Results Offer Insight into Learning Preferences, Certification in the Workforce, Training Costs, and Trends
February 22, 2017 09:30 AM Eastern Standard Time
DALLAS — Linux Academy, the foremost online Linux and cloud training platform and community, and Cybrary, the world’s first and only no cost, open source cybersecurity MOOC provider, today released the survey results of more than 6,000 IT professionals on micro certification. The purpose of the survey, conducted in January 2017, was to gain an understanding of micro certification awareness and experience within the IT community. Micro certification is a non-traditional learning path where students gain skill sets in a specific technical area and receive a credential within a matter of days – unlike a multi-year program that requires both lengthy time and financial commitments.
“Those who pursue micro certifications are usually non-traditional students already working but looking to advance in or switch careers. Micro certifications also benefit the unemployed who are seeking skill development and job opportunities.”
“The growing micro certification trend is driven predominantly by industries such as IT and cybersecurity that have a workforce skills gap where jobs can’t be filled because of a lack of qualified applicants,” said Anthony James, CEO and founder, Linux Academy. “Those who pursue micro certifications are usually non-traditional students already working but looking to advance in or switch careers. Micro certifications also benefit the unemployed who are seeking skill development and job opportunities.”
The survey uncovered several notable data points:
- The two main reasons IT professionals took or plan to take a micro certification course are because the courses allow them to better keep up with changing technologies and learn at their own pace. Eighty-six percent of respondents prefer learning and testing in smaller parts with course milestones in order to receive an IT skill credential.
- Agility in certification and skills development is critical, considering 60 percent of IT professionals said it takes at least a couple of weeks or even months to get up to speed on their company’s technology stack.
- When it comes to micro certifications in the workforce, 35 percent of respondents said that micro certifications have either helped them get a job or advance in a job; 70 percent think their company definitely would or may benefit from partnering with a micro certification provider; and 85 percent would or most likely would pursue micro certification if their employers facilitated the offering.
- From an enterprise perspective, 40 percent indicated that their company either “yes” or “sometimes” reviews digital badges with micro certifications when assessing job candidates; 54 percent think traditional certifications are either somewhat important or are no longer important when searching for a job or hiring a new employee; and more than 94 percent somewhat to strongly believe that micro certifications give entry-level job candidates a hiring advantage.
- Opinions on micro certification versus traditional IT training vary. Fifty-eight percent believe micro certifications convey the same level of technical proficiency as traditional training. Thirty-six percent of companies value traditional training over micro certification. However, 35 percent of companies value traditional IT training, but said micro certifications are quickly gaining value.
- In terms of costs, 82 percent of respondents indicated that micro certification is more affordable than traditional IT training. Fifty-eight percent of those surveyed paid $25 or more for their micro certification course. The majority of respondents believe their company spends an average of up to $25,000 annually on IT skills training for employees.
- Overall experience with micro certification is high, with more than 90 percent of respondents saying they plan to take additional micro certification courses in the future. More than 90 percent would also recommend micro certifications to peers and colleagues.
Linux Academy and Cybrary conducted this survey in January 2017.
About Linux Academy
Linux Academy redefines continuing education for today’s IT business professional. Through self-paced courses, hands-on server labs, personal access to expert instructors and an ever-growing learning library, Linux Academy caters to beginners and experts alike. Courses are geared toward certifications in Linux, AWS, OpenStack, DevOps, Azure, Big Data, and Containers, offering content that digs deeper to answer nuanced challenges of the latest emerging technologies. Linux Academy provides more value per dollar than any other IT training program. To enroll or to explore enterprise tools and group rates, visit: www.linuxacademy.com.
Based in Greenbelt, MD and founded in 2015, Cybrary is the largest cybersecurity community on the Internet and is helping to advance the cybersecurity industry by providing anyone, anywhere with free and open source resources to learn and grow in the field. The training from Cybrary is designed to help people build a career in their chosen field, or advance in their current cybersecurity career. To learn more about Cybrary, visit: https://www.cybrary.it/