Browse Definitions :
Definition

certification

In information technology as in other fields such as teaching, accounting, and acupuncture, certification is a formal process of making certain that an individual is qualified in terms of particular knowledge or skills. Certification programs are often fostered or supervised by some certifying agency, such as a professional association. Some major computer software and hardware vendors provide a certification program for installers of their product, such as Microsoft's Certified Systems Engineer ( MCSE ) for its Windows operating systems, IBM's Certified Lotus Specialist (CLS), and Cisco's Certified Internetwork Professional (CCIP). The A+ certification program is a certification that attests to general computer installation and customization knowledge and capabilities.

Within the IT world, certification is not always absolutely required and there remains some discussion comparing the relative merits of experience and certification. Nevertheless -- all other things being equal -- certification may give the job (or raise) seeker a critical edge over the competition.

This was last updated in January 2006

Next Steps

CompTIA ITF+ practice test questions and answers

Continue Reading About certification

Join the conversation

2 comments

Send me notifications when other members comment.

Please create a username to comment.

I think that it's a big deal to be certified in the right areas, and by the right organization. It seems like companies are looking for competent people, and the best way to gauge that is by the certifications they have been able to earn. If you can earn the certifications, there's no doubt it would increase the chance to get a particular job as well as increase the amount of money that you're worth, right?!
Cancel
I found a website that really helped me to pick up my A+ certification by offering practice tests for me to take in advance. I wanted to make sure my $293 to take the exam wasn't going to waste. I was successful with www.certfaster.com. Has anyone else had a chance to use them as well? Thoughts?
Cancel

SearchCompliance

  • risk assessment

    Risk assessment is the identification of hazards that could negatively impact an organization's ability to conduct business.

  • PCI DSS (Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard)

    The Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI DSS) is a widely accepted set of policies and procedures intended to ...

  • risk management

    Risk management is the process of identifying, assessing and controlling threats to an organization's capital and earnings.

SearchSecurity

SearchHealthIT

SearchDisasterRecovery

  • call tree

    A call tree is a layered hierarchical communication model that is used to notify specific individuals of an event and coordinate ...

  • Disaster Recovery as a Service (DRaaS)

    Disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS) is the replication and hosting of physical or virtual servers by a third party to provide ...

  • cloud disaster recovery (cloud DR)

    Cloud disaster recovery (cloud DR) is a combination of strategies and services intended to back up data, applications and other ...

SearchStorage

Close