Knowledge is power. This has always been true, but is especially true now in the digital age. Nowadays, it is possible to become certified in specific products and services, regardless of any previous experience or knowledge.
Certification in computer technology makes it possible for those who have achieved qualification to advance in their field, without the need for any other degree or professional accomplishment. People are finding it very useful to get trained and qualified in a specific niche area of the IT field, and continue gaining expertise in it through various certifications and continued education.
Udemy IT certification courses encompass more than 250 classes. Beginners, intermediates, and experts all have courses here which can help them advance even further. Some are paid, and some are free. On the featured page, there are courses such as Cisco CCNA (200-120): The Complete Course ($299), IT Security Fundamentals: CompTIA Security+ 2015 ($299), IP Addressing and Subnetting (Free), and Learn Java by building Servlets and JSPs applications ($129).
In some cases, IT certification is given for certain types of technology, and is validated by the providers of said technology. For instance, Apple, Inc. has the Apple certification program. Microsoft Corp. has its Microsoft Certified Professional program. In other cases, the certification is provided by neutral companies and third parties – such as those courses found on Udemy.
Amazon Web Services
One of the most popular Udemy courses in the IT certification section is Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certified Solutions Architect – Associate 2015, by Ryan Kroonenburg. It has had nearly 15,000 enrolled students, and has 600 ratings and reviews on its page, which has a 4.8 out of 5 star rating.
The cost is $79, and it packs in 72 lectures, which come out to 11 hours of video. In order to take part in this course, the student will need an AWS account (for the sake of the course, a free one may be used) and a computer. Something which is recommended, but not required for the course, is a domain name.
Kroonenburg teaches his students how to pass the AWS Certified Solutions Architect – Associate Exam, and design scalable websites on AWS. According to Kroonenburg, the course will show students how to become cloud gurus, become amazon certified, and become very familiar with AWS platform.
This course is meant for absolute beginners, or programmers who are interested in working with the AWS platform. No prior experience with AWS is necessary.
A few students write that though the instructor is engaging and knowledgeable, some errors do exist. They show their disappointment with the instructor, since he has not updated his lectures. Nevertheless, students all seem to agree that the course will get you a very good mark on your certification exam.
Kroonenburg is the general manager and director of a large AWS managed service provider. He has over 17 years of IT expertise. Kroonenburg has worked as a system administrator, developer, solutions architect, and managing director for some of the largest companies in cloud technology.
The Udemy IT certification page shows several topics which are related to it, including network & security, web development, design tools, and programming languages.