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:

Cisco’s 640-802 Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) is the composite exam associated with the Cisco Certified Network Associate certification. This exam is a single exam option for becoming a CCNA. A candidate can also opt for the ICND1 (640-822) and ICND2 (640-816) exams to be certified as a CCNA.

This exam tests a candidate’s knowledge and skills required to install, operate, and troubleshoot a small to medium size enterprise branch network. Before taking the 640-802 exam, you should practice the following:

  1. Create a network of two computers through cross-over cables.
  2. Create a bus network.
  3. Create a star network.
  4. Create a mesh network.
  5. Configure hub, switch, and router.
  6. Configure DHCP on the network.
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The 640-802 CCNA is the composite exam associated with the Cisco Certified Network Associate certification. Candidates can prepare for this exam by learning the ICND1 (640-822) and ICND2 (640-816) exam courses. This exam tests a candidate’s knowledge and skills required to install, operate, and troubleshoot a small to medium size enterprise branch network.

What are the job roles for CCNA certified professionals?

The job roles for CCNA certified professionals typically include Network administrator, System Analyst, and Network Support Professional.
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Henrik is an experienced administrator and a senior consultant with working knowledge of UNIX and Open Source environments throughout his professional career of more than 15 years. He has experience with many technologies in the UNIX environment as well as common UNIX operating systems with other senior skills in IT-Security, Mac OS X, OpenBSD, AIX, and Linux.

Presently Henrik teaches and works as an IT consultant in infrastructure security and auditing for customers in Private and Public sector.

As far as the work experience is concerned, Henrik has worked with computers since his childhood days and it was then only when he decided to target a career in computers. Henrik completed his formal education from the University of Copenhagen DIKU during which he got his first programming job and later on he moved into consulting in Unix and information security. In January 2003, Henrik founded his own private company with focus on security, IPv6, networking and Unix-Security6.net.

On the personal front, Henrik loves to spend time with his wife and kids. He is a health freak and loves running and training in Martial arts like Taekwondo and laido. He also has interest in Asian culture from a very young age which makes him read and watch resources about asian culture, mostly Japanese.

After reviewing the uCertify Prepkit for the exam 640-802: CCNA: ICND 1 and ICND 2, Henrik said “The positive for this product is that it covers multiple exams and vendors, is a very stable and mature software with a beautiful look – making it easier NOT to skip studying. Having the possibility to sample modules, a reasonable price per module and having the money back guarantee is also a nice bonus for this product. I will certainly consider buying this for future exams since this product is a mature certification preparation kit which will help you prepare for exams“.

Henrik’s complete review can be read on

http://blog.kramse.dk/blojsom/blog/default/Bøger/uCertify-com-PrepKit-640-802-CCNA-ICND1-and-ICND-2-review?smm=y