IT Certifications: What are they? Why are they important?

Created in 1982, the Computer Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a non-profit, global provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications. CompTIA administers its certification exams through Pearson VUE testing centers. Today, these certifications are increasingly important for obtaining IT positions and advancing in an IT career.

For example,  over 90% of employers report that IT certification holders are more likely to be hired, promoted, and retained than those without IT certifications. In addition, certified workers are likely to be paid more even when they have less on-the-job experience. Because certifications represent consistent skillsets, employers can be assured of the specific expertise that a job applicant or employee is likely to have and effectively fill team skill gaps where they exist.

Individuals who invest time and money into gaining certifications also demonstrate important qualities that employers value such as self-discipline, hard work, and long-term vision. Such dedicated professionals show their eagerness to keep up with industry developments and adapt to the changing demands of a job.

Three of the most common CompTIA certifications

CompTIA A+ leading to positions such as:

  • Technical Support Specialist
  • Field Service Technician
  • IT Support Technician
  • IT Support Administrator
  • IT Support Specialist

CompTIA’s Network+ leading to positions such as:

  • Network Field Technician/Engineer
  • Network Administrator
  • Help Desk Technician
  • Network Support Specialist
  • Network Analyst

CompTIA’s Security+ leading to such positions as:

  • Security Engineer
  • Security Consultant
  • Network Administrator
  • Information Assurance Technician or Manager
  • Cyber Threat Analyst

Why Carolina Career College?

CCC is a private vocational school licensed by the State of North Carolina and accredited by the Accrediting Counsel for Continuing Education and Training (ACCET). As such, our school provides the quality classroom training to aid students in passing the rigorous CompTIA certification exams. The curriculum at Carolina Career College is specifically focused on preparing students to gain certifications needed for four specific IT roles:

Security and Network Infrastructure Specialist

The Security and Network Infrastructure Specialist program helps prepare students for technical opportunities that specialize in network administration with an emphasis in security. Students learn to repair and maintain network, desktop and server systems, provide customer support for help desk, identify and troubleshoot network security issues, and install and manage LANs and WANs.

Certifications associated with these skills include:

  • CompTIA A+ 220-1001 and CompTIA A+ 220-1002
  • CompTIA Network+ N10-007
  • Microsoft Windows 10 (MD-100)
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)
  • CompTIA Security+ SY0-501
  • CompTIA Cloud+ (CV0-002)
  • Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician 100-105
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate 200-105

Systems Administrator

The Systems Administrator program helps prepare students for technical opportunities that specialize in operating systems and server administration. Students learn to implement client computer management policies, understand and manage remote administration and virtualization, install and configure basic network infrastructure, and repair and maintain network desktop and server systems.

Certifications associated with these tasks include:

  • CompTIA A+ 220-1001 and CompTIA A+ 220-1002
  • CompTIA Network+ N10-007
  • Microsoft Windows 10 (MD-100)
  • Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate (MCSA)

Network and Systems Specialist

The Network and Systems Specialist program helps prepare students for technical opportunities that specialize in network administration. Students learn to install, configure, manage, and troubleshoot LANs and WANs, monitor and maintain network performance, and implement and manage wireless networks.

Certifications associated with these tasks include:

  • CompTIA A+ 220-1001 and CompTIA A+ 220-1002
  • CompTIA Network+ N10-007
  • Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician 100-105
  • Cisco Certified Network Associate 200-105

Desktop Support Technician

The Desktop Support Technician program helps prepare students for technical opportunities that include installing and maintaining network hardware, operating systems, and software. Students learn to install peripheral computer and network devices, install and configure basic network infrastructure, troubleshoot network and operating systems issues, and repair and maintain network desktop systems.

Certification associated with these tasks include:

  • CompTIA A+ 220-1001 and CompTIA A+ 220-1002
  • CompTIA Network+ N10-007
  • Microsoft Windows 10 (MD-100)

IT Degree or Certification?

There is considerable debate about whether an IT-related college degree or an IT certification is more helpful in getting a good job. In an ideal world, employers would prefer both. But as a practical matter, most people hoping to enter the IT field or advance in that field have neither the time nor the money to afford both.  Students looking for more immediate employment have found that obtaining IT certifications through an institution like Carolina Career College is the faster and less expensive alternative.

We can help!

Deciding whether an IT degree or IT certification is better for you can be confusing. Likewise, the details surrounding each certification can be difficult to understand. CCC’s exceptional Team Members can help you sort through your options and design a learning program best suited to your career goals.

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