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    jjwolfe is offline Registered User
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    IT Career Plan

    I work someplace supporting 500+ users. I am an everything IT guy so I'm struggling with which certs to get. So I need:
    -best general IT certs...
    please keep in mind that I'm an "everything" guy... I do a little bit of everything.
    ALSO looking for cheapest, cheap, cheap IT Masters. I have an undergrad in an unrelated field. I know about WGU but I can't go there because of entrance requirements.

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    Vendor-neutral certs or vendor-specific certs?

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    Hodges University has a competency-based program in information systems that does not require a related undergraduate degree, work experience or IT certs.
    Texas State University - PhD CJ (ABD)
    Angelo State University - Master of Security Studies and Grad Cert Terrorism
    Thomas Edison State College/University - BA Soc Sci, AAS in Environmental Safety, ASNSM in Biology, & BSBA in CIS

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    vendor-neutral if possible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jjwolfe View Post
    vendor-neutral if possible.

    This guy knows a few things about it: IT Career Paths - A Guide to Credentials and Certifications

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    So far I've grabbed
    CDRE-Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer from Mile2
    CVA-Certified Vulnerability Assessor from Mile2

    Looking to grab
    CIHE-Certified Incident Handling Engineer from Mile2
    CSM-Certified Scrum Master from Scrum Alliance
    Comptia Network + OR Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (need help with this choice)
    PMP-Project Management Professional from PMI
    thoughts?

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    What's wrong with WGU 's IT program requirements? If Hodges is not your choice (their MIS program), another option is to get an MBA with an IT Management concentration - I was going to refer WGU , since it's not "your school of choice", Patten has an MBA with IT concentration...
    Goal: TESU ASNSM Bio, BSBA Gen Man

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    From the list of the ones below, which ones would you choose? I am leaning towards the Cisco & Microsoft Certifications...
    Here's the list of certs I get access to - haven't done any of them, but want to do at least some... what would you choose?
    Again, I'm leaning towards the Cisco/Microsoft certs as I can get the learning materials cheap/free... but the others... hmm...
    **The ones I am going for and also would recommend you would be the ones in BOLD.

    AirW AirWatch Enterprise Mobility Associate Certification 1 Exam
    BCP-440 Enterprise Service 10 Certified System Administrator (BlackBerry Device Service) 1 Exam
    **CBAP Certified Business Analyst Professional from IIBA 1 Exam
    **CCA Citrix Certified Administrator 1 Exam

    CCAH Cloudera Certified Administrator for Apache Hadoop (CCAH) 1 Exam
    CCDH Cloudera Certified Developer for Apache Hadoop (CCDH) 1 Exam
    **CCEA Citrix Certified Enterprise Administrator 1 Exam
    **CCIE Cisco Certified Internetworking Engineer CCNP, plus 2 Exams
    **CCNA Cisco Certified Network Associate 2 Exams
    **CCNP Cisco Certified Network Professional CCNA, plus 3 Exams

    CCPS Cloudera Certified Professional: Data Scientist (CCPS) 1 Exam, 1 practicum
    Cognos IBM Certified Administrator - Cognos 10 BI 1 Exam
    Cognos IBM Certified Designer - Cognos 10 BI Reports 1 Exam
    Cognos IBM Certified Developer - Cognos 10 BI Data Warehouses 1 Exam
    Cognos IBM Certified Developer - Cognos 10 BI Metadata Models 1 Exam
    Cognos IBM Certified Developer - Cognos 10 BI OLAP Models 1 Exam
    Cognos IBM Certified Developer - Cognos TM1 10.1 1 Exam
    Cognos TDWI - CBIP Certified Business Intelligence Professional 1 Exam
    ECM IBM Certified Specialist - Case Foundation V5.x 1 Exam
    ECM IBM Certified Specialist - Case Manager V5.x 1 Exam
    ECM IBM Certified Specialist - FileNet Content Manager V5.x 1 Exam
    IBM AIX 7 SA IBM Certified System Administrator AIX 7 1 Exam
    IBM CMAD IBM Certified Mobile Application Developer - Worklight V6.0 1 Exam
    IBM CS ESTS IBM Certified Specialist - Enterprise Storage Technical Support V3 1 Exam
    IBM CS MSTS IBM Certified Specialist - Midrange Storage Technical Support V3 1 Exam
    IBM SE VTS AIX IBM Certified System Expert Virtualization Technical Support for AIX & Linux 2 Exams
    **MCITP Any Microsoft Certified IT Professional Certification 1+ Exam(s)
    **MCSA Any Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate Certification 2 / 3 Exams (varies)
    **MCSD Any Microsoft Certified Solutions Developer Certification 3 / 4 Exams (varies)
    **MCSE Any Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert Certification MCSA + 2 Exams
    **MCTS Any Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist Certification 1 Exam

    MTA MTA: Database 1 Exam
    NCDA NetApp Certified Data Administrator (NCDA) 1 Exam
    NCSA NetApp Certified Storage Associate (NCSA) 1 Exam
    **PMP Project Management Professional 1 Exam
    **RHCSA RedHat Certified Systems Administrator 1 Exam
    **RHCE RedHat Certified Engineer 2 Exams

    SPSS IBM Certified Specialist - SPSS Modeler Professional V2 1 Exam
    SPSS IBM Certified Associate - SPSS Modeler Data Analysis v2 1 Exam
    SPSS IBM Certified Associate - SPSS Modeler Data Mining v2 1 Exam
    TOGAF The Open Group Architecture Framework 2 Exams
    **VCP VCP - VMWARE 1 Exam
    Worklight IBM Certified Mobile Application Developer - Worklight V6.0 1 Exam
    Worklight IBM Certified Mobile System Administrator - Worklight V6.0 1 Exam
    Worklight IBM Certified Solution Developer - Worklight and WebSphere Portal 1 Exam
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    Thanks for this list... what about the Comptia stuff?

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    I always enjoy my IT career.Because of intelligence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AsianStew View Post

    **CCEA Citrix Certified Enterprise Administrator 1 Exam
    This material is mostly likely outdated. Citrix phased out the CCEA over 5 years ago.

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    Are you looking for certs to help you with your current job, to help you get your next job or both?

    Quote Originally Posted by jjwolfe View Post
    So far I've grabbed
    CDRE-Certified Disaster Recovery Engineer from Mile2
    CVA-Certified Vulnerability Assessor from Mile2

    Looking to grab
    CIHE-Certified Incident Handling Engineer from Mile2
    CSM-Certified Scrum Master from Scrum Alliance
    Comptia Network + OR Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (need help with this choice)
    PMP-Project Management Professional from PMI
    thoughts?
    I have not seen much of a demand for the Mile2 certifications. Is their training any good?

    Scrum is more aligned with project management. Only time I have seen it is with application development projects.

    My Net+ and MCSEs are dated, but I my be able to answer some questions.

    For PMP requires documented experience as a project manager. If you want to go down that path, review the requirements and start documenting your experience. I'm not sure how much value they have but you could go for CompTIA Project+ or PMI CAPM. Project+ was easy. If you want to work for an organization that has a formal PMO, then maybe CAPM since it is also from PMI.

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