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As part of the collection of articles right here on this very site that are collectively known as Ed Tittel's IT Certification success, there's a two-part item entitled "Ranking Certifications," where Part 1 explains the methods used to do the ranking, and Part 2 uses those methods to rate and rank around 100 of the leading IT certifications currently available in today's marketplace. Those two items have just received an annual update, and thus, may be worth checking out again (or for the first time, if you haven't ready them already).

Not much has changed in the methodology part, though it is worth re-reading to refresh yourself on the various ranking criteria used, and how they get assigned numerical values to calculate raking values. The 2012 rankings cover 85 different credentials from a total of 28 different sponsoring organizations (for vendor-neutral items) or companies (from vendor-specific ones).

Here are the top 5 items that appear in that list, to give you some idea of what garnered the highest ranking values:

  1. SANS GIAC Security Expert (GSE): At a ranking value of 111.0 this credential surpasses even the Cisco CCIE, until this year the highest-ranked of all IT certifications (and to my way of thinking, still an entirely laudable capstone credential for networking and systems types to covet).
  2. Cisco Certified Internetworking Expert (CCIE): With specialties in routing and switching, voice, security, Wireless, Storage, and more, this remains a "killer cert" for legions of IT professionals.
  3. Oracle Database Administrator Certified Master (OCM): The pinnacle certification for the most popular and widely-used of all database management systems and environments rightfully belongs in this "Top 5" listing as well.
  4. Citrix Certified Integration Architect (CCIA): A pinnacle cert for increasingly popular Citrix certifications, with tracks in virtualization and XenApp. This item, coupled with the next one (CCAA) shows how widely used Citrix tools and platforms have become.
  5. Citrix Certified Advanced Administrator (CCAA): An advanced Citrix administration credential whose appearance also indicates how popular and pervasive Citrix tools and platforms have become.

Next in line come the Microsoft Certified Master (MCM) credential, Check Point Certified Master Architect (CCMA), Oracle Certified Professional (OCP), Citrix Certified Instructor (CCI), and the EC-Council's Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator (CHFI) credentials. Check out Part1 and Part 2 of Ranking Certifications (2012 Edition) for all the details. In case you're interested, here's the top-level link to "Ed Tittel's IT Certification Success," too.