Blaze Your Trail to IT Accomplishment with Newly Updated Certification Success e-Book

A long time ago (1998) in a galaxy far away, I wrote an Exam Cram book titled IT Certification Success. Though the content has changed enormously, and delivery is now via the web and Pearson VUE, this free e-book remains available at under the title of Ed Tittel's IT Certification Success. We've started adding updates for 2015, so you'll want to check it out: 20-plus articles on a whole slew of interesting and evocative IT certification topics, with tips, tricks and helpful advice from yours truly.


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Still truckin' after all these years.


Before we realized that the content for this book changes too rapidly to keep up with in print, we went through five print editions: three for Coriolis Group Books (long since outlived by the book itself), and two more for Pearson VUE, where it's still available online today. Every year, we update those portions of the book that need revisions to keep up with the times, and just last week, the first of the 2015 updates to that content made its appearance in Benefits of IT Certification (2015 Edition). Of the 30 articles available at the home page for the book, over a dozen elements will be updated over the next six-to-eight weeks.


Here's a complete table of contents for this free e-book, with links to each of its constituent articles:


General Certification Information: Programs, Benefits, Pros and Cons

Why Vendors Like Certification Programs

Why Organizations and Professional Societies Build Cert Programs

Why Employers Like Cert Programs

General Certification Program Characteristics

Benefits of IT Certification

What's Not To Like About IT Cert Programs

Ranking Certifications, Part 1: One Method for Rating Certifications

Ranking Certifications, Part 2: The Ratings

Ranking Certifications (2014 Edition)


IT Certification Planning, Preparation, and Training

Overall Certification Preparation Overview

Certification and Career Self-Assessment: Can and Should You Do It?

Crafting a Personal Certification Plan

Understanding IT Certification Ladders

Build Your Own Customized IT Certification Ladder

Pros and Cons of Classroom and Online Training for Certification Prep

Using Practice Exams for Study and Preparation

Establishing a Certification Support System 


IT Certifications, Employment, and Career Planning and Development

Top Job Posting Web Sites

Using Job Posting Web Sites

Working with Professional Associations and Societies

Working with a Personal Network

Finding a Job That Fits

Working with Technical Recruiters


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IT Job Roles and Related Certifications of Interest

When Ideal IT Job Candidates Meet Real Job Requirements

An Ideal PC Technician

An Ideal Network Administrator

An Ideal IT Internetworking Professional

The Ideal Security Professional

An Ideal Project Manager

An Ideal Programmer


Check it out, or recommend it to friends, family members and colleagues looking get started (or keep going) down the certification trail. Enjoy!


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About the Author

Ed Tittel is a 30-plus-year computer industry veteran who's worked as a software developer, technical marketer, consultant, author, and researcher. Author of many books and articles, Ed also writes on certification topics for Tech Target, ComputerWorld and Win10.Guru. Check out his website at, where he also blogs daily on Windows 10 and 11 topics.