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Certifications Recognized in the Industry
Telecommunications Industry Association (TIA)
- along with leading suppliers and channel partners - established industry-standard, vendor-neutral exams to indicate an individual's readiness for product-specific training. In fact, that's why TIA has developed two exams and certifications to confirm the base-level knowledge and address the needs of employers for convergence solutions: the
Convergence Technologies Professional (CTP)
certification and the
Certified in Convergent Network Technologies (CCNT)
credential. CCNT, TIA's first exam for convergence professionals, is a self-paced, online exam. TIA's CTP certification was launched in 2002 to address industry demand for a higher-level proctored exam.
CompTIA Certification Programs
CompTIA certification programs are the recognized industry standards for foundation-level information technology (IT) skills. Best known for the A+ certification, CompTIA offers many certifications in key technology areas. Many of our certifications are electives or prerequisites towards advanced certifications, such as Microsoft's MCSA and Novell's CNE.
CompTIA DHTI+ Certification
The CompTIA DHTI+ certification is based on a set of standards designed to measure the mastery of core competencies regarding the installation, integration and troubleshooting of the following automated home sub-systems: Security and surveillance systems, audio/video, networking, telephony/VoIP, home control management, and project management.
CompTIA Security+ Certification
Earning a CompTIA Security+ certification provides individuals with a recognized industry credential that offers proof of knowledge and expertise in security topics, such as communication security, infrastructure security, cryptography, access control, authentication, external attack and operational and organization security.
CompTIA Network+ Certification
Earning a CompTIA Network+ certification demonstrates that a candidate can describe the features and functions of networking components, and possesses the knowledge and skills needed to install, configure and troubleshoot basic networking hardware, protocols and services. The exam tests technical ability in the areas of media and topologies, protocols and standards, network implementation, and network support. The exam also covers new technologies such as wireless networking and gigabit Ethernet.
CompTIA A+ Certification
Earning CompTIA A+ certification proves that a candidate has a broad base of knowledge and competency in core hardware and operating system technologies including installation, configuration, diagnosing, preventive maintenance and basic networking.
CompTIA Server+ Certification
The CompTIA Server+ certification credential validates advanced-level technical competency of server issues and technology, including installation, configuration, upgrading, maintenance, environment, troubleshooting and disaster recovery. This certification is geared toward mid- to upper-level technicians.
CompTIA Linux+ Certification
Earning the CompTIA Linux+ designation means that the candidate can explain fundamental open source resources/licenses, demonstrate knowledge of user administration, understand file permissions/software configurations and manage local storage devices and network protocols.
Cisco Certifications General Certifications
and Focused Certifications
Cisco offers three levels of general certification representing increasing levels of expertise: Associate, Professional, and Expert (CCIE). Different tracks across these levels align with varying career needs. A variety of focused Cisco Qualified Specialist certifications are available as well to show knowledge in specific technologies, solutions or job roles.
General Certifications: Three Levels of Certification
The first step in Cisco networking begins at the Associate level. Think of this as the apprentice or foundation level of networking certification.
This is the advanced or journeyman level of certification.
This is CCIE, the highest level of achievement for network professionals, certifying an individual as an expert or master.
General Certifications: Seven Different Paths
Routing and Switching:
This path is for professionals who install and support Cisco technology-based networks in which LAN and WAN routers and switches reside.
This path is aimed at professionals who design Cisco technology-based networks in which LAN and WAN routers and switches reside.
This path is directed toward network professionals who design and implement Cisco Secure networks.
This path is aimed at professionals working with infrastructure or access solutions in a Cisco end-to-end environment primarily within the telecommunications arena.
This path is for professionals who implement storage solutions over extended network infrastructure using multiple transport options.
This path is directed toward network professionals who install and maintain Voice solutions over IP networks.
This path is designed for network professionals who configure, implement and support wireless networks.
Focused Certifications: Cisco Qualified Specialist
A variety of Cisco Qualified Specialist focused certifications are available to show knowledge in specific technologies, solutions, or job role. New certifications are added to this list regularly.
Cisco Certifications are:
CCIE, Communications and Services
Cisco IP Telephony Design Specialist
Cisco IP Telephony Operations Specialist
Cisco IP Telephony Support Specialist