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Building your certification budget

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by simongrahamuk, Jul 15, 2006.

  1. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    Nice little article from certmag.com

    Kevin and Ted work for a major auto manufacturer. Both were technical support specialists with an eye on getting certified as Microsoft Certified Systems Administrators (MCSA). Kevin was able to get his company to pay for everything associated with the certification program: training, exams, books and study materials. Ted was only able to get the company to pay for classes at the local community college. For all other expenses associated with the process, Ted had to pay out of pocket. Kevin obtained his MCSA certification in only six months. He has since been promoted to systems administrator with a nice pay raise to go along with it. A year since beginning his quest for certification, Ted has yet to pass one exam, and he is still stuck in his old tech-support job.

    As the senior education consultant at one of the nation’s largest IT training and certification centers, I run across situations like the one described above all the time. Amazingly, two individuals from the same company, going for the same IT certification, using the same company-sponsored education-assistance program, pursue two totally different training programs and achieve two very different results. One is able to get all certification expenses covered. The other is forced to settle for a sub-par education and is left with major out-of-pocket expenses such as exam costs and study materials. Why did the HR department cover all of Kevin’s expenses but only some of Ted’s? How was Kevin able to finish his program in only six months—all expenses paid—and Ted has barely finished his second class and has yet to pay for his certification exams? As always, the truth lies in the details.

    Chances are you already recognize the value of IT certification: increased compensation, faster rate of career advancement, enhanced credibility as an IT professional, improved chances of finding a new career and improved productivity. Now comes the tricky part: how to pay for it.

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  2. Casablanca

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    great stuff thanks!
     
    Certifications: N+ MCP 210 215 216
    WIP: MCP 218
  3. _omni_

    _omni_ Megabyte Poster

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    Kinda pathetic if it's true. I mean regardless of whether you have to pay or not, someone with his experience can simply buy a book, study it for awhile, and take the exam.

    I think if he didn't take a single exam in a year, then it's wholly his fault.
     
    Certifications: MCSE 2003, MCSA:M
  4. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    I thnk it's more of a hypothetical situation. :rolleyes:
     

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