Value of Certification
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Certification is easy – finding the right certification is far more difficult. You’ve come to the right place. Certified Data Vault 2.0 Practitioner (CDVP2) Certification is the right certification for BI and Big Data professionals today.
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Can you afford NOT to certify?
BI professionals must now ask themselves: Can I afford NOT to be certified? The perceived value placed on certifications by employers is obvious, and recent studies have shown the depth of this emphasis.
Redmond Magazine’s 11th annual survey of compensation for Microsoft IT professionals, for example, found that in 2006, raises and bonuses increased for the third year in a row — as have salaries, climbing 3.3 percent from the previous year. In the past decade that Redmond has conducted the survey, the overall finding is that certifications, in this case specifically through Microsoft, have had a positive effect on salaries.
Certifications show verification of knowledge and expertise as well. The need for specialized Data Vault knowledge has risen over the past few years with rapid advances in technology, resulting in a shortage of professionals qualified to fill positions requiring these narrow skill-sets. College degrees show an individual’s topical education level, but do not dig deeply enough into real-world, practical skills and knowledge to show how a potential employee would deal with a particular technology issue or problem.
For this reason, incorporating performance-based testing into an existing multiple choice exam is an effective complement. Claiming knowledge of a given field is one thing, but even better is being able to hold up a certification as proof. Clients and employers alike are prone to feel more confident with the Data Vault expertise received if they feel that the person helping them has the right abilities to get the job done correctly.
Along the same lines, employers are likely to believe that job candidates with an Data Vault certification are more qualified than candidates without. Data Vault certifications can prove to be an effective bargaining chip when job hunting, especially when faced with non-certified competition, as well as when trying to negotiate salary, title and other issues.
This “edge” in the job market positively impacts certification growth. Many employers of Data Vault professionals use certification as a pre-requisite for hiring consideration and often view a certification as proof that a job candidate knows their field. Business Intelligence professionals have taken notice and often hold more than one – and sometimes as many as 20 or 30 – unique certifications.
Certifications do not stop working in the candidates favor after hiring. Pre-existing or newly gained certifications show that the candidate takes initiative to grow and learn. Similarly, development of new skills can help push a BI professional up the promotional ladder once in a position.
If promotion candidates “A” and “B” are competing for the same position, it is likely that the candidate who has spent additional time and money on professional development, and thus increased their skill set and knowledge base, would be selected. The increased importance placed by employers on a well trained and up-to-speed BI workforce makes certifications invaluable to professionals in these instances.