Certifications matter. To employers, they indicate the promise of higher productivity and proof of your abilities, but for new and current IT professionals, they are a reflection of far more. To certify is to grow, take the next step in your career and fuel the passion that powers your success.
Certifications are proof of knowledge, aptitude and a lifelong learning mentality that puts you ahead of the competition. Certified employees are highly sought after by hiring managers and are trusted to connect, secure and automate Cisco networks across the globe.
99% of organizations surveyed use technical certifications to make hiring decisions.1
91% of employers believe IT certifications are a reliable predictor of a successful employee.2
81% of employers associate IT certification holders with increased quality and value of work contribution.3
Today, Cisco’s certification portfolio offers more options than ever before, empowering you to customize your learning path directly to your career, interests and aspirations. Since every Cisco exam you pass earns you a certification, each milestone you reach tells a new chapter in your story.
Cisco Certifications are constantly updated to reflect the evolution of the technology landscape and ensure that certifications match the needs of the IT industry. When you earn and maintain active certification, you prove to employers that you have the skills to work on today’s most advanced networks, and as you continue to meet recertification requirements, a lifelong learning mindset is born.
This is your chance stand out - especially to employers. Certifications communicate a powerful narrative: you possess the drive to stay competitive, the problem-solving ability to overcome challenges, the discipline to deliver on tasks efficiently and the potential to lead your peers. When the time comes for that promotion, your employer can recall the ways you have shown initiative and feel confident in your readiness for advancement.
Certification is more than just an achievement that secures promotions, unlocks salary increases and attracts new career opportunities, it also sets you on an upward trajectory towards personal growth and fulfillment.
Increased confidence in your abilities
Establish yourself as mentor
Increased respect from peers
Greater job satisfaction
Put yourself in control. Cisco certifications are available in multiple levels of expertise and various professional areas. Earning the certifications you need can lead you to the career you want, while keeping you competitive in a field where 87% of IT professionals hold certifications1. Cisco's best-in-class training helps you learn, grow, and evolve, while our digital badge program gives you the tools to highlight every step of your journey. Cisco training and certifications allow you to:
Access the training you need to stay current with Cisco technologies
Validate your knowledge and strengthen the impact of your resume
Enhance your professional profile with digital badges
Showcase your willingness to be a leader in your field
“Cisco certifications shows an employer that you have time management and project management skills, as well as the ability to complete a project that you start. It looks impressive on a resume that you were able to study for something challenging and then continue on to pass the certification exam.”
Certifications achieved: CyberOps Associate
— Jenny Guay, Security Operations Center (SOC) Operator
“Cisco really changed my life and opened up a new world for me. The certifications have helped me grow academically, mentally and professionally. I now see myself achieving quite a number of things in my life.”
Certifications achieved: DevNet Associate, CCNA and CCNP
— DevonPatrick Adkins, Network Engineer L2
“Cisco certifications helped me springboard my career to senior level—with more responsibilities, a title, and a salary increase. And it helped my employer, too, by giving them one more person to do the function they’re requesting.”
Certifications achieved: CCNA
— Shane Woolf, Senior Unified Communications Systems Engineer
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When it comes to earning a Cisco certification, the only one who can hold you back is yourself—but that doesn't mean you have to go it alone. We're here to help you reach your fullest potential, starting with these simple steps to help you map your way towards certification. Start studying today, successfully reach your goals and join our community of IT professionals.
2019 Tech Manager Survey, Cisco1
5 Reasons Why Employers Look for IT Certifications, CompTIA2
2021 Value of Certifications Report, Pearson VUE3