21 IT Certifications in Demand for 2022

By Megan Vallee

Updated March 4, 2022 | Published February 4, 2020

Updated March 4, 2022

Published February 4, 2020

Megan is a certified technical career coach empowering individuals to find joy and fulfillment in their professional careers. She's coached people from a wide range of industries including tech, marketing, oil and gas and entertainment.

Information technology (IT) can be a fast-paced and lucrative industry to work in. To stay competitive as a job candidate, it’s recommended that you stay current on the latest trends and proficiencies. In this article, we look at 21 top IT certifications, what they teach and how to earn them. 

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Top IT certifications

Here is a list of popular certifications you can earn to stay current in the IT industry:

1. Amazon Web Services (AWS) Certified Solutions Architect – Associate

The AWS Certified Solutions Architect certification demonstrates your ability to create and use cloud initiatives. scalable systems on AWS. It is helpful for cloud solution architects, project managers, administrators and developers. The AWS Certified Cloud Practitioner certification is recommended before seeking this credential.

Exam qualifications: You will need at least one year of hands-on experience with AWS technology before taking this exam. 

2. Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE)

The CDPSE certification validates the technical skills and knowledge it takes to assess, build and implement comprehensive privacy solutions. Offered through ISACA, the credential acknowledges competent privacy technologists to build and implement solutions that mitigate risk and enhance efficiency.

Exam qualifications: You must have at least three years of experience in privacy governance, privacy architecture and data lifecycle.

3. Certified Cloud Security Professional (CCSP)

The CCSP acknowledges advanced technical skills and knowledge to design, manage and secure data, applications and infrastructure in the cloud using best practices, policies and procedures established by the cybersecurity experts at International Information System Security Certification Consortium (ISC)².

Exam qualifications: You must pass the CCSP exam and have at least five years of cumulative, paid work experience in information technology, of which three years must be in information security, and one year in one or more of the six domains of the (ISC)² CCSP Common Body of Knowledge.

4. Certified Data Professional (CDP)

The CDP is an update to the Certified Data Management Professional offered by the ICCP. Data professionals can specialize and be certified in several areas, including business analytics and data analytics, design, data governance, integration and management. Five levels of certification are offered.

Exam qualifications: Qualifications vary according to the level. Consult the ICCP website for more information.

5. Certified Ethical Hacker (CEH)

The CEH v11 certification focuses on the latest commercial-grade hacking tools, techniques and methodologies used by hackers and information security professionals to lawfully hack an organization. It is offered by EC-Council.

Exam qualifications: Consult the EC-Council website for examination information.

6. Certified Information Security Manager (CISM)

The CISM offered by the Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA), demonstrates the ability to create, implement and manage a company's security systems. It focuses on information security governance, program development and management, incident management and risk management. This certification is ideal for information systems professionals looking to further their knowledge and advance to management.

Exam qualifications: You must have at least five years of experience in information systems within the last 10 years of taking the exam. 

7. Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)

ISACA offers the CISA certification that demonstrates expertise in IS/IT auditing, control and security. It is recognized on a global level as the primary certification for information security audit control. If you work in IS auditing, security or control, this certification may be a good choice for you.

Exam qualifications: You need at least five years of experience in information security control, auditing or security and must pass an entry-level exam before you can take the CISA exam.

8. Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)

The CISSP offered through (ISC)² acknowledges your ability to design, implement and manage an exquisite cybersecurity program. The credential is recommended for experienced security practitioners, managers and executives

Exam qualifications: You must have at least five years of experience in information security and three years of experience as a security manager to take this exam.

9. Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC)

The CRISC certification, offered through ISACA, teaches risk management and the development and implementation of information systems controls. It validates experience in building a well-defined, agile risk-management program based on best practices to identify, analyze, evaluate, assess, prioritize and respond to risks. This enhances benefits realization and delivers optimal value to stakeholders.

Exam qualifications: It is recommended that you have at least three years of experience in two of the four sectors covered on the exam.

10. Certified ScrumMaster (CSM)

The CSM credential acknowledges that you foster an effective and productive working environment and guiding others to understand Scrum values, principles and practices. Offered by ScrumAlliance, it teaches Scrum framework and understanding of team accountabilities, events, and artifacts.

Exam qualifications: The CSM is the first of four Scrum certifications. Consult the ScrumAlliance regarding specifics for each credential.

11. Cisco Certified Network Professional (CCNP)

The Cisco Certified Network Professional certification (CCNP), offered through Cisco, focuses on enterprise network technologies and allows professionals to choose a core specialty. Specialties include CCNP Enterprise, Data Center, Security, Service Provider and Collaboration. Additional Cisco credentials are developed for cyber ops and dev net professionals.

Exam qualifications: Consult the Cisco website for information about each certification program.

12. CompTIA (A+, Cloud+, Security+)

CompTIA offers several credentials for IT specialists. Three certifications that are preferred by employers include the A+, Cloud+ and Security+ credentials. They acknowledge foundational IT skills across a variety of devices and operating systems and skills to design, configure, manage and troubleshoot wired and wireless services. The security credential provides best practices in IT network and operational security.

Exam qualifications: Requirements depend on the certification that you’re seeking. Consult the CompTIA website for specific information.

13. Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect

Google Certified Professional Cloud Architect certification certifies architects on the Google cloud platform. It acknowledges ability to design, develop, and manage resources on Google’s cloud architecture. Other Google-related certifications include Google Cloud Professional Data Engineer.

Exam qualifications: Google recommends at least three years of industry experience, including at least one year designing and managing solutions using GCP, before taking the exam.

14. Global Information Assurance Certification (GIAC)

The GIAC certification acknowledges in-depth learning and real-world experience in cybersecurity, covering cyber defense, penetration testing, digital forensics and incident response, developer, and information security management. There are four different levels of certification available: introductory, intermediate, advanced and expert. 

Exam qualifications:  Consult the GIAC website for information about each level of certification.

15. Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL)

The ITIL, or “ITIL 4,” credential focuses on IT service management and implementing best practices for aligning IT efforts to business needs. Its concepts are vendor-neutral and address the processes, terminology and methods used in modern IT. Four levels of ITIL certification are offered by AXELOS

Exam qualifications: Consult the ALEXOS website for specific information regarding each certification.

16. Microsoft Certified Azure Solutions Architect Expert (MCSA)

THE MCSA offered by Microsoft acknowledges expertise in designing cloud and hybrid solutions that run on Microsoft Azure, including compute, network, storage, monitoring and security.

Exam qualifications: You should have experience in Azure administration, Azure development and DevOps processes before taking this exam. For other qualification information, consult the Microsoft website.

17. Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)

The MTA credential offered by Microsoft is designed for those intending to build a career in desktop infrastructure, server infrastructure, or private cloud computing. It also offers MTA certifications focusing on database and developer skills.

Exam qualifications: For more information about specific certifications and requirements, consult the Microsoft website.

18. Oracle MySQL Database Administration

The MySQL credentials through Oracle are offered in three levels: 5.7 database, 8.0 database and implementation specialist. They focus on expertise in Oracle cloud infrastructure and other cloud services. There is a separate certification path for MySQL 8.0 database developers.

Exam qualifications: For more information about specific certifications and requirements, consult the Oracle website.

19. Project Management Professional (PMP)

The PMP certification offered by the Project Management Institute (PMI) focuses on three project management methodologies: predictive life cycle (waterfall), agile, and a hybrid approach. Credentials acknowledge project leadership experience and expertise several different approaches.

Exam qualifications:  You must have a four-year degree, three years of experience leading projects and 35 years of project management education/training. If you do not have a degree, you must have five years of experience leading projects.

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20. Salesforce Certified Development Lifecycle and Deployment Designer

The certification by Salesforce focuses on development tools and processes used in application lifecycle management. It is is designed for professionals who have the requisite skills and experience in applying DevOps, application lifecycle management and governance topics as well as experience communicating solutions and design trade-offs to business and IT stakeholders.

Exam qualifications: You must have a four-year degree and at least two years of experience is various IT areas. Consult the Salesforce website for more details.

21. VMware Certified Professional - Data Center Virtualization (VCP-DCV 2022)

The VCP-DCV certification by VMware validates your skills to implement, manage, and troubleshoot a vSphere infrastructure, using best practices to provide a powerful, flexible and secure foundation for business agility that can accelerate the transformation to cloud computing.

Exam qualifications: Consult the VMware website for the latest details about certification qualifications.

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