Computer certifications exist for a single purpose: to provide a measurable account of a specific set of skills and/or product knowledge. A certification is proof in case you are an expert. The path you must take to become certified will provide you with the tools to become one in case you are not yet an expert. There are many paths to certification and the first step is to do some research. Spend some time defining your current skills, deciding where you want to take your career, and then look at the certifications that are applicable to your goals. There are several resources on this site that will help you decide what, certifications are right for you, if any. There are quite a few people trying to decide how to get into IT. There are several discussions in the forum that will provide insight into how others are making their way into IT from those just out of school, to mid and late career changers. Feel free to post your own questions and get advice from those who have "been there, done that". Check out the glossary in case you just need to get a handle on what certifications are out there, how much they cost, and what you need to do to get one.

 

Certification for beginners

The best way to get this information is by using the links to the left. But here are some of the most popular resources for your immediate gratification. They include, for example, How to get a Microsoft certification and Cisco Resources. Well, there is my link to all of the great places that provide free and fee-based practice tests, there are the ones that are on this site (free and no registration required!), or there are several links in each individual subject (Cisco, Microsoft, CompTIA, etc.) to the left. Use all of these to find the the best practice tests on the internet. There are two places that you can register for most IT certification exams. The first is VUE and the second is Prometric. Both offer online registration and several locations worldwide. You can search for a training center near you and get all of the information you will need to sign up for and take your exams. In most cases you will need to show up with nothing more than a picture ID. For detailed information on exam objectives, time limits, and number of questions, you must visit the vendor's website. What is computer certification, and how do I get it? Computer certifications exist for a single purpose: to provide a measurable account of a specific set of skills and/or product knowledge. If you are an expert, a certification is proof. If you are not yet an expert, the path you must take to become certified will provide you with the tools to become one. Spend some time defining your current skills, deciding where you want to take your career, and then look at the certifications that are applicable to your goals