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Climb the Certification Mountain

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As explained by Starfleet captain and occasional rock climber James T. Kirk at the beginning of Star Trek V: The Final Frontier, the "most important reason to climb any mountain" is the root motivation for many, if not most, feats of human adventure and daring: "Because it's there." (Kirk is busy attempting to climb Yosemite's El Capitan.) A challenge exists, ergo I must overcome it. The impulse to prove ... something has inspired many a mountaineer to attempt the insurmountable.


In the case of some mountains, there's no easy way to the summit. Getting to the top of K2, the world's second-highest mountain, requires both extreme effort and surpassing skill, no matter where you start from or how you approach the summit. Mount Everest, on the other hand, though subject to the same severe weather conditions as K2, is more approachable, to the degree that even moderately skilled climbers can, with expert guidance, reach the summit.

If you want to climb the K2s of the world, then there's a degree to which climbing must become your whole life — and even at that there's no guarantee of success. A handful of the very most difficult IT certifications are similarly challenging in nature. Even with the right combination of education and native ability, success, if it comes at all, can take years. There are many certifications, on the other hand, that are readily achieveable, given resolve and a degree of expert guidance.

If certification is analogous to climbing a mountain, then TestOut Continuing Education is analogous to the guide services that make it possible for adventurous humans from many different walks of life to experience the thrill of getting to the top of the world's tallest mountain. TestOut CE knows the path to the summit, has been there before, and can provide anyone who wants to get there with the right combination of tools and training to live out their certification dream.

Some people, like Captain Kirk, may take an interest in certification simply because they enjoy a good challenge. Others set out to climb the certification mountain in pursuit of more tangible rewards: knowledge and skills that can fuel the pursuit of a satisfying and financially lucrative career path. Whatever your reason for fixing your steadfast gaze on the looming and dangerous peak of a certification challenge, TestOut Continuing Education can help you achieve your goal.

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