting IT pros. This certification is exciting, relevant and poised to become very popular in short order. I’m excited to have been involved with this certification from its beta stage, and I want to share some of what I’ve seen and learned during this process, including some insight into the actual exam.

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.

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.

CCIE Voice controversy: Why your voice matters (pun intended)

By Sean Wilkins on August 9, 2013

Cisco’s recent announcement about the CCIE Voice caused quite an uproar in the IT community. But the company’s swift and thoughtful reaction to this noise is met with applause. What’s the lesson you should take away from all this?

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.

Mid-year check-in: Top 5 2013 IT certifications

By Matt Vandenbeld on July 9, 2013

It’s always good to stay up to date. We gave a list of the top 5 IT certifications for 2013 back in January, but things have changed. Check out our mid-year update on which IT certifications are proving to be most in demand in 2013.

How the SQL 2012 MCSA changes everything

By Ashraf Al-Dabbas on July 3, 2013

Learn about how the MCSA/MCSE certification exams for SQL Server 2012 have really changed how you start learning different aspects of database work. Depending on if you’re interested in upgrading your certification, or taking your exams from the beginning, check out one expert’s experience working with SQL at a novice level.

Will you fail the MCSA if you don’t know PowerShell?

By Ashraf Al-Dabbas on June 27, 2013

How many questions on the MCSA exams require that you know PowerShell? If you don’t learn it, will you still pass? Find out why now is the time to pay attention to PowerShell regardless of your certification goals.

The power of cloud certifications

By Mary Branscombe on June 26, 2013

Worried that the cloud will send your job into extinction? Learn why the cloud is the future of IT and why you should embrace it in your career.

What’s tough in the new Cisco CCNA exam?

By Chris Magiet on June 20, 2013

Do you find yourself in a predicament trying to figure out how to update your certifications? Since Cisco redesigned its exams for the CCNA, many IT pros are confused about what they should really focus on learning, and whether they should even take the new test or not. Tell us which Cisco CCNA exam objectives are giving you the most trouble.

Decoding the MCSA: Tips for passing the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate exams

Decoding the MCSA: Tips for passing the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate exams

By Dana Gagnon on June 19, 2013

Studying for the three exams that are part of the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate designation can seem overwhelming. Microsoft MVPs Ed Liberman and Michael Bender share their tips for success in this on-demand webinar.

VCAP-CID exam: Know what to expect and how to prepare

By Matt Vandenbeld on June 14, 2013

Concerned about the VCAP-CID exam? Don’t fret. We have the lowdown on the question types and the best ways to prepare to make sure you pass with flying colors.

Quick tip: How to use certification practice exams the right way

By Dana Gagnon on June 12, 2013

Think practice tests are a waste of time? Maybe you should reconsider. In a new TrainSignal survey of 300 IT pros who are taking the Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA) exams, 70 percent said taking practice exams are “very important” for successfully passing the MCSA. Here’s how to use them correctly.

A Microsoft MVP’s 5 steps for passing certification exams

By J. Peter Bruzzese on June 10, 2013

How does an Exchange MVP prepare for Microsoft certification exams? He studies, but there’s more to it than that. Learn about J. Peter Bruzzese’s five-step approach that involves a variety of resources and tools.

How likely are you to pass an ITIL® exam?

By Lora Beros on June 6, 2013

Did you know that only about 21,000 people have earned the ITIL® Expert certification during the entire certification’s existence. That stat doesn’t really help sell the Foundation level certification, but pass rates worldwide for the V3 Foundation exam tell a different story.