PUT SHY ASIDE WHEN ASKING YOUR EMPLOYER FOR AN IT CERTIFICATION

IT classYou are an IT professional. You love what you do and are happy with your current employer. However, you want to learn more and advance your career by continuing your education and earning a CompTIA certification. Unfortunately, education programs can be expensive and considering taking funds from your family budget to pay for it, well, just may not be impossible. There may be another option; you could ask your employer to pay for your certification.

Don’t be nervous about asking, be prepared, (and of course, always be respectful). Do some research and be ready to address any of your boss’s concerns and explain why earning an IT certification will benefit your company as well you personally.

EMPHASIZE THE POSITIVES

First, explain to your boss that your willingness to earn a CompTIA or Cisco certification shows that you are serious about your career and willing to stay up-to-date with the latest technology. Additionally, learning new job-related skills reinforces your loyalty to your company.

You might dispel your boss’s fear that your classes may take time away from your work, by already having worked out a tentative class schedule with the school you’d like to attend, where you can take classes in the evenings and learn online as well, and will not interfere with your working hours.

Advancing your education will make you more productive and add new skills to your company’s workforce. You will be able to take on more of a leadership role with an added benefit of being able to mentor/teach other employees new skills. You will be able to take on new assignments, which will increase revenues and add to your company’s bottom line.

ADDITIONAL BENEFITS TO YOUR COMPANY

Employee tuition programs really enhance the reputation of a company as one that values its employees. That reputation could also bring in new high-quality hires that want to work for a company that is willing to invest it its employees.

Tuition programs help to increase employee morale and reduce employee turnover and tuition costs are usually less than hiring and training a new employee.

Certified candidates uplift the credentials of their organizations. Having certified employees may allow your company to work with clients and customers who want to work only with other certified professionals. In some cases, this allows companies a better standing from where to negotiate with clients and customers.

Do your best to make a positive case for why your employer should pay for your IT certification. A win for you is a win for your company!