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Most popular certifications at present

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  • Date: 24 August, 2021

This article tells you which are the most popular certifications according to Pearson-Vue and which of these certifications you can obtain at Global Knowledge.

More and more IT professionals are obtaining certifications. Exam provider Pearson Vue saw a 16% increase in the number of exams worldwide last year, according to its 2021 Value of IT Certification Report.

The main motivator for the exam candidates was increasing their skills (73%), while securing a promotion and improving their professional profile are also mentioned. There are many more reasons to obtain a certification. Curious? Read this article

Which certifications should you go for?

Certifications are in demand, but which certification is best for you? Here’s a list of the currently most popular certification categories according to Pearson Vue, and which certifications you can obtain at Global Knowledge under each category.

1. Cloud

According to Pearson Vue, the most popular certification category is Cloud Computing. In 2019, 11% of the candidates obtained a cloud certification. In 2021, it’s no less than 28%.

Global Knowledge offers cloud certifications from both Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft.

AWS Certified Solutions Architect
The most popular AWS certification in 2021 is the AWS Certified Solutions Architect. With this certification, you demonstrate that you have the right knowledge to design accessible and cost-efficient solutions on AWS. You can obtain this certification at Associate and Professional levels. To know more about the certification, click on the button below.

Microsoft Azure Administrator
The most popular Microsoft Azure certification is the Microsoft Azure Administrator certification. As a Certified Microsoft Azure Administrator, you implement, monitor, and maintain Microsoft Azure solutions. You work with PowerShell, Command Line Interface, Azure Portal, and the cloud infrastructure. To know more about the certification, click on the button below.

2. Networking & Wireless

Although the Networking & Wireless certifications are in second place, there is a decrease compared to 2019. In 2019, 19% of the obtained certifications consisted of Networking & Wireless certifications. In 2021, this is 15%. Nevertheless, Networking & Wireless certifications are still number 2.

One of the most popular Networking & Wireless certifications at Global Knowledge is the (new) Cisco CCNA certification.

Cisco CCNA
With the CCNA certification, you can lay a solid foundation for a career in IT or as a network administrator. For this certification, you should first gain basic knowledge about networks, learn about security, programming, and automation. Once you’re ready, you can obtain the certification by taking a single exam. To know more about the certification, click on the button below.

3. Virtualization

Virtualization certifications rank third in the survey. These certifications are about as popular among exam candidates as they were in 2019. However, Pearson Vue predicts a growth for these certifications in 2022; from 7% in 2021 to a whopping 28%.

IT professionals who want to get started with virtualization, readily consider VMware, especially the cloud virtualization solution, vSphere. A great certification to endorse your virtualization knowledge is “VMware Certified Professional – Data Center Virtualization (VCP-DCV 2021)”.

VMware Certified Professional – Data Center Virtualization (VCP-DCV 2021)
With this certification, you can demonstrate that you’re a true virtualization expert—you know how to implement, manage, and troubleshoot a vSphere environment. To obtain this certification, follow the “VMware vSphere: Install, Configure and Manage (VSICM)” training. This is the basic training for professionals who are new to the use of vSphere. At the end of the training, you take a single exam to get your certification. To know more about the certification, click on the button below.

4. Cybersecurity

Cybersecurity en security certificeringen staan op de vierde en vijfde plek in de ranglijst. Ook op dit vlak voorspelt Pearson Vue een stijging: volgens de examenleverancier vervijfvoudigt het aantal professionals dat een cybersecurity certificering behaalt bijna in 2022.

Eén van de populairste cybersecurity certificeringen bij Global Knowledge is de Certified Ethical Hacking (CEH) certificering van EC-Council. Een must-have voor elke security-expert (in spé).

Certified Ethical Hacking
For this challenging certification, at Global Knowledge, you’ll learn about ethical hacking and penetration testing under the guidance of an expert. You get to work with the tools you use as an ethical hacker, giving you a fresh outlook on cybersecurity. To know more about the certification, click on the button below.

5. DevOps

The DevOps certifications are not in the top 10, but they do show a huge growth from 2019 to 2021 (from 0.8 to 1.8% of the certifications). According to Pearson-Vue, the number will rise to a staggering 19% by 2022. 

The most popular certification under DevOps is the DASA DevOps Fundamentals certification. With this training and certification, IT professionals learn how to successfully apply the DevOps principles within their organization.

DASA DevOps Fundamentals + exam
With the help of DevOps principles, teams can deploy software 200 times faster and their change success rate improves significantly. Those are just two of the many positive changes teams experience when they move to the DevOps approach. During the DevOps Fundamentals training, you’ll learn what DevOps is according to the principles of the DevOps Agile Skills Association (DASA). You discover how to apply the DevOps principles to your organization and introduce a new way of working. To know more about the certification, click on the button below.

Five reasons to get certified

Do you need to convince your boss for you to obtain a certification? Use the five reasons to get certified from the article below in your conversation.

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