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Information technology certification: A student perspective

McGill, T.J. and Dixon, M.W. (2007) Information technology certification: A student perspective. In: Tomei, L.A., (ed.) Integrating information and communications technologies into the classroom. Idea Group Inc (IGI), Hershy, PA, USA, pp. 203-215.

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Certification has become a popular adjunct to traditional means of acquiring information technology (IT) skills, and employers increasingly specify a preference for those holding certifications. This chapter reports on a study designed to investigate student perception of both the benefits and risks of certification and its importance in obtaining employment. Certification was perceived as an important factor in achieving employment and students undertaking it anticipate that it will lead to substantial financial benefits. Yet, higher salaries are not seen as the most important benefit of certification. The potential benefits that students believe are most important relate to 'real-world' experience. The respondents were aware of the possible risks of certification but did not appear to be overly concerned about them.

Item Type: Book Chapter
Murdoch Affiliation(s): School of Information Technology
Publisher: Idea Group Inc (IGI)
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