To celebrate the release of the new Cisco next-level certifications, let’s enjoy a nice high-level view of each of the tracks! We will go over one track at a time in a series of blog posts on this broad subject.
The life cycle of a certification
Your certification proves your knowledge of a skill or product. To stay competitive in your career and prove your expertise, it’s important that you keep your certifications up to date.
Earning a certification is no small feat. After putting in the hours to study and practice for your exam, it’s important to know how long the value of that certification will last for you and what you’ll need to do to maintain it. Here, we’ll review when and how to renew some of the most popular IT certifications.
Why does my IT certification expire?
When you’re new to the world of IT, the alphabet soup of certifications can feel a bit overwhelming. Which ones are the most valuable? Which ones should I earn first? Do I really need to earn them at all?
The answer to that last question is simple: Yes, you need to earn IT certifications. While some companies are willing to hire candidates who don’t have certifications but have demonstrable skills and experience, most won’t even consider applications who don’t have at least entry-level credentials. The question then becomes: Where do I start?