Looking to level-up your skills in 2023? Our team at FTTS prioritizes continuing education throughout the year. Employees are encouraged to work with our trainers to set goals to help them learn as much as they can about tech trends and advancements, as well as eduation to explore new interests in our industry.
It is important to continuiously self-reflect and identify skill sets you wish to expand upon or acquire. Expanding your knowledge will boost your preparedness to tackle new challenges in the constantly evolving world of technology.
Here are our top picks for 2023:
1. CompTIA Certifications
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) provides a variety of certifications for entry and mid-levels. CompTIA IT Fundamentals is a fantastic pre-career certification to equip you fundamental knowledge as you begin your career in IT.
|Exam Format||75 MCQ|
|Passing Marks||650 (on a scale of 900)|
|Validity||Lifetime certification – No annual renewal fee|
|Where to learn more||https://www.comptia.org/certifications/it-fundamentals|
2. Microsoft Certified: Azure Administrator
If you have expertise in implementing, managing, and monitoring your organization’s Microsoft Azure environment then obtaining this certification is a great way to showcase your knowledge.
|Exam Format||40-60 MCQ|
|Validity||1 year – Renewal assessment can occur up to 6 months prior expiration|
|Where to learn more||https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/certifications/exams/az-104|
3. Information Technology Infrastructure Library
ITIL is a popular IT service management framework used across the world. There are different levels of ITIL certifications such as ITIL foundation, ITIL intermediate, ITIL practitioner, and ITIL expert. The foundation level is the first level, details are shared below:
|Exam Format||40 Questions, MCQ|
|Passing Marks||26/40 (65%)|
|Validity||Lifetime certification – No annual renewal fee|
|Where to learn more||https://www.axelos.com/certifications/itil-service-management/itil-4-foundation|
4. Apple Certified Support Professional
Apple has a heavy presence throughout businesses and schools. Knowing how to effectively support the products is vital. Apple offers both IT Training and App Developer Training. Showcase your skills and become an Apple Certified IT Professional.
|Exam Format||100 MCQ, Multiple Answers, Matching questions|
|Where to learn more||https://training.apple.com/it|
5. Project Management Professional (PMP) certification
The Project Management Institute offers the Project Management Professional (PMP) certification. This certification will enhance your expertise and your resume. The certification focuses on the three main methodologies of Project Management – Agile, Waterfall, and a mixed/hybrid approach.
|Exam Format||MCQ (200 Questions)|
|Price||$405 (members); $555 (non-members)|
|Prerequisites||Secondary degree (HS diploma, associate’s or global equivalent) 7,500 hours leading and directing projects 35 hours of PM education OR CAPM certification OR Four-year degree 4,500 hours leading and directing projects 35 hours of project management education OR CAPM certification|
|Where to learn more||https://www.pmi.org/certifications/project-management-pmp|
CRISC (Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control) is offered by ISACA. The certifications tests your knowledge regarding 4 IT domains – IT risk identification, risk response, and mitigation, IT risk assessment, risk and control monitoring, and reporting. This certification is ideal for Business Analyst, Project Managers, Risk, Compliance, or Control professional.
|Exam Format||MCQ (150 Questions)|
|Passing Marks||450 out of 800 (56.25%)|
|Price||$575 (members); $760 (non-members)|
|Validity||To maintain your CRISC certification, you must earn a minimum of 20 CPE hours yearly, 120 hours during a three-year cycle period, and an annual payment of $45. The $45 fee is for members of ISACA – non-members must pay $85 annually.|
|Where to learn more||https://www.isaca.org/credentialing/crisc|
7. Certified Scrum Master
Scrum is a vital methodology utilized within most projects.
|Exam Format||80 Questions – MCQ, multiple answers, True/False|
|Validity||Lifetime certification – |
No annual renewal fee
|Where to learn more||https://www.scrum.org/assessments/professional-scrum-master-i-certification|
CISSP (Certified Information Systems Security Professional) is the top certification in the Information Security field. The certification helps you:
- Define the design, architecture, and management of the security of your organization
- Develop working knowledge in the eight domains recommended by the CISSP CBK
- Learn about Access Control Systems, Security, and Methodology of Software
- Enable you to optimize Security Operations
|Exam Format||250 MCQ, Advanced innovative questions|
|Prerequisites||Minimum of 5 years working full time in at least two domains of the CISSP Common Book of Knowledge (CBK) 4-year college education degree or a regional equivalent of a CISSP credential from the (ISC)2 approved list|
|Validity||Annual maintenance payment – $125|
|Where to learn more||https://www.isc2.org/Certifications/CISSP|
9. Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect
Google provides many cloud certifications. As long as you qualify, you can take the exam. This particular certification is sought after many within the IT industry. The exam will test your knowledge on the following:
- Ability to plan and design cloud solution architecture
- Ensure robust and reliable solution and operation
- Adhere to compliance and security measures
- Optimize business and technical processes
|Exam Format||50-60 MCQs, multiple answers, 2 case studies|
|Validity||Valid for two years; |
must re-certify every two years
|Where to learn more||https://cloud.google.com/certification/cloud-architect|
10. AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate
Amazon Web Services offers training directly. Amazon recommends for professionals to have at least one year or more of experience designing AWS systems. This associate-level program validates your technical skills in the following areas:
- Knowledge and skills in compute, networking, storage, and database AWS services
- AWS deployment, management, and operation services
- Implementing security controls and compliance requirements
- AWS Management Console
- AWS Command Line Interface
- Ability to identify which AWS services match a technical requirement
- Define technical requirements for an AWS-based application
|Exam Format||65 MCQ, multiple answers|
|Prerequisites||Minimum of 1 year of hands-on |
|Where to learn more||https://aws.amazon.com/certification/certified-solutions-architect-associate/|
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As Mobile Device Management Engineer, Meghan breaks down complicated tech through digestible content. She assists in the configuration, management, and deployment of all iOS and MacOS hardware to Users, and ensures systems are up-to-date and secure.