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do you always follow a certification path

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by supernova, Feb 16, 2010.

  1. supernova

    supernova Gigabyte Poster

    It occurred to me that people seem to uses a path to accreditation (if that's the right word) to determine what certs they plan to do, for example 271, 272 to get MCDST

    I wonder if anyone here selects individual certs because they specialise in specific areas or products, and may not directly lead to such accreditation.

    For example i may not have much experience to do a MCSE, however, i do have a lot of exchange related work so would i do exchange related certs.

    I hope you see what i am trying to say , not explaining it very well :oops:
    Certifications: Loads
    WIP: Lots
  2. BosonMichael
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    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    A single Microsoft exam these days will typically get you an MCTS certification.
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
    WIP: Just about everything!
  3. SimonD
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    SimonD Terabyte Poster Moderator

    I think I probably aim for the end goal rather than specific exams, for instance I am toying with the idea of sitting the exams required for the Vista MCITP, for the simple reason that I deal with Client Deployments, I am also booking myself on an MCITP:EA course thats scheduled to start at the end of March. The next course\cert after that will be my VCP.

    I think I tend to aim for the certs (rather than simply exams) that go with my job, at the moment I am a System Center consultant, consequently I sat the SCCM (70-401) exam a couple of years back. The idea for the MCITP and VCP is that I see it being the next logical step from a technology perspective.

    Prior to my MCTS:SCCM exam the last certs I got were my 2003 MCSE:S, that's quite a time between certs (actually I did my MCSE2003 back in 2005 so three and a half years between my MCSE and MCTS).
    Certifications: CNA | CNE | CCNA | MCP | MCP+I | MCSE NT4 | MCSA 2003 | Security+ | MCSA:S 2003 | MCSE:S 2003 | MCTS:SCCM 2007 | MCTS:Win 7 | MCITP:EDA7 | MCITP:SA | MCITP:EA | MCTS:Hyper-V | VCP 4 | ITIL v3 Foundation | VCP 5 DCV | VCP 5 Cloud | VCP6 NV | VCP6 DCV | VCAP 5.5 DCA
    WIP: VCP6-CMA, VCAP-DCD and Linux + (and possibly VCIX-NV).
  4. simonp83

    simonp83 Kilobyte Poster

    I'm following a path at the mo, done the 620 and now doing the 622, seriously thinking about doing the 623 and the 624 before moving onto the Windows 7 certs. I've set myself a goal of starting my 290 on July the 1st and see if I can get through 290 and 291 in 2 months
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2010
    Certifications: A+, MCP, MCDST, MCTS, MCITP
    WIP: 70-291
  5. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

    Sort of, I did the 70-652: TS: Windows Server 2008 Virtualization, Configuring exam because I work with Hyper-V, but I'm not planning to do the MCITP: MCITP: Virtualization Administrator (may do in the future, but not now). I'm studying for the SSCP, but no plans to do the CISSP.

    While each one of those are a certification is their own right, they can be "upgraded"/"uprated" (apart from the 70-652) or used in different certification tracks.

    Certifications: CITP, PGDip, BSc, HNC, LCGI, PTLLS, MCT, MCITP, MCTS, MCSE, MCSA:M, MCSA, MCDST, MCP, MTA, MCAS, MOS (Master), A+, N+, S+, ACA, VCA, etc... & 2nd Degree Black Belt
    WIP: MSc in Tech Management
  6. sunn

    sunn Gigabyte Poster

    I look at the end goal which is normally a certification - but not always. If I work with WAN routing topologies but rarely QOS or VPN's (bad example but work with me), I may be interested in getting the BSCI and BCMSN only. The problem is I would complete 50% of the certification, furthermore what does an employer see?

    I think if I were in their shoes, I'd see a candidate that didn't stick with the certification track to the end. Maybe got lazy, disheartened, whatever and didn’t stick with it. Is that someone I want in my team?

    May not be right – but perception is reality, so create the right perception!

    Note: Certifications that can be upgraded are still certifications on their own, so they don't apply to the above. For example, the CCNA is a certification in it's own right, and a CCNP is not needed for the sake of having it. On the other hand the BSCI and BCMSN are part of various certifications, but on their own they are just 2 exams.

    Edit: I know the Cisco CCNP tracks are changing (March 10, 2010), but the examples are based on what I am familiar with and what is available today.
    Last edited: Feb 17, 2010
  7. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

    At the moment it is just a goal of mine to make me look better to employers than other people, but if there was a pure hardware track that you could do I would be nailing those as much as I could.
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
    WIP: 70-620 or 70-680?

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