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CIO Certifications To Advance Your Career

Today's IT leaders need business skills, including management, governance, and strategy, plus tech know-how. Here are six types of certifications that can help advance your organization and your career.
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As a CIO in today's enterprise IT environment, you likely feel as if you need to be a jack of all trades, and a master of as many as possible.

Not only do you need to be a technology expert, you also need to act as an inspirer, innovator, market analyst, data scientist, and overall business manager. In order to be at the top of the game, you need insight into day-in, day-out functions, as well as a solid understanding of basic business operations. Oh, and did we mention that you also have to be an expert in your organization's prevailing technologies, up to speed on upcoming market trends and technologies, and able to judge what would suit your organization best?

Certifications are a way to prove your ability, even as you continue to make strategic decisions on the job. A certification could also be a differentiating factor for your career, as they are considered a mark of excellence and objective proof of credibility. A certification in any relevant domain, including analytics, compliance, or management skills, could improve your career advancement opportunities within your current organization -- or give you the extra boost you need to nail down a new job.

Many CIO certification programs have emerged in the past few years. Depending upon your capabilities and ambition the certifications we're featuring here could help you advance, and provide benefits to the organization you work for. This is by no means meant to be a comprehensive list, but rather a starting point for you to consider opportunities for continued education. After you've reviewed the options, let us know in the comments section below whether you've gone for any of these programs -- or if you've tried others that have helped your career.

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shamika,
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7/25/2015 | 10:28:13 PM
PMP
Project Management is an important aspect. I believe it is important all CIO's to be certified in PMP. This helps them to understand the gravity of managing projects.
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shamika,
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7/25/2015 | 10:24:30 PM
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"As a CIO in today's enterprise IT environment, you likely feel as if you need to be a jack of all trades and a master of as many as possible." This is a very valid statement. However I have bad experience in working with CIO's due to lack of leadership and decision making.  
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7/13/2015 | 10:42:49 AM
Risk and business accumen
Glad to see a section focused on risk and compliance, as well as business accumen in the last section of CIO education programs. Many IT leaders struggle with business knowledge and language in their interactions. Someone who has come up through the technical ranks needs to understand business fundamentals to be a truly successful CIO or IT leader.

I also see a lot of mistakes and misteps (in my own career and others I've witnessed) around risk management, mitigation and avoidance. Any leader, IT or not, can benefit from a stronger understanding of risks.
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