Who ever setup the requirement with DoD and Comptia for all these CE (Continuing Education) certification requirements is a friggin genius…and probably sitting pretty to boot…Though I wish our government would have done a better certification to requirement analysis. This would save their work force many hours needless studying.
For example a security plus certification is 311.00 dollars to take and to operate a non secure machine, a novice would apply approx 30 hours to studying. Then additionally would have to take government designed Information Assurance, workplace safety, security, and other classes. Has anyone audited this certification process to align our government resources to be cost effective and resource tasking relevant?
So lets review, a government employee has to study for a Security Plus test (30 hours approx) then shell out 311.00 dollars (which in most cases is reimbursed, either via direct reimbursement or the guise of a tuition reimbursement plan) then has to spend 2-3 additional hours, that is if everything works and they pass the nearly impossible to fail, final exams. Maintain and tracking of these certifications is normally done not only on the certifying bodies portal, but also on the government agency, department or sections portal, reported to management that reports it to their management. Those systems have to maintained, developed and normally contract labor is utilized to accomplish these tasks. So as you can see there is a lot more expense to the US Government mandating that commercial certifications and government developed certifications are maintained.
Why IT is for everybody
This is why IT is growing and if you are able, I seriously believe that there is so many different fields to IT, that something should be of interest to you. IT today is not like the old days where you had to know databasing, coding, hardware and other tools. Today you might work on one piece of software, lets say Microsoft Project, but then there is a server that is on, so you could be the server guy on it, or the SQL Database person that maintains the Database, or the Cabling guy that had to cable the server into the network, or the Information Security guy that has to keep it all available or the IT Manager that has to have the skills to explain whats going on to techs and non techs, or the Project Manager that had to design and layout the current infrastructure…I could literally name another 10 duty positions you could work, but I think you get the picture, there is so much segregation to IT that anyone, and I mean anyone, could get into it. No matter if your a stay at home single mother, a mechanic, plumber, rocket scientist, there is something in IT that you can be aligned to.
With all this in mind let me guide you to four additional pieces of information.
- My book on getting into Government IT available at the link on Amazon.com: Contracting http://tinyurl.com/z4ykzpv
- A Linkedin article I wrote on how to get into IT, all real simple to follow basics it is located here: http://tinyurl.com/nuw3pd3
- For the IT manager type I wrote a brief post about ROI and Certifications on Linkedin: http://tinyurl.com/jzbnf2t
- Capability to requirment alignment of certifications is discussed here: http://tinyurl.com/hyoe6sr
So as you can see this is not a new concept and I am not the only one that discusses this, but having the decades of experience I have, I think its time that government and business get realistic and align their resources to relevant IT training and if they did this it would still keep IT employed due to segregation of responsibilities.
After all its easier and cheaper to hire someone with one skill (most of the time) then someone that could potentially do many roles…which leads me to another post I am working on “Modern management and the push for life/work balance” coming soon, and if you follow me, you could probably speculate the angle it will go.
PS shout out to tinyurl.com for the tiny links that saved you from three line URLs mentioned in my posts.