Posted by : Siva Priya Tuesday, 8 March 2016

Computer certifications exist for a single purpose: to provide a measurable account of a specific set of skills and/or product knowledge. If you are an expert, a certification is proof. If you are not yet an expert, the path you must take to become certified will provide you with the tools to become one.

There are many paths to certification and the first step is to do some research. Spend some time defining your current skills, deciding where you want to take your career, and then look at the certifications that are applicable to your goals.

There are several resources on this site that will help you decide what, if any, certifications are right for you to help you in crafting your personal certification strategy, here are some of the certifications that are expected to be most in demand in 2015.

1.  Project Management Professional (PMP) :

Demand for project management skills continues to increase, especially as IT projects continue to increase in complexity. The PMP has emerged as one of the most in-demand certifications today, precisely because it demonstrates proficiency in managing those complex projects. The PMP test itself is rigorous, and maintaining the certification requires ongoing testing and effort, which makes the PMP certification all the more valuable to potential employers.

2.  Cisco CCNA :
The CCNA is the first of three levels of certification offered by Cisco. The next two are the CCNP and CCIE. I would put all three on this list, but that would be redundant. The CCIE is one of the most respected certifications out there. Getting a CCNA is just one step to that goal. There are six different tracks to choose from for the CCNA and you have the ability to focus on a specific area by getting a specialist certification.

3.Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) :
A Certified Ethical Hacker V8 is a skilled professional who understands and knows how to look for the weaknesses and vulnerabilities in target systems and uses the same knowledge and tools as a malicious hacker.

4.  Microsoft Certified Information Technology Professional (MCITP) :
Microsoft certifications continue to be in high demand, because Microsoft continues to enjoy a strong presence in the corporate computing landscape. Like its predecessor the MCSE, the MCITP candidate can choose to specialize in a number of different domains, from desktop support to server administration to a number of specific applications, like Exchange and Lync. Some of the most valuable MCITP specializations include virtualization on the Microsoft Hyper-V platform, and SharePoint Server administration, to name a couple.

5.Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) :
The CISSP certification demonstrates knowledge of IT security across a number of domains, covering everything from network security to application security to formation and management of security policies for the enterprise. The CISSP also requires more than simply passing a test to maintain the certification - those who hold the certification are required to demonstrate on-going experience and education in the field of IT security over time.

6.Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) :
According to a recent survey by jobs site Dice.com, 8 out of 10 respondents indicated that hiring Linux talent was a priority for 2012, and Red Hat Linux continues to make serious headway in the enterprise. The RHCE is a challenging certification to obtain, and requires advanced knowledge of a range of Red Hat systems administration tasks. The RHCE becomes even more valuable with the completion of any of a number of optional Certificates of Expertise, which cover a range of topics such as system clustering and virtualization.

7.Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) v3 Foundation :
The Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) Foundation certification demonstrates knowledge of the ITIL framework, which has evolved into the de facto standard for IT management in many enterprises. Companies are on the lookout for those who can demonstrate knowledge of ITIL and IT service management, especially as corporate IT organizations begin to treat IT more like a business by introducing service management standards and practices.

8.VMware Certified Professional (VCP) :
Virtualization has been a very hot area in IT for years now, and demand for IT professionals with virtualization skills will only continue to increase throughout 2012 and beyond. While there are a number of options for virtual platforms in today's marketplace, most private clouds (and many public clouds) in the enterprise utilize VMware as their preferred virtualization platform. The VCP demonstrates a level of proficiency in provisioning, maintaining and supporting VMware-based virtualization platforms, and indicates a level of general proficiency in virtualization as an IT skill.

9.  CompTia Security+ :
Two years of networking experience is recommended for this certification so the true IT newbie might be in over their head with this one. However, security is a big issue and if you have the familiarity to take the one exam required, the Security+ cert works as a prerequisite for the MCSA and CNE. 

10.  CompTia's Network+ :
The Network+ certification is excellent for those who need general networking knowledge that is not vendor-based. It covers the basics of installing, troubleshooting, and configuring networking protocols and services. Most people need some experience before taking the $150 exam and an A+ certification is recommended. The Network+ combined with an A+ certification can be used as an elective towards a Microsoft MCSA.

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