Certifications play a vital role in determining an individual’s salary. 2013 is looking to be a great year for IT professionals. The nature of IT is to stay ahead of the curve in all things related to technology. Today, the expectation is that IT professionals will have a measure of capability, if not proficiency, in everything from wireless networking and security to mobile app development and maintaining a cloud-based infrastructure. Extending your expertise into new areas demonstrates that as an IT professional, you can manage the complex changes taking place today in technology and that you are up to the challenge.


Here, we take a look at few certifications with the highest earning potential.


1. Project Management Professional (PMP):

The PMI-PMP certification is an industry recognized vendor neutral credential. The PMI PMP Certification (Project Management Professional) is one of the most popular certifications today. The PMP exam recognizes demonstrated knowledge and skill in leading and directing project teams and in delivering project results within the constraints of schedule, budget, and resources. PMP PMI’s certification provides experienced individuals the skills and abilities to manage large projects with critical paths, critical dates, available resources, and track the progress of the project from inception to completion, on time without cost overruns.


2. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP):

The CISSP certification is an advanced-level certification specially meant for IT security professionals who have a minimum of five years of professional experience (effective Jan 1st 2012) in the field of information security. The prerequisite for the ISC2 CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) certifications is five years of professional work experience as an IT professional, but in a different domain. The certification is proof of a person’s competence in defining the architecture, design, management and security of business environments.


3. Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA):

The CCNA certification is the novice certification, i.e., the entry level. It is a pre-requisite for all the advanced level Cisco certifications such as CCNP and CCIE.  It validates the skills of networking professionals to install, configure and troubleshoot routed and switched networks. CCNA Certified professionals are capable of implementing and verifying connections to remote sites in a WAN. They also have basic knowledge on security issues, Wireless networking and performance-based skills.

You can choose either of the two paths for becoming CCNA:


4. Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA):

The Certified Wireless Network Administrator (CWNA) certification is considered the foundation-level enterprise Wi-Fi certification for the Certified Wireless Network Professional program and it also acts as a gateway to more senior credentials. As an increasing number of users view wireless connectivity as basic infrastructure and not as an extra bonus, the need for wireless management capability will continue to grow.  It is believed that the candidates should have a basic understanding and fundamental knowledge of information technology. The Certified Wireless Networking Administration certification exam is a standalone certification from CWNP with the exam code PW0-104. Its upgraded version is PW0-105.


5.  Strata Green IT:

The CompTIA‘s Strata Green IT certificate is designed to enhance an IT professional’s experience, knowledge, and existing IT credentials to incorporate emerging technologies shaping the global green IT industry today. IT professionals that pass the Strata Green IT exam validate that they have the aptitude needed to effectively implement and measure Green IT programs and investments.

The certification requires you to pass only one exam:

CompTIA is providing an opportunity for IT Professionals to enroll in the CompTIA Continuing Education (CE) program on or before December 31, 2012. This offer is limited to only those certified in 2010 or earlier in CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ and/or CompTIA Security+  certifications. Candidates who earned their CompTIA certification in 2011 are already enrolled in the CE program.

Candidates certified in 2010 or earlier are considered “certified for life,” but they can enroll in the CompTIA Continuing Education Program to further demonstrate their knowledge and skills to their employers who may require such a certification.

If the “certified for life” individual is not enrolled in the Continuing Education program before Dec 31, 2012, they will need to retake and pass the corresponding current certification exam in order to achieve the CE certification.

Continuing education credits can be awarded within a three-year period through a variety of activities that show an understanding of relevant industry knowledge.

Candidates who are “certified for life” must follow these steps to enroll in the CE program:

1. Log in to the CompTIA Candidate Database https://www.certmetrics.com/comptia/login.aspx
2. Click the Continuing Education Menu Item
3. Click on the Enroll link
4. Click on the Enroll button

Click the link below for more information on tihs program: http://certification.comptia.org/news/12-11-29/Deadline_for_Certified_for_Life_Candidates_to_Enroll_in_Continuing_Education_Dec_31.aspx

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CompTIA has announced four certification level series that test various knowledge standards, from entry to expert-level. The CompTIA certification program has been reorganized and repositioned from a collection of entry-level credentials to a multi-level program. These four levels are:

CompTIA Mastery Series: CompTIA Mastery certifications cover the advanced practice of a specific IT area. Candidates targeting this track must be able to integrate multiple enterprise disciplines through the application of advanced skills.

  • CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP): This certification covers the advanced topics related to enterprise security; risk management; research and analysis; and integration of computing, communications, and business disciplines.

CompTIA Professional Series: The CompTIA certification program has been reorganized and repositioned from a collection of entry-level credentials to a multi-level program. CompTIA professional certifications cover the technical skills and knowledge needed to succeed in a specific IT career.

  • CompTIA A+: This certification relates to preventative maintenance, basic networking, installation, troubleshooting, communication and professionalism, etc.
  • CompTIA Network+: This certification includes managing, maintaining, troubleshooting, operating and configuring basic network infrastructure.
  • CompTIA Project+: This certification covers the entire process of project management, including initiation, planning, execution, acceptance, support and closure.
  • CompTIA Security+: This certification validates the knowledge of system security, network infrastructure, cryptography, assessments and audits.
  • CompTIA CDIA+: This certification tests the knowledge and skills needed in the document imaging sales field, including planning, designing and specifying a document imaging management system.
  • CompTIA CTP+: This certification validates the knowledge of designing, implementing and managing voice and data networks.
  • CompTIA CTT+: This certification includes the knowledge and skills needed for the technical training field, including classroom preparation, presentation, communication, facilitation and evaluation in both traditional classroom and virtual classroom environments.
  • CompTIA PDI+: This certification explains the knowledge and skills needed for technicians in the printer and document-imaging field, such as basic electromechanical components and tools, print engine and scan processes, color theory and networking.
  • CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI: This certification includes user administration, file permissions, software configurations and the fundamental management of Linux systems.
  • CompTIA Server+: This certification explains the areas such as RAID, SCSI, managing multiple CPUs and disaster recovery.
  • CompTIA Storage+ Powered by SNIA: This certification includes storage components, connectivity, storage management, data protection and storage performance.

CompTIA Speciality Series: The CompTIA Speciality certifications cover the business and technical knowledge needed for specific vertical or niche markets. Specialty certifications can be taken in combination with other CompTIA certifications as well. Some of the Specialty certifications are as follows:

  • CompTIA Cloud Essentials: This certification explains what cloud computing means from a business and technical perspective, as well as what is involved in moving to and governing the cloud.
  • CompTIA Green IT: This certification covers the knowledge needed to implement environmentally sound techniques within an organization’s IT infrastructure.
  • CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician: This certification validates the knowledge of methods to implement, deploy, and support healthcare IT systems in various clinical settings.
  • CompTIA IT for Sales: This certification covers the professional knowledge in technology basics necessary to complete sales activities with customers in technical fields.

CompTIA Basic Series: CompTIA basic certifications cover foundational topics and issues in IT and are suited for individuals looking to enter jobs that involve computers.

  • Strata IT Fundamentals: This is the only credential in this group so far, and it covers the fundamentals A+. This certification includes the basic understanding of PC components, functionality, compatibility and related technology topics.

Q. What is the FC0-U21 exam?
A.The CompTIA Strata Fundamentals of IT Technology (FC0-U21) exam is designed for beginners. It is a vendor-neutral certificate program that validates an individual’s understanding of information technology (IT). Students and professionals holding a Strata certificate can prove they have the skills required to enter and excel in technology-related fields.

Q. What are the prerequisites for the FC0-U21 exam?
A. There is no prerequisite for the FC0-U21 exam.

Q. What credit does the FC0-U21 exam provide?
A. The CompTIA Strata Fundamentals of IT Technology (FC0-U21) exam is designed to show that the successful candidate has the knowledge to identify and explain PC components, set up a basic PC workstation, conduct basic software installation, identify compatibility issues and recognize/prevent basic security risks.

The CompTIA Strata Fundamentals of IT Technology (FC0-U21) certificate holders continue advancing their careers by earning higher-level IT certifications such as CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA Security+.

Q. How many questions are asked in the test?
A. 35

Q. What is the duration of the test?
A. 60 minutes

Q. Which type of test is it? (Adaptive/Linear)
A.Linear

Q. What is the passing score?
A. 70%

Q. What is the test retake policy?
A. There is no wait time fixed between the first and second attempts. However, a third or any subsequent attempt needs to be at least 30 calendar days apart from the previous test.

Q. Is the FC0-U21 exam right for me?
A. This exam is ideal for students beginning an IT education program, prospective employees seeking to demonstrate that they are ready to enter the IT workforce, and individuals focused on an IT career. This exam is also helpful for candidates who are preparing for higher level certifications such as CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA Security+, and professionals in technology-related career roles.

Q. What can I expect in the FC0-U21 exam?
A. You can expect multiple-choice questions on the following topics:

  • Technology and Computer Hardware Basics
  • Compatibility Issues and Common Errors
  • Software Installation and Functions
    Security
  • Green IT and Preventative Maintenance

Q. What are the code languages available for the FC0-U21 exam?
A. English

Q. Where can I take the test?
A. CompTIA certification exams are provided through Pearson VUE and Prometric.

Q. How can I locate a testing center?
A. Visit the Pearson VUE and Prometric sites to locate a testing center.

Q. What is the Strata Fundamentals of IT Technology (FC0-U41) exam?
A. The CompTIA Strata Fundamentals of IT Technology (FC0-U41) exam is designed for beginners. It is a vendor-neutral certificate program that validates an individual’s understanding of information technology (IT). Students and professionals holding a Strata certificate can prove they have the skills required to enter and excel in technology-related fields.

Q. What are the prerequisites for the FC0-U41 exam?
A. There is no prerequisite for the FC0-U41 exam.

Q. What credit does the FC0-U41 exam provide?
A. The CompTIA Strata Fundamentals of IT Technology (FC0-U41) exam is designed to show that the successful candidate has the knowledge to identify and explain PC components, setup a basic PC workstation, conduct basic software installation, identify compatibility issues and recognize/prevent basic security risks.

The CompTIA Strata Fundamentals of IT Technology (FC0-U41) certificate holders continue advancing their careers by earning higher-level IT certifications such as CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA Security+.

Q. How many questions are asked in the test?
A. 70

Q. What is the duration of the test?
A. 60 minutes

Q. Which type of the test is it? (Adaptive/Linear)
A. Linear

Q. What is the passing score?
A. 70%

Q. What is the test retake policy?
A. There is no wait time fixed between the first and second attempts. However, a third or any subsequent attempt needs to be at least 30 calendar days apart from the previous test.

Q. Is the FC0-U41 exam right for me?
A. This exam is ideal for students beginning an IT education program, prospective employees seeking to demonstrate that they are ready to enter the IT workforce, and individuals focused on an IT career. This exam is also helpful for candidates who are preparing for higher level certifications such as CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA Security+, and professionals in technology-related career roles.

Q. What to expect in the Strata Fundamentals of IT Technology (FC0-U41) exam?
A. You can expect multiple-choice questions on the following topics:

* Technology and Computer Hardware Basics
* Compatibility Issues and Common Errors
* Software Installation and Functions
* Security
* Green IT and Preventative Maintenance

Q. What are the code languages available for the CompTIA Strata Fundamentals of IT Technology exam?
A. English

Q. Where to take the test?
A. CompTIA certification exams are provided through Pearson VUE and Prometric.

Q. How to locate a testing center?
A. Visit the Pearson VUE and Prometric sites to locate a testing center.

 

Q. What is the Project+ (PK0-002) exam?

A. The CompTIA Project+ certification is an international, vendor-neutral certification that covers the entire project life cycle from initiation and planning through execution, acceptance, support and closure. CompTIA Project+ gives project managers the skills necessary to complete projects on time and within budget, and creates a common project management language among project team members.

Q. What are the prerequisites for the PK0-002 exam?

A. There is no prerequisite for taking the test PK0-002. However, it is recommended that CompTIA Project+ candidates should have at least One-year experience of practical project management.

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Preparing for the exam

The certification exams check your knowledge and experience on their subject. So the best way to get through is to learn and master each and every aspect of the technology and get hands-on experience on it. Of course, you have to study hard, as there is no short cut to success, but if you prepare systematically, you can pass all these exams easily.

Take the following steps to ensure success in the exams:

  • Identify the exam objectives by visiting the product vendors site because these objectives keep on changing from time to time.
  • Study the suggested reading material and make sure you understand everything and also perform the tasks they suggest.
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  • If you feel the need, you can also go for instructor-led or online training courses.
  • Nothing beats a test better than taking it beforehand. Buy good test simulation software and test your skills on it.
  • Register for the test at least two weeks before. This helps in building the tempo.

Before the test

  • Be confident and relaxed.
  • Sleep well the night before the exam.
  • Arrive early at the test center with at least two forms of identification.
  • If you need a quick drink of water or a visit to the restroom, take time before the exam, because once started, the exam will not be paused for these needs.

At the Testing center

  • You will be asked to present your ID and sign the log when you arrive at the testing center.
  • The center in-charge will explain the rules that you have to follow during the exam and will ask you to sign a paper stating that you understand the rules of the exams and will follow them.
  • You are not allowed to take in any sort of written or printed material with you to the exam. You will be provided with scratch paper, pencils and anything you need for the exam.
  • Before the test, you will have an opportunity to take a practice exam that is not related with the subject but will give you an orientation of the exam process.
  • If you have any problem regarding the testing process, you can ask the test administrator.

Test Taking Approach

  • As you start the test, be calm and read the question and ALL its options carefully even if you think you know the answer.
  • If you are taking an adaptive test, REMEMBER you will not get a chance to change your answer once you move on, so be sure before you mark the answer. In a linear test, you will have a chance to change the answer.
  • If you know the answer, answer the question and move on. If you are not sure, still mark your best guess and move on. If it is a linear test, you should also bookmark the question so that you can return to it afterwards.
  • Sometimes related questions also provide answer for the questions you were unsure of. So, it is always a good idea to bookmark the question.
  • If you are unsure of the correct answer, read all options and eliminate those that are obviously wrong. Then choose from the remaining options.
  • Once you have finished answering all the questions, check the time left. If you have time, review the bookmarked questions.
  • Never leave a question unanswered. All certification tests that we know are timed and count unanswered questions as wrong. If you don’t have the time, take a blind guess.

Most importantly, keep faith in yourself and you will see that nothing is impossible. You can always find what works for you and what does not and plan your preparations accordingly. This may not be an exhaustive list of what to do and what not to do, but we do hope that these tips will pave your way towards your ultimate goal, i.e., to be certified.

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Q. What is the pre-requisite for taking the CompTIA Server+ (SK0-002) test?

A. There is no prerequisite for taking the SK0-002 test. Passing the SK0-002 test is required to achieve the Server+ certification as a Certified IT Technician.

Q. What certificate does it provide?

A. The SK0-002 test is a test required to achieve the Server+ certification.

Q. How many questions are asked in the test?

A. The test consists of multiple-choice questions. There are no case study type questions and the test is not adaptive. You will be required to attempt approximately 80 questions.

Q. What is the duration of the test?

A. You are required to attempt all the questions in 90 minutes.

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CompTIA’s Linux + certification certifies professionals having technical knowledge in basic installation, operation, and troubleshooting of Linux operating systems. The XK0-002 test measures the skills and knowledge of the candidates who can explain fundamental open source resources/licenses, demonstrate knowledge of user administration, understand file permissions/software configurations, and manage local storage devices and network protocols.

The XK0-002 test assumes that the candidates appearing for the exam have at least six months of practical Linux experience. Before taking the XK0-002 test, you should practice the following:

  1. Install all system hardware required and check its compatibility with Linux Distribution.
  2. Create partitions.
  3. Configure various file systems.
  4. Mount and un-mount file systems.
  5. Install the Linux operating system.
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