The Value of Certification

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?”

Read more HERE.

January Member Meeting

Credential Engine: Pathways Data Model and CTDL Terms Proposal

Presenters: Jeanne Kitchens, Associate Director in Workforce Development at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and consultant for Credential Engine and Stuart A. Sutton, Associate Professor Emeritus in the Information School at University of Washington-Seattle and metadata consultant for Credential Engine

Thursday, January 17th 2019: 11:00am – 12:00pm CT

Abstract: Schools, states, professional organizations, employers, and many other organizations design pathways to achieve education and career goals.   To address the need for descriptions of pathways to be machine actionable, the Credential Engine has convened a work group to develop a data model and terms based on Linked Open Data principles.  The Pathways Work Group has concluded with a proposal for the model and terms to be included with the Credential Transparency Description Language (CTDL). The CTDL is available for anyone to use under an open license. The model and terms are now in a review period.  Stuart Sutton and Jeanne Kitchens will provide an overview of the data model and terms and invite participants to provide input.