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Since Novell first created the CNE program in 1989, certification of computer professionals has gone from an unknown factor, to a credential with the power to elevate one candidate above others, to a virtually essential component of the IT resume. But despite this widespread popularity, many people still have unanswered questions about choosing, earning, and benefiting from computer certifications. This article strives to provide the answers.

Why is Certification Useful?

The certification process rewards both the employer and the individual earning the certification. It can do this because certification can serve more than one purpose.

For the person who earns the certification:

  • credentials skills an individual already holds
  • serves as a blueprint for learning a new technology or furthering skills in a familiar technology
  • acts as a way to increase individual marketability, and evidence suggests earning potential increases along with that
  • can be an ego boosting thing - a way to challenge oneself

For employers:

  • certification improves employee performance as they learn more while preparing for certification exams
  • can be used as a marketing/credibility tool for the company
  • in some cases for vendor-specific certifications certification can translate directly into increased reseller status
  • it often serves as an incentive to employees - demonstrating that the company is interested in their continued professional development and willing to assist in attaining that. This can help reduce attrition.