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Certified Internet Webmaster 1D0-510

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by Jaron78, Jan 6, 2010.

  1. Jaron78

    Jaron78 Megabyte Poster

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    Hi All,

    Just a quickie.

    I am considering signing up to a company too carry out distance learning. Its the CIW 1D0-510 exam set.
    However, I am wondering if I can do this myself. Buy the study guides and then take the exam(s) at a Exam center.

    Any comments would be appreciated.

    Many Thanks,

    Ron
     
  2. JonnyMX

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    Hi Ron.

    1D0-510 is the CIW foundation exam.
    Once you have that under your belt, you can then go on to do some other CIW exams to get something like Master Designer or security analyst.

    They're not bad certs to be honest, but are really only suitable for entry level and unfortunately aren't well recognized by many employers.

    The other difficulty is that the 'official' material is only available from CIW partners making self study a bit difficult. CIW are quite protective of their IP and you don't really find independant guides or books to cover the subject matter.
     
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  3. Jaron78

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    Many Thanks Jonny.

    I have just been made redundant from a Games Testing job so I am looking at some other paths. I'm almost 31 so I am looking for a secure job to be honest. Just feel that I need some qualifications under my belt ;)
     
  4. JonnyMX

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    CIW was my first cert path and it's a good way of easing you into things.
    You may be able to get funding for re-training if you've been made redundant which may limit the sort of course you can do - but it's worth looking into!
     
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  5. Jaron78

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    Thanks Jonny.

    Im also looking into the ECDL and MCDSE.
     
  6. wagnerk
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    So you're looking at webdesign, a basic user qualification (ECDL) and what's the MCDSE? Do you mean the MCDST or the MCSE? :)

    -Ken
     
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  7. JonnyMX

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    Important difference.

    I note from your profile that you're going for MCDST.

    One bit of advice that I would want to give to all new members is that if you don't know what certification you're going for - then don't go for it.
     
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  8. Jaron78

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    Yeah sorry, my bad. Its a typo.

    I'm starting the MCDST but was then looking at something else after that.
    I'm starting with the basic ECDL, then MCDST, then either CISCO or CIW. My Fiancee has signed up with a company that offered the whole course (up to Master CIW) for about £4000. She is almost qualified and I thought I would inquire as to if you guys done distance learning or self study.

    Cheers
     
  9. Jaron78

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    SOrry Ken, was a typo lol. MCDST not MCDSE.
     
  10. JonnyMX

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    That's a bit of an odd combination, if you don't mind me saying so.
    ECDL is for people who really want to know how to turn a computer on and type a letter. I really wouldn't say it was the first step on the path to an IT career unless you do it when you're 10.

    Nothing wrong with MCDST, but I don't think that having done ECDL will be much of a help when you come to do it.

    CISCO is getting pretty specialised. Do you know what the CISCO certs are for? CISCO and CIW couldn't be further apart in terms of career options, so I suggest you have a think about where you want to end up.

    I've done both distance learning and self study, and as I always say each has its pros and cons.
    If your fiancee has been doing a course with a training provider then she should be in the perfect position to tell you if it was any good, or at least worth that amount of cash.

    Of course, you could always just read her second hand training material and then just sit the exams. That should save you about £3,700.

    :biggrin
     
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  11. Jaron78

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    Many Thanks Jonny.

    ECDL is a free course being offered by my local college. That's the only reason I took it up to be honest.
    MCDST is something that I have been looking at but never got round to doing. Now being made redundant, it has given me that extra time to start doing it and get the exam done.

    I like the sound of the Cisco Network Enginner (CCNP I think it is) and again its being run at my local college for about £1000. However, I again get the discount as I have been made redundant.

    The CIW was also an option as, as you say, my fiancee has all the materials here and all I need to do is study those then take the exams ;)
     
  12. JonnyMX

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    Fair play.
    As long as you've thought about why you're doing what you're doing, that's the main thing.

    A lot of people launch themselves into certification without thinking about where they want to end up at the end of it all. Or they blindly follow advice without doing any of their own research.

    There's nothing worse than spending a lot of time and money on a list of certs that don't compliment your career track and just end up looking weird.
     
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    Yes agreed, that's the only concern I had. I don't want to gain a number of certifications, only for any potential recruiter to turn me down for as you say "a list of certs that don't compliment your career track and just end up looking weird".

    Just one more question, would you consider CIW or Cisco to be the higher certification?
     
  14. JonnyMX

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    Well, it depends what you mean by 'higher'.

    I'd say that Cisco is certainly higher than CIW both in terms of content and recognition by employers.

    But that comes at a price, which is that it's more difficult.
    A lot of people start out in IT saying 'I'm going to do an MCSE because it's the most highly regarded cert that employers look for and I can demand a high salary.'

    Thing is, it's highly regarded because it's bloody difficult and the idea is that it validates many years of relevant experience. That's what the employers are looking for, and that's what they pay for - not the piece of paper.

    So pace yourself. Go for something that you can achieve and move on from there.
    If you pick a cert that's too difficult you'll get fed up with the whole thing and not even get to first base.

    I'd do a bit more research about what Cisco engineers do all day and then decide if you fancy it or not...
     
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  15. Jaron78

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    Excellent, many thanks Jonny.
     

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