Frequently Asked Questions
How are certifications awarded?
Southeastern College awards certifications based on the knowledge gained from professional experience, lifelong learning, self study and educational training. Our online application lets you provide the details of your experience and skills. You can earn your certification based on experiences such as:
Previous employer and career training
Professional career achievements
Previous college and university study
Military or government experience
Specialized training courses
Previous online courses
Certificates of achievement
Who is eligible for certification?
If you are at least 18 years old and have expertise in a particular field of study, you may be eligible to earn a certification. We accept applications from across the United States and from several countries around the world.
How long does it take to receive my certification?
The review of your application evaluates the type of certification you can obtain and this can take anywhere from 1-2 days depending on your qualifications, experience and the amount of information provided on the application.
How much does the certification cost?
There is no cost to submit the application and have it reviewed. You will receive an email with our determination of your eligibility. If you are granted a certification, there is no cost. We do offer some additional services that are completely optional. These may have minimal fees and include upgrades such as framed certificates, transcripts, online verification, etc. All of these additional options are provided in our response to your application.
How do I verify my certification to an employer?
Your academic record is kept confidential to protect your privacy. With your permission, we will verify your certification details to any and all inquiries from legitimate third parties. Verification requests can be conveniently verified online. Will will accommodate an employers request to obtain verification by whatever means they prefer.
What is the importance of certification?
Over the last several years, technical certification has been an area of constant growth. Due to the recent slowdown in the IT industry, more and more people have lost their jobs. Therefore, the requirements for solid technical skills have increased considerably. To stay ahead in such a competitive environment, an increasing number of people are making efforts to earn certifications. Certifications not only assist in landing the position you want, but can increase your salary as well.
What are the benefits of certification?
The most important benefit of being certified in a technical or professional discipline is that you have an independent evaluation of your skills that an employer wants to see. The majority of the certification holders feel that acquiring a technical certification has made them more confident in their jobs and the work they perform. More than half feel that technical certification has improved their problem-solving skills on the job, and has increased their overall job productivity.
Does certification increase job security?
More than half of the professionals having technical or business certifications plan to pursue additional certifications in the coming year. So, despite the slow job market, downsizing, and cut wages, the majority of professionals will continue to seek additional certifications. The key is "additional" certifications. As technology changes and you grow in your career, adding technical certifications show that you are keeping up with technology and maintaining your position as an expert. More than half of the certification holders said that they feel more secure in their current jobs largely due to their certifications. More than two-thirds feel that technical certifications play at least some role in their job security.
Does certification increase salary?
One third of the people surveyed said they received a job promotion within the first year of receiving their primary technical certification. There is no guarantee that a technical certification plays such a major role in receiving such promotions. But 85% of the certification holders who did receive promotions felt that their primary certification played a significant role in that promotion. The high end certification holders who did receive a raise within the first year of earning a primary certification saw a 20% increase in pay. The average certification holder got a 7% raise within the first year of receiving a primary certification. Among all surveyed, the average certification generated a $3,812 increase in salary within the first year.
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Another factor that certification holders consider is Return On Investment (ROI). ROI from certification is calculated by the cost of the certification.The average technical certification ranges from $500 - $1,500 and generated a $3,812 increase in salary. So for every dollar invested in a certification, the certification holder realizes a $3 return in the form of a pay raise. The certification costs are covered within the first year, but the salary increase remains constant.
Does certification help earn respect?
An important non-economic aspect of certification is respect and your perceived value. More than half of the certification holders surveyed felt that they get more respect from managers and colleagues due to their technical certifications.
Does certification widen my career opportunities?
Regardless of a soft job market, certification holders have had more opportunities and job offers after acquiring certifications in their desired fields. A good percentage of the certification holders moved to other companies within 6 months of receiving their primary certification due to job advancement opportunities. You are also able to apply for jobs requiring certain certifications whereas those without the certification will not be considered.
Does certification help if I have no job experience?
Whether you're new to the IT industry or a seasoned professional, IT certification makes you more marketable and gives you the credentials to land a good job. It is extremely difficult these days to enter your chosen field without the relevant degrees and work experience. Many people have heard "You can't get the job if you don't have the experience and you can't get the experience if you don't have a job." Certification is one of the most powerful ways to break this cycle and get an entry into the field of your choice. An increasing number of people are using certification as a tool for solving the problem of getting an entry in their desired fields.
What are the most popular certifications?
Here is a list of our most commonly requested certifications. There is a short description of each certification to help you decide which ones to pursue.
PMP - PMI Project Management Professional
The PMP credential recognizes demonstrated knowledge and skill in leading and directing project teams and in delivering project results within the constraints of schedule, budget and resources. This is a "must have" certification for those who lead and direct cross-functional teams to deliver
projects within the constraints of schedule, budget, and scope.
CAPM - PMI Certified Associate in Project Management
The CAPM credential recognizes a demonstrated understanding of the fundamental knowledge, processes and terminology that are needed for effective project management performance. Candidates for the CAPM credential contribute to projects as subject matter experts and team members. They may also serve as project
sponsors, facilitators, liaisons or coordinators.
CISSP - Certified Information Systems Security Professional
Security certifications confer some of the highest-paying jobs in IT today, and one of the most well-respected non-vendor specific security certifications is the Certified Information Systems Security Professional.
SSCP - Systems Security Certified Practitioner
For those who can't meet the rigorous experience requirements of the CISSP, the SSCP certification provides a solid mid-level security certification.
CCIE - Cisco Routing and Switching
The Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert is widely recognized as one of the most difficult IT certifications to obtain. Like the Microsoft certification, it is a vendor-specific certification and focuses on Cisco's products.
CCVP - Certified Voice Professional
The Cisco Certified Voice Professional is for professionals who are responsible for integrating voice technology into underlying network architectures. Individuals who earn a CCVP certification can create a telephony solution that is transparent, scalable, and manageable. Earning a CCVP certification validates a robust set of skills in implementing, operating, configuring, and troubleshooting a converged IP network.
CCNP - Cisco Certified Network Professional
This designation validates a network professional's ability to install, configure and troubleshoot converged local and wide area networks with 100 to 500 or more nodes. Network Professionals who achieve the CCNP have demonstrated the knowledge and skills required to manage the routers and switches that form the network core, as well as edge applications that integrate voice, wireless, and security into the network.
CCSP - Cisco Certified Security Professional
The Cisco Certified Security Professional certification is popular with employers in today's security-conscious business world. It focuses on skills related to securing networks that run Cisco routers and other equipment.
MCDST - Microsoft Certified Desktop Support Technician
This is a valuable certification that shows your technical expertise supporting end users and troubleshooting desktop environments that are running the Microsoft Windows operating system
MCSA - Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
This administrator designation is for technicians who want to show their expertise managing and troubleshooting system environments running on Windows operating systems
MCTS - Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist
The Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS) credential displays your expertise in one specific technology - Implementation and Maintenance, Database Development, or Business Intelligence.
MCITP - Microsoft Certified IT Professional
The Microsoft Certified IT Professional credential builds on your core technology expertise to demonstrate your key IT professional job-role skills. It is based on pre-requisite knowledge and is designed for IT professionals with expertise in using SQL Server 2008 for one of three specific job roles: Database Administrator, Database Developer, or Business Intelligence Developer.
MCPD - Microsoft Certified Professional Developer
This credential complements your core technology expertise to demonstrate your key developer job-role skills.
MOS - Microsoft Office Specialist
An excellent certification for office workers who want to demonstrate their advanced skills with Microsoft desktop software.
MCP - Microsoft Certified Professional
This credential is a basic certification that demonstrates your skills on legacy Microsoft technologies.
MCSE - Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
The Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer (MCSE) certification gains respect in many corners of the IT community and is a useful certification for demonstrating your expertise in Microsoft server products. It is designed for IT professionals who want to demonstrate their technical expertise in designing and implementing business solutions based on the Windows platform and Windows Server system
MCSD - Microsoft Certified Solution Developer
Designed for developers who want to demonstrate their advanced skills designing enterprise solutions by using Microsoft development tools and technologies, including the Microsoft .NET Framework
MCAD - Microsoft Certified Applications Developer
This is a key certification for application developers who want to show their technical expertise using Microsoft Visual Studio, the Microsoft .NET Framework, and Web services
MCDBA - Microsoft Certified Database Administrator
For IT professionals who have technical expertise designing, implementing, and administering SQL Server 2000 databases
MCA - Microsoft Certified Architect
The Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) is the premiere Microsoft certification, designed to identify top experts in the industry. There are currently very few MCAs in the world, making this an elite certification.
RHCE - Red Hat Certified Engineer
The Red Hat Certified Engineer (RHCE) certification has been around since 1999 and is well respected in the industry. It is designed for personnel who are trained to design, deploy, and administer Linux networks.
RHCA - Red Hat Certified Architect
The Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA) is an advanced certification that is designed for expert personnel that are well trained to design, deploy, and administer Linux networks.
PHR - Professional in Human Resources
This is an industry certification for people working in the human resource management profession. The certification signifies that individuals possess the theoretical knowledge and practical experience in human resource management necessary to pass a rigorous examination demonstrating a mastery of the body of knowledge in the field.
SPHR - Senior Professional in Human Resources
This certification is for senior human resource management professionals. The senior-level certification signifies that individuals possess advanced knowledge and practical experience in human resource management.
GPHR - Global Professional in Human Resources
The GPHR certification shows a mastery of knowledge in the fields of strategic HR management, organizational effectiveness, employee development, global staffing, international assignment management, global compensation and benefits and international employee relations and regulations.
ITIL - Information Technology Infrastructure Library
For those who aspire to management positions in IT services, the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) certifications provide demonstration of knowledge and skills involved in that discipline. There are three certification levels: Foundation, Practitioner, and Manager.