Cisco has been in the certification business since 1993, and in that time we have learned a lot about what gives certifications value to you, the technology professional.
Those who are new to the idea of certification or those who are putting in some long nights studying for their first certification exam might ask “why get certified?”
To that question, we’d like to offer our assessment of nine of the meatiest benefits for making the commitment:
The systematic study of your field via a certification program can help you understand it inside and out so that you are more adept at attacking technical and business problems at many levels to arrive at a solution.
A good certification program offers discipline and repeated practice—with the structure to help you deeply engrain a skill set, and perform tasks more effectively and efficiently.
Think of certification as a badge of honor that the rest of the world accepts and buys into. Achievement via a strong certification program establishes with peers, employers, and customers that you know what you’re doing.
We don't mean responsibility as in "obligation," we mean the ability to take on added responsibility from your employer that will help you grow in your career.
With the knowledge and increased skill gained from certification, and the rewards that accrue to that, comes increased confidence to do the job, which can build even further progress and self-assurance.
Those who certify and gain new skills and knowledge in the process stand a greater chance of breaking out of possible job silos, taking advantage of cross-functional team roles, and being in better position for exciting career change.
Time and again, we hear that certification is one of those assets that employers automatically look for when it comes time to seek out new talent.
Being certified gets you noticed by your employer, who is more likely to remember your initiative when making decisions about promotion.
As this list demonstrates, there is much more to certification than a fatter paycheck, but with advancement and career progression, more money can follow.
For more testimonial that certification in general, and Cisco certification in particular, is worth it, take some time to listen to the four recorded sessions
with networking professionals here. They are from our video series "Real Talk with CCNA-Certified Pros."
Franklin Morillo Montas
CCNA and CCNP R&S
CCENT, CCNA R&S
CCNA and CCNP R&S
CCNA R&S and Cyber Ops
Use our resources to get started on the path to certification success and further enjoy your personal and professional adventure.