Top 10 Free IT Certification Training Resources

Posted December 1, 2016 By  Cynthia Harvey

For IT professionals (or those who would like to be IT professionals), getting the right IT certifications can lead to a great job and a high salary.

Unfortunately, those certifications sometimes carry a high price tag.

For example, if you want to become a Cisco Certified Internetwork Expert (CCIE) in Routing and Switching, the written test will cost $350 per attempt. You also have to pass a lab exam that costs another $1,600 per attempt. If you want to prepare, taking the recommended course from a Cisco authorized learning partner can cost around $5,000.

Although getting the certification is likely to result in a higher salary which will pay back these costs over time, it can be tough to manage the upfront fees — especially if you are just starting out in your career.

There isn't a lot you can do about the fees for the certification exams, but the Internet does have plenty of resources that can make the IT certification training much more affordable. This slideshow highlights ten of the best free resources available to those who are preparing for an IT certification exam. Some of these programs are only available for certain groups of people, such as veterans or those with low incomes, but most are open to anyone. Many provide practice exams that help you understand what to expect from the testing, and quite a few offer discussion forums where you can connect with other people who are studying for or have passed their certification tests. All of these resources can be a great starting point for moving your IT career forward.

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