Top IT Certifications of 2012 — Today’s IT world is flooded with designations.  If being a carrier student is your thing, you can acquire enough certifications that your business card could look like the periodic table of elements.  What certifications do you really need?  This article will look at five of the most popular and most logical designations for the modern tech world.  They are in no particular order.

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1. Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)

Despite the groans from the peanut gallery, the corporate world is a Microsoft world.  You can try to deny it but the facts speak for themselves; the various flavors of Windows still account for more than 91% of all desktop operating systems worldwide.  Being Microsoft-Certified must be at the top of every aspiring IT consultant’s to-do list.

The main areas of study here are: Virtualization, Microsoft Server, Exchange, SharePoint and MS SQL Server.

2. VMWare Cloud Certification

Virtual computing has really gained momentum in the last few years and VMWare has written the book on the Virtual environment.  With the cost of storage getting cheaper and cheaper the trend continues to flow towards more virtualization.

Organizations can now virtualize entire networks on one server reducing the electricity costs and the amount of physical office space required.

The VMWare certification covers End User Computing, Cloud Computing, Datacentre Virtualization and Cloud Application Programs.

3. Cisco-Certified Network Associate (CCNA)

Perhaps not at the level of Microsoft’s domination of the desktop market share, but Cisco powers networks.  Having a Cisco certification in your kitbag can only help you.  The top of the Cisco Certification offering is a CCIE (Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert); however this particular program is incredibly time-consuming and very comprehensive.

The CCNA is a less rigorous but excellent option for IT and networking professionals.  CCNA provides an excellent foundation for the Cisco Network OS. If you are one of the rare few who quest for more Cisco, the CCNA is a great launching pad towards a CCIE.

4. Apple-Certified Support Professional

As much as ­it is a Microsoft world, Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) is not a fad and it is here to stay.  IT security people the world over cringe whenever the BYOD subject is brought up. The days of automatically rejecting the question “Hey can I attach my insert non-approved product name here up to our corporate network” are in the rear view mirror.

I’m not a Mac guy and I know next to zero about Macs (I’m not even sure if they have a right click yet or not), BUT it is time for me to start learning about Macs.  Becoming more than moderately familiar with Mac OS X is going to be a requirement in the world of BYOD.

As we move toward The Cloud, your personal device of choice is going to be less and less relevant.  Our devices will simply be a vehicle to our stuff in the cloud.

5. Citrix IT Professional

The cloud is the new black and Citrix was there long before most of us even thought about it.  Citrix is the standard in thin clients and remote access.  Achieving Citrix certification will most certainly round out other designations you possess as we march further down the cloud path.


This is only a tiny sampling of available IT certifications.  I’m not an all seeing guru; I simply looked at the world we live in and called it as I saw it. The methodology I used was simple:

  • Windows dominates the desktop
  • VMWare virtualization will continue to expand
  • Cisco powers networks
  • Apple products are flooding into companies via BYOD
  • Citrix is a very important piece in the cloud computing world

Based in Vancouver, British Columbia, Isaac Kendall is a wireless industry specialist and senior contributor at Email him at [email protected] and follow him @isaackendall. He is +Isaac Kendall on Google Plus.

Jeremy Lesniak
Based in Vermont, Jeremy Lesniak is managing editor at and founder of Vermont Computing, Inc. and Email him [email protected]
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