There’s something about the word “certified” when it precedes a professional title that conveys the consumers and employers a sense of trust, credibility, knowledge and an official “stamp” of approval. This is not a coincidence. IT certification has long been a proven means of differentiation and qualification among professionals in the industry. Employers often include certification as a prerequisite when seeking qualified candidates to fill positions; consumers often trust only those IT professionals who boast credentials proving they have attained a certain level of knowledge.
IT certifications carry tremendous value. For those of us in the industry, we understand this statement to be inherently true. However, how do we define that value if we are asked by our peers, our bosses, or our customers, to do so?
The ITCC Value of Certification white paper is designed to help you answer that question, if it comes up, or to simply help you appreciate the worth you receive after investing your time and effort in preparing for and achieving your certifications. Some important statistics examined include:
- 50% of the business partner firms asked stated that certified staff provide a competitive advantage
- 75% of survey respondents say that IT certifications offer a meaningful indication of job skills and knowledge
- 65% of firms said that certified staff increases their credibility with customers
By referencing a variety of key research and other studies on certification, this ITCC paper looks at value from the perspective of the IT Professional, Business Partner and Decision Maker— each having a slightly different reason to ask the underlying question of “Why get IT Certified?”