Discussion in 'Microsoft Certification' started by Guest, Aug 20, 2006.

  1. Guest

    Guest Guest

    im the owner of a busy computer store mainly specialising in hard ware
    repair and virus removal should i bother with getting a certificate if so
    which ?
    many thanks in advance

    rgds mike
    Guest, Aug 20, 2006
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    Guest Guest

    Hi Mike,

    Great question. I know a lot of people who start out just like you - either
    working for or running a hardware-centric organization, wondering what the
    certs can do for them.

    Firstly the certifications will give you a level of credibility over and
    above what you have - it is an indication that you have the respect for your
    profession to invest in training to advance yourself - and to differentiate
    yourself at a level above your competition. This is and of itself is huge
    and can pay dividends.

    Secondly by studying for your certifications you may discover new fields
    that you can offer your clients - for example by following the MCSE/MCSA
    track you can start offering network configuration and administration, which
    usually has a higher profit margin than hardware sales.

    It's a win-win situation. Nobody will look at you and say 'Oh this guy has
    certifications so he's no good.' Take a shot, and if you don't like them,
    then don't display them!

    Good luck and let us know how it goes!

    Guest, Aug 20, 2006
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    Cerebrus Guest

    If it wasn't bothering you, you wouldn't have bothered to bother those
    precious fingertips to ask here, would you ?? ;-)

    Well, this question has been asked ever since certifications were
    born... so I'll keep my advice short: Certifications primarily add
    Credibility and Knowledge to your portfolio. If you feel you need both
    (or one), then you should consider getting cerified.
    Cerebrus, Aug 22, 2006
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    BD [MCNGP] Guest

    Did you see what Montreal MCSA
    () graced us with in
    Hey Montreal, I liked your response so well, that I'm actually going to ask if
    you mind that I use it (or portions of it) on my website. As I was reading, I
    came up with something to add to either my hopepage, or this page:, not sure which yet, but here is what I
    came up with.

    Why Certifications Help You!

    Certifications give you a level of credibility over and above any education or
    experience you may already have. They are an indication that you not only have
    respect fr your profession, but that you are disciplined enough to invest time
    in training by furthering your education. Certifications, along with a higher
    education degree, show your clients and/or customers that you're focused and

    IT Professionals that take the time to study for certifications find themselves
    more open to learning other facets of the IT Industry, which may lead to more
    certifications, more clients, and more money.

    Experience and education are the key. Certifications don't mean a thing without
    the experience to back it up. If you tell your customers that you're certified
    to recover their Exchange Server, or Bridge two networks, or whatever the case
    may be, then you'd better be able to do it. And the fast you can turn out a
    job, the more profit you make.
    BD [MCNGP], Aug 23, 2006
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    Guest Guest

    Hi BD,

    Thank you very much for the kind words! I'd love to discuss it with you
    off-line. You can reach me at newsgroups at mitchgarvis dot com.

    Speak to you soon!

    MCSA (2003), MCSA (2000)
    Certified Small Business Specialist
    Visit my blog at

    Guest, Aug 24, 2006
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    Cerebrus Guest


    My response wasn't *that* bad, either !



    Cerebrus, Aug 25, 2006
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    Guest Guest

    Cerebrus, I loved your comment! It was well thought out, and should
    definitely receive recognition. :)

    (Sorry, I stop short of offering hugs here)

    Guest, Aug 25, 2006
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    BD [MCNGP] Guest

    Did you see what Cerebrus () graced us with in
    Didn't mean to leave anyone out, sorry bud. I just felt that Montreal's response
    fit on CertGuard. Oh, BTW, check it out..., got it right on
    the front page.
    BD [MCNGP], Aug 25, 2006
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    BD [MCNGP] Guest

    Did you see what Cerebrus () graced us with in
    BTW, where is your sig? You're not hiding the fact that you're MCNGP because
    you're in a different forum, aarree you? ;)
    BD [MCNGP], Aug 25, 2006
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    Cerebrus Guest

    Lol, thanks Mitch. :)
    Cerebrus, Aug 25, 2006
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    Cerebrus Guest

    C'mon, you know me... just kidding, as usual.
    Cerebrus, Aug 25, 2006
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    BD [MCNGP] Guest

    Did you see what Cerebrus () graced us with in
    BD [MCNGP], Aug 25, 2006
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    Cerebrus Guest

    No way I would hide that fact ! It's something I'm quite proud of.

    But you know how I don't use a "real" newsreader, I use Google groups
    to post. So, it's a pain to copy and paste my sig. in everytime. I do
    it when I remember, or when I feel that it is needed.
    Cerebrus, Aug 25, 2006
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    BD [MCNGP] Guest

    Did you see what Cerebrus () graced us with in
    ;) LIV Tyler is HAWT! Have you heard her story? About how she didn't even know
    she was Steven Tyler's daughter until she saw the similarities between her and
    Steven Tyler's (known) daughter, at an Aerosmith Concert.
    BD [MCNGP], Aug 25, 2006
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