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IT Certification FAQ

Can Certification Compensate For Inexperience?

Not entirely. Hands-on experience is still a key criterion in determining your qualifications for a particular position. And in some ways, tests have gotten a bad rap; some think good test scores only prove that you are a good test taker, so the fact that you passed a particular exam will likely be taken with a grain of salt. That's the bad news.

The good news is that certification absolutely does supplement experience. If you have some experience and a related certification, you will come out ahead of the person with only the experience, and you may be considered at least equally as qualified as a person with slightly more work experience but no recent credentials.

On top of that, certification is something you can earn now, starting today. Work experience requires time to accrue, and there is little you can do to speed the process. Completing certification training and exams will give you a professional designation and expand your technical knowledge.

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