ACDS Adviser: July 2023



There’s no better time to take the plunge into your next career level

Clint Hankinson, ACDS Director of Marketing

IN TODAY’S RAPIDLY evolving technology landscape, staying ahead of the curve and acquiring the right skills can be a game-changer for your career growth. Technology certifications are a valuable asset for professionals, validating their expertise and boosting their employability. As the demand for skilled IT professionals continues to rise, the certifications below have emerged as particularly sought-after in our field.

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP): Cybersecurity remains a top concern for organizations worldwide. The CISSP certification, offered by (ISC)², is a globally recognized credential that validates an individual’s knowledge and expertise in designing, implementing, and managing a secure business environment. CISSP holders are highly valued in such roles as security consultants, security analysts, and IT auditors.

Project Management Professional (PMP): With the increasing complexity of projects, organizations are placing greater emphasis on effective project management. The PMP certification, offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI), demonstrates a professional’s proficiency in managing projects of all sizes and industries. PMP-certified individuals are in demand for project management roles across the IT sector and many others.

Certified Cloud Practitioner (CCP): Cloud computing has become a core component of modern IT infrastructure. The CCP certification, provided by Amazon Web Services (AWS), equips professionals with foundational knowledge of Cloud concepts, services, and architectural best practices. As more businesses transition to the Cloud, CCP-certified individuals are especially desirable for roles involving Cloud architecture, Cloud operations, and Cloud sales.

Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP): Networking is a critical aspect of IT infrastructure, and the CCNP certification, offered by Cisco, is well regarded in the networking industry. CCNP validates advanced skills in planning, implementing, and troubleshooting both wired and wireless networks. Professionals holding CCNP certifications are in great demand for network engineering and administration roles in various organizations.

Certified Data Professional (CDP): In the era of big data and analytics, organizations are increasingly reliant on skilled data professionals to extract insights for making more informed decisions. The CDP certification, offered by DAMA International, validates expertise in data management, governance, and analytics, leading to such career roles as data scientists, data analysts, and data architects.

Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH): With the rise in cyber threats, organizations are investing in ethical hackers to identify vulnerabilities and strengthen their security defenses. The CEH certification, offered by the EC-Council, validates an individual’s skills in understanding and using the techniques employed by malicious hackers. CEH-certified professionals are in high demand for such roles as penetration testers, security analysts, and vulnerability assessors.

Salesforce Certified Administrator: Salesforce is a leading customer relationship management (CRM) platform used by organizations worldwide. The Salesforce Certified Administrator certification demonstrates expertise in managing and customizing Salesforce applications. As more companies adopt Salesforce, professionals with this certification are highly valued for CRM administration and configuration roles.

Certified Artificial Intelligence (AI) Professional: The growing prominence of Artificial Intelligence and machine learning has created a demand for professionals with specialized skills in these domains. Several organizations and institutions offer AI certifications that cover such topics as machine learning algorithms, natural language processing, and computer vision. Certified AI Professionals are sought after for such roles as AI engineers, data scientists, and AI consultants.

By investing in the right certification, you can enhance your marketability, demonstrate your expertise, and position yourself for a technology career that will make an impact. If you’re ready to start your IT career, the team at ACDS can help. Learn more at