Career changers take note: Industry-specific certifications are targeted at individuals with one or more years of hands-on experience or specialized education in a field, not at techies trying to break into an industry.Certifications now exist for every available technology, or so it seems. A new tool or trend appears, and soon enough, everyone is wondering whether you can earn a certification for it. But imagine a different type of certification, providing a credential for IT expertise in a specific field -- accounting, say, or the hotel industry -- rather than in one companys software. Does such a thing exist? Yes. It may be too soon to call this a full-fledged trend, but a number of industry associations now offer certifications for information technology professionals working within specific fields. Some of these certifications require professional credentials, as in the case of one for accounting (a CPA is required), while others are open to anyone with knowledge and experience in the industry. The requirements tend to be vendor-neutral, rather than tied to a specific companys technology. Career changers take note: Industry-specific certifications are targeted at individuals with one or more years of hands-on experience or specialized education in a field. They are not designed for techies trying to break into an industry.
More AHIMA info: www.ahima.org/certification/ Hospitality Developed jointly by Hospitality Financial and Technology Professionals and the Educational Institute of the American Hotel and Lodging Association, the Certified Hospitality Technology Professional (CHTP) program is designed for project managers, IT administrators and others involved in technology projects for hotels, restaurants and other hospitality-related businesses. To earn the CHTP designation, applicants must pass a four-hour examination covering a wide range of technology principles. A study guide is available for the exam; other recommended resources include "Managing Computer Systems in the Hospitality Industry," "Untangling the Web" and the chapter on computer systems in "Contemporary Club Management." More info: www.hftp.org/Certification/index.cfm Manufacturing The Society of Manufacturing Engineers offers two technology-related certifications. Though not designed specifically for IT professionals, they may be applicable for manufacturing specialists with IT expertise. The Certified Manufacturing Technologist (CMfgT) recognizes individuals with knowledge of the fundamentals of manufacturing, including mathematics, computer applications and engineering design. The CMfgT requires a minimum of four years of education or manufacturing-related experience. Another certification, the Certified Enterprise Integrator, is designed for professionals with at least eight years of education and manufacturing enterprise-related work experience. The credential is geared for manufacturing professionals able to integrate all facets of the manufacturing enterprise. More info: www.sme.org/certification/ IT Professionals: get more resume help, salary data and industry info from Monster Technology.