To re-certify or not to re-certify
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Posted Sunday, April 30, 2017 12:06 PM
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Through a series to unfortunate circumstances my technician certification lapsed and I moved on. Right now I'm thinking about becoming certified again but I'm faced with a dilemma. I never made a dime off of my certification, meaning no one has ever said "holy cow, you're BICSI certified? You're hired!" since most people around my area have never heard of them. With that said, I've made decent money with the knowledge I've gained from the BICSI courses I've taken but I could have gotten that information from other sources. So, what would you do? Knuckle up and get re-certified knowing I'll only benefit from the knowledge and not the prestige or keep on as I've been doing for the past 2 years?
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Posted Friday, May 19, 2017 12:55 AM
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You should upgrade and re-certified.
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Posted Friday, May 19, 2017 8:44 AM


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I think you need to ask three questions:

1) does your companies clients value your certification.
2) does your company value it enough to give you a raise.
3) does the certification help when you are looking for a new job.

It would be nice if BICSI polled the industry and actually determined the value of their certifications.
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Posted Friday, May 19, 2017 10:38 AM
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dwlester (5/19/2017)
I think you need to ask three questions:

1) does your companies clients value your certification.
2) does your company value it enough to give you a raise.
3) does the certification help when you are looking for a new job.

It would be nice if BICSI polled the industry and actually determined the value of their certifications.


1. Most have not heard of BICSI.
2. I'm self employed but partners in one company I co-own think certifications are useless.
3. Therein lies the question. Will the investment in the certification help me get clients or a "real job"?
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Posted Friday, May 19, 2017 12:37 PM
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Hi there,

We wanted to respond on behalf of BICSI and other BICSI credential holders, many of whom have seen great value in their certification. We have many testimonials posted regarding the value that our credential holders are seeing at www.bicsi.org/testimonials. We are also getting ready to launch a new program where we will begin accumulating a list of technology companies around the world who require BICSI certified individuals for their bids. We will post the listings of these companies on our website.

In general, any professional in a specific field looking to communicate the value of their education would want to prove their accumulated knowledge with a relevant certification or degree. Currently, there are no college programs that are able to provide a degree for your particular profession (ICT Technician). Having been certified through BICSI as holding the essential knowledge and understanding of the proper way to do your job is invaluable to anyone seeking to hire an ICT Technician and can many times provide you with the negotiation tool for a higher pay grade than someone who is not certified. Communicating the value of your certification to your current or potential employer can sometimes be difficult if the employer has not heard of the BICSI certifications, but we do have materials available that we can provide to you, so that you can proudly promote your standing among the thousands of certified BICSI Technicians.

Please let us know if you need assistance with this by emailing us at bicsi@bicsi.org.


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Posted Saturday, May 20, 2017 8:00 AM


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Actually in Canada we have a Network Cabling Specialist (NCS) educational program supported by
the Ontario College of Trades which competes directly with BICSI.

http://www.collegeoftrades.ca/wp-content/uploads/631A-Network-Cabling-Specialist-Training-Standard-OCT-2014_Final-VER-10.pdf

With competition now in the US this proposed BICSI collateral is extremely vital for the members
and more than past due.

http://www.cnet-training.com/news/new-high-level-network-infrastructure-design-program-is-a-success-in-the-us/
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