Keeping your skills sharp are extremely important and getting certified can certainly help you do that. But, we need to watch the amount of money we spend on everything these days. Good news: IBM’s certification program offers ways to help you keep the costs down while keeping your skills up.
Here are some ideas:
Take It Again is a voucher program
This promotion has been offered in the past and will happen again this year. The details on this year’s promotion are not on the web yet, but I’ve been told that they’ll be there soon. Here’s how the program works: With Take It Again you may purchase specially priced vouchers so that in the event you do not pass an exam on your first attempt, you may quickly and easily retake the same exam for no additional costs. Learn more about Take it Again!
Free or discounted exams at conferences
Conference fees and travel can be quite expensive, so to help, IBM quite often offers conference attendees a chance to take 3 exams free while at the conference and perhaps half price for further exams. Exam fees are normally $200 a take, so this can be an immediate $600 savings to you if you take the exams. Add this justification to your conference request and maybe you’ll be approved to attend the conference of your choice. Find out what conference have free or discounted exams.
Free Assessment Tests
Typically before a conference, the Certification team waives the $10 fee for the assessment exam in the 3 weeks prior to the conference. We want you to pass your exam and to help you do that, you are given tools to help you increase your skills before attempting a free exam at the conference. For the conferences that offer this program, you should be emailed a promotion code after you’ve registered for the event.
For less expensive study materials, check out my previous entries about electronic books, tutorials, product documentation, Express-C versions of products, free webinars, and WBTs: