Many IT specialists enjoy the advantages of gaining a certification, which range from salary raise and increase of productivity and effectiveness to ensuring job satisfaction and job security. That’s why in order for you to get the same benefits and the best chance of getting a job, we decided to present you some of the most practical IT certifications, which, according to Global Knowledge, demonstrate the skills and abilities in demand on the market and are a great employment-seeking approach.

  1. MCITP – Microsoft Certified IT Professional The MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) is the core Microsoft certification, which is awarded upon successful completion of any Microsoft exam and is a part of all high-level certifications of the vendor. MCITP, on the other hand, should be the choice of IT pros who want to prove significant knowledge and proficiency with Active Directory, configuration of networks and application infrastructures, enterprise environments and Windows 7 client OS. Many organizations are still Microsoft-centered, which requires strong skills in planning, deploying and supporting different Windows programs.
  2. MCTS – Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist The MCP (Microsoft Certified Professional) is the core Microsoft certification, which is awarded upon successful completion of any Microsoft exam and is a part of all high-level certifications of the vendor. MCITP, on the other hand, should be the choice of IT pros who want to prove significant knowledge and proficiency with Active Directory, configuration of networks and application infrastructures, enterprise environments and Windows 7 client OS. Many organizations are still Microsoft-centered, which requires strong skills in planning, deploying and supporting different Windows programs.
  3. CompTIA Network+ The certification is a great base line that every IT professional should have on the resume. It is a good starting point to certify professional expertise in networking standards, protocols, network hardware and software, LANs and WANs.
  4. CompTIA A+ Another great foundation certification, which focuses on skills related to the maintenance of PCs, mobile devices, laptops, operating systems and printers. It goes hand in hand with Network+ as it provides the fundamentals of operating systems of networking. It is useful in any organization and definitely a must for any entry-level technician.
  5. ACTC – Apple Certified Technical Coordinator Because the end users are moving towards Apple products and some companies are replacing their Windows networks with MAC OS server environments, the demand for this certificate as well as the requirements for IT professionals to support Apple products and applications are growing.
  6. CCNA R&S: Cisco’s Certified Network Associate Routing and Switching The certificate is recommended to specialists with 1-3 years of experience. It validates your foundational network knowledge and abilities to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size routed and switched networks. A CCNA can help technology pros better familiarize themselves with the network fundamentals, while simultaneously strengthening their resumes.
  7. ACSP – Apple Certified Support Professional Considered by many to be a worthwhile platform-oriented tech support certification, the certificate focuses on skills in supporting Mac OS X clients: installing, setting up, troubleshooting, maintaining Mac client devices. This certificate will be a smart bet for an IT specialist, as it focuses on the crucial components of the Mac systems.
  8. ITIL v3 Foundation This is the third version of the Information Technology Infrastructure Library, globally recognized guidelines on best practices for managing information technology. It offers a comprehensive understanding of the IT lifecycle and the related concepts and terminology.
  9. CCENT – Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician The certificate can verify your abilities to install, troubleshoot and manage simpler networks, basic network security, routing and switching, and skills to operate LAN and WAN technologies, wired and wireless networks.
  10. PMP – Project Management Professional A great certification for someone that would like to acquire skills in planning, scheduling, budgeting, and sizing the needs of a project. It will be valuable to specialists who want to progress within an organization and be put on the path to management.

What other IT certifications do you find valuable and would you add to this list?

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