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Demystifying Professional Certifications

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As a guest speaker, I gave this presentation, last night, to the Association of Information Systems Professionals (AISP), an Information Systems student group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Demystifying Professional Certifications provides an overview of what professional certifications are, why they matter, how to choose which ones to pursue, how to get certified and how to keep the certifications is good standing.

Demystifying Professional Certifications

  1. 1. Demystifying Professional Certifications Association of Information Systems Professionals A UW-Madison Student Organization Presented by Nicholas Davis, CISA, CISSP
  2. 2. What is a ProfessionalWhat is a Professional Certification?Certification? • Neutral third party testimonial to knowledge • Sets a baseline (minimum) • Does not set a top bar (maximum) • Good for popular careers • Not good for extreme specialists 11/03/16 UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN 2
  3. 3. I Have a DegreeI Have a Degree Why Do I Want a Certification?Why Do I Want a Certification? • Resume searches – keywords • Job requirements, especially government • Employers love certifications, because it lowers their burden of verifying knowledge • Increase your salary • Differentiate you • Professional recognition and respect 11/03/16 UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN 3
  4. 4. How do I get aHow do I get a Certification?Certification? • Meet standards for work experience • Study, independently or via a professional course • Pass exam • Demonstrate work experience • Testimonials from co-workers • Pay lots of money 11/03/16 UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN 4
  5. 5. How Much Does It Cost?How Much Does It Cost? • Study materials • Cost of exam • Cost of classes • Study on your own vs. enrolling in a prep course • One time cost, vs. take the exam multiple times cost 11/03/16 UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN 5
  6. 6. How Do I Keep aHow Do I Keep a Certification?Certification? • CPEs, continuing professional education • Seminars • Guest lectures • Conferences • Articles • Classes • More certifications! 11/03/16 UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN 6
  7. 7. What Kinds of CertificationsWhat Kinds of Certifications Do I want?Do I want? • In your area of expertise • Applicable • Look for trends in your industry • What do your peers have • How common is the certification 11/03/16 UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN 7
  8. 8. What Certifications Do IWhat Certifications Do I Not Want?Not Want? • Ones which go in and out of fashion quickly • Ones which are so highly technical that you may become obsolete • Ones which require huge amounts of CPEs 11/03/16 UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN 8
  9. 9. Case in PointCase in Point Very Popular in 2000Very Popular in 2000 Not Popular NowNot Popular Now 11/03/16 UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN 9
  10. 10. How Many CertificationsHow Many Certifications Do I WantDo I Want • One is nice • A few is nicer • Many makes you look like a test taker with no genuine interest in the subjects • Less is more, to an extent 11/03/16 UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN 10
  11. 11. How Do I KeepHow Do I Keep My CertificationsMy Certifications • CPE credits • Pay annual dues • Don’t lie about CPEs • Don’t do unethical things 11/03/16 UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN 11
  12. 12. Let’s Look at 10 TopLet’s Look at 10 Top CertificationsCertifications 11/03/16 UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN 12
  13. 13. Questions and DiscussionQuestions and Discussion Nicholas Davis, CISA, CISSP ndavis@uwsa.edu Tel. 608.347.2486 11/03/16 UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN 13
  • halifamahmoud

    Nov. 15, 2016

As a guest speaker, I gave this presentation, last night, to the Association of Information Systems Professionals (AISP), an Information Systems student group at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Demystifying Professional Certifications provides an overview of what professional certifications are, why they matter, how to choose which ones to pursue, how to get certified and how to keep the certifications is good standing.

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