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    17 Top IT Certifications In Demand Today

    17 Top IT Certifications In Demand Today

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    Shilpa Purshnani | May 15, 2017 | 1197 Views | 1 Comments
    17 Top IT Certifications In Demand Today

    ``They say, to feed a society, educate a child, and similarly, to feed an organization, educate an employee!``
     

    The world of information technology keeps surprising users and tech savvies with its drastic changes and innovations. And so, to stay updated with these advancements in the world of technology, one needs to learn and qualify the art of the same.
     

    Notably, IT certifications are a good way of validating a professional’s skill and competence. A certified professional doesn’t need to prove their worth, eligibility and qualification for what they can do or perform.    
     

    But have you ever thought of the fact that why would anyone invest in these highly charged Top IT Certifications? The reasons can be listed below:
     

    • Adhering to the Changing Technology
    • Increasing Employee Performance
    • Reduce Skills-Gap    
    • Hiring & Promotion Eligibility    
    • Reducing Costs


    The domain of Information Technology has the highest propensity of delivering captivating wages to the manpower that serves it.
     

    These Certifications help individuals to achieve a pay and position higher than the usual. Thus IT professionals are consistently seeking to opt for best IT certifications that offer a more rewarding career.
     

    1. Certified Ethical Hacker – EC-COUNCIL
     

    This is the most desired IT security certifications program, favored by security professionals and has become an indispensable asset of their portfolios. Ethical hacking has today become a self-regulating profession where students, as well as professionals, are gaining the necessary expertise to scan, test, hack and secure their own systems.
     

    This is an Entry-level Program designed for network administrators for developing the potent to discover vulnerable target systems and use white-hat hacking, a legitimate means to access the information assets.
     

    Certification Path – For an individual to gain the CEH v9 Certification, he/she will have to opt for the 5 Day CEH training and appear for the CEH v9 Exam (312-50) and qualify the exam with a minimum score of 70%.


    2. CISSP – (ISC)2


    The Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP) is the essential credential for a security professional to validate his competencies and skill set to deploy a diverse information security infrastructure for protecting the organization from potential cybersecurity hazards.
     

    The certification qualifies a candidate to effectively create, implement and evaluate the cybersecurity tools and technologies used to facilitate the healthy transfer of information across a diverse work environment.
     

    Certification Path – The candidate has to take the 5-day training for CISSP and thereafter appear for the corresponding exam of 6 hours wherein the passing rate is 70%.


    3. CCNA Routing & Switching – CISCO
     

    With a dynamically growing business environment and ever-expanding technology, there is an increased demand for trained network engineers. CCNA Routing & Switching [v3.0] training course, sponsored by Cisco prepares IT, professionals, to acquire the fundamental knowledge and expertise in the field of networking to promote the secure transfer of information assets.
     

    The certification offers the professionals to administer to network architectures(SDN), configure and manage IPv4 / IPv6 networks, and also explore the deployment of cloud services in network infrastructures.   
     

    Certification Path – To earn the CCNA R&S certification, a candidate must pass the following training & exam(s):
     

    200-125 CCNA OR Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices: Accelerated (CCNAX) 100-105 ICND1 AND Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 (ICND1) 200-105 ICND2 Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 (ICND2)


    4. Project Management Professional (PMP) – PMI


    The Project Management Professional training holds global standards of excellence for validating the skills and knowledge essential in a project management team. This is an industry-recognized certification that helps individuals to understand the functionalities of project management at wider horizons. After completion of this course, an individual will be able to initiate, plan, execute, monitor, control and close a project successfully, disregard of any industry.
     

    Certification Path – For a candidate to pass the PMP certification should possess the following: Four-year degree with 4,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education. 


    OR
     

    A secondary degree (high school diploma, associate’s degree or the global equivalent) with 7,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education.
     

    5. VMware Certified Professional – Data Center Virtualization (VCP6 – DCV)


    VCP6-DCV Certification validates the ability of a professional to cater to a highly scalable VSphere 6 infrastructure. VCP stands for the VMware Certified Professional who is certified in the field of Data Center Virtualization (DCV). VMware Data Center Virtualization certifications are specially articulated to test the proficiency of VMware consultants in designing, installing, and managing VMware vSphere 6 environments in a real-world environment.
     

    Certification Path – The best way to prepare for VCP certified regardless of the category is to clear the Fundamentals exams of the same. Enroll for training that provides the curriculum for VCP exams. The candidate must take either of the exams to qualify for VCP-DCV:
     

    • VMware vSphere - Install, Configure, Manage [V6.0]   
    • VMware vSphere - Optimize and Scale [V6.0]    
    • VMware VSphere - Design and Deploy Fast Track [V6]    
    • VMware VSphere - Troubleshooting Workshop [V6.0]

         


    6. Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA) – ISACA
     

    CISA (Certified Information Systems Auditor) is ranked among the top paying IT certifications in 2017. A product by ISACA, which carries the international standard of performance, it is the most in-demand certification opted by cyber security professionals in order to advance their career in this domain.
     

    The CISA credential validates a professional with proven ability to identify, assess, evaluate, monitor and control the enterprise systems. Considering the increasing risks and vulnerabilities in the digital era, it has become necessary to employ professionals with proven knowledge and skill set to audit and control business systems.
     

    Certification Path – For a candidate to appear for the training certification of CISA should possess a minimum of five years of professional IS audit, control, assurance or security work experience that shall hold adherence to the Continuing Professional Education Program.
     

    After a candidate has met the prerequisites and qualified the CISA examination, he/she must complete and submit a CISA Application for Certification.
     

    7. ITIL v3 Foundation - EXIN


    The ITIL Foundation Certificate is a validation of a student’s proven experience to provide, support and deliver IT SERVICES. The ITIL Foundation exam has been proposed by EXIN, a global leader in providing ease of operations in the field of Information & Communications Technology (ICT).
     

    The ITIL Foundation Course focuses on the ITIL Service Lifecycle and its governance. The lifecycle framework enhances alignment of business operations through improvement of IT Service Quality. The IT Service Quality improves by applying vital processes and functionalities that are aids to the information systems.
     

    Certification Path –
     

    • Step 1: Enroll For ITIL v3 Foundation Training (Optional)
    • Step 2: Enroll for ITIL Foundation Exam
    • Step 3: Pass the ITIL Exam with a minimum score of 65% (26 out of 40)
           

    8. MCSA WINDOWS SERVER 2016


    The Microsoft Windows Server 2016 certifications were released in September 2016 provide a wide array of features and enhancements with regard to storage optimization, server virtualization, server management, storage-defined networking, information protection, virtual desktop infrastructure, and improvements to Hyper-V containers.
     

    MCSA: Windows Server 2016 certification validates the qualification of an individual for the role of a network or computer systems administrator or a computer network specialist.
     

    Certification Path – The candidate needs to pass the following exams to earn the corresponding credential:
     

    • Installation, Storage, and Compute with Windows Server 2016 (70-740)
    • Networking with Windows Server 2016 (70-741)
    • Identity with Windows Server 2016 (70-742)
           

    Note: The MCSA: Windows Server 2016 certification requires participants to clear all three exams, namely 70742, 70741, & 70742.
     

    9. CCNP R&S - CISCO
     

    Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP) Routing and Switching is a professional level most in-demand certification for network engineers that help them advance their skills in order to work on complex network solutions. The CCNP Routing & Switching Certification provides the right acumen to operate physical as well as virtual networks.   This course equips a professional with the ability to formulate, design, implement and troubleshoot local as well as wide-area enterprise networks.  
     

    Certification Path – The CISCO Collaboration Certification is achieved through the following exams & training:
     

    • Implementing Cisco IP Routing (ROUTE)
    • Implementing Cisco IP Switched Networks (SWITCH)
    • Troubleshooting and Maintaining Cisco IP Networks (TSHOOT)
           

    10. CISM - ISACA
     

    The Certified Information Security Manager (CISM) certification provides a higher earning potential as it is an advanced learning course. Also a product by ISACA, this course will train individuals in international security practices, also equipping them to design, manage and control the information security of an enterprise.


    Certification Path –
     

    • Step 1: Register for the Exam
    • Step 2: Prepare for the Exam (take training)
    • Step 3: Take the Exam
    • Step 4: Apply for Certification
    • Step 5: Grab & Maintain the Certification
           

    11. CCNA Data Center
     

    For to bring business agility and operational mobility, Cisco Data Center Certifications are the best pathways for professionals in delivering high-end data center solutions. The Data Center Certifications are a great boost to your career and intensify the value of your data center network. Through this training and certification, Cisco provides a comprehensive curriculum to design, implement and maintain the prominent zones of data center networks.
     

    Certification Path – The CCNA Data Center Certification is achieved through the following exams & training:
     

    • Introducing Cisco Data Center Networking (DCICN) v6.0
    • Introducing Cisco Data Center Technologies (DCICT) v6.0
       

    12. AWS Solutions Architect - Associate
     

    The AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Training has been designed for aspirants planning to appear for the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate exam. This half-day workshop prepares individuals of the requisite Architecting on AWS. In this short course, participants are exposed to practice exam questions that will help to apply knowledge and test concepts.
     

    Certification Path – For an individual aspiring to take the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate exam, he/she should opt for this four-hour training workshop that will display hands-on experience and increase credentials of clearing the exam.
     

    13. CompTIA A+
     

    CompTIA A+ is one of the most comprehensive and extensive Level 1 certifications that provides foundational knowledge and understanding of hardware and software technologies that are essential in building a career in cybersecurity. This course will prepare candidates in handling the most challenging technological problems with the supreme efficiency of knowledge and application.
     

    Certification Path – In order to earn the CompTIA A+ credential, and individuals need to pass the following exams:
     

    • CompTIA A+ 220-901
    • CompTIA A+ 220-902
           

    14. ECSA v9 - EC-COUNCIL


    EC-Council Certified Security Analyst is an amplified version of the domain that complements the CEH (Certified Ethical Hacking) certification. This course offers pen test methodology through the deployment of its striking component – the online cyber range, to challenge their skill set in a real time scenario. The ECSA certification validates your skills on the penetration testing methodologies through real-time set-ups.
     

    Certification Path – The ECSA v9 exam includes 2 required stages.
     

    • Report Writing: A form of written exam to test the candidate’s knowledge and application of critical penetration testing methodologies.
    • ECSA Exam: Multiple choice exams are proctored online through the EC-Council Exam portal.
       

    15. CHFI v9
     

    The CHFI v9 is the world’s most comprehensive computer hacking forensic program that delivers essential knowledge of digital forensic techniques and standard forensic tools accompanied by hands-on labs to identify intruder footprints and gather necessary evidence for its prosecution. This course presents a methodological approach to digital forensics including searching and seizing, chain-of-custody, acquisition, preservation, analysis, and reporting of digital evidence.
     

    Certification Path – Step 1: Hold a CEH v9 Certification
      Step 2: Take CHFI v9 Training
    Step 3: Appear for the Exam & clear it.


    16. Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE)


    The Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) is one of highly regarded IT certifications that provides operational knowledge and skills to professionals for managing and administrating the Red Hat Enterprise Linux system. The RHCE is among the world’s most recognized Linux accreditation that provides and edge to one’s profile and offers a rewarding career in Linux Distribution Systems.
     

    Certification Path – In order to earn the RHCE credential, one needs to pass the Red Hat Certified System Administrator (RHCSA) exam. In order to earn the RHCE exam, one can take recommended training of Red Hat System Administration I, II, III or RHCSA Rapid Track Course.
     

    17. Oracle Database Administration


    Oracle Database Certifications are the most in-demand database credentials favored by database administrators to help them perform critical business functions, systems and processes. By investing the time to learn Oracle Database Certifications, you`ll develop the expertise you need to work on the number one database in the world - on the number one embedded database technology.
     

    Certification Path – For one to qualify the Database Certifications, he might follow the Roadmap to Oracle Database Certifications that offer three levels of certifications:
     

    • Oracle Certified Associate (OCA)
    • Oracle Certified Professional (OCP)
    • Oracle Certified Expert (OCE)
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