You either love it or hate it. Industry certification tends to polarize IT professionals into two camps: those that feel such programs offer great value and those that believe certification is a bunch of hogwash.

Nevertheless, take a look at any IT industry want ad, or sit with an IT pro who has just left an interview. What’s one of the first things a company asks an IT candidate? Which certifications do you possess?

Which certifications do you seek?
Obtaining IT certification is always easier when you know what you’re getting into. So I’ve assembled links to some of TechRepublic’s most popular certification articles, in case you missed any of them. The articles will help you answer questions such as which certification program might be best for you and where you can find more information on each program. They will also provide you with tips and tricks for obtaining certification.

Are you ready for the Cisco challenge?
Cisco career certifications: Are you ready for the challenge?

Considering earning a Cisco certification—or maybe looking to hire an IT pro with Cisco expertise? Warren Heaton explains Cisco’s different certs.

Read Warren’s article here.

Cisco certification: Download your all-in-one guide

Working toward a Cisco certification—or thinking about it? Don’t miss our new Cisco download. It collects Warren Heaton’s series of Cisco cert articles and helpful exam prep tips.

Download the Cisco guide here.

Looking for general certification assistance?
Certification tools to avoid

Shopping for training tools? Don’t get burned. In this installment of Paperchase Digest, I present my four rules for judging the quality of certification resources.

Read it here .

Taking an MCSE exam? Here’s help if you want it

Successful experiences with MCSE examinations demand careful preparation and a commitment to learning. Then you cram. Check out this compendium of resources for preparing for your MCSE exam.

You’ll find the resources here.

High-tech training on a shoestring

An MCSE doesn’t have to cost you an arm and a leg. Brien Posey looks at some of your low-cost training options.

Follow this link to read Brien’s column.

Tuition reimbursement: The gift that keeps on giving

It may not be the Jelly-of-the-Month Club, but tuition reimbursement is indeed the gift that keeps on giving. Scott Render examines one of your most important benefits. After all, somebody’s got to pay for your certification training!

Read Scott’s tips here.

Thinking of A+?
Ace your A+ exams with Transcender’s A+Pak

If you’re considering taking CompTIA’s A+ exams, you’ll want to check out Transcender’s A+Pak.

You can read our review here.

Is an MCSE in your future?
Pass your Microsoft tests—with a little help from your friends

You’re busy. Your pager’s ringing. You don’t have time for practice tests. Right? Wrong. Meet your best friends when it comes to taking tests.

Learn about practice tests by clicking here .

Seeking NT 4 certification? Fear not

Although Windows 2000 has arrived, the Windows NT 4.0 MCSE track still has value. But you’d better act fast. We’ve built a prep guide to help you do just that.

Get your free prep guide here.

Erik Eckel MCP+I, MCSE is editor in chief of TechRepublic’s IT communities.

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