Stanford IT Certificates

Discussion in 'IT and Computer-Related Degrees' started by nyfaisal, Aug 30, 2009.

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  1. TEKMAN

    TEKMAN Semper Fi!

    Obviously for the name purposes, but if not...most of the textbook tutorial is better than those courses.
     
  2. RFValve

    RFValve Well-Known Member

    I took the computer security course and I found it really helpful, it helped to pass few interviews for security instructor positions. My employers never even looked at the certificate that was buried in my resume with other certificates.
     
  3. glagicu

    glagicu New Member

    I accept with information:Very interesting and seemingly reasonably priced, but there are some issues:

    1. This is not very workable for many students security and confidentiality reasons: "The project requires participants to gather data from within their own organization for analysis. "

    2. I can't think of even one pedagogical reason to require a 100% score to pass: "A score of 100% on each course exam is required to successfully pass.
    Important: You have a total of 3 chances to pass the exam. If you do not pass on the 3rd try you are NO longer eligible to earn the "IT Measurement and Benchmarking Certificate". However, you may still re-take the exam to earn a "Certificate of Completion"."

    3. What do these two sentences mean when you consider there are four courses? "On average, students complete the certificate within 6 months. Each course is approximately 1 hour long. "
     
  4. RFValve

    RFValve Well-Known Member

    You are getting a certificate from Stanford University, I think this is a reasonable request. You wouldn't want hundreds of those certificates to the point that you get yours and when your neighbor sees it, he or she might tell you "I have one of those too".
    That happened to me when I got my MCSE, I thought I got something worth it just when I realized that half of my company had one.
     
  5. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member

    You must have got your MCSE around the time I did - 1998/9. :cool:
     
  6. RFValve

    RFValve Well-Known Member

    Worst than that, I finished in 2007. By then, the whole world in IT had one. Certificates are only worth something when few can get them. Microsoft and other companies are so greedy that eventually give the exams away for a small fortune of course.

    I have learned my lesson and not aiming for any new IT certificate or certification. I'm targeting now accounting certifications (CPA and CMA) that seem to have more value over time. I think it might take the same effort to get a CPA or CMA than MCSE but at least you don't have to upgrade every second year and you don't have to compete with the whole world since Microsoft at some point gave MCSE away like pancakes.

    Stanford is smarter than this, they know that the value of the school resides on the fact that few hold their certifications. However, they are charging small fortunes now for this pieces of paper. I paid for mine 500 bucks as they were starting with this concept but now the same piece of paper sells for $3000. I don't think they are worth that much as they don't add much value to a resume in a world of inflated credentials.
     
  7. Randell1234

    Randell1234 Moderator Staff Member


    I went with the MCSE NT 4.0, then MCSA 2000 (in 2001). After that I decided to do only CompTIA exams. I did try the CCNA but failed by this much [fingers close together]. I ended up with a 780 or something like that which would be enough to pass a Microsoft exam. Anyway, now I am sticking with the big ones. I will go for a PMP after my PhD.
     
  8. Woho

    Woho New Member

    Just a short update: I contacted the course administrator and long story short, the certificate is only doable if someone has access to the required data. In fact the "collecting" of the data is seen as one of the learning outcomes of the coursework. So unfortunately this seems to be the end of the road of this particular certificate for me.
     
  9. friendorfoe

    friendorfoe Active Member

    You mean collecting data such as within your own organization?
     
  10. sentinel

    sentinel New Member

    Not entirely correct. Non-US applicants are required to submit a form to DHS through ACTOnline and after a period of time you will be notified whether you have been approved/cleared to take the online course(s). I applied in August but did not receive approval until late September / early October. The ACTOnline representative will send you a form to complete after you register on the web site.
     
  11. Woho

    Woho New Member

    Exactly ;)
     
  12. friendorfoe

    friendorfoe Active Member

    I would imagine that with the cooperation of your employer this would be entirely possible. Do you set the parameters for the data to be gathered or do they?
     
  13. Jae-Kwang Kim

    Jae-Kwang Kim New Member

    Hi Malajac,

    I have just studing the Stanford IT Certificate - Module 1: Benchmarking in the IT Organization, Fundamentals and Building an IT Baseline.

    I have failed the final exam twice.

    Can i know the answers of this module?

    Best Regards,
    Jae-Kwang.
     
  14. BlueMason

    BlueMason Audaces fortuna juvat

    ALL the answers are in your course study materials. If you don't know the answers, you simply read the material again. Please - do NOT ask such foolish questions.
     
  15. ITJD

    ITJD Active Member

    So is there any reason to take these courses aside from the fact that Stanford puts their name on them? Cause from what I see in the thread I'm hard pressed to care one way or the other.

    IT
     
  16. pksubra

    pksubra New Member

    I took the IT Benchmarking Certificate. This is a great course by Stanford University.
    It consists of 4 modules, the material is rigorous and there is an exam after each module. Also, there is a course project at the end of the course. You would need access to your internal company data to complete this course. (like IT budget, spending on projects etc...). Which may or may not be feasible for everyone.
     
  17. Lerner

    Lerner Well-Known Member

    A score of 100% on each course exam is required to successfully pass.
    Important: You have a total of 3 chances to pass the exam. If you do not pass on the 3rd try you are NO longer eligible to earn the "IT Measurement and Benchmarking Certificate". However, you may still re-take the exam to earn a "Certificate of Completion".

    I have a co worker with Stanford Advanced PM certificate.
    He was promoted last year.
     
  18. srifin

    srifin New Member

    Need Help for The IT Benchmarking Certificate

    I need help...did any one passed The IT Benchmarking Certificate . can you pls respond
     
  19. srifin

    srifin New Member

    BlueMason,

    I need help I have failed the exam twice the Stanford IT Certificate - Module 1: Benchmarking in the IT Organization, Fundamentals and Building an IT Baseline. For my career this certificate helps ....Pls pls pls I need help on this.
     
  20. srifin

    srifin New Member

    PKSubra,
    I need help...looks like you have passed The IT Benchmarking Certificate . can you pls respond
     

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