Computer Technology Certifications

Why Get Certifications?

Certifications will help you verify and learn the skills needed to find a job in IT. "Overall, professionals who had earned an IT or project management certification during the last five years earned an average of $5,242 more than their counterparts," states the 2010 IT Skills and Salary Report, published by Global Knowledge and TechRepublic. Basic certifications can give you a foundation to build upon, and can still give a pay increase. Certification also increases your potential for career advancement. Overall, certification shows employers that you are serious and dedicated to your career and it provides a pay boost for certified employees.

The Testing Center is located on campus in building D. This center provides much more than just ACT and CLEP testing, however! The center offers CISCO, CompTIA, and Microsoft exams. Students can register to take the aforementioned certification exams right here on the BPCC campus.

Prior Learning

Many of our CIT courses will help prepare you for national certifications. Some certifications count for course credit. Please see the Prior Learning Assessment Matrix for further information.

The Registrar will allow up to twenty-one (21) hours that may be awarded to students for prior learning, which includes credits through challenge exams, certifications, CLEP, and DSST.

Course Name Certification Certification Website
CIS 100 Internet and Computing Core Certification CertiportWill open new browser window or tab
CIS 114 * Microsoft Windows 7 Configuration (72-680) Microsoft
CIS 205 * Microsoft Office Word 2013 (77-418) MicrosoftWill open new browser window or tab
CIS 207 * Microsoft Office Excel 2013 (77-420) MicrosoftWill open new browser window or tab
CIS 209 * Microsoft Office Access 2013 (77-424) MicrosoftWill open new browser window or tab
CIS 210 * Microsoft Office PowerPoint 2013 (77-422) MicrosoftWill open new browser window or tab
CIT 100 Internet and Computing Core Certification CertiportWill open new browser window or tab
CIT 101 Network+ CompTiaWill open new browser window or tab
CIT 112 A+ CompTia
CIT 149 * CIW JavaScript Specialist CIWWill open new browser window or tab
CIT 151 * OCA Java OracleWill open new browser window or tab
CIT 170 Server+ CompTia
CIT 211 CompTIA Storage+ powered by SNIA CompTia
CIT 221 ICND1 CiscoWill open new browser window or tab
CIT 222 ICND2 or CCNA CiscoWill open new browser window or tab
CIT 224 CISSP ISC2Will open new browser window or tab
CIT 225 Security+ CompTia+SYO-401Will open new browser window or tab
CIT 270 * Microsoft SQL Server 2008 MicrosoftWill open new browser window or tab
CIT 272 Linux+ Part 1 LXO-101
Linux+ Part 2 LXO-012
CompTia
CIT 280 Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator EC-CouncilWill open new browser window or tab
CIT 282 Project+ CompTiaWill open new browser window or tab
 

For all REQUIRED courses: By enrolling in this course, the certification is part of the course fee to pay for your certification voucher.  Each enrolled student is required to take the certification as part of their grade in the course.

* States the only courses where the certification is optional when enrolling in the course. In all other courses in the chart above, the stated certification is required by all students as part of the course assessment and appropriate certification fees are charged as part of the course fees.

  • Network+
    Offered by CompTia, the Network+ certification is a basic networking certification that ensures skills in network support, administration, and other aspects of fundamental network structure and maintenance.
  • A+
    Offered by CompTia, the A+ certification has 2 exams. It tests on knowledge of installing, configuring, upgrading, troubleshooting, and repairing desktop systems. The second exam is a specialist exam, with the following areas offered:
    • A+ IT Technician
    • A+ Remote Support Technician
    • A+ Depot Technician
  • SCJA Java
    Offered by Sun Microsystems, the SCJA Java certification covers application development and software project management that uses Java technology.
  • Linux +
    Offered by CompTia, the Linux+ certification includes understanding the basics of Linux systems. This includes the command line, user administration, file permissions, software configurations, servers, and security.
  • CCNA
    Offered by Cisco, the CCNA certification involves installing, configuring, and operating networks. It also handles security threats and wireless networking concepts and jargon.
  • Security+
    Offered by CompTia, the Security+ certification tests the knowledge relating to systems security, network infrastructure, access control, audits, organizational security, as well as other areas of security.
  • Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator
    Offered by EC-Council, the Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator certification will “fortify the application knowledge of security officers, auditors, security professionals, site administrators, and anyone who is concerned about the integrity of the network infrastructure. A Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator is a skilled professional who understands and knows how to look for the weaknesses and vulnerabilities in target systems and uses the same knowledge and tools as a malicious hacker.”
  • Project+
    Offered by CompTia, the Project+ certification covers project skills, such as initiation, planning, management, development, and completion.

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