Another Terrific IT Certification Resource

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Mirek BurnejkoMirek BurnejkoMirek Burnejko is based in Warsaw, Poland, and brings a European perspective to IT cert coverage.

Gosh knows there are tons of IT cert information sites online. But too many of them have special axes to grind, or represent narrow industry niches, training companies, or other limited constituencies and views.

Mirek Burnejko’s excellent IT Certification Master is one of just a handful of general, unbiased, and up-to-date information repositories on IT certification on the Web. Check it out!

There are tons of IT certification resources available on the World Wide Web, but only a very few of them do a thorough and reliable job of covering the IT certification space with accuracy, relevancy, and a lack of some specific focus, viewpoint, or ultimate sales goals. Because of our ongoing efforts to follow and report on IT certification and the surrounding training and publishing industries, I’d like to think that Tom’s IT Pro is one of those sites.

So is Anne Martinez’ GoCertify.com (which I’ve written about repeatedly, here and elsewhere online), as well as other blogs and sites with which I have worked over the years: PearsonITCertification.com (though it has a publishing and test arm to support), and my IT Career JumpStart blog for TechTarget.

This weekend I expanded my purview of Mirek Burnejko’s outstanding IT Certification Master site, and happily reached the conclusion that it, too, should join the limited ranks of sites that I can unhesitatingly recommend to IT pros in search of certification-related news, information, tips, and advice.

Here’s a short list of what you’ll find on his site, selected primarily for information value and potential interest for or appeal to IT professionals interested in training, certification, and career development:

  • A comprehensive list of IT Certifications (aka “The List of Certifications”) covers 1,739 different credentials from what Burnejko calls “152 vendors” (but because those purveyors include actual equipment and software vendors as well as industry organizations of all kinds, I actually prefer the general term “sponsor,” which also makes it easier to distinguish between vendor-specific and vendor-neutral credentials as well). These are organized alphabetically by vendor name (to use Burnejko’s terminology, for the moment). It’s a very comprehensive list, though it lacks URLs for all the credentials it lists and includes the occasional spelling error (e.g. “Rucus” instead of “Ruckus” – but not at all bad for someone who in all likelihood is not a native speaker of English).
  • A fascinating collection of interviews with IT cert program managers, including lots of people I’ve also spoken with over the years, including Antonella Corno (Cisco: yesterday, in fact), Sondra Schneider (Security University), Owen DeLong (Hurricane Electric), Kevin Sandlin (Planet3 Wireless/CWNP), and Rick Bauer (CompTIA: Thursday, November 16). The photos are a nice touch, and the coverage is interesting though a bit shorter and less hard-hitting than some might like.
  • An even more fascinating series of interviews with high-visibility, high-impact IT professionals who work the top end of the profession, including experts on cloud technologies, IT architecture, CCIE, Oracle databases, virtualization, and more. Aspiring certification holders who find their next or future cert targets here will probably find this the most useful content on Burnejko’s site overall.
  • The IT Certification Master Archives break the site’s voluminous content and coverage down by subject matter, which helps to make up for the lack of a search engine on the site itself, and organizes the material into broad collections by topic. The site is, however, well-indexed by Google – which explains how I found it, and began to learn more about and appreciate its content and coverage in the first place. Nevertheless, it’s sometimes a bit of a slog to find individual elements here, though it’s almost always worth the effort involved.

Overall, this is a valuable and useful IT certification resource online, and you won’t be disappointed if you check it out. Enjoy!

Ed TittelEd Tittel

Ed Tittel is a 30-year-plus veteran of the computing industry, who’s worked as a programmer, a technical manager, a classroom instructor, a network consultant and a technical evangelist for companies that include Burroughs, Schlumberger, Novell, IBM/Tivoli and NetQoS. He has written and blogged for numerous publications, including Tom's Hardware, and is the author of over 140 computing books with a special emphasis on information security, Web markup languages and development tools, and Windows operating systems.

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