How to get ICT Certified
Getting a computer certification requires time and hard work. In order for certifications to be respected, they must represent effort on your part. Although there are hundreds to pick from, the basic steps to getting certified are the same. The following steps will help you find the right study materials, get training, and sign up for your exam. Good Luck!
Decide on a certification
This may sound obvious, but there are a lot of people who are not sure which certifications are respected in their chosen industry. Good resources for this are peers, managers, and if you’re still unsure, try posting your thoughts and questions in our forum. There are many others visiting and posting in the forum with the experience to help you decide.
Evaluate your experience
Once you know what certification you are going to pursue, you must take a realistic look at how much experience you have with the material and decide what type of study or training is needed. Research the certification requirements to find out what is expected. For example, CompTIA’s A+ suggests that you have 6 months of experience as a technician, while an upper-level cert such as the PMP requires 5-10 years of experience.
Study and do hands on training
If you are an expert in your field, with the experience and knowledge to dive directly into the exams, a good exam preparation book will be the best way for you to study.
If you are new to the subject, or need some hands-on experience, you will benefit greatly from online or classroom training. In both cases, some good practice questions are definitely worth the money to ensure you pass your exams.
Register for your exam
The final step is the simplest. Most certification vendors allow you to register through either Prometric or Pearson Vue. There are also a few that require that you register directly through the vendor.
Once you have passed your exams, be sure to find out what re-certification or continuing certification requirements are required. Some certifications require that you pass updated exams and others accept continuing education credits. Still others are good for life and never expire.
Original article from: http://certification.about.com/od/selfstudy/ht/get_certified.htm by Dori Reuscher, former About.com Guide
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