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How to Get Online Technical Certification

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Are you looking to make a career advance or just make a career change in the current job market? [adsnese]An online technical certification program may facilitate these goals greatly. Today, there are many online technical certification programs available. These programs offer greater flexibility for those aspiring to broaden their knowledge and make themselves more qualified for employment and promotion.

I. Decide what kind of technical certification you want to pursue.

You know a number of technical certification programs are out there. Some of them are offered by educational institutions, while some may be offered by vendor-neutral organizations. Anyway, most of these programs are available online. Here is a list of 10 technical certifications that actually mean something in the technology industry.

• CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional)

• CCDA (Cisco Certified Design Associate)

• PMP (Project Management Professional)

• MCSD (Microsoft Certified Solution Developer)

• CCNP (Cisco Certified Network Professional)

• MCSE (MS Certified Systems Engineer)

• MACD (Microsoft Certified Applications Developer)

• CCSP (Cisco Certified Security Professional)

• VCP (VMware Certified Professional)

• ITIL v2 Foundations Certification

If for career promotion, you may have an idea of which certification to get. However, if for career change, you may need to figure out what career you are interested in first and then choose a relevant technical certification program. If you don’t have a specific career in mind, you can take advantage of an occupational guide to find an ideal job.

The U.S. Department of Labor creates an online occupational guide called O*NET OnLine. “As the nation’s primary source of occupational information, the O*NET OnLine offers detailed descriptions of the world of work for use by job seekers, workforce development and HR professionals, students, researchers and more.

II. Figure out whether you can meet the requirements of the technical certification you choose.

I have to tell you that there are requirements to gain a technical certification, such as meeting a certain hours’ education and passing particular exams. For instance, PMP certification candidates must have 35 hours of specific project management education. To acquire a MCAD, you are required to pass two core exams and one elective exam in an area of specialization.

As the requirements may vary from states to states, you’d better contact your state’s License and Certification Office for details. Of course, you can also find the requirements for certain technical certifications online.

Anyway, after deciding the technical certification, make sure to figure out the requirements for the certification. If the certification requires a certain amount of hours’ education, you can choose to attend an online program.

III. Research the schools that offer the technical certification program of your choice online.

To narrow down your choice, you can research the technical schools that offer technical certification programs online. Technical schools, also known as trade and vocational schools, is a type of higher education institutions in which students are taught the skills needed to perform a particular job.

In fact, technical schools are available in many types. Some technical schools are two-year colleges or part of large universities, while some are private institutions, supported mainly by private endowments. Despite how the school was founded, many of them have online courses on offer, which benefits non-traditional and busy students who are unable to attend campus-based classes.

As an added bonus, these programs generally cost reasonably, with a price range of $100 to $500 or more. Surely, they are more expensive than buying books, but a lot cheaper than college courses.

Anyway, if possible, opt for a program from an online school that leads directly to state certification in the technical field you choose. Some online schools offer technical certification with their programs. If you attend one of these schools, be sure they are accredited.

IV. Schedule and take a certification exam

It is great if your school prepares you for any professional certification exams. However, if not, you can also schedule and take a certification exam on your own. Just research online certification websites and find the one that offers a certification exam for your area of expertise.

For instance, the National Computer Science Academy (NCSA) offers online certification tests on a variety of software such as Windows, Office and HTML. ETA (Electronics Technicians Association) provides individuals with the opportunity to take any of its certification exams.

Once you locate an online certification exam site, set up a user account. This usually requires you to enter your email address, name, mailing address and a password.

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