Certification courses: The smart way to upskill

According to the World Economic Forum the Fourth Industrial Revolution is driving business model transformation in all industries. This will in turn affect the way we work.

"New categories of jobs will emerge, partly or wholly displacing others."

Guy Ryder Director General of the Internal Labour organisation shared his support for this assessment. "It is already clear that many jobs are disappearing or being redesigned. This raises new economic, legal, ethical and social considerations."

According to the experts the skill sets required in both old and new occupations will change in most industries and transform how and where people work.

These skills not only refer to the higher level competencies but also the capabilities needed to perform the most basic digital functions in the workplace, according to Ryder.

As a result skills shortages in the workforce have become a real concern for management as they try to keep up with technological trends and advancements.

Leaders are caught between the fear of becoming obsolete and the expense of looking for newer tech-savvy recruits.

Preparing the workforce

There is an alternative to looking outside for help. One idea is to upskill staff through certification short courses.

In some professions a certification course is sufficient to close the skills gap and equip people with the capabilities they need to effectively perform their current and future roles.

These kind of certification courses are particularly popular in the digital space and Microsoft certification has become a sought after option for individuals who want to improve their performance and increase their employability.

What is a certification course?

Certification programs generally consist of a mixture of lecture-based sessions and hands-on training experiences.

A certification course primarily focuses on verifying your skills by providing evidence that you have mastered a certain skill or level of expertise in your field of work.

Participating in these courses also demonstrates a willingness to learn and develop as an individual.

Microsoft & Stackable Certifications

A Microsoft Certification demonstrates an individual's competence in a specific Microsoft technology, which can lead to greater work-related and personal benefits. In fact research shows that IT certification improves opportunities for employment and promotion.

A stackable certification refers to multiple CompTIA certifications earned over time. It validates the skills of various IT roles and shows a deeper mastery in the field.

CTU Training Solutions

Microsoft training courses are some of the most popular courses offered at CTU Training Solutions, and are delivered by industry experts, online or in-person.

These part-time courses are practical, lab-based to help learners develop real-world technical skills, and range from Microsoft SQL Server, Microsoft Windows Server, Windows 10, Microsoft Azure, Microsoft Visual Studio and others. The designations for Microsoft certifications range between fundamentals, associate, and expert. So if you looking to enhance your career and become an Azure DevOps Engineer, Azure Administrator or Developer it’s time to review and revise your current certifications and look for an upgrade or transition course. If you’re just starting out, consider the Azure Fundamentals certification designed for candidates looking to demonstrate foundational knowledge of cloud services and how those services are implemented with Microsoft Azure..

If you’re already in the profession or considering certifications that existed in 2018, it would be necessary for you to keep the following in mind when planning your certifications:

Retiring December 31, 2018
MCSE: Cloud Platform and Infrastructure
MCSA: Cloud Platform
MCSA: Linux on Azure

Retiring March 31, 2019
MCSE: Mobility
MCSA: Office 365
MCSA: Windows 10
MCSA: Dynamics 365 (only one of the two required exams is retiring in March, but the certification will no longer be attainable)

Retiring June 30, 2019
MCSA: Machine Learning
MCSA: Data Engineering with Azure

CTU Training is currently running specials and promotions on stackable certifications.

These include certifications for Systems Support Specialists, Cloud Admin Professionals, Network Infrastructure Professionals, Security Analytics Professionals, and Security Infrastructure Experts, with designations ranging between specialist, professional and expert.

Whether you want to learn a new Microsoft technology, start a new career in IT, or improve your marketability, CTU can help you achieve your training goals. #MakeItHappen this 2019 and be industry relevant!

What certification do you plan on earning in 2019?