From Microsoft Corp. to Novell Inc., many vendors have developed system-specific network certifications. As the number of certified professionals increases, some question certification's value.
Certification is a two-part process consisting of training and testing.
Who offers training:
Commercial technical training providers, technical colleges, community colleges and universities, and technical associations provide training; some public school systems now offer computer network training for high school students.
Who offers testing:
Technical training facilities, independent certification testing providers, online testing centersRecertification or skills upgrade certification may require testing.
Costs vary by provider for both training and testing. Financing is available.
Training tuition - From $800 for certification upgrade training to $8,000 and higher for full preparationCertification testing costs - $100-300. Some certifications require several tests. Test vouchers may be included with some training programs. Practice exams cost extra.
Courses vary by vendor system
LAN topologies -- token ring, Windows 2000 NetWare 4.11 -- installation and configurationVital statisticsWho has a network engineering certification?
2000 InfoWorld Compensation Survey respondents - 27%Breakdown of respondents:
CTOs - 7.4%, CIOs - 17%, Middle IT management - 29.2%, LAN managers - 67.2%What people are sayingI think that the Cisco Systems Inc. certification [for Cisco certified network professionals] has more respect than other certifications. With other certifications, you don't need job experience to pass the exams like you do with Cisco certifications, and recruiters know that.
-- Barbara Collura, founder of ITinfusion, a placement firm specializing in network engineers, in Herndon, Va.
Certification Magazine -www.certmag.com
The online version of this magazine provides a link to system-specific certifications and testing centers.
Source: 2000 Infoworld Compensation Survey