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IT Certifications

What is IT Certification?

IT certification is a way to examin an individual's IT skills. There are many IT certifications and the most known certification is MCTS certtifications which consists of 4-5 exams. IT certifications can help you to improve your chances to get job in Iraq.

IT certification is not a simple case of studying from textbooks and study material. IT Certifications require a good combination of practical and technical know-how. While majority are multiple choice questions, some certifications require a practical exam or on-job experience. In the ever changing IT market of today, a certification is the an important piece of paper, for both experienced and fresh candidates. description of each.

Foreign companies such as BP, Shell, and others will employ you if you have IT certification.


Why is an IT Certification Needed?

Certifications provide that much needed edge, that differentiates one professional from the other. It gives experienced workers a chance to update themselves in their respective areas of expertise. Instead of going in for another degree, they can add to their education with a certification. Certifications prove how dedicated a professional is to the field they work in.

For freshers, it gives them a hiring advantage over their competition. It is a given IT industry fact, that an inexperienced but certified professional, is a better choice than an uncertified one. A certificate can be used as a proof of competency. And for the inexperienced, certification knowledge is more valuable for a job, than what they might have learned during their education. For example, during a four year degree course in engineering, one learns a little bit of different languages, like Java or SQL. But at the hiring time, if certified in SQL, that individual is more valuable, since he is already well versed in the specific technology.


Where Can I sit an IT Certification in Iraq?

Iraq has examination centres in Baghdad and there is no need to travel to Lebanon or Jordan to do exams. There will be more examination centres in the future in Iraq and specially in Basra. You must start seriously to prepare for certification.

You can book exams with one of the examination centres in Baghdad. Here is the website


Certification is not easy but also is not impossible and all what you need is to work hard and prepare for the exams. Please read the IT Learning Steps to start learning.


What are the most important Certifications?

Even if you can not do certifications, reading for them can help you to improve your IT skills and find a job. There is a huge number of exams and wen think the short term focus in Iraq should be on the following:

Microsoft Certifications


Microsoft provides the core technologies that companies worldwide depend and recently they changed the exams by adding more hand-on skills evaluation. In essence this means that there will be a real live virtual machine environment connected to the testing centre.

When you complete given tasks during the exam and submit them, your hands-on tasks will be evaluated and scored based on how many you accomplished.  

There are 100s of Microsoft certification exams and in our view that Iraqis need to start with the main Windows Server 2008 MCTS certifications, which include the following exams.

MCTS Exam Name

Skills To Learn


Exam 70-640 -Windows Server 2008 Active Directory Configuration

The reading for this exam will teach you to setup Windows Server which controls other machines (clients). You can learn how to configure Domain Name System (DNS) and Active Directory (AD). Even if you don’t do the exam prepare for it.

Read more here on Microsoft Website



Exam 70-642 –-Windows Server 2008 Networking Infrastructure, Configuring

The reading for this exam will teach you about IP addressing, names resolution, DNS zones/records, network access, file and printing access as well as managing network infrastructure.

Read more here on Microsoft Website



Exam 70-662- Exchange Server 2010, Configuring

We all use emails and this exam will teach you to install and configure Exchange Server, Configuring Exchange Recipients and Public Folder,

Read more here on Microsoft Website



Cisco Certifications 

The networking field is the fastest and best IT field in terms of growth and opportunities. And Cisco is the brand leader in networking certifications. For any level of networking expertise, be it entry or experienced, Cisco has a certificate and in a variety of networking subjects like security, installation and design. Here are some of the best IT certifications for networking from Cisco:

  • Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician (CCENT)
  • CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) in Security, Voice, Wireless, Routing and Switching
  • Cisco Certified Security Professional (CCSP)
  • Cisco Certified Wireless Professional (CCNP Wireless)
  • Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)

The demand for Cisco skills remains strong. Adding Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) expertise to your resume does no harm and helps convince larger organizations, in particular, that you have the knowledge and skills necessary to deploy and troubleshoot Cisco routing and switching hardware.

Don’t forget about these “honorable mention” certifications!

  • MCSE
  • ITIL
  • Linux+
  • Security+

Read about IT certification in google and start to specialise in one technology.

Comments (1)
1Wednesday, 28 September 2011 21:51
Thank you for the info.
Can you please advise when you will upload the eBooks.
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