Cape Times 28/03/2009
WHY YOU NEED TO GET IT CERTIFIED TO SUCCEED
IN INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY
Even in hard times there are new opportunities in
the IT industry and demand for IT professionals across all experience
levels. Companies however, are growing wary of graduates with so-called “grey”
qualifications of doubtful and variable quality and are increasingly seeking
those that have internationally recognized qualifications. The trend now is to
insist in internationally recognized certification such as the Microsoft and
CompTIA family of certification options.
The benefits to employees and employers alike are
numerous as explained by Faizal Mukadam, CEO of IT Business Campus. “You can
travel anywhere in the world with this certification and it will be recognized, China, Dubai, Europe, anywhere. We have corporate clients
who are desperate for internationally certified graduates and they are starting
to make international certification a prerequisite for job applications. They
need universal measures by which to judge if a prospective employee is able to
fulfill the tasks which he is being employed for, and a generic diploma from a
random college just can’t do that,” said Faizal.
Faizal’s IT Business Campus is at the forefront of
international certification and the largest provider of certified IT training
solutions, with the largest choice of courses, in South Africa. It has developed
relationships with Microsoft, CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry
Association) and EC-Council, whose
certifications are highly sought after in the IT
industry. IT Business Campus is a Microsoft IT Academy Program Member, CompTIA
Gold Partner Member and a CompTIA Cornerstone Partner.
ITBC’s size and reach has enabled them to achieve
Pro-Metric Testing Centre status for all their campuses and to offer massively
discounted Pro-Metric Testing Vouchers. “We’re 50% cheaper than anybody else
when it comes to testing, shop around and see for yourself,” said Faizal, and
added, “The testing fees have always been a major expense for students and the
discounted prices are sure to be a great help to those who want to get ahead in
IT. There simply isn’t any other IT college in the country that can offer the
huge range of training options at the prices we are.”
IT Business Campus has earned the privilege to
serve blue-chip and government clients including: Arivia.kom, Acer, Internet
Solutions, Nashua Mobile, Department of Health, Old Mutual, Telkom, Metro Rail
and much more.
Apart from the vastly improved prospects of
landing a job, international certification holds numerous other benefits for
graduates. “Studies show that employees with International Certification can
expect improved promotion prospects, higher pay and improved benefits,” says
Faizal. “The certification system makes it easy for employees and employers to
figure out exactly where the employee’s skills are adequate and where there are
gaps in their knowledge. This makes additional training requirements easier to
identify and helps the candidate move up the ladder far quicker than he would
otherwise,” he added.
Faizal also pointed out that, “graduates feel a
lot more confident about their skills when they get certified and that
confidence translates to less stress and better customer service for clients.
Businesses are really starting to get the message that certification means
lower costs, less staff turnover, more efficiency and higher customer
satisfaction and they are changing their hiring policies
IT Business Campus has been running a Million Rand IT course
give-away on Good Hope 94-97 FM’s Nigel Pierce Show and 5 listeners will win
courses to the value of R100,000 each and 25 people courses to the value of
R25,000 each. Prospective students can also earn a 50% discount by entering the
Competition entry. Log onto www.itbc.co.za and enter the competition.
Interested prospective students can complete a free 3-day demonstration course.