Friday, 17 May 2019

The 5 Best CCNA Books for Exam Revision in 2019

Best CCNA Certification Books


[Update: This list of the best CCNA books was updated for 2019]

The CCNA has distinguished itself as 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 an average salary of over £60,000.


Top 5 CCNP Books for Exam Revision in 2019

Top 5 CCNP Books for Exam Revision 2019
[This post has been updated for 2019]

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 £96,400 according to CW Jobs.

The 5 Best CEH Certification Books For 2019

CEH Certification Books 2019


Updated: this article was updated for 2019

Cyber attacks are now among the top threats to businesses and consumers globally. The BBC accounted more than half of British firms have reported cyber attacks in 2019 already. The need for professionals with the Certified Ethical Hacker certification (CEH) is rapidly increasing, but achieving this qualification requires skill and determination.

10 Best Six Sigma Books For 2019

Best Six Sigma Books
[This post has been updated for 2019]

Six Sigma is a data-driven approach to eliminate defects in any business process. From application development to manufacturing, the right implementation of Six Sigma can help you to improve processes by finding and removing the causes of errors.


Wednesday, 1 May 2019

The Free Training for Life Winner of 2019 is…

Winner of Free Training for Life 2019 Announced









Every year someone wins the opportunity of a lifetime - unlimited free access to over 700 accelerated training courses. This year thousands of professionals entered across 14 countries, from IT technicians to expert penetration testers, in the hope to become 2019’s Free Training for Life (FTFL) winner.

Thursday, 25 April 2019

Here's Why You Want to Become a Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Expert

Here's Why You Want to Become a Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Expert














Microsoft Azure Solutions Architect Expert teaches you the skills you need to design solutions that run on Microsoft Azure.

With Azure identified as one of the fastest growing cloud providers - 85% of the Fortune 500 companies have confirmed they already use Azure - as the problem solver, this certification is one of the most in-demand certifications at the moment.


Become a Microsoft 365 Certified Enterprise Administrator Expert

Microsoft 365 Certified Enterprise Administrator Expert

The Modern Workplace with Microsoft 365 is a space where businesses have the opportunity to develop themselves. This includes inspiring their employees, being creative with customer services and operations – essentially adopting and adapting the business’ progression models.

Microsoft Enterprise Administrator Expert is based on the Modern Workplace. It consists of planning, migrating, evaluating, managing and deploying Microsoft 365 services.

Wednesday, 24 April 2019

Discover 2019's Microsoft Certified Azure Developer Associate

Discover 2019's Microsoft Certified Azure Developer Associate















In early 2018, Microsoft announced a huge restructuring to their certifications. This came about as a reaction to the growing demand for more job-specific certifications. The Microsoft Certified Azure Developer Associate is 1 of the 6 new role-based certifications that represent a new generation of Microsoft learning.

Thursday, 18 April 2019

Microsoft Azure Administrator Associate - Everything You Need to Know

Microsoft Azure Administrator Associate - Everything You Need to Know


The cloud computing market is forecast to hit a whopping $411 billion by 2020, according to new research by CenturyLink and Statista. This progress has resulted in a huge increase in demand for qualified cloud administrators that’s only going to grow.

Microsoft Certified Azure Administrator Associate certification was developed using advanced Job Task Analysis – this means you’ll learn the skills and knowledge relevant to becoming a successful Azure Administrator.


Friday, 12 April 2019

Firebrand Launch Support for BAE Systems' Intelligence Network

Firebrand supports BAE Systems Intelligence Network

Firebrand has just announced corporate support for BAE Systems’ Intelligence Network, a growing community of cyber and financial crime professionals and industry figures.

Introducing the Updated HCISPP for 2019

Introducing the Updated HCISPP for 2019 Title Image




















The HealthCare Information Security Protection Practitioner (HCISPP) is the most respected certification that teaches you how best to protect healthcare organisations and sensitive data against potential threats.

Healthcare IT is a growing domain within the IT industry. With the HCISPP, you’ll gain the expertise to protect sensitive healthcare information, improve patient quality of care by recognising the risks and potential consequences of exposed data - all using the proper techniques.


Wednesday, 3 April 2019

The Complete Guide to AXELOS' ITIL 4 Certification

The Complete Guide to AXELOS' ITIL 4 Certification

For the last 30 years, AXELOS’ IT Information Library (ITIL) has been recognised as the world’s leading best practice framework for IT management, used by millions of professionals globally.

The ITIL 4 Foundation certification was launched on the 28th of February 2019, AXELOS’ first update in over 10 years. Margo Leach, Chief Product Officer at AXELOS, said, “There is a lot of excitement… The feedback we have had so far has been extremely positive.”

Here’s a quick look at the most important changes introduced in ITIL 4:

Monday, 1 April 2019

The new CCSP for 2019 - Domain Refresh

The new CCSP for 2019 - Domain Refresh

(ISC)² introduced the Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP) certification in 2015 to address the growing need for highly skilled cloud security professionals. It’s a globally recognised way of proving your expertise in securing cloud infrastructure and ranked 5th in the Certification Magazine’s 2019 Salary Survey.

The CCSP’s first update has been announced for August 1st 2019. 


Monday, 18 February 2019

ECIH v2 released by EC-Council (Certified Incident Handler)

ECIH v2 Update Certified Incident Handler title image
EC-Council’s Certified Incident Handler (ECIH) is one of the most globally respected incident handling certifications. It covers how to prepare for, manage and recover from a wide range of incident threats to an organisation.

On the 15th of February EC-Council released ECIH Version 2 (v2). As a top EC-Council partner, Firebrand had the chance to preview the new certification.

Here’s a quick look at the changes introduced in the ECIH v2:

Friday, 8 February 2019

Firebrand trains 1000th digital apprentice to achieve accreditation by the British Computer Society (BCS)








Hannah Surry, a Level 3 Software Development Technician apprentice working for Lloyds Banking Group, became the 1000th apprentice to be accredited by the BCS in December. 

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.

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, 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.