Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Entry-level Certification Training Gives Students What They Need

Teachers and professors, if you’re giving your students training for an entry-level type of certification—A+, Network+, etc.—you’re giving them exactly what they need, according to reports from certification industry experts.

“Certifications for workers in the information technology industry, historically targeted at professionals with at least a few years of experience on the job, are more and more being tailored for entry-level candidates,” wrote Certification Magazine’s John Venator. And we’ve noticed that at TestOut as well. Our LabSim A+ training course is by far the most studied course.

The A+ industry-standard certification is required by many corporations for their IT and technical support staff because it demonstrates a broad base of knowledge and competency in areas like installation, preventative maintenance, networking, security, and troubleshooting. When schools incorporate training for a certification exam such as A+ into their technology curriculum, they’re teaching students the core concepts that corporations need most in their employees but frequently can’t find. Preparing students with A+ and other entry-level certifications gives them a powerful advantage as they begin their job search.

Higher-level certifications will certainly still be useful for your students, but more important in the future, when they’ve chosen a specialization for their career. “Certification vendors have begun targeting the entry-level crowd, offering certs aimed at proving your starting point rather than your final destination. The traditional, powerhouse, industry-standard type certifications aren’t going away, but they are getting augmented with a throwback to the apprentice levels and a future eye toward the specialization sector,” wrote Certification Magazine’s Matt Walker.

We’re sure many of you have seen your students succeed because of the starting point they received through certification training in your classroom. We’d love to hear your experiences! Leave a comment or email us at experience@testout.com.

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