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Are Computer Certifications Hyped Too Much? 
Increasingly, many people who want to change careers see the computer industry as the place to be and certification as the way to achieve that end. Looked at from the outside, the computer industry is attractive. The newspapers and other media regularly feature stories about the shortage of IT workers and the growing need for skilled employees. There is no lack of stories about people in the industry who receive multiple job offers and large salaries and are able to demand perks, like desks built entirely of Lego. Source:

Brain Dumps, Study Guides and Certifications
There is an awful lot of talk about how illegal brain dumps are©how they devalue the certification, how they lessen the respect for those who have spent the time working and studying for the actual certification. The idea is that someone could buy a series of questions from one of more than 250 ©vendors,? which claim to have the ?actual? test questions, and for a small fee could pass the exam on the first try. How in the world can the certification industry actually survive this onslaught of ©paper? certified technicians? Source: Certification Magazine

Certification Bashing © Myths & Realities
As certified professionals, you certainly know the value credentials bring to your career. But programs do have their detractors. Here©s a guide to help you debunk the bashers. Source: Certification Magazine

From Paper Certified to Discerning Veteran
In the last article in this series, I discussed three key techniques for accelerating career growth: the importance of looking outside your own talents, reviewing your assumptions, and having the right attitude. By adding some key habits to these techniques, you'll enjoy getting more done in less time and the quality of your work will improve. And, you don't need years of experience to put these habits into practice because you can start today. Source:

How to be a Successful Online Student - By Sean Chase
Ready to try out that hot new Microsoft online training class? Be prepared to work for it!
Online training can be a very rewarding experience for students who follow some simple guidelines. As a Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) who has worked as an online trainer for over three years, I have noticed many differences between successful students and students who fail. Source:

Inside Certification, Part 1: Creating the Certification Exam
This article is the first in a series that examines how a certification exam comes into being. This series serves two purposes: first, to provide a blueprint for companies and organizations creating exams; second (and more importantly), to illustrate for the test taker how complex the process actually is. Source: 8Wire

Is free training really a bargain?
There's boatload of free technical training out there for the asking. And in these days of shrinking IT budgets, the temptation to partake - some might say the necessity - can appear compelling. Source: NetworkWorldFusion

Microsoft Certification: A Measure of Competence or Profit-Making Scheme?
Noted author and speaker Mark Minasi shares his thoughts on Microsoft's certification programs, the decertification of the NT 4.0 MCSE Program, and the new Windows 2000 exams. Source:  

Prep Materials: How Much Is Too Much?
One by-product of the success of certification is an abundance of preparation materials. Here©s how to sort through the steady stream of study aids and find the tools that work for you. Source: Certification Magazine  

Road To MCSE: The Winners Edge
Article by Thomas W Shinder, M.D., MCSE, MCT Over the last few months we've had a lot of people new to the industry (but with a fresh new MCSE) ask us how to get their first job. Many of them come to us almost in a panic because they haven't been able to find any work. They're disconcerted because they can't seem to make a dent in what they have been told are "gold rush" times, where good jobs are a dime a dozen and all you have to do is put your hand in the pot of gold that is the job pool, and grab a piece of the big fortuna. Source:

Staying Certified: Requirements for Recertification

It©s not enough to get certified. If you want to maximize your career, you need to keep your credentials current. Here©s a look at the recertification mandates you need to know. Source: Certification Magazine
Test Piracy: The Darker Side of Certification
Stealing questions, changing test results, taking tests for someone else and unauthorized use of materials during testing are some of the daring, illegal and unethical actions becoming more commonplace as individuals attempt to achieve unearned certifications. The problem has become epidemic, and serious efforts are underway throughout the industry to combat it. But here©s the bright side: Today?s piracy efforts for the most part are juvenile, occur infrequently, remain unorganized and have occurred in an environment of trust and developing technology. With industry-wide support and organization, along with new tools and industry commitment to protecting the value of certification, these piracy efforts can be countered  Source: CertMag (Jan 2003)
The Accidental MCSE
Are you an NT 4.0 MCSE who has passed most, but not all, of the seven required exams for your Windows 2000 MCSE? If so, you may have achieved your Win2K certification without even knowing it. Source: MCP Magazine

Congratulations! You've managed to conquer every course, vanquish every scenario and case study, and triumph over the brutal exams. You passed! You're certified! It's time for your IT career to commence. Except, did you take the time to look at the Certification Agreement that you signed, either physically or electronically, as part of your certification? It's long, it's dry, it's written in a language that only a lawyer could love...but that multi-page legal agreement is an extremely important document, with potential ramifications towards your career as an IT Professional. Source:

The Cost of Certification
Certification can be an expensive goal. Both direct and indirect costs must go into your training budget. Certification magazine breaks down the cost of several different training options and shows you how to get the most for the least. Source: Certification Magazine

The Do's and Don'ts of Certification
A lot of consideration should go into any certification decision, and we©ve got a guide to help you make the right choices. Certification magazine columnist Phil Croucher takes a look at the certification process, evaluates study options, and offers some real world advice. Source: CertMag (June 2001)

What Is Your Certification Training Plan?
Following a structured certification plan will save you time and money. Whatever your reason for pursuing certification, the more time you spend mapping out your certification path, the better you can leverage your efforts. To develop a plan, we can borrow from a tried and true programming methodology: the Software Development Cycle. This methodology outlines five distinct stages to follow when producing a software product: Specify, Design, Develop, Test and Maintain. This methodology can also be applied towards planning and achieving your certification goals. Source:

What You Need to Know About Windows Server 2003 Certification
For Windows 2003 certification, Microsoft is restructuring the relationship between the MCSE and the MCSA credentials. Instead of simply refreshing current exams to reflect the new product, as Microsoft has previously done, the company is restructuring the relationship between the MCSE and the Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) credentials. Here's what you need to know about Windows 2003 certification. Source: Windows & .NET Magazine

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