3 Best IT Certifications for a Small Computer Company
What are the best IT certifications to aim for, if you run a small computer company?
While full-blown Cisco and Microsoft certifications are desirable for all IT professionals, small IT companies are best advised to arm their staff with certifications relevant to their SME (small- and medium-sized enterprise) client base.
This article introduces the three best IT certifications for those serving SME clients.
Microsoft Small Business Specialist
To become a Microsoft Small Business Specialist, you must become a Microsoft partner, subscribe to an “Action Pack” software subscription, and pass one of a choice of technical exams, as well as a sales and marketing assessment.
Once you have met these requirements, you win the right to refer to yourself as a Microsoft Small Business Specialist and use the appropriate logo.
This certification provides you with credibility in a marketplace where the majority of your clients are likely to be using Microsoft solutions. For this reason, it is first on this list.
CompTIA A+ Certification
No list of the best IT certifications for small companies would be complete without a mention of CompTIA A+ certification.
This industry standard qualification demonstrates your skills and competency with computer hardware—skills essential when running a computer business, regardless of your other specialist areas of expertise.
Apple Certified Support Professional
The popularity of Macs, iPhones, and iPads wins Apple’s certification program a place on this list of the best IT certifications.
Apple’s market share is increasing all the time. So competency in supporting their products is desirable and can set you apart from your competitors, especially if you also have skills in Windows and can effectively support mixed environments.
What do you consider to be the best IT certifications? Have certifications helped you to win business? Share your experiences in the comments section.
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