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Certification Watch: Vol. 24, Issue 11

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, ISACA has a new foundation-level IT skills certification, CompTIA encourages IT professionals to concentrate on their personal brand, and more.

ISACA Launches Cert for Entry-Level Tech Professionals

 

ISACA is launching its first foundation-level IT certification.IT professional association ISACA has a global reputation for the value of its portfolio of expert-level certifications addressing various aspects of cybersecurity and IT governance. ISACA certs provide value both to employers, who get a credentialed expert to function in critical job roles, and to IT professionals, who typically enjoy a salary approaching, at, or above six figures. Now, with the launch of a new foundation-level general IT skills certification, the august organization is aiming to capture a share of the not insignificant market for teaching basic IT skills to students, career switchers, and tech-aligned professionals in non-IT careers. The newly minted Information Technology Certified Associate (ITCA) certification verifies basic competency in five domains: Computing Fundamentals, Networks and Infrastructure Fundamentals, Cybersecurity Fundamentals, Software Development Fundamentals, and Data Science Fundamentals. IT certification has a growing presence in high schools and at community colleges, where the likes of Google, CompTIA, Cisco, and Microsoft have made notable inroads in recent years. ISACA has now at least opened up the possibility of grabbing its own slice of that lucrative pie, while at the same time potentially opening a pipeline to funnel young professionals toward its more advanced credentials.

 

ISACA Launches Cert for Entry-Level Tech Professionals, Part 2

 

Beyond our own speculation, ISACA CPO Nader Qaimari took to the ISACA Now Blog this week to discuss the thinking behind ISACA's new ITCA credential. He makes the case for ISACA's entry to the foundation-level skills certification arena based on the well-documented and widespread scarcity of IT professionals in general. ISACA's own assessment of the current crop of IT students and graduates is that they're rushing to join a promising workplace without much more to build their careers on than a desire to participate. The students who attempt to launch an IT course of study don't understand the basics, and even the graduates exiting colleges and universities have key gaps in their understanding. Qaimari also acknowledges that many of ISACA's existing credentials are fairly well outside the reach of young professionals. For most of its history, he writes, "we offered very little to a college student looking to demonstrate her skills in IT or an unemployed marketer who is looking to switch careers entirely and does not know where to start." The ITCA will still be challenging: Qaimari reports that the new certification exam is performance-based. ITCA is also modular — the full certification requires completion of all five domains, but candidates can get an individual ISACA certificate for each of its domains they complete.

 

Dice Tells IT Professionals What Their Experience Is Worth

 

Strictly speaking, you can't measure the value of professional experience in dollars and cents. You can ask IT professionals how much money they make, on the other hand, as well as how long they've been employed in IT.  There's a little more special sauce to it than that, but in a nutshell tech employment facilitator Dice has triangulated the appropriate parameters and is ready to offer some facts and figures. A new post to Insights, the official Dice blog, predicts how much IT professionals can expect to earn based of the number years they've been employed in the overall IT field. Assessing salary and linking it to work experience is never an exact science, but there's pretty good data here for people who want to get a sense of their future earning potential.

 

CompTIA to Tech Pros: Don't Just Work in IT

 

Take time to work on your personal IT brand.There are plenty of people who go to work each day, check the boxes they are supposed to check, and go home to stream their favorite show. That's good enough to collect a paycheck but it's not good enough to build a career. Guest blogger Kanika Tolver, CEO and found of Career Rehab, explains the difference in a new post to the official blog of tech industry association CompTIA. Tolver challenges readers to create a personal brand that will help them stand out at every point on their career journey. That includes taking extra steps like keeping track of your weekly accomplishments so that you don't have to hem and haw through your next performance review. Tolver has lots of good advice, even for established professionals.

 

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