Monday, 19 September 2011

Top 5 Certifications to Start Your IT Career

Are you thinking of getting into IT? We’ve listed out 5 certifications that we think are the most effective way of entering the IT world. Once you have one of these, you can begin to gain the experience and higher certifications that will land you a great IT career:


A+ certification is considered, by many, a benchmark for people who want to enter the IT World. The Comptia A+ certification is the industry standard for computer support technicians. It provides competence in areas such as installation, preventative maintenance, networking, security and troubleshooting. It is part of the certification track for corporations such as Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco and Novell, and has become a requirement for their engineers. It has been gained by more than 700,000 people worldwide since the program’s inception in 1993.


Microsoft Certified Professional is the stepping stone for any Microsoft certification. You become an MCP once you pass for your first exam, and then it keeps on updating as you do more advanced courses like MCITP, MCTS, MCSD and more.


CCNA requires dedicated training and some professionals may find it hard if they are completely new to IT. Cisco certifications are world renowned and respected. Once you gain your certification, and some experience, you can move on to more advanced certifications like CCNP.


Sun MySQL database is the world's most popular open source database because of its fast performance, high reliability, ease of use, and dramatic cost savings. 


This is the first step to higher Java certifications and will prove your skills as a Java programmer. The only prerequisite is that you must understand the fundamentals of the language.