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Introduction: What Is Computer Certification?
Computer certification is a way for you to prove that you have the skills necessary to perform a particular job or support specific technologies. For employers, it is a tool used to find candidates for available positions as well as validate that they are able to support the technologies that their clients are using.

There are many certification options available and the one that is right for you depends on a number of factors such as:
  1. Your on-the-job experience - If you are working with Cisco routers, for example, and wish to continue down that path then Cisco certifications would be your primary focus.
  2. Your experience level - Most certifications are a means to validate existing knowledge and experience and are not for newbies. Even for those with experience, there are some certifications that are for those at a very high level of knowledge and many years of experience. An example of this would be Cisco's CCIE certification. For those with little or no experience, CompTIA's vendor neutral line of certifications are perfect entry level options.
  3. What do you want to do? - Those who have not worked in the I.T. industry often do not realize that I.T. is very specialized and there are many sub-industries within it. You need to figure out what interests you the most and what type of job you would like to have. For example, if you are interested in programming or database management, a networking certification might not be your first choice.
As I mentioned, there are many certifications to choose from. Use the links below to learn more about the most popular in the industry:

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