Tuesday, 8 January 2019

Top 10 IT Certifications of 2019

Top 10 IT Certifications for 2019

The IT industry is predicted to keep growing in 2019 - as cloud, data protection and cyber security are now vital for all businesses.

Boost your career in 2019 by keeping your knowledge and skills up-to-date. Chosen using Firebrand’s insider data and industry knowledge, here are the top 10  IT certifications of 2019.

  • (ISC)2 CISSP
  • EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)
  • CompTIA Security+
  • Microsoft Azure Certifications
  • Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching
  • Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certified Solutions Architect
  • (ISC)2 Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)
  • The Open Group TOGAF® 9 (Level 1&2)
Read on for an in-depth look at the top 10 IT certifications of 2019. This list (in no particular order) covers certifications across cyber security, data protection, networking, cloud technology and project management.


There’s never been higher demand for qualified IT security professionals, following countless high-profile cyber-attacks, such as the NHS, British Airways, Facebook, Google+ and many more.

Become an expert in the practical and managerial aspects of enterprise security with the CISSP certification. Achieve it in just 6 days with Firebrand.

New in 2018 – the security of CISSP exams has increased. Firebrand is currently the only training provider that can offer CISSP and all (ISC)2 exams during the course at our training centre.


There’s high demand for CISM certified professionals, who earn £65,000 on average and up to £160,000 (ITJobsWatch).

You’ll get the skills you need to manage, design, oversee and assess enterprise information security.

Prove you're among the top information security managers with the CISM certification – get it with Firebrand in just 4 days.

3. EC-Council Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

Study the techniques used by malicious hackers to exploit businesses for vulnerabilities, then use this knowledge to protect your own business.

Learn how to use 2,500 hacking tools and achieve the CEH certification fast on Firebrand’s 5-day course.

4. CompTIA Security+

The CompTIA Security+ certification is recognised around the world as a mark of expertise for cyber security professionals.

Earning the certification proves you have the ability to install and configure systems to secure applications, networks, and devices. You'll demonstrate you have the skills to perform threat analysis and respond with appropriate mitigation techniques; participate in risk mitigation activities; and operate with an awareness of applicable policies, laws, and regulations. 

You can earn the CompTIA Security+ certification in just 3 days with Firebrand. Proving yourself as a cyber security expert. IT professionals entering the industry should also consider the CompTIA A+ and Network+ credentials - recognised as the go to certification for entry level roles.

5. Microsoft Azure Certifications

With Microsoft Azure skills you’ll bring the benefits of cloud to your company, reducing IT costs and increasing efficiency and security.

In 2019 Microsoft are phasing out the MCSA: Cloud Platform and MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure and replacing them with new role-based Azure certifications:
You can get any of these certifications fast this January with Firebrand.

6. Cisco CCNA Routing & Switching

One of the most respected associate-level certifications in IT, the CCNA is ideal for entry-level network engineers working with Cisco technologies.

Master the skills needed to install and configure enterprise branch networks with Firebrand’s accelerated 7-day CCNA course. Or get CCNAX certified in just 5 days.

7. Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certified Solutions Architect

The huge demand for AWS skills means businesses are willing to pay; £85,000 is the average salary for professionals who are AWS certified (ITJobsWatch).

Develop the knowledge and skills you need to build highly available, cost effective and secure applications on the AWS platform.

Prepare for the Solutions Architect exam in just 6 days. Or, achieve the Associate or Professional in just 3 days each.

8. (ISC)2 Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)

Nearly half of IT spending was cloud-based in 2018 (IDC) and it’s predicted to increase in 2019.

Get in-demand cloud security skills with the CCSP. You’ll master managing cloud environments, purchased cloud services and learn how to protect your cloud data from external threats. Achieve the CCSP in just 6 days.

Already CISSP certified? CISSP fulfils the prerequisites for the CCSP, so you’re ready to get CCSP certified.

9. The Open Group TOGAF® 9 (Level 1&2)

Boost productivity and improve the efficiency of your business’ enterprise architecture in only 3 days with the TOGAF® certification.

TOGAF® is the enterprise architecture standard used by the world’s leading organisations, and was recently updated to TOGAF® 9, version 9.2.

Firebrand’s 3-day accelerated TOGAF® course is accredited and includes exams.


Get certified in the global gold standard for European Data Protection, known as the Certified Information Privacy Professional/Europe (CIPP/E).

You’ll also become a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM) - the world's first and only privacy programme management certification.

Firebrand are an official IAPP partner and will get you CIPP/E CIPM certified in just 4 days.

Wednesday, 3 October 2018

Lloyds Banking Group apprentice with Firebrand Training nominated as IT Apprentice of the Year

“Don’t be shy, put yourself in positions that you wouldn’t normally be comfortable doing” claims Hannah Surry, the Level 3 Software Development Technician apprentice supporting Lloyds Banking Group. Hannah has just been shortlisted as IT Apprentice of the Year at the UK IT Industry Awards 2018.

Monday, 1 October 2018

Nick Nurock of Transport for London wins Firebrand’s 2018 Apprentice Mentor of the Year award

Firebrand Training is delighted to announce Nick Nurock, STEM Application Development Manager at Transport for London, as the winner of the Apprentice Mentor of the Year Award 2018.

Monday, 24 September 2018

Firebrand Gain Pearson VUE® Select Status: CISSP & CCSP Exams Included

Firebrand Gain Pearson VUE Select Status: CISSP & CCSP Exams Included
Right now Firebrand is the only UK training provider that can provide you with your (ISC)2 exam during your course. Firebrand has gained Pearson VUE® Select Status.

Monday, 17 September 2018

Data Protection: How To Choose The Right Certification

How to choose the right data protection certification

Recently you heard about the IAPP and our training and certification program in a feature: Complete Guide to IAPP Certification.

Monday, 10 September 2018

New A+ Certification Exam in 2019 – What’s Changing?

CompTIA A+ Certification, New Exam in 2019

Changes to the massively popular A+ certification are coming January 2019. The certification’s two exams – 220-901 and 220-902 – are set to be updated in line with modern technology and new regulations. They will get new names too: 220-1001 and 220-1002.

Firebrand apprentice advances at National Apprenticeship Awards 2018

Thomas Mynott, who is undertaking the Level 4 Software Developer apprenticeship at Transport for London (TfL), has been named as one of the 10 finalists in the London region for the Higher Apprentice of the Year category in the National Apprenticeship Awards (NAA).

Thursday, 6 September 2018

How Apprenticeships Are Accelerating Digital Transformation in SMEs

It’s an established fact that apprentices progress their careers more quickly by learning on the job, but Boston Digital’s all-star IT apprentice Cameron Fuller has taken this advantage to a new level.

Monday, 20 August 2018

Firebrand and Pathway CTM partner to provide the UK with digital skills talent

Firebrand Training is delighted to announce its partnership with Pathway CTM to support employers across the UK with their digital recruitment.

As employers use their Apprenticeship Levy funds to increase the number of apprentices in their business, it has become more important than ever to find the right recruits first time; young people ready to take advantage of a high-quality mix of training and work experience, preparing them for long-term career success.

Monday, 13 August 2018

CIPP, CIPM & CIPT - Complete Guide to IAPP Certification

CIPM, CIPT and CIPT Certification Guide

Any information that is stored digitally must be protected; data protection is not just a legal necessity, it’s crucial to protecting and maintaining your business.

Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Meet Hamish: Channel 4’s Cyber Security Apprentice Protecting the Paralympics [Case Study]

When he started looking for an apprenticeship, Hamish McGowan wasn’t looking specifically at a career in cyber security – in fact, he wasn’t even looking for a career in IT. ‘I was working for a plumbing company, fabricating pumps; I’d no idea what I really wanted to do. I stumbled across Channel 4’s apprenticeships webpage and found the application for the Cyber Security Technologist position.’ 

Friday, 3 August 2018

Case Study: Fidelity International fast-tracks digital transformation with apprentices

Fidelity International, the investments solutions group with more than 2 million clients across four continents, relies heavily on technology to keep their business going. Of Fidelity’s 7,500 employees worldwide, around 45% are IT and digital professionals – many of whom started their careers as apprentices and are now doing extremely well as fully fledged employees of the company.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Apprenticeship Levy: Your Unspent Training Budget

Apprenticeship Levy Your Unspent Training Budget

Right now, your organisation may have unused training funds that have been put aside for over a year. According to a study by DPG, 63% of managers still don’t know if they’re affected by the Apprenticeship Levy.

Monday, 2 July 2018

What’s new in TOGAF® Standard, version 9.2?

Togaf ® 9.2 Announced: What's New?
The Open Group has announced the release of TOGAF® standard, version 9.2 – the latest release of the world’s leading enterprise architecture framework.

TOGAF® is a vendor neutral framework used by top businesses to build a common body of enterprise architecture language and knowledge.

Thursday, 7 June 2018

Firebrand win (ISC)² Official Training Provider Recognition Award 2018

Firebrand win (ISC)2 training provider recognition award 2018

This week Firebrand Training was honoured with the ‘(ISC)² Official Training Provider Recognition Award 2018’ at Infosec Europe.

Tuesday, 29 May 2018

An Interview with Vinh, IT Support Analyst (and apprentice graduate) at Agent Provocateur

Wonder what life's like for a IT apprentice after they've graduated with Distinction? Two months after passing his Infrastructure Technician apprenticeship qualification, 26 year-old Vinh tells us how he managed to get praise from the CEO of a multi-million pound company, which Firebrand courses he’s found most useful, and what led him to achieving a Distinction in his apprenticeship.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Top 5 CCNP Books for Exam Revision in 2018

Top 5 CCNP Books for Exam Revision 2018

The CCNP: Routing and Switching is an intermediate-level certification that builds the knowledge and skills you gained on the CCNA: Routing and Switching.

Directed at network and system administrators planning and implementing Cisco’s high-end network solutions, the CCNP provides a more in-depth understanding of WAN/LAN and how they work. Achieve the CCNP and you could be on track for an average contractor salary of £99,400 according to CW Jobs.

Tuesday, 24 April 2018

Top 5 Microsoft Azure Certifications for 2018

Top 5 Microsoft Azure Certifications for 2018

2017 saw a rapid increase in cloud adoption, with UK enterprise cloud adoption reaching 88%, according to the Cloud Industry Forum. And it doesn’t look like it will end there – as of January 2018, 96% of businesses worldwide have fully or partially moved their infrastructure to the cloud (Right Scale, 2018).

Friday, 13 April 2018

Firebrand wins Digital Apprenticeship Provider of the Year at inaugural annual AAC Awards

Firebrand Training have been named Digital Apprenticeship Provider of the Year 2018 at the first AAC Apprenticeship Awards, recognising Firebrand’s instrumental work in bringing Digital Apprenticeships to the forefront of the UK economy.

Tuesday, 3 April 2018

Firebrand announce the fifth winner of Free Training For Life

Firebrand Announce the fifth winner of Free Training For Life
Our fifth Free Training For Life competition has come to a close. We’re now pleased to announce the lucky winner of the 2017/18 Free Training For Life competition!

Friday, 16 March 2018

What's new in the CEH v10? (Certified Ethical Hacker Certification)

CEH v10 announced, ethical hacking course

EC-Council has announced the CEH v10 – the tenth edition of the popular Certified Ethical Hacker certification.

Monday, 5 March 2018

GDPR Essentials - Quick Wins, Tools & Compliance

As the May 25th deadline moves closer, it’s vital that your business is ready to comply with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR).

Thursday, 1 March 2018

Benefits of The Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH) Certification

Benefits of CEH certification, CEH benefits

Last year popular technology news website, Beta News, discussed how ethical hacking roles were among the best in cyber security. The article referenced one of the most popular penetration testing certifications on the market, the Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH).

Wednesday, 21 February 2018

What are CompTIA Stackable Certifications?

What are CompTIA Stackable Certifications?

CompTIA Stackable Certifications launched in early 2018 and recognise professionals that have achieved multiple CompTIA certifications.

Monday, 19 February 2018

How Apprentices are Protecting the World’s Largest Broadcaster from Cyber Crime [Case study]

With common threats to broadcasting companies including piracy and broadcast signal intrusion, as well as personal information hacking and ransomware, the BBC is protecting its staff and audience from cyber-attacks through accelerated learning
As part of its plan to protect against cyber-attacks, the BBC is choosing to upskill and grow its cyber security skills through apprenticeships.

Friday, 9 February 2018

Firebrand shortlisted for Digital Apprenticeship Provider of the Year 2018

As part of the Inaugural AAC Apprenticeship Awards, Firebrand Training has been shortlisted for the Digital Apprenticeship Provider of the Year.

Friday, 2 February 2018

PenTest+ Your Guide to CompTIA's New Penetration Testing Certification

Pentest+ Penetration Testing Certification Guide

This summer, CompTIA will introduce the PenTest+ certification, a new intermediate level cyber security qualification and exam to complement their existing security portfolio.

Friday, 26 January 2018

10 Best Entry-Level IT Certifications to Launch Your Career in 2018

10 Best Entry level IT certifications for 2018

Getting certified is a proven way to advance your career in the IT industry. Whether you’ve recently finished an IT apprenticeship, are a university graduate or completely new to IT, a certification will prove your skills to managers and employers. But with thousands of certifications on the market, which should you achieve?

Monday, 15 January 2018

The 5 Best CCNA Books for Exam Revision in 2018

Best CCNA Certification Books

[Updated: This list of the best CCNA books was updated for 2018]

The CCNA is a challenging certification and a rite of passage for thousands of networking professionals across the globe. Achieve the CCNA certification and you’ll be on track for a rewarding career in networking and a £40,000 salary (ITJobsWatch).

To get the CCNA: Routing and Switching certification, you’ll need to pass two exams:

  • Exam 100-105 - Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 1 v3.0 (ICND1)
  • Exam 200-105 - Interconnecting Cisco Networking Devices Part 2 v3.0 (ICND2)

And whether you’re a networking professional or a newbie, revision is essential to pass these exams. To help you pass your CCNA exam first time, we’ve compiled a list of the best CCNA books for 2018:

  • Cisco CCNA Routing and Switching 200-125 Official Cert Guide Library (2016)
  • 101 Labs for the Cisco CCNA Exam: Exam - 200-125 and 100-105
  • CCNA Routing and Switching Complete Study Guide
  • CCNA Routing and Switching Portable Command Guide
  • 31 Days Before Your CCNA Routing & Switching Exam

Read on for an in-depth review of the top 5 best CCNA books for exam revision, chosen by Firebrand Training.

The 5 Best CEH Certification Books For 2018

CEH Certification Books

Updated: this article was updated for 2018

Cyber attacks are now among the top threats to businesses and consumers globally. Businesses need professionals with the CEH certification, but achieving this hacking qualification requires skill and determination.

Friday, 5 January 2018

Meet the apprentice fighting cybercrime at the BBC

The BBC and its 120-strong IT workforce has, for the first time, enrolled new recruits like Abraham Gordon, Cyber Security Analyst, onto Firebrand’s apprenticeship programmes to ensure they are protecting themselves against cyber-crime fast.

Thursday, 21 December 2017

Top 10 IT Certifications of 2018

Top 10 IT Certifications of 2018 Header Image

2018 is your opportunity to build new skills, expand your knowledge and get certified – but how do you decide what certifications you should achieve?

Monday, 18 December 2017

Firebrand named Top 20 IT Training Company for the eighth time!

Firebrand wins Top 20 IT Training Company 2018

We’re proud to announce that Firebrand Training has been named among the Top 20 IT Training Companies for the eight successive time.