Monday, 10 October 2011

Top 10 IT Certification Courses In Demand

1.The Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)

An MCTS certification proves your ability to successfully implement, build on, troubleshoot, and
debug a particular Microsoft technology, such as a Windows operating system, Microsoft Exchange Server, Microsoft SQL Server, and Microsoft Visual Studio. MCTS credential enables professionals to target specific technologies, and is generally the first step toward the Professional-level certifications. A MCTS certified candidate is assured an annual salary in the range of 1 lakh to 14 lakh.

2.Microsoft Certified IT Professional(MCITP)

The Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP) certification helps validate that an individual has the comprehensive set of skills necessary to perform a particular job role, such as database administrator or enterprise messaging administrator. MCITP certifications build on the technical proficiency measured in the Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) certifications. Therefore, you will earn one or more MCTS certifications on your way to earning a MCITP certification. MCITP certified professionals end up as IT support engineer, Windows server System administrator, or Senior Database Administrator. They are earning in the range of 2.5 lakh to 7.5 lakh annually.

3.Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

If you plan to build a career in information security, one of today's most visible professions, then the CISSP credential should be your next career goal. It is the credential for professionals who develop policies and procedures in information security. This certification can easily fetch you the post of security managers and security professionals. CISSP certified professionals are earning around Rs 5 lakh to Rs 12 lakh per annum.

4.IT Infrastructure Library (ITIL foundation certificate)

ITIL certifications provide demonstration of knowledge and skills involved in management positions in IT services. There are three certification levels: Foundation, Practitioner, and Manager. The Manager level certification requires completion of a two-week training program, and candidates must have the Foundation certification and five years of IT management experience. Then, they must pass two three-hour exams consisting of essay questions. ITIL is intended to assist organizations in developing a framework for IT service management. The candidates certified under ITIL are earning around Rs 3 lakh to Rs 10 lakh annually.

5.International Software Testing Qualifications Board (ISTQB)

ISTQB is software testing qualification certification organization. It is responsible for the international qualification scheme called "ISTQB Certified Tester". As of March 2011, it has issued over 180 certifications in more than 70 countries. The qualifications are based on a syllabus, and there is a hierarchy of qualifications and guidelines for accreditation and examination. It is the ISTQB's role to support a single, universally accepted, international qualification scheme, aimed at software and system testing professionals, by providing the core syllabi and by setting guidelines for accreditation and examination for national boards. The professional with the ISTQB credential are recruited as Quality Assurance Engineer, Senior Test Engineer and Software Test Engineer and are earning in the range of Rs 1.5 lakh to Rs 9.5 lakh per annum.

6.Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Certification

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) validates the ability to install, configure, operate, and troubleshoot medium-size route and switched networks, including implementation and verification of connections to remote sites in a WAN. CCNA curriculum includes basic mitigation of security threats, introduction to wireless networking concepts and terminology, and performance-based skills. This new curriculum also includes (but is not limited to) the use of these protocols: IP, Enhanced Interior Gateway Routing Protocol (EIGRP), Serial Line Interface Protocol Frame Relay, Routing Information Protocol Version 2 (RIPv2),VLANs, Ethernet, access control lists (ACLs). CCNA certified professionals are being recruited as Network Engineer, Information Technology Manager, System Administrator and Network Administrator. They are being paid starting from 1 lakh to 15 lakh per annum.

7.Apple Certified Technical Coordinator (ACTC)

For those interested in working with the Mac OS X, this is one rare and necessary certification. It targets entry level system administrators, who provide support and maintain Mac OS X client server environments.

8.Project Management Professional (PMP)

PMI's Project Management Professional (PMP) credential is the most important industry-recognized certification for project managers. Globally recognized and demanded, the PMP demonstrates that you have the experience, education and competency to successfully lead and direct projects. This recognition is seen through increased marketability to employers and higher salary. According to the PMI Salary Survey Sixth Edition, a PMP increases your salary up to 10percent more than your non-credentialed colleagues and peers. PMP course ensures that you get an annual salary in the range of Rs 5 lakh to 22 lakh.

9.Microsoft Certified Architect Program (MCA)

If you have an experience of more than ten years in IT or more than five years in a specific architecture,
then MCA can give your career that much needed boost. If you are a technology architect designing IT solutions for enterprises along with the skills to execute a project from start until the end, earning a MCA might just be the right thing to do. The Microsoft Certified Architect Program is necessary for all IT professionals seeking a specialist degree to validate their expertise in the IT architecture.

10.Ethical Hacker Certification (EHC)

The EHC Program certifies individuals in the specific network security discipline of Ethical Hacking from a vendor-neutral perspective. The Certified Ethical Hacker certification builds up the application knowledge of security officers, auditors, security professionals, site administrators, and anyone who is concerned about the integrity of the network infrastructure. A Certified Ethical Hacker is a skilled professional who understands and knows how to look for the weaknesses and vulnerabilities in target systems and uses the same knowledge and tools as a malicious hacker. After undergoing an Ethical Hacker Certification Course, Security Engineers and Penetration testers are commanding an annual salary in the range of 1 lakh to 10 lakh.