Why Tech Pros Love Micro Certification Courses
The majority of IT workers have either already taken a tech-related micro certification course or plan to do so in the future, according to a recent survey from the Linux Academy and Cybrary. The resulting "Insights and Trends on Micro Certifications" report indicates that most technology employees surveyed would recommend these courses to peers and colleagues. As defined by the survey research team, micro certifications are a nontraditional form of learning in which "students gain skill sets in a specific technical area and receive a credential within a matter of days—unlike a multiyear program that requires both lengthy time and financial commitments." (In some cases, micro certifications are referred to as "digital badges.") Tech pros like them because they enable them to keep up with changing IT innovation, while learning at their own pace. And for those who have a lot of demands on their job, micro certifications present a more time-friendly alternative to traditional certification sessions. Employers are starting to favor the concept as well, especially because micro certifications are considered more affordable than traditional ones, thus reducing the cost of employee training. More than 6,000 IT professionals took part in the research.