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7 IoT training certifications to take your next career step

IoT training certifications offering skills in IoT development, networking and security can give tech experts an advantage, especially when IoT skills are in high demand.

IoT training certifications overview IoT, teach specific IoT skills and offer professional certifications for IoT competency. With proven knowledge, experts will place themselves in an excellent position to take that next step of career advancement, and organizations will seek them out.

IoT adoption has increased rapidly and organizations are looking for people with the right skills. If they can't hire them, retraining existing staff in IoT skills is likely to be a major training focus.

By 2025, IDC projected there will be over 41.6 billion connected IoT devices around the world; yet, a Microsoft survey reported that 47% of its survey respondents are concerned about finding enough skilled IoT workers to implement and support IoT technologies. Thirty-eight percent of survey respondents acknowledged that the complexity and technical challenges to use IoT present significant barriers to IoT adoption in their organizations.

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Tech professionals who pursue IoT certifications to advance their career have a wide range of choices that they can tailor to their career goals.

Tech professionals who pursue IoT certifications to advance their career have a wide range of choices that they can tailor to their career goals.

Certification programs offer foundational and business-oriented IoT courses to get started, even if tech professionals have little familiarity with IoT or work on the business side of IoT implementation. For individuals in this category, a vendor-neutral IoT course can give them a solid foundation.

IT experts in networks, applications, architecture or security might gain the most from IoT certifications for specific vendors or technologies that their organization and the general market uses.

Cloud Credential Council IoT Foundation certification

Offered by the Cloud Credential Council, the Internet of Things Foundation certification covers principal IoT topics and is vendor neutral. Coursework focuses on the business aspects of IoT and includes basic IoT technology terms, concepts, adoption and monetization. The program also explores the role cloud computing and big data play in IoT.

The course is targeted at experts such as software engineers, application developers and system administrators and can be completed at their own pace with over 16 hours of coursework, group debates, lab exercises and case study scenarios. The Internet of Things Foundation certification online self-study and exam together cost $349.

Cloud Credential Council's IoT Foundation course
Cloud Credential Council's IoT Foundation course

CertNexus Certified Internet of Things Security Practitioner

CertNexus offers the vendor-neutral Certified Internet of Things Security (ITS) Practitioner certification. IT experts who decide to demonstrate proficiency in tools from any IoT vendor should take this certification. It covers every aspect of IoT security within the IoT device lifecycle including design, implementation, operation and end-to-end management.

In eight lessons, students learn and prepare for the ITS-110 exam on IoT risk management; interface, network, data and physical security; IoT resource access control; data privacy; and software and firmware risk management.

This course requires previous fundamental knowledge of IoT technology, which can also be acquired through the CertNexus Certified IoT Practitioner course with exam ITP-110. Attendees have various purchasing options for digital courseware, labs and an exam voucher of self-led study or instructor-led courses over three days. Purchasing the exam voucher alone costs $250.

Internet of Things certification from University of California, Irvine

This program gives participants a business overview of how organizations can take advantage of IoT and a close-up look at technologies, such as Arduino and Raspberry Pi hardware systems. The University of California, Irvine offers an IoT certification for students who take three courses over nine months for nine course credits and finish with a passing grade.

The three courses offered in the program are The Internet of Things, Designing and Integrating IoT Devices, and Networking and Securing IoT Devices. Integration, standards and compliance, IoT business processes, and security are also covered. IT professionals can take this course online for $2,820.

Internet of Things Graduate Certificate from Stanford University School of Engineering

Stanford offers a short course certification that consists of taking four noncredit IoT courses that applicants must complete before they pursue a graduate certificate. The course provides an overview of the underlying IoT technology, including sensors, embedded systems, networking, circuits and applications. IoT practitioners can expand their skill set and business professionals who work with IoT engineering teams would get the most from the Stanford graduate certificate.

The Stanford program has academic advisors who can help select a subset from the 15 IoT courses offered that best aligns with professional and educational goals. Some prerequisite knowledge of specific programming languages or technology may be necessary for certain courses. Applicants to the graduate certificate must complete the course within three years, and tuition is based on the number of credit units taken.

Cisco Learning Network's general IoT and specialized topic certifications

Cisco offers multiple certifications for IoT architecture, processing and analysis of edge IoT data, the Cisco IOx operating system, edge processing, open source IoT, data visualization and security. The organization also offers a free introductory IoT course that does not provide a certification but develops a solid overview of IoT.

A Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) certification, targeted at plant administrators, control engineers and IT and network engineers working in manufacturing, equips individuals with the knowledge and skills necessary to build, manage and operate converged industrial networks. Cisco certification prices vary, as do exam vouchers, but training courses typically range between $500 and more than $2,000. The CCNA preparation bundle costs $1,179.

Microsoft Azure IoT Developer certification

Microsoft began offering an Azure IoT Developer certification in 2020. Topics covered include all aspects of the IoT device lifecycle, such as setup, configuration, maintenance, connectivity, debugging, security and cloud services.

The certification is designed for developers who implement, code or maintain cloud and edge IoT components. Developers should already have experience with development of cloud and edge components for Azure IoT products.

IoT developers can take Microsoft learning path courses -- such as Introduction to Azure IoT or Build the intelligent edge with Azure IoT Edge -- to prepare for the exam for free online or pay for an instructor-led class. Candidates must be able to recognize Azure IoT service configuration settings within the code and perform certain coding tasks. The Microsoft Azure IoT Developer exam AZ-220 costs $165.

Arcitura Certified IoT Architect certification

Arcitura's IoT Architect certification consists of three courses that cover IoT technology and architecture, radio protocols and telemetry messaging. The course includes lab exercises and a final exam that must be passed for certification. The content balances technical application and a general understanding of the business value behind IoT.

A certified IoT architect must be proficient in IoT design with scalable connectivity and functional distribution models. Candidates can take instructor-led training supplemented by self-study materials. The certification workshop costs $1,200. The Next-Gen IT Exam IoT90.01 and study kit materials have additional fees.

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