Mastering a technology itself sometimes is not enough. You need some evidence that stated you have mastered something. It's when certification ideas comes up. Some organizations or companies gives a title to person who are considered qualifies for one of their products. For example, in Cisco, you can have CCNA and CCNP certification for several path, such as general routing, design, network security, etc and all of them can be seen on their IT Certification page.
Certification does cost some money and sometimes the cost is quite expensive, so not everybody is interested in certification. If you failed, then all of your money is lost. In order to prevent this, usually there are some preparations that has to be conducted prior to the test exams. Some organizations have published a book of the previous exams, giving a clue what might the test be.
Another solution that might comes up is by using software tools to help you prepare yourself before the exams. One of them are from uCertify. They provides PrepKits, an interactive software that helps you learn, tracks your progress, identifies areas for improvement and simulates the actual exam. They have quite a lot of IT certification PrepKits, so you are free to choose. They are:
- Microsoft Certification (MCSE, MCSA, MCAD, MCDST, MCP, MCST)
- CompTia (A+, eBiz+, iNet+, Linux+, Network+, Server+, Security+)
- Oracle (OCA, OCP)
- Sun Java (SCJA, SCJP, SCWCD, SCBCD, SCMAD)
- Cisco (CCNA, CCENT)
- Adobe Photoshop (ACE)
- EC-Council (CEP)
Their product can be downloaded for free, but in demo version. You will have limited features of the products, but you can still use it for basic preparations. If you are satisfied with the demo version and planning to get more serious, you can buy the licensed version of it. The price is different on each products, so you must see it individually.
They are so confident on their products, so that they give you 100% money back guarantee. If you don't get certified in the first attempt, they will return your money. Nice isn't? They also provide some testimonials from their users around the world who have succeeded in using uCertify products to complete their certification. uCertify also receives lots of awards because of their nice products. It's a proof that many people like their products based on the reviews on each site.
In another post, i will write a little review about one of their PrepKits, which is 220-601 - CompTIA A+ Essentials practice test. CompTIA's 220-601 test is designed to measure your ability to support computers having different hardware and software configurations, so it's like a basic skill needed to work with different components of your computer.