IT Certification Roadmap Can Help Direct Your Career

CompTIA offers an interactive tool that could help navigate your next career move. IT professionals will find the IT Certification Roadmap to be very useful in finding out what certifications align with certain jobs.

The map breaks down your professional role into Beginner/Novice, Intermediate, Advanced, Specialist and Expert and lists careers such as Project Management, Software Architecture, Database Administration, and Security (to name a few). Simply click the boxes that best fit your needs to discover the types of certifications that would apply.

Give it a trial run today!


Certification Spotlight: Pete Warchol

Pete Warchol is currently employed by Randstad Technologies as a consultant. He is under contract to TD Bank as a Senior Technical Project Manager of IT infrastructure projects. Pete has a total of 100 professional certifications. 


Why did you first pursue a professional certification?
I first pursued getting certified in 1986, with Institute for Certification of Computer Professionals (ICCP) Associate Computer Professional, with COBOL (ACP). Since my undergraduate degree was in psychology, sociology and political science, I was interested in increasing my technical credibility.

Are you considering getting any additional credentials?
I have 100 professional certifications, and I’m always looking at new ones. I use the certification process as a way to measure my command of new material. Currently, I’m looking at the Microsoft Windows 2012 certifications and renewing my ISC2/CISSP certification, which I foolishly let expire.

What advice do you have for someone pursuing an IT certification?
Carefully consider your goals, then make good use of your time and money. You can use certifications to both reinforce your knowledge in your current role and to prepare for what you would like to do next. The road to a certificate can be time consuming and expensive, so careful planning is needed.

Here is how I usually break it down:

  • Determine what certification has value to you, your current employer or a future employer.
  • Determine what study materials are available, like books, CBT, hands-on classes; then which ones you can afford and that you are most comfortable with using.
  • Establish a plan, with time-related objectives. If you don’t, the time will pass, nothing will get done, and you won’t achieve your goals.

How has being a certification holder helped you make strides in your career?
In the past 20 years, they have consistently helped me get interviews. Employers like having independent verification of a prospective employee’s knowledge.

In my case, with so many certifications, many people are curious to meet me, even when I don’t perfectly match what they are currently seeking.

Can you describe a valuable professional experience that may not have been possible without certification?
There are three great jobs I’ve had that I never would have been considered for without my certifications, including my current one. My current client manager has many certifications and appreciates their value.

How has the field changed over the years?
As the saying goes, the more it changes, the more it stays the same. The current popular technologies are always changing, but old ones never completely disappear. There are always new and improved methodologies, but in the end it always comes down to the people implementing them in order to be successful. Information Technology is and always will be about input/process/output, just the mechanics change. Hard-working, flexible and well-trained people will always have opportunities for success.

Articles Pete has written:

James Tunkey of I-OnAsia to Present During ITCC Member Meeting

Attend the ITCC Member Meeting conference call tomorrow, March 20, at 11:00 a.m. Central for a presentation by James Tunkey of I-OnAsia called “Investigating Cheating.” 

Join the meeting here!

James Tunkey supports the CEO and I-On’s international office heads implement corporate strategy. Based in New York City, James also heads I-OnAmerica’s operational risk and security consultancy practice in the Western hemisphere. His responsibilities include the oversight of projects conducted on behalf of American clients overseas.

Prior to being assigned to New York, James lived and worked in Asia for 12 years. James has over a decade of leadership experience in investigations and risk consultancy in Asia; previously serving as the director of two major multi-national companies in the industry. James has undertaken groundbreaking Basel II compliance studies on the frequency and impact of operational risk events (e.g., fraud, intellectual property theft, terrorism, natural disasters, corruption) in Asia, and has been engaged on hundreds of assignments in the region. James received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Buffalo in Chinese Studies. He is fluent in Mandarin, a Permanent Resident of Hong Kong, and has extensive experience covering Indonesia, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, and Thailand.

James holds a TRIUM M.B.A., jointly conferred by the NYU Stern School of Business, the London School of Economics and Political Science, and the HEC School of Business in Paris. He is a graduate of the Kennedy School of Government’s Corruption Control & Organizational Integrity Program; and Hong Kong University’s Advanced Law Enforcement Interviewing Techniques Course.

James is a Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). His affiliations include:

His designations and affiliations include:

  • Regional Director of the New York Chapter of the Professional Risk Managers International Association
  • Member of PRMIA’s Regional Directors?Standards Committee
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the International Council of the Life Sciences
  • Member of the Board of Directors of the World Water Center
  • Member of the Council on Foreign Relations (Term 2005-2010)
  • Member of the International Institute for Strategic Studies
  • Member of the American Society for Industrial Security
  • Associate Member of the International Organization of Asian Organized Crime Investigators and Specialists