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The importance of certifications for IT professionals

By Fi Darby | 05 October 2021


Getting your first foot onto the IT career ladder is fantastic but realising you're not the only one trying to climb higher can be a bit of a shock.  

We take a look at how IT certification can be the key to standing out from the crowd, and moving  up through the industry.

Are IT certifications worth it?

Information technology is a fast-changing business, which attracts high flyers and generates fierce competition. On-the-job experience, practical skills and industry knowledge can lead to some of the highest paying jobs in Australia but it's having the right IT certification that can really make you stand out from the crowd.  It's possible to start a career in IT with zero experience but getting the right certifications will definitely smooth your path to progression.

IT certifications training can really help you future-proof your career and remove any risk of being left behind by technological developments. According to Hays, the top six tech jobs of 2021 are:
  • Cyber security
  • Cloud computing
  • Data science
  • DevOps engineering
  • Software development 
  • Change management 
By focusing on training in a specialised area, you can make sure you develop the skills that future managers will need.

Gaining expert IT certifications isn't just about making career moves. With the best IT certifications, each course framework and assessment process has undergone a careful process of design to ensure continuing industry excellence. This applies in exactly the same way for online courses as it does for those studied at college. By becoming a certified IT professional, you'll be joining a platform of experts.

How do I get certified in information technology?

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If you're keen to keep your skill level up to date, we've got some great news. Whatever your IT training goals, there's an online course to suit you. No matter how busy your work life is or how many projects you're juggling, with nationally recognised training and all the support you need, online courses for certification offer a flexible and manageable route to qualification.

From entry customer service to advanced networking, even through to degree-level training, it's important to make sure you choose the best IT certifications to suit your career goals. Here are a few steps to help you get this career-changing decision right:
  • Understand which online courses for certification are available
  • Compare these with your IT career goals (consider future trend predictions)
  • Work out which level you want to start training at (take into account your previous training)
  • Chat to the experts, and ask any key questions
  • Talk to your existing employer about opportunities for learning support
  • Enrol in your chosen course and get ready to learn

Which is the right course for me?

At Upskilled, we have information technology courses across a wide range of industry in-demand topics, and certification levels. The details of just a few are below:

Please note. As an added bonus, these courses include additional content from an appropriate AWS or VMware short course (plus a 70% discount code for relevant VMware certification exams).

ICT30120 - Certificate III in Information Technology

If you lack experience in IT but want to kick-start your career with one of the best IT entry-level certifications, our ICT30120 - Certificate III in Information Technology is just what you need. Develop basic skills in programming, web development, cloud computing and systems optimisation whilst you improve your personal and team working skills.

Includes access to VMware Certified Technical Associate – Digital Workspace 2021 content, which can lead to additional IT certification.

ICT30120 - Certificate III in Information Technology - Focus on Basic Cloud Computing

This cloud certification course combines specialist network management and cloud-based systems learning with important general areas of ICT. Upskilled's ICT30120 - Certificate III in Information Technology – Focus on Basic Cloud Computing takes 12 months to complete and includes units on introductory programming, digital device security and cloud computing solutions.

Includes access to additional learning content from the AWS Academy Cloud Foundations course, which will prepare you for AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification.

ICT40120 - Certificate IV in Information Technology

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If you want to hone your existing IT skills, take a look at Upskilled's online course ICT40120- Certificate IV in Information Technology. This 18-month course will teach you some useful people and problem solving skills, introduce you to common ICT practices and ensure your expertise in professional website design, basic cyber security and customer support.

Includes access to additional learning content from the AWS Academy Cloud Foundations course, which will prepare you for AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification.

ICT40120 - Certificate IV in Information Technology (Networking)

Well-managed computer networks are vital to business success. It's no wonder then, that our ICT40120 - Certificate IV in Information Technology (Networking) course is so popular. You'll only need 18 months of flexible learning to become skilled in managing servers and ensuring network security, at the same time as developing your critical thinking and problem-solving skills.

Includes access to VMware Virtual Could Network: Core Technical Skills further content, which can lead to additional IT certification.

ICT40120 - Certificate IV in Information Technology (Systems Administration Support)

If you have strong people skills, you might be interested in our ICT40120 - Certificate IV in Information Technology (Systems Administration Support). In just 18 months, you'll learn how to solve key hardware and software issues, build strong client relationships and support smaller scale IT projects.

Includes access to VMware Virtual Cloud Network: Core Technical Skills further content, which can lead to additional IT certification.

ICT50120 - Diploma of Information Technology (Advanced Networking)

You can take up to two years to complete our ICT50120 - Diploma of Information Technology (Advanced Networking) course. During that time, you'll work on 20 units of competency to give you expertise in a wide range of specialisms including network security, virtual computing environments, system security, and client needs.

Includes VMware Certified Technical Associate: Data Center Virtualization: Core Technical Skills further content, which can lead to additional IT certification.

Give your career a boost with IT certifications training today

At any level, online IT certification courses are a great way to advance your career and stay excited about the latest tech developments. Take a look at our range of online information technology courses and talk to our education consultants today. We can help you find the right course to suit your needs.
 
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