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Which Cert is best? RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi

    Could you tell me which Microsoft course would be best suited to acquiring a job as a IT Officer (next level up would be Manager)?

    Thanks

    Sunday, January 26, 2014 10:05 AM

Answers

  • Hi, shinny5.

    This really depends on what role you think you'd be taking on. Usually, people within their management role will learn and may become certified in the technologies used by the folks they are managing.

    When you suggest the title IT Officer, it could be any technology. Are you a lead development manager? A Infrastructure manager? In the real world, these titles will always be much more specific to a branch of technology or to a team of people. These roles take on a greater responsibility and prove their value to the employer. IT Officer of Web Development, IT Officer of Infrastructure Security - I am just making up these titles so you can understand what I mean.

    Once a role is identified, the education and certifications can strengthen your knowledge with their accreditations.

    As Chris Ream suggested, there are many professional certifications outside of Microsoft that are important but they are specific to certain types of technologies as well. CISSP is a security certification. PMP is for project management. ITIL is for infrastructure management.

    By the way, if you are interested in project management with Microsoft Project 2013, there are two Microsoft Specialist certifications available for Microsoft Project 2013.

    When you pass either one of these exams, you also earn the related Specialist title(s):
    74-343, Managing Projects with Microsoft Project 2013 http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/exam.aspx?ID=74-343
    74-344, Managing Programs and Projects with Project Server 2013 http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/exam.aspx?ID=74-344&Locale=en-us

    Good luck! 


    Best wishes, Davin Mickelson

    Sunday, January 26, 2014 3:05 PM
    Answerer

All replies

  • I would probably only go as far as MCSA on MS certs. Managers usually need a different set of certs from other vendors. MS is for the techs. Managers should focus a lot on ITIL, PMP and CISSP. If you find my post helpful, please mark it appropriately. Thank you.

    Chris Ream

    Sunday, January 26, 2014 10:17 AM
  • Hi, shinny5.

    This really depends on what role you think you'd be taking on. Usually, people within their management role will learn and may become certified in the technologies used by the folks they are managing.

    When you suggest the title IT Officer, it could be any technology. Are you a lead development manager? A Infrastructure manager? In the real world, these titles will always be much more specific to a branch of technology or to a team of people. These roles take on a greater responsibility and prove their value to the employer. IT Officer of Web Development, IT Officer of Infrastructure Security - I am just making up these titles so you can understand what I mean.

    Once a role is identified, the education and certifications can strengthen your knowledge with their accreditations.

    As Chris Ream suggested, there are many professional certifications outside of Microsoft that are important but they are specific to certain types of technologies as well. CISSP is a security certification. PMP is for project management. ITIL is for infrastructure management.

    By the way, if you are interested in project management with Microsoft Project 2013, there are two Microsoft Specialist certifications available for Microsoft Project 2013.

    When you pass either one of these exams, you also earn the related Specialist title(s):
    74-343, Managing Projects with Microsoft Project 2013 http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/exam.aspx?ID=74-343
    74-344, Managing Programs and Projects with Project Server 2013 http://www.microsoft.com/learning/en-us/exam.aspx?ID=74-344&Locale=en-us

    Good luck! 


    Best wishes, Davin Mickelson

    Sunday, January 26, 2014 3:05 PM
    Answerer