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    O'reilly Certifications

    Have any of you worked through or looked at the O'reilly Certifications at http://www.oreillyschool.com/ ?

    I just finished my AAS and am planning on going on to a BS. But the certifications look to be cheaper, and faster. I just am wondering how they compare with what I would learn by getting my BS. And how employers would look at them.

    So, any thoughts?
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    Well it's accredited by the University of Illinois, so even though they just offer a certificate it should be pretty legit. In terms of quality of the cert' in national/international standing.

    Then again, I know nothing about the university in question.

    There aren't that many web-design related courses out there, but if you're after a job a general qualification will help your CV. If you're into MS technologies, you're better off going with the Microsoft Certified training program. That tends to hold more sway. Same if networking/servers are your thing, go with the cisco(?) training programs.

    By the way, what is a BS? (from the UK)

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    Thanks for the response.

    BS stands for Bachelor's of Science. AAS is an Associate of Applied Science.

    What do you mean by "a general qualification"?
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    It is a good question. I doubt that many people know that O'Reilly is associated or has something to do with the University of Illinois, so I don't think that's relevant. I think that these certificates could be worth it in the same way Microsoft's certificates are... Anything is better than nothing but it is not substitute for higher lever education. Yet, in its own field, they will be valued accordingly. After all, O'Reilly is very well known and has a reputation.

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    by 'general' I just meant one which specifically focused on web technologies, as opposed to a specialist qualification like a degree in Computer Science, for example. I was saying it will help, but not as much as a degree.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jerrac View Post
    Have any of you worked through or looked at the O'reilly Certifications at http://www.oreillyschool.com/ ?

    I just finished my AAS and am planning on going on to a BS. But the certifications look to be cheaper, and faster. I just am wondering how they compare with what I would learn by getting my BS. And how employers would look at them.

    So, any thoughts?
    If you want to go into the Web industry then the O'REILLY Certifications would, I feel, be suitable enough for any employer wanting a new "Graduate" employee in their business.

    If you want to go into either the Web or Software Engineering industry or other computing sub-topics then I would advise you to carry on with the plans to going on to a BS degree.

    Degree programme curriculums vary throughout the country. Some are very week, some aren't so weak and others are very strong curriculums. You should compare the O'REILLY Certifications not with having a BS in Computer Science or Web Design, but specifically with the units of study of in them degree programmes to determine whether it matches up, quality-wise.

    Hope that helps with your decisions.

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    To be fair through O'reilly are a trusted brand which has respect in the industry so it's probably better in terms of acreditation than something like CIW which let's face it has been plagued with high expense courses using dated content and poor recognition as a valid certification method (against others like A+, MCSE and CCNA).

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    It will be nice to hear what comes of this. O'reilly is the one of the few computer book companies I would buy. Hopefully their excellence will care on there.

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    Thanks for all the responses. I'm going to ask around some more, but I will probably stick with going to the university. I was hoping that someone who had actually taken the courses would respond. Oh well, not much of a chance of that, huh?
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    I would advice you to go to a university if you want to take a good degree, I'm not saying that Oreilly certification are not good but is better when you take a course from a university or even lets say a college which is accredited by Microsoft, Red Hat or Cisco, now depends on what you want to do.


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