My Doctor Taught Himself!

by | Aug/1/2013

Imagine a hospital administrator lamenting, “I’ve had such bad luck hiring doctors. How do I tell good doctors from bad doctors?” Well, trusting doctors who earned a license to practice medicine would be a good start.

IT has their finger on the jugular vein of your company. Make sure your IT pros have demonstrated their level of proficiency by studying for and passing exams.

The single most important reason that “great” IT professionals still need to undergo the certification process: He or she will learn what they didn’t know that they didn’t know.

Facilitate your IT team’s obtaining certifications related to their roles in your organization. When choosing external IT companies, demand certification.

Yes, someone’s having a certification doesn’t guarantee a qualified professional. That is not an excuse for allowing uncertified people to support the life-blood of your business. Over the next few weeks you’ll find out certifications are important.


  1. iT Tool

    Pay for your I.T professionals certifications, or compensate them for there skills and time invested in getting the certifications.

    • Mike Foster

      Yes – As a message to CEOs/Managers/Owners: IT professionals need to have some kind of support of their managers as the IT professional advances their skills. When CEOs express their concern, “I will pay for him to go earn his certifications and then he will leave and find a new job somewhere else. Then I wasted all the money training them!” And another concern is, “I may pay for his training but he will fail the exam and won’t pass.” All of this can be worked out with partial compensation at the beginning and a final “pay off” based on course completion and/or for remaining at the organization a specific amount of time. Providing the IT professional with pay rate incentives can help.


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