Best Telecommunications Certifications For 2016

Best Telecommunications Certifications For 2016
By , Mary Lemons

When it comes to bringing people and systems together, networking is often required to make all of the right connections and technologies work. However, there's a lot more than just networking involved in telecommunications certifications and the technologies they cover. 

This article is something of a grab-bag, because it covers classic telecommunications, telecommunications networking and streaming voice and video platforms for unified communications.

Our top 5 credentials consists of two Telecommunications Certification Organization (TCO) certifications, as well as a voice and data convergence credential developed under the auspices of the Telecommunications Industry Association, or TIA.

You will also read about engineering-oriented communications certs such as the iNARTE Telecommunications Engineer and a distribution credential from Building Industry Consulting Service International (BICSI), which was originally a building trades association. The BICSI certification is in such high standing that it's a Department of Defense requirement. 

There's more than ordinary networking involved in many of these credentials because voice and streaming media traffic come with certain unavoidable and important requirements for limited latency and quick delivery.

These are necessary to enable real-time voice and video communications to occur, and for streaming media delivery to provide an acceptable user experience without hiccups, interruptions and so forth. Thus, there's a vital service level establishment, monitoring and troubleshooting component for these credentials.

There's also a larger-than-usual collection of protocols and services that certified professionals must know to install, configure, manage and troubleshoot, above and beyond the usual collection of TCP/IP basics commonly found in Internet-connected networking environments.

To give you some perspective as to which telecommunications certifications employers seek from job candidates, we searched several IT job boards and compiled the results in Table 1. Keep in mind that these results are a snapshot in time and a number of factors affect the results. For example, you can expect to see fewer listings for the most senior certs since fewer people actually possess those certs. Also, the results vary considerably depending on the job board.

Job Board Survey Results

Telecommunications Engineer

We hope you find our top 5 telecom credential choices for 2016 useful.