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Certification, Licensing, and Special Requirements

Certification or Licensing

Not all computer professionals are certified. The deciding factor seems to be if it is required by their employer. Many companies offer tuition reimbursement, or incentives, to those who earn certification. Certification is available in a variety of specialties. The Institute for Certification of Computing Professionals offers the associate computing professional designation for those new to the field and the certified computing professional designation for those with at least 48 months of full-time professional level work in computer-based information systems. CompTIA and information technology companies such as Cisco also provide certification credentials. Certification is considered by many to be a measure of industry knowledge as well as leverage when negotiating salary.

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