Get Certified!

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With all the turmoil in the job market right now there couldn’t be a better time to get certified.  Certification can be that differentiator with your boss over who stays and who goes, can help you prove your skill set with potential employers and I know of more than one HR department that scans for those letters (MCSA, MCSE, MCITP, etc…) when browsing resumes.  There are a lot of options and offers when it comes to getting certified.  From the Second Shot offer, which allows you to retake an exam if you happen to fail, to the Are You Certifiable challenge, and more there is no end to options.

I was talking with Brian Bourne from CMS, a Toronto based consulting and training company, about their MCITP Bootcamp.  One of the big challenges I found when obtaining my Windows 2000 MCSE was getting the knowledge I needed that matched the skills and experience I already had.   The other challenge I had was with time.  Time is always a limiting factor and while it would be great to take two months off to prep for the exams but that never went over well with management.  After talking with Brian for a while that is exactly what the MCITP Bootcamp aims to solve.

The 10 Day Boot Camp will prepare qualified Microsoft professionals to earn the Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP): Server Administrator and MCITP: Enterprise Administrator certifications for Server 2008. Students will learn by doing through lectures, demos, labs and solid technical instruction that successfully reduces the 44 day certification to 10 days.  The course takes place in September but space is limited.

Tuition includes:

· Pre-course reading and exercises

· Training, course content, books and hands-on labs

· 180 day access to all relevant MeasureUp exams.

· All exams needed for certification, along with free ‘Second Shot’ retake voucher for each exam if needed.

· All exams are written on-premise during the boot camp.

· All meals including breakfast, lunch & dinner

· Free Wi-Fi Internet in the training centre

I even managed to swing a $500 discount code for the bootcamp from Brian for our lucky readers, simply use the code MS09 when registering.  And if you are a Software Assurance customer you can use your Software Assurance training vouchers against the cost of the course as well.  Find out more here –> MCITP Certification Bootcamp

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  • I agree (Adapted from my original blog post) By Hugo Shebbeare in The Database Hive for SQL Server DBAs

    1 Jan 2009 5:19 AM (1,736 Reads as of today)

    If you'd like to keep up with your profession as a SQL DBA, I thoroughly recommend certification.  It has certainly given me an edge with respect to several mandates over the past years, and even at the least, a decent boost of confidence with respect to being able to quickly process through complex database infrastructure problems.

    Just having a University degree is not enough to be competitive in the job market, you have to get loads of experience as well as keep up post–graduate studies in what my father likes to describe as 'waves'. Reading up on new methods to maintain the fast pace of change, especially in the database world, is great, but putting yourself under pressure to pass an exam takes the integration of that knowledge to the next step.  You'd be surprised how much one can accomplish. Last year, with some fatigue of course, I took the equivalent of five certification exams (due to a retake of the MCDBA upgrade exam) and wow; there are so many things I've picked up by studying for them. It will take me months to go through and apply what I've learned while preparing for the tests.  I'm the kind of DBA who keeps perhaps too many notes, as a consequence of this studying.

    I'd like to diverge to draw a centuries old parallel here: One of the main points of a school founded in the middle of the nineteenth century, the Working Men's College (of London) - was to encourage education for life. In fact the college has been serving local people and employers for over 150 years.  Therefore, for the enrichment of the community with respect to professional development, certification is important since these are individuals who are seeking to obtain skills and qualifications that enhance their career prospects.

    Many of those who study and obtain certification are consultants that pay out of their own companies' money for classes, since reinvesting in your resources shouldn't be ignored; the govt. of QC here actually encourages 1% global budget for education, with respect to organisation with revenues over one million dolars. Others who take courses receive direct support from a sponsoring employer who sees that one of the best ways to improve their firm’s productivity and customer satisfaction, is by having better skilled, qualified and motivated employees. Therefore, continuing education in this way, is a win-win for both sides.

    Many reasons for certification are the same as that of the Working Men's College since they are:

    -Relevant to the skills needed by local employers

    -Reduces the risk to the corporation, since certification baseline, in most cases, ensures a higher quality of service

    -Easy to access, so that learning can take place at the employer’s premises or at the college’s classroom.

    -Flexible, so that learning can fit around the needs and schedules of business. An individual can simply take the exams or courses when things are quiet; quite often different from semester system schedule.

    -Effective in producing, in the shortest possible time, skilled and qualified staff.

    Thanks for posting on the importance of certification Rodney.  

    P.S. Keep up those practice tests (if you are on your way to certification), since once you're cool with the material, test prep. is your best way to feel relaxed on the big day of your exam.