Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Fastest Growing Fields in the U.S. for Jobs?

I would say wheat or corn. Just kidding.














Ready to Jumpstart Your Career?

Information Technology is one of the fastest growing fields in the U.S. workforce. The demand for IT workers is on the rise, while median wages for IT job roles are nearly twice the national average of $40,690.* Eight in 10 HR executives say it’s difficult to find a candidate with the right skills to fill their job openings. Businesses are expected to do more with less, especially in challenging economic times. Finding that right candidate is critical. 

Vendor certifications simplify the hiring process by providing proof of baseline knowledge and the skill sets needed for IT jobs. Certifications that map to specific job roles are important so that a job candidate has the ability to immediately become a valuable contributor to the workplace.

Fifty-three percent of IT hiring managers said certifications saved them time and money when evaluating job candidates, according to a 2011 CompTIA study. Eighty-six percent of hiring managers said IT certifications were a high or medium priority during the candidate evaluation process.

Training Camp's SteppingStone Program Can Help!

  • For Veterans: Our VALOR program is aimed at providing employment opportunities for our nation's returning war veterans. The initiative is designed to help in training hundreds of veterans for I.T. jobs upon their return from serving our nation overseas and to help them in transitioning to IT careers. If you are a veteran, or a company that employs our nation’s veterans, we offer reduced-cost programs to promote this education.
  • For the Unemployed or Under-Employed: Training Camp created the SteppingStone program in 2009, featuring special training packages, online learning, and webinars designed specifically to address the needs of unemployed IT professionals in today’s economy. These offerings are designed to offer the lowest possible costs to assist in re-educating our workforce.
    Our programs are geared toward the specific skills and certifications that employers most often demand. This ensures that our students have an advantage and are ready for success.

Over 1600 students have taken advantage of our training opportunities made available to qualifying candidates who found themselves either unemployed or under-employed. Many of these students have achieved certification, and nearly 150 students enrolled in additional training programs with Training Camp since finding employment after attending one of our SteppingStone programs.

Register with us now to learn about upcoming events and other SteppingStone announcements.

Saturday, February 25, 2012

CPHIT/CPEHR Program Approved for Nursing Contact Hours






CPHIT/CPEHR Program Approved for Nursing Contact Hours

Program now offers 32.5 Nursing Contact Hours from the PA State Nursing Association
Trevose, PA, 10/24/2011 - Training Camp is pleased to announce that it has been approved to offer 32.5 Nursing Contact Hours from the PA State Nursing Association for the Health IT and Electronic Health Record Certification classes. These Contact Hours are recognized in 48 states. The CPHIT and CPEHR courses are offered as public classes, onsite classes tailored to meet the needs of a specific organization, and on-line.

Training Camp has partnered with HIT Certification to create and offer this professional training and certification for those responsible for planning, selecting, implementing, and managing electronic health records (EHR) and other health information technology (HIT). Professional training and certification for those responsible for planning, managing the technology, and managing the infrastructure access, for personal health records of Health Information Exchanges (HIEs), including RHIOs, is also provided.

"Healthcare Informatics skill sets are in high demand in today's market, and we are very excited to provide this added value for looking for attendees of our courses" said Mark Uhlman, VP of Internal Operations at Training Camp.

With locations across North America, Training Camp offers the widest range of options to assist professionals and practitioners in obtaining the real world skills they need in today's changing marketplace.

Monday, February 20, 2012

U.S. Cities With the Most Tech Jobs


Tech Sector Adds 47,000 Jobs So Far in 2010

 

Tech jobs are making a comeback in the U.S. as global demand increases.


Tech jobs are coming back after hitting bottom early this year, according to economy tracker Moody's Analytics (MCO). The U.S. economy has added 47,000 technology jobs so far this year (it's a week into January...) amid resurgent demand for tech products in Asia and Latin America.
That represents 15 percent growth in tech jobs, compared with an 11 percent jobs growth in the economy overall since the beginning of the year, according to Moody's. Since a peak at the end of 2007, the tech industry had lost 307,000 jobs nationally in the economic downturn.

"It seems like this industry is embarking on a new growth spurt," says Sophia Koropeckyj, a managing director for Moody's Analytics. "Tech jobs seem to be accelerating."

Asia and Latin America's demand for tech products has resulted in new hiring and is one contributor to the recovery, Koropeckyj says. After slumping in the first half of 2009, global PC shipments—bread and butter of U.S. companies Hewlett-Packard (HPQ), Dell (DELL), and Apple (AAPL)—should rise 14.3 percent this year, to 352 million units, according to consultant Gartner (IT).

Sales Growth

Billions in government stimulus funds have spurred recent purchases by agencies and businesses, such as those building out broadband networks. Corporate and government information technology spending should rise 8.1 percent this year, to $758 billion, according to consultant Forrester Research (FORR). Already, networking gear maker Cisco Systems (CSCO) saw sales for its fiscal first quarter ended Oct. 30 rise 19 percent from a year earlier, to $10.75 billion.

In some technology industries, salaries are starting to inch back up again. Information, media, and telecommunications professionals have seen their wages rally slightly this year, according to survey data from PayScale, which tracks global compensation. In 2009, high-tech salaries nationwide slipped 0.8 percent, which was less than the decline in the private sector overall, where the average salary dropped 1.4 percent, according to the TechAmerica report.

"The gap has widened. It's significant," says Josh James, vice-president of research and industry analysis at TechAmerica. "Especially in hard times, companies are trying to cut costs, and one way to do that is to implement technology solutions."


1.NYC
2.Washington DC
3.San Jose/Silicon Valley
4.Boston
5.Dallas-Fort Worth
6.Los Angeles
7.Chicago
8.Seattle
9.Philadelphia
10.Houston Reply With Quote


Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Managing IT Security Risks Through Training and Certification

According to our latest cybersecurity study, 41 percent of U.S. organizations report moderate or significant deficiencies in security expertise among their IT staff. Companies in Brazil, India, Japan, South Africa and the U.K. also report similar levels of deficiencies in staff skill levels. Concern is especially high as it relates to safeguarding websites, applications and networks, as well as staying ahead of risks in emerging areas such as social, mobile and the cloud. Across the countries surveyed, organizations view certified staff as an integral part of their security apparatus. 


Security Training Classes and Boot Camps at Certification City

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Certified Ethical Hacker CEH Certification EC-Council Training Award




Training Camp Honored With EC-Council Circle of Excellence 2011 Award

Trevose, PA, 10/24/2011 - Training Camp, the award-winning developer and provider of accelerated IT training and certification programs, has been awarded EC-Council Circle of Excellence 2011 (North America) by EC-Council. This is the fifth year running that Training Camp has been presented with this award.

"The annual EC-Council Awards highlight the commitment and achievements of our global partners and trainers that have contributed to the information security community. We are pleased to honor so many accomplished training providers and instructors that are committed to the betterment of world-class information security education globally. I congratulate all of the winners for their achievements and dedication to the Information Security industry in their respective region," said Jay Bavisi, President of EC-Council.

This year's winners are carefully selected from an extensive EC-Council Training Partner network that has over 450 training centers across 87 countries, and a large pool of Certified EC-Council Instructors, after meeting the stringent criteria set by the EC-Council Awards Committee. The Awards will be handed out at the Hacker Halted USA 2011 conference, which will be held from Oct 21 - 27, at the Intercontinental Hotel in Miami, Florida.

With locations across North America, Training Camp offers the widest range of options to assist security professionals and practitioners in obtaining the real world skills they need in Information Security and Certified Ethical Hacker Certification.

Friday, February 10, 2012

What is the CAPM? Frequently Asked Questions

CAPM Frequently Asked Questions


Q1. What is the CAPM ®?
A: PMI’s Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) ® is a valuable entry-level certification for project practitioners. Designed for those with little or no project experience, the CAPM® demonstrates your understanding of the principles and terminology of A Guide to Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide), the standard of project management’s generally recognized good practices.


Q2. What is the best way to prepare for the CAPM?
A: Successful CAPM candidates typically use multiple study aids — including courses, self-study and study groups— and will spend many hours to prepare, so make sure you leave yourself plenty of preparation time before you take the exam.


Q3. What are the benefits of joining PMI while pursuing the CAPM?
A: PMI members have the distinct advantage of being part of the world’s largest project manager member
association. PMI members stay on the pulse of what is happening locally, regionally and globally in the project
management profession by reading all the industry publications delivered directly to their inbox. PMI members can also access thousands of e-books, articles, white papers, trade publications and more to keep their project skills sharp. As part of a global community of project managers, PMI members can connect with other project professional by getting involved in chapters and communities of practice. Plus, PMI members receive special pricing on exam fees, online purchases, events and professional development opportunities.


Q4. Does PMI offer a discounted membership rate for students?
A: Yes. Individuals who qualify for student membership can receive a discounted rate of US$40 – which means students can also access the same knowledge resources and professional networks as regular members do. PMI student members also receive special pricing on exam fees, online purchases, events and professional development opportunities.


Q5. Does getting the CAPM make sense if I’m already a professional, but want to change to a career in
project management?
A: Absolutely! The CAPM is recognized by business professionals around the world as confirmation that your skills have met an exacting professional standard and you are familiar with the processes and terminology for effective project management.


Q6. What is the difference between the CAPM and the Project Management Professional (PMP)®?
A: The CAPM recognizes a demonstrated understanding of the fundamental knowledge, processes and
terminology as defined in the PMBOK ® Guide that are needed for effective project management performance.


It is intended for individuals that participate in project teams or who provide expertise or serve as project sponsors, facilitators, liaisons or coordinators.


To apply for the CAPM, you need:
o High school diploma, an associate’s degree, or the global equivalent,
o 23 hours of project management education (without work experience) OR 1500 hours of professional
experience on a project team (without project management education)
The PMP® recognizes demonstrated experience, education and competence in leading and directing project teams.


If you’re an experienced project manager looking to solidify your skills, stand out to employers and maximize your earning potential, the PMP credential is the right choice for you.
To apply for the PMP, you need to have either:
• A four-year degree (bachelor’s or the global equivalent) and at least three years of project management
experience, with 4,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education
OR
• A secondary diploma (high school or the global equivalent) with at least five years of project management
experience, with 7,500 hours leading and directing projects and 35 hours of project management education




Q8. Will a CAPM help me get a job?
A: Project management skills are in demand. In a global survey conducted by the Economist Intelligence Unit, the majority of executives explicitly identified project management as “the single most important skill for their current and future success.” And in a recent U.S. News and World Report study revealed that project management is one of the top three skills employers are looking for.


Kick start your career with the CAPM.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) Class




Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)


PMI’s Certified Associate in Project Management ( CAPM )® is a valuable entry-level certification for project practitioners. Designed for those with little or no project experience, the CAPM ® demonstrates your understanding of the fundamental knowledge, terminology and processes of effective project management.


Whether you’re a student, new to project management, changing careers, or already serving as a subject matter expert on project teams, the CAPM can get your career on the right path or take it to the next level.

Who should apply?

If you’re a less experienced project practitioner looking to demonstrate your commitment to project management, improve your ability to manage larger projects and earn additional responsibility, and stand out to potential employers, the CAPM certification is right for you.

CAPM Requirements

To apply for the CAPM, you need to have:
  • A secondary diploma (high school or the global equivalent)

    AND
  • At least 1,500 hours experience
        OR
  • 23 hours of project management education by the time you sit for the exam.
If you have gained experience leading and directing projects, you may want to see if you are maybe ready for the advanced Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential.

How to Apply

Maintain Your CAPM

As a CAPM certification holder, you do not need to earn PDUs. Instead, you take a re-exam before the end of your five-year certification cycle.


For PMP and CAPM courses visit TrainingPlanet.com

Friday, February 3, 2012

PgMP credential FAQ



PgMP

What do I have to do to earn the PgMP?

All candidates must pass three evaluations that include:
Application panel review during which a panel of program managers look at your work experience and verify any aspect of your application.
The multiple-choice examination calls upon you to demonstrate your ability to apply your knowledge to a variety of situational or scenario-based questions.
The multi-rater assessment (similar to a 360-degree review process) calls upon a team of raters that you select to evaluate your competence to perform tasks that are pertinent to program management as defined through the examination specification.


Who are the application reviewers?

A panel of program managers has been appointed to serve as the application reviewers for PgMP credential. PMI carefully selected members of this panel for their extensive knowledge and expertise in the field of program management. Since PMI appoints these members, there is no formal process available to the public to serve as a volunteer in this capacity. To protect applicants against any potential review bias, PMI will not provide candidate names, demographics, or employment information to the reviewers.



How much time does the multi-rater assessment (MRA) take?

During the application submission process, you provided 12 professional contacts to participate in the MRA. After PMI receives your passing score for the multiple-choice exam, PMI will automatically begin the MRA process. PMI will send an e-mail containing a link to a web-based survey to you (you will perform a self evaluation), and to the 12 reference contacts you provided. The MRA survey will be available to the invited contacts for three calendar weeks.

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

General Information about PMI Credentials PMP CAPM



General - Information about PMI Credentials
Do I have to be a CAPM, PMP, or a PMI Member to apply for other PMI credentials?

No. No one credential serves as a prerequisite for another. You also do not have to be a PMI member to apply to become a credential holder.



How do I earn a PMI credential?

To obtain a PMI credential, you must first meet the eligibility requirements outlined on these web pages and detailed in the credential handbooks. Then, you must pass the credential exam. For PgMP, you must pass three evaluations-the application panel review, the credential exam and the Multi-rater Assessment (detailed in subsequent FAQs).



What are the eligibility requirements?

The eligibility requirements for each credential are mentioned here, on these web pages, and detailed in each respective credential handbook. Please link to the appropriate credential handbook for complete guidelines.



How do I complete the application?

All credential applications are available online. Click on the "Apply for a Credential" button on these certification web pages. Please not that any missing information on the application will delay processing.



What supporting documentation should I send with my application?

When submitting an application, you do not need to send documentation. However, you will be required to send supporting documentation if your application is selected for a random audit. To find out more about PMI's audit process, refer to the credential handbooks and the audit FAQs.



Will newer PMI credentials dilute the PMP or other established PMI credentials?

No. PMI's credentials reflect different roles in project and program management, and therefore, are suitable for different candidates. The certification web pages and credential handbooks can help you determine which credential is right for you.



Once I pass the exam or evaluations, what next?

You may refer to yourself as a credential holder although your certificate package can take six to eight weeks to arrive in the mail. Please refer to the "Use of Your PMI Credential" section of the handbooks for more details. You also can start making plans for maintaining your credential by familiarizing yourself with the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) program.



What are the Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) for PMI credentials?

PMP - 60 PDUs during 3-year cycle
PgMP - 60 PDUs during 3-year cycle
PMI-SP - 30 PDUs in project scheduling in 3-year cycle
PMI-RMP - 30 PDUs in project risk management in 3-year cycle
CAPM - renewal through re-exam at the end of 5-year cycle



How can I maintain several credentials at once?

You can align your PMP and PgMP certification cycles and maintain both credentials simultaneously. You can also apply PDUs earned for the PMI-SP and PMI-RMP to the PgMP or PMP credentials.


Refer to the PMI PMP credential training site for full PDU details.





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