SURVEY POINTS TO VALUE OF CERTIFICATION FOR TECHNICAL PROFESSIONALS

Dec 9, 2000
12:20pm

MENLO PARK, CA -- For information technology (IT) professionals, technical certification and the expertise it represents clearly enhances long-term job prospects, suggests a recent survey. An overwhelming 83 percent of IT consultants said that technical certification was a valuable tool for advancement.

The top technical certifications were MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer) and CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert), which ranked first and second, respectively, among IT consultants.

The survey was developed by RHI Consulting, a leading specialized consulting firm that provides information technology (IT) professionals on a project basis. It was conducted by an independent research firm and includes responses from 470 IT consultants who work for RHI Consulting.

Consultants were asked, "How important are technical certifications such as a CNE (Certified NetWare Engineer), MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer), and OCP (Oracle Certified Professional) to an IT professional's career advancement prospects?" Their responses:

Very important
Somewhat important
Somewhat unimportant
Not at all important
Don't know
39%
44%
11%
5%
    1%
100%

Consultants were also asked, "What is the single most valuable professional certification an IT professional can own?" Of those providing a response:

MCSE (Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer)
CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert)
CNE (Certified NetWare Engineer)
MCSD (Microsoft Certified Solution Developer)
OCP (Oracle Certified Professional)
A+ Certification
Other
Not valuable
42%
13%
4%
4%
3%
2%
17%
  15%
100%

"In a field that depends so heavily on technical competency, certification provides a universal measure of assurance that a job applicant possesses the requisite skills for working with an advanced software or hardware application," said Greg Scileppi, executive director of RHI Consulting. Scileppi added that on-the-job experience, however, remains a priority when evaluating prospective hires, and such intangibles as communication abilities and business acumen cannot be overlooked.

"Information systems have never been more critical to business operations, and consequently, hiring criteria for IT personnel are necessarily stringent. For example, it's not unusual for companies, particularly staffing firms, to include technical skills tests as part of the candidate screening process," Scileppi said.

He added that the proliferation of client/server systems combined with Internet-based initiatives are fueling the demand for networking certifications. Networking has ranked as the hottest IT specialty for three consecutive years in RHI Consulting's biannual Hot Jobs survey of CIOs.

RHI Consulting provides firms with skilled IT professionals for projects ranging from multi-platform systems integration to help desk and network support. It has more than 100 locations in North America and Europe, and offers online job search services at www.rhic.com.

 

 

 

 


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