SNIA offers opportunities to learn about storage technology from a vendor neutral perspective. Storage professionals are increasingly turning to independent educational programs to keep up with day-to-day demands and to plan for the future and to complement their existing product specialist skills.
The SNIA Storage Networking Certification Program (SNCP) provides a strong foundation of vendor-neutral, systems-level credentials that integrate with and complement individual vendor certifications. The structure of the SNCP has been enhanced to reflect the advancement and growth of storage networking technologies over the past few years, and to provide for expanded offerings in the future. Through evolving and enhancing the SNCP, the SNIA is establishing a uniform standard by which individual knowledge and skill sets can be evaluated, thereby providing employers in the storage industry with an independent assessment of the s
The SNIA Education Program leverages the strengths and successes of SNIA Education, SNIA Education Committee members, and the SNIA Technology Center to offer value to the storage industry.
People often ask themselves about the real value of IT related certifications and whether it is worth their time and money to become certified. The short answer to the question is yes, an IT certification can be of great value especially if it’s in an area that you are trying to pursue as a career, and even more importantly if it is a vendor-neutral certification which complements specific product skills.
Reasons Why You Should Do SNIA Certification
- Attain a framework by which the competency levels of technical people can be judgedHiring managers tend to view certifications as a more objective measure of a candidate’s skill level than self-reported skills and competency.
- Provide HR departments with an insight into skill - sets and desire to improve knowledgeHR departments looking to recruit will differentiate between those who have the relevant industry certifications and those who do not.
- Achieve peer recognition amongst other IT professionals - Personal networking is key to career development. Once individuals have attained IT certification, they join a group of skilled professionals who also hold similar credentials.
- Increase income potential - Many recent studies have shown that organizations will offer a base salary premium simply on the basis that they will not have to bear the cost of certifications already obtained. The added market value that a certification brings can be as high as 30%-40%, with the average salary uplift potentially in the 5%-11% range.
- Enhance employability - Globalization and economic realities have made the IT job market highly competitive. For long serving professionals - or even those just starting out demonstrating technical competency to a prospective employer is a must.