Selecting the right IT certification really depends on where you ideally want to end up. Knowing the role or position you would ultimately like to land will greatly determine the path you need to take to get there.

The world of information technology is quite vast and a crucial part of all of our daily lives. Information technology is now comprised of an ever-expanding list of subfields and specialty niches within the industry. Some of the primary subfields of information technology focus on databases, networking, security, internet applications, software development and information systems management. It is also important to note that none of these subfields operate in a silo. Anyone studying or working in any one of these areas will face concepts or scenarios affecting all other areas to some degree. Therefore, being competent in any of the aforementioned IT subfields, means you have at least a basic understanding of matters in other areas.

Where Do I Go From Here?

For someone entering into information technology this may be a daunting question, but this is where knowing yourself and your basic technical skill set comes into consideration. Knowing your personality, your strengths and your weaknesses, and the type of work environment you thrive in, will help you determine what type of certification you need.

Do you see yourself configuring firewalls and routers, or setting network wide accessibility permissions and controls? Then you may need to pursue a networking related certification like the Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA).

Are you comfortable focusing on logical computing procedures and writing code for application development? Then you should pursue a programming language certification like C++ or Java.

Would you like to investigate system risks and vulnerabilities, and implement ways to reduce and mitigate such threats and susceptibilities? Pursue a security related certification like CompTIA Security+ or CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner.

Selecting an IT certification is a blend between having an idea of where you would like to end up, knowing your technical skill set and playing into it. Our entry level 3-cert IT program takes students through the fundamental information technology concepts in CompTIA A+ and Network+, then allows them to choose their own path to either pursue networking via the Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT) course, or the security path via the CompTIA Security+.