It is also beneficial to learn about the software that makes a piece of hardware work when fixing it, which is why software is usually bundled into the certification. Unlike with software, however, hardware certifications should be gained specifically. For example, if you are trying to start an iPhone repair shop, you really don’t need to know how to fix television screens and would waste time and money learning it.
However, since there are so many hardware certifications, this article can’t possibly cover them all. Therefore, here are some of the most popular ones, although by no means the only good ones.
CompTIA A+ CertificationCompTIA A+ is created by the CompTIA Company which is famous for a lot of its credentials being established and well-used. It is definitely one of the most well-known credentials for hardware, and it is also mostly a prerequisite for lots of tech jobs.
Think of this certification as a basic checkbox- if you have it, it won’t give you an advantage over other job-searchers, but you still need the certification to even qualify for pretty much every job. Technicians usually know A+, which helps them diagnose problems and bugs within hardware that needs fixing. Although there are no solid prerequisites, up to a year of experience is recommended, and self-studying is a fine method of preparing for the test. Again, to summarize, the CompTIA A+ is probably the only one on this list that is invaluable and cannot be skipped.
The ubiquitous Apple products now have a certification as well- the ACMT, or Apple Certified Macintosh Technician. It focuses upon fixing common errors in the Macintosh series of computers primarily, with some background knowledge on other Apple products. Since Apple computers are designed quite differently from everything else out there, this certification is absolutely necessary for anyone aspiring to work with Macs, as having knowledge about PCs won’t really help here. The hiring potential for this certification is mostly from Apple, to be hired as part of the Genius Bar personnel or a technician, but can also be used to set up a repair shop.
An important thing to note is that Apple prides itself on high quality technicians that can fix most problems, meaning that even with the certification; it will not be that easy to compete into the job slots, as there is a lot of competition. Nevertheless, if you want a chance at getting a job at Apple, this certification is absolutely necessary.
CompTIA Server+ CertificationOur next certification is also from CompTIA, but this time Server+. It focuses on the more complex and less known machinery used for hosting massive servers, such as the Internet. It isn’t targeted towards any specific vendor, but many companies, especially those that work with HP, Dell, IBM, Lenovo, and Intel, require this as a prerequisite. It is commonly used in data centers, and so this certification gives you a way to obtain those jobs. One test for $277 is all that is needed to obtain the certification, and is a nice and simple way to get a way to work with large data machines.
CWTS CertificationCWTS, or Certified Wireless Technology Specialist, is a position specialized towards machines like routers or others that provide wireless to a location. It focuses on Wi-Fi fundamentals, and also covers the software used. Therefore, it is a fairly comprehensive glance into how Wi-Fi works and will help you get a job working as a security specialist, fixer, or anything else related to Wi-Fi networks. It is only one exam for the price of $150, and will last you a lifetime. This could be potentially useful in many jobs, so even if your job at first glance doesn’t deal with this, make sure you pay close attention, as this certification can prepare you for working with wireless networks.
Finally, you can try the BICSI ITS cert. It focuses on cabling and other related hardware ventures. This one is pretty far away from software development, as it goes through the details of cabling and what cables are made of, including how to fix them. It requires more than three years of ITS experience, as well as having a lot of review sessions extremely recommended as the test is rather difficult. It is 140 questions, with performance/hands on portion as well. This is highly specialized and only if you want to work with cabling.