A new article at CIO raises a question that is crucial for anyone who is thinking of pursuing agile training, whether online or at a California information technology training consultancy. In fact, the question is generalizable to virtually any area of information technology training that offers professionally-recognized certification programs. CIO challenges the reader to consider how valuable a certification really is once you’ve obtained it at the end of agile training or something similar.

We’d certainly like to tell you that the answer is obvious: that agile training and certification will pay off without question and that you should enroll in our online information technology training programs immediately. Of course, we’re still going to encourage you to enroll if you think it is in line with your career goals and prospects. But we also recognize the importance of emphasizing that it’s not the certification in and of itself that is important; it’s how you go about the information technology training process and how you keep up with your agile training after the certification has been acquired.

Hands-On Experience

This was essentially the conclusion of the CIO article, as well. It quoted industry professionals as saying that agile training and certifications are good benchmarks for recognizing candidates who have potential. But it takes more than a paper qualification to demonstrate that one’s agile training really translates into the ability to use relevant skills in a given setting, to achieve a given outcome.

The article also indicates that hands-on experience is not a feature of all agile training programs. With that in mind, it is important that when you for one online, or at a California campus, or in your local community, you choose a program that encourages you to apply agile training in real-life situations. And if for some reason your agile training and certification program doesn’t fit that bill, it’s incumbent upon you to seek out that hands-on experience elsewhere.

In fact, going the extra mile in that fashion could be a serious asset as you pursue an agile role with a new or existing employer. Certification is not the be-all and end-all of qualifications in this or any other area of IT training. And an online information technology training consultancy can provide you with practically unlimited options for expanding your knowledge base and keeping up to speed on things like agile training even after you’ve already proven you can pass a test.

Diverse and Recurrent Training

There’s no single program that will conclusively prove your knowledge is concrete and not just theoretical. But by merely seeking out agile training over and above your initial certification program, you’ll place yourself in a better position to convince hiring managers that you’ve not just learned the requisite skills, but actually applied them. And if you use ongoing career development as a way to keep current, you can convince those employers that you’ve applied those skills recently, in up-to-date settings.

As it is with agile training so it is with many other areas of expertise. The more you use it, the better you know it. And the better you know it, the more you’re able to convince others that you can use it in service of their aims.