Choosing a Certification- Considerations • Short term goals • Long term career path/goals • What is your background experience and/or knowledge presently • What expenses will be involved in getting ready to take and to take the certification exams
Choosing a Certification- Considerations • What amount of time is required to get ready to take the certification exams? • What types of certifications are needed by the jobs in your area? You will need to examine job projections and listings.
Choosing a Certification- Considerations • Before making a decision, talk to people in the industry • Consider complementary combinations of certifications to meet your goals.
Researching requirements in your area • www.monster.com
Certification Study Programs • Self-Study • On-Line courses • Instructor led training (“boot camps”) • Using web resources
Discussion Topics • Do you need a college degree to be a computer programmer? • Do you need a college degree to be a webmaster? • Do you need a college degree to be a software engineer? • Is it better to combine a college degree with certifications?
Certifications • We will now spend some time looking at specific figures in the text that further describe different types of certifications.