Based on a NetworkWorld November 2011 survey, the answer is YES. Of the 700 network professionals surveyed 60% said certification led to a new job; 50% said they earned more pay, 40% said their pay increased by more than 10% and 29% said that getting certified led to a promotion.
The other fact that came out in the survey is that EXPERIENCE is mandatory. Taking courses and passing exams alone will not do the trick. I’ve been in the field of technical training for 22 years and think that certifications help employers and perspective employers asses candidates. If you are employed and up for a pay raise and can show certifications among your accomplishments that may boost your bottom-line. If you are competing for a job and show certification in key areas, that may boost your chances when compared to the other candidates.
My bottom-line where training is concerned is to make sure that whatever is being taught that learning actually takes place. If you decide to get certified make sure you pick a training partner that uses instructors that work and teach in their field. Make sure the courses teach by example and include hands-on labs so you get to work with the technology and implement what you are learning. Make sure your training provider offers after class support. This is especially important if you are taking a live classroom course.
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