Amazon Web Services (AWS) empowers higher education institutions that help prepare students for industry-recognized IT certifications.
Your AWS benefit
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the global information technology ecosystem. CompTIA awards more than 2.5 million IT certifications in areas such as cybersecurity, networking, cloud computing and technical support.
Your CompTIA benefits
The International Council of E-Commerce Consultants (EC Council) certifies individuals in various e-business and information security skills. Certifications are offered in over 87 countries globally.
Circle of Excellence Award Winner in 2019, 2020, 2021, and 2022
Your EC-Council benefit
Earning an IT industry certification demonstrates to potential employers that you validated to a 3rd party certifying body that you have skills related to that certification.
Earning an IT degree typically includes learning a collection of skills such as interpersonal communication, decision making, and problem solving from general education courses. In addition, program specific skills such as systems development lifecycle, data security, and program development are taught in core courses. An industry certification will be more focused on a specific set of skills related to the certification.
Various certification bodies offer different options. CompTIA, AWS, and EC Council all offer an online and in-person testing option. Please check with the certifying body for specific requirements.
Employers may list specific skills or even desired IT certifications in job posting. An IT certification allows you to provide documentation that you possess those skills.
While some industry certifications are good for life, others must be renewed periodically. AWS, CompTIA, and EC Council certifications typically need to be renewed every three years so be sure to check with the certifying body on renewal requirements.