Do you have the most important vendor certifications? Hint: you should

By Fi Darby | 28 September 2018

Here’s some hard stats to start off the article for you: according to the Australian Government’s 2017 Employment Projections, ‘Computer System Design and Related Services’ is set for 24.6% growth in the five years to 2022. The overall picture for growth in information technology is mixed, with a 3.3% growth for ‘Information Media and Telecommunications’ and 12% reduction in growth for ‘Data Processing, Web Hosting and Electronic Information Storage’. 

Wait, what?

Confused? Don't be. All you really need to glean is that these disparities highlight the importance of understanding exactly which IT or Vendor certificates are set to be the ‘must haves’ of 2018. As you decide which of Upskilled’s many online IT courses are right for you, you might want to know that amongst this year’s most in-demand IT specialities are Information Technology Project Management and Network Security. The great news is that we can help you with both!

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What Vendor certificates do you need towards 2020?

Whatever the size of organisation that you want to work with IT for and in whatever industry, the safest way to ensure career progression is to prove your IT skills through vendor certificates. At Upskilled we understand this and many of our online IT courses offer IT certifications through vendor training. For example, some of our online IT courses include the training and subject knowledge required to take specific vendor exams (exams themselves are not included). Below are the vendor specific IT certificates prepared for in our Diploma of Information Technology Systems Administration (ICT50318), an impressive list as we are sure you will agree. 

  • MTA: Developer – HTML5 Application Development Fundamentals
  • MCSA: Windows 10 – Installing and Configuring Windows 10
  • MCSA: Windows 10 – Configuring Windows Devices
  • MCSA: Windows Server 2012 – Installing and Configuring Windows Server 2012
  • MCSA: Windows Server 2012 – Administer Windows Server 2012
  • MCSA: Windows Server 2012 –Configuring Windows Server 2012
  • MCSE: Mobility
  • MCSA: Windows 10
  • MOC: Windows 10 - Deploying Windows Desktop 

Not everybody is looking for higher level IT certificates and Upskilled’s range of entry-level online IT courses can also offer vendor specific courses. For example, our Certificate III in Information Digital Media and Technology (ICT30118) offers preparation towards exams for the following IT certificates. 

  • MCSA: Windows 10 – Installing and Configuring Windows 10
  • MCSA: Windows 10 – Configuring Windows Devices
  • MTA: IT Infrastructure – Windows Server Administration Fundamentals
  • MTA: IT Infrastructure – Security Fundamentals

Types of Vendor certificates

Vendor specific IT certificates are related to a certain software or system. The advantages of studying towards the knowledge required to pass vendor exams is that they are universally recognisable by IT industry employers. Taking someone on who doesn’t have recognised qualifications means that an employer risks having to pay for retraining should there be important gaps in knowledge. With a vendor specific IT certificate under your belt, you can guarantee that the employer will recognise your qualification. We look at two of the most popular Microsoft IT certificates types. 

MCSA (Microsoft Certified Solutions Associate)

The MSCA program is Microsoft’s entry-level IT certificates program, which puts an emphasis on designing and building technology solutions. It replaces the Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator certifications, which were geared more towards specific job roles. Examples include the MCSA: SQL Server 2012/2014 group of qualifications, skills for which are included in our Diploma of Database Design and Development (ICT50515)

MCSE (Microsoft Certified Solutions Expert)

The MCSE program delivers the skills and knowledge required to create advanced solutions integrating a number of Microsoft technologies. Entry onto courses at this level requires MCSA certification. Examples include the MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure group of qualifications, skills for which are included in our Advanced Diploma of Computer Systems Technology (ICT60515).

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Benefits of online IT courses

Studying online has many advantages over more traditional methods of study such as university. Online study requires some motivation and commitment but, across Australia, it is a fast-growing approach to education, which offers the following benefits. 

The opportunity to study when and how you need to

No matter which stage you are at in your career, your life will be busy. Too many people put off further study and professional development because they are worried about time pressures. Online IT courses can be started when you are ready and studied at a time that is convenient for you. 

The right course for you

The Upskilled range of online IT courses includes over 30 different courses at all levels from Certificate I to Graduate Certificate and covering a wide variety of industry-required and up to date information technology skills and qualifications. 

A unique blend of course types

As well as the industry-standard IT certificates listed above, all Upskilled IT courses also include vendor neutral courses, for example ‘Computer Security and Internet Safety Fundamentals’, and tried and tested Upskilled courses, for example ‘Workplace Communication’.

Information technology for project management

As IT solutions become more intricate, the requirement for IT project managers, who can understand the ways that software development, hardware procurement, network deployment and system development work together to provide complex solutions, grows. Upskilled’s Advanced Diploma of Information Technology Project Management (ICT60415) includes a range of units specifically designed to enable graduates to manage ICT projects. These units form a mix of vendor neutral and Upskilled courses, which include. 

  • Solving Business Problems
  • Privacy, Ethics and Copyright
  • Business Analysis
  • Change Management 

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Information technology for network security

All organisations have an obligation and requirement to assure and maintain network security. Specialists in network security work individually or as part of a team and have a high level of technical skills. Upskilled’s  offers a combination of vendor specific, vendor neutral and Upskilled courses, which include the skills and knowledge to plan, design, manage and monitor an IT network. Courses include. 

  • CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate)
  • CompTIA Server+
  • Project Management
  • Change Management
  • Privacy, Ethics and Copyright

Ready to launch your IT career with vendor certification?

Wherever you want your career in information technology to take you, our online IT courses offer the opportunity to work towards industry specific IT certificates at the same time as focusing on a high quality and carefully selected blend of vendor neutral and Upskilled courses.

With over 30 IT qualifications to choose from, from Certificate I to Graduate Certificate level, including Network Security and Information Technology Project Management, Upskilled has the course that will see you on your way to industry wide recognition and your next great promotion. Get in touch today to find out more.

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