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Best IT Trainer Certifications: CTT+, MCT, ACT, CCSI

it training, it certification exam, comptia, microsoft, apple, cisco, mct, act, ccsi Have you heard a saying and tons of jokes about people who go into teaching since they can’t do their jobs well? Forget that! Jokers can joke all they want, but pursuing the career of an IT trainer is a great idea for a tech professional. Here’s why:

When teaching may be right for you

Many people choose IT career because of high salaries. It is not uncommon though for IT professionals to hate their jobs. People may love your paycheck but hate corporate IT environment, or not be so crazy about all this networking, routing or advanced infrastructure matters – or whatever they do. Yet, having invested lots of time, money and effort into their education, these IT professionals are very unlikely to walk away from their jobs. Yet, living a life with a job you hate can easily make you miserable. If this sounds anything like you, keep in mind that you can easily turn your career and your life around by becoming a certified IT trainer.

Many companies do not realize that a qualified, intelligent and certified tech instructor can keep the rank-and-file of the IT teams knowledgeable and up-to-date. Loyal employees are kept valuable and stimulated, short-timers can work free of worry knowing that they’re keeping their employability relevant. A qualified IT Trainer makes a huge difference in the efficiency and morale of an IT team and contributes to the company’s overall performance.

More often than not, instructors are found naturally within the company. If a person is a team lead who does a lot of instruction anyway, she or he may be perfect for the job. If it sounds like you, you should consider getting an IT trainer certification. The most popular ones are CompTIA’s CTT+ (Certified Technical Trainer+), Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT) and the Apple Certified Trainer (ACT) and Cisco’s CCSI (this one is a great option if you already hold a CCNA which is required for the CCSI). These certifications present some bullet-proof ways to certify your IT training skills

CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer+

CompTIA is known for its solid vendor-neutral certifications that provide learners with foundational yet applicable knowledge, and the CTT+ is no exception. Like other CompTIA certifications, the CTT+ is endorsed by companies like Dell, IBM, Ricoh, Microsoft, and the US Department of Defense.

CTT+ is an international, vendor-neutral certification that covers core instructor skills, including preparation, presentation, communication, facilitation and evaluation in both a traditional and virtual classroom environment.

To become a CCT+, candidate needs to pass 2 exams: CompTIA CTT+ Essentials (TK0-201), and at least one of the two designations: Classroom Trainer or Virtual Classroom Trainer. You will have to submit a video or recording of your classroom or virtual classroom sessions.

The exam covers planning prior to the course, methods and media for instructional delivery, instructor credibility and communications, group facilitation and evaluating the training event.

You can find training materials for CompTIA CTT+ Essentials: TK0-201 exam here.

To get certified, candidates need to achieve the mini mum score of 655 on their the CompTIA CTT+ exam;  a minimum score of 36 on the Classroom or Virtual Classroom Trainer. Candidates are also recommended to have 6-12 months of training experience.

CTT+ is a great way to start an IT training career, and other credentials build well on it, so candidates can deepen their training competency with one of the following credentials – and their CV will still make sense.

Microsoft Certified Trainer (MCT)

Microsoft does not need much of an introduction as an IT certification provider. If you hold an Microsoft credentials, becoming an MCT (Microsoft Certified Trainer) might be a great idea. MCP is an almost exclusive group of technical training professionals that combines the benefits of training certification and membership that features a wide range of Microsoft perks. These include access to the complete library of official Microsoft training and certification products; substantial discounts on exams, books, and Microsoft products; readiness resources and access to a members-only online community; and invitations to exclusive events and programs.

The best thing about an MCT credential is that it does not require any additional exams. Instead, there’s a list of accepted certifications and qualifications (one of which is the CCT+). If you meet the qualifications, you apply, pay the fee, and you’re in. Furthermore, The Microsoft Certified Trainer program is an annual membership program. You must complete an online application, pay an annual fee, and meet program requirements to renew your training certification for the coming year.

 

Apple Certified Trainer (ACT)

The Apple Certified Trainer (ACT) credential may be very useful and marketable if your company relies on Apple products. This credential validates your capability of delivering the Apple certification curriculum across a range of products. The goal of the ACT program is to ensure the quality, consistency and accessibility of Apple training worldwide. The ACT program prepares applicants to deliver courses for commercial and academic Apple Authorized Training Centers. Candidates are qualified in technical proficiency and instructional skills by attending a Train-the-Trainer (T3) class and passing an ACT certification exam.

As an ACT candidate, you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Have an accepted ACT application
  • Have at least 1 year teaching experience in a structured classroom setting (individual instruction does not satisfy this requirement).
  • Have at least 1 year of experience with the OS X.
  • Have at least 3 years of experience as an IT professional or teaching experience in this field.
  • Earn the end user certification for the relevant product.
  • Demonstrate teaching skills at a Train-the-trainer (T3) course and pass the trainer exam for the chosen application.

 

Certified Cisco Systems Instructor (CCSI)

If you are a Cisco certified professional, especially holding a CCNA, you should consider becoming a Certified Cisco Systems Instructor (CCSI) – since CCNA is a prerequisite for this credential. Achieving this certification may be a bit of a hassle, but it’s definitely worth the effort, especially if your company uses Cisco solutions and you want to remain in Cisco professional circle.

To become a Certified Cisco Systems Instructor (CCSI), you must first be sponsored or employed by a Cisco Learning Partner (CLP). Once you become sponsored by a CLP, they will guide you through the instructor certification process, which includes but is not limited to the following:

  • Select a Baseline technology (i.e., Building Scalable Cisco Internetworks)
  • Take the course(s) (i.e., BSCI)
  • Pass the exam(s) (i.e., BSCI ) *Passmark is based on the CCSI Exam requirements
  • Enroll for and pass the Instructor Certification Process (two-day evaluation)
  • Acknowledge the Cisco Certified Systems Instructor Agreement
  • Your sponsor (the Cisco Learning Partner) will submit and request certification on your behalf

These are the most popular certifications for IT trainers/instructors. Explore them if you consider this career change, and you might even be able to stay with your current company, but a much more enjoyable job.

 

 

The Linux Fever: Linux Becomes Most Popular IT Field of 2015

cloud security, linux professional Institute exam 102-400, it certification examThe demand for Linux professionals is on the rise again! An overwhelming majority of IT hiring managers plan to hire Linux professionals in 2015, with sufficient plans to increase the salaries of their current Linux-focused employees, according to this TechRepublic article and other reputable industry sources.

Many hiring managers also admit that Linux openings are hard to fill, which boosts the prestige of these openings even more. So what’ up with this Linux fever, and should you consider Linux as your IT career focus for the near future?

The brief response to this question is YES, you absolutely should. The demand and popularity of Linux is now on the rise, mainly because of the rise in open cloud platforms, Linux-based technologies, and the innovative products they have powered. From tech startups to established companies, everyone needs to hire great Linux talent. Most openings target individuals with experience or knowledge of the open source OpenStack and CloudStack platforms – this is something to keep in mind. Most hiring managers and IT industry insiders expect this trend to continue for the next few years. With the growing challenges when it comes to cloud and infrastructure security, candidates with cloud security skills and abilities to build innovative security solutions are up for a promising career!

If you’re contemplating your Linux certification path, you should consider looking into RedHat certifications, Cloudera and Linux Professional Institute credentials.

If you’re looking at PLI certification program, you might be delighted to know that ExamColleciton has just added the newest LPI exam, 102-400, to its Premium VCE selection.

In case you haven’t heard, Linux Professional Institute has just revamped its certification program. Among other changes, the exam formerly known as  117-102 and 102-350 (old), are now replaced with the new exam 102-400. That’s right: to become a Certified Linux Server Professional (LPIC-1), you now have to take this new exam: 102-400.

Like it usually happens with newly released exams, there is very little information about them available, and even fewer preparation materials. Yet, you can find the latest Premium VCE file for the 102-400 exam here.

Linux Professional Institute Exam 102-400 covers the following topics

  • Shells, Scripting and Data Management
  • Interfaces and Desktops
  • Administrative Tasks
  • Essential System Services
  • Networking Fundamentals
  • Security

No matter which set of Linux credentials you opt for, it’s your knowledge that matters. With Linux being such a hot topic these days, you stand great chances of getting your first Linux job with any (if any) Linux professional certification. The key is to act NOW!

How to Pass GMAT without Breaking Your Bank

pass gmat, graduate management admission test, it certification exam preparation The Graduate Management Admission Test is a standardized computer adaptive test, which is required to be taken by candidates who wish to apply for graduate management programs like MBA. GMAT assesses a person’s analytical, problem-solving, writing, quantitative, verbal, and reading skills. The test also touches on data sufficiency, logic, and critical reasoning skills, which are crucial for future MBA holders.

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First administered in 1953, GMAT quickly gained popularity in the United States and abroad, and is now a universal standard for graduate business education.

GMAT Consists of 4 sections:

  • Analytical Writing;
  • Integrated Reasoning;
  • Verbal Reasoning;
  • Quantitative reasoning.

Analytical Writing

Also called AWA (Analytical Writing Assessment), GMAT Analytical Writing section is a 30-minute writing task where candidates need to present a written analysis of an argument. It is important to be able to analyze the reasoning behind a given argument and write a critique of that argument in a smooth grammatically and structurally perfect essay. Each essay receives two independent ratings: one is given by a computerized reading evaluation engine, and another comes from a real person at GMAC (this person isn’t aware of the computerized score). The average of these two numbers becomes a candidate’s AWA score.

In case you’re wondering, the automated essay-scoring engine evaluates over 50 structural and linguistic features, including organization of ideas, syntactic variety, and topical analysis. In cases when the two scores differ significantly (by more than one point), another evaluation by an expert reader is required to resolve the discrepancy and determine the final score.

For the AWA, candidates receive a score from 1 to 6, in half point intervals.

Integrated Reasoning

GMAT Integrated Reasoning section was introduced in June 2012, so it’s relatively new. It measures candidate’s ability to evaluate data coming from multiple sources and presented in multiple formats.

This GMAT section consists of 12 complex questions that come in four different formats (graphics interpretation, two-part analysis, table analysis, and multi-source reasoning). Similarly to GMAT Analytical Writing section, GMAT Integrated Reasoning section is scored separately from the quantitative and verbal section.

Quantitative Section

GMAT Quantitative Section, which is basically a math section, measures candidate’s quantitative reasoning skills as well as the ability to solve quantitative problems, interpret graphic data, and analyze and use information given in a problem. Questions require knowledge of topics such as arithmetic, algebra, and geometry. The use of calculators is not allowed during GMAT, so all math work needs to be done by hand. GMAT Quantitative Section features two types of questions: problem solving and data sufficiency.

Verbal Section

GMAT Verbal Section measures candidate’s ability to read and comprehend written material, explain and evaluate arguments, as well as correct written material to convey the message in a clear and effective fashion. The question types are reading comprehension, critical reasoning, and sentence correction questions.

GMAT Preparation You Can Afford

There are lots of ways to prepare for the GMAT exam. There are even schools and courses that specialize on GMAT preparation, the students of which tend to demonstrate reasonably high scores. However, the schools and even online courses have two major shortcomings: they are time consuming, and they are extremely expensive.

As an efficient yet affordable alternative to GMAT courses, Avanset’s VCE software provides candidates with the option of interactive computer based exams. VCE software supports a number of question formats, including those used in GMAT. As VCE Mobile versions allow users practice a GMAT exam on the go, it is a good way to save time while studying during your daily commute, short breaks, etc. Moreover, as VCE files are so quick and convenient to share and spread the latest exam questions, you are highly likely to get your hands on real GMAT exam questions before you enter the testing center. Explore how you can benefit from VCE here.

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New Network+ Exam N10-006 is Here!

network, new exams,  networking,  networks technology,  it certification exam, comptia,  Network+ exam N10-006Network+ is one of the world’s most popular networking certifications. This associate level vendor neutral credential has become the gold standard of networking skills. This year, CompTIA updates its Network+ exam by introducing its new version: N10-006. This exam is already available alongside with the older version, N10-005. Currently, users may choose between exam versions, and the old one will be retired this year: English version will no longer be available after August 31, 2015, and foreign language versions will be stopped on December 31, 2015.

Launched on February 28, 2015, the new exam version (N10-006) covers approaches to networking and network technologies used today. Compared to the previous version of the exam, the new Network+ puts a greater emphasis on practical knowledge, especially how to identify and use elements of a network infrastructure. Just like all other CompTIA exams, the N10-006 is vendor neutral, which makes it especially attractive to many users. The new exam contains up to 100 questions (more than the old one) within the same time frame: 90 minutes.

What makes the new Network+ exam N10-006 different:

  • Additional & expanded IPv6 concepts.
  • Emphasis on troubleshooting.
  • Additional security knowledge.
  • Emphasis on Administering key systems.
  • 3 brand new topics (see below)

So if you are planning to take the N10-006 exam, you should keep in mind all newer terms and technologies in the IT networking field. Remember that you are now expected to have more hands-on experience like installing, configuring, implementing, managing and troubleshooting.

There have been 3 new exam topics added. These are:

  • Compare and contrast physical security controls.
  • Summarize basic forensic concepts.
  • Summarize safety practices.

All in all, Network+ is growing stronger, the exam is becoming harder, which makes the credential even more desired by employers worldwide. Companies such as Dell, HP, Ricoh, Sharp and Xerox recommend or require CompTIA Network+ for their networking technicians. It is also a technical prerequisite option for IT technicians seeking to join the Apple Consultants Network, and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense.  The CompTIA Network+ce program is included in the scope of this accreditation, and may be kept current through the CompTIA Continuing Education program.

This may be a promotional video of CompTIA, so beware of the strong marketing angle, but it does justice to this credential: Network+ is indeed the best certification for networking professionals.

So, study up and put the N10-006 exam on your 2015 to-do list.