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Information Technology (IT) Specialist

INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (IT) SPECIALIST CERTIFICATION

The Information Technology Specialist program is a way for students to validate entry level IT skills sought after by employers. The IT Specialist program is aimed at candidates who are considering or just beginning a path to a career in information technology. Students can certify their knowledge in a broad range of IT topics, including software development, database administration, networking and security, mobility and device management, and coding. Available certifications are:

  • Database:

Candidates for this exam will demonstrate foundational knowledge of how to design and query relational databases, such as MySQL, Microsoft SQL Server, or Oracle.

  • Software Development:

Candidates for this exam will demonstrate core software development skills, including object-oriented programming, web applications, and databases. Candidates are expected to have some experience with C# and ANSI SQL.

  • Networking:

Candidates for this exam will demonstrate foundational networking knowledge and skills, including TCP/IP, networking services, networking topologies, and troubleshooting in wired and wireless environments.

  • Network Security:

Candidates for this exam will demonstrate foundational security knowledge and skills, including an understanding of core security principles operating system security, network and device security, and secure computing practices.

  • JavaScript:

Candidates for this exam will demonstrate that they can recognize, write, and debug JavaScript code that will logically solve a problem.

  • Java:

Candidates for this exam will demonstrate that they can recognize, write, and debug Java code that will logically solve a problem.

  • Python:

Candidates for this exam will demonstrate that they can recognize, write, and debug Python code that will logically solve a problem.

  • HTML and CSS:

Candidates for this exam will demonstrate that they can structure a webpage using HTML elements and create and apply styles using CSS.

  • HTML5 Application Development:

Candidates for this exam will demonstrate their ability to use HTML5, CSS, and JavaScript to build responsive web applications that will run on a variety of touch-enabled devices, including PCs, tablets, and phones.

  • Device Configuration and Management:

Candidates for this exam will demonstrate foundational skills in, and a basic knowledge of, Windows devices and mobility.

  • Artificial Intelligence:

Candidates for this exam are AI enabled learners and are prepared for the professional use of AI by understanding how AI can be used to solve problems.

  • Cloud Computing:

Candidates for this exam will be able to identify and describe end solutions that leverage cloud technologies, considerations that span across solutions and the "art of the possible" in utilizing cloud to develop solutions.

  • Computational Thinking:

Candidates for this exam decompose problems, collect and analyze data, recognize patterns in data, represent data through abstractions, and automate solutions by using algorithmic thinking.