How many Beta/free certifications have you obtained?

N2ITN2IT Inactive Imported Users Posts: 7,483
Free could be from a vendor beta release or paid for by someone else. WGU wouldn't count because you end up paying with the cost of the course. I've only had one paid for that was ITIL V3 Foundations. This was in part to a requirement on a USDA contract. Other than ITIL F I have had to pay for everything.


  • nosoup4unosoup4u Member Posts: 365
    While I agree with you on the WGU part, my employers has reimbursed me 100% so I'd still say I haven't paid for anything :)
  • bndabbsbndabbs Registered Users Posts: 3 ■□□□□□□□□□
    I have obtained 3 through my employer and I just took my first beta yesterday.
  • the_hutchthe_hutch Banned Posts: 827
    The only beta exam I ever took was CASP (CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner)...and I failed it. It still bothers me to this day, how I could pass CISSP on my first attempt but fail the CASP beta. I think it came down to the non-sensical simulations that CompTIA concocted for that one icon_rolleyes.gif
  • chanakyajupudichanakyajupudi Member Posts: 712
    MCP - HTML 5 with CSS3 and Javascript 70-480 . Did that one for free. The rest I have paid for myself.
    Work In Progress - RHCA [ ] Certified Cloud Security Professional [ ] GMON/GWAPT if Work Study is accepted [ ]

  • ChooseLifeChooseLife Member Posts: 941 ■■■■■■■□□□
    I generally pay for the certs out of my own pocket and later get offered to have them reimbursed by the employers. Sometimes I take them up on the offer, sometimes not.

    Microsoft exam #1 - paid by 1st employer
    Microsoft exams #2-4 - paid myself
    Cisco CCNA - paid by 2nd employer
    ITIL Foundation - paid myself
    Cisco CCNA Sec - paid myself
    VMware VCP - paid by 3rd employer (including training)
    GIAC GSEC - paid by 3rd employer
    Security+ - paid myself
    “You don’t become great by trying to be great. You become great by wanting to do something, and then doing it so hard that you become great in the process.” (c) xkcd #896

    - discounted vouchers for certs
  • f0rgiv3nf0rgiv3n Connection Overlord Member Posts: 598 ■■■■□□□□□□
    As I've gone through my career I started out paying for all my certs until I found a good job where the employer would pay for them. So as you can see below it was all out of my own pocket till half way through:

    A+ - myself
    Network+ - myself
    Security+ - myself
    MCSA exams - myself
    CCNA - myself and employer (I paid for first attempt, employer for second after I failed the first one)
    CCNA security - employer
    CCNP exams - employer
    JNCIA - employer
    JNCIS - employer
    CISSP - employer

    Unfortunately, I haven't had the opportunity to take any beta exams. I remember when CASP came out, they were only offering it at a testing center about 6 hours drive away from me. I didn't end up enrolling in it (which I regret!).
  • dave330idave330i Member Posts: 2,091 ■■■■■■■■■■
    I've taken 3 Beta exams and passed 2.
    7 employer paid exams and passed 5.
    11 self paid exams and passed 7.
    2018 Certification Goals: Maybe VMware Sales Cert
    "Simplify, then add lightness" -Colin Chapman
  • meadITmeadIT Member Posts: 581 ■■■■□□□□□□
    VCAP4-DCD Beta was half price.
    VCAP5-DCD Beta was free.
    VCAP5-DCA Beta was free, but testing kits crashed the day before my scheduled date, so I received a voucher to take the GA version for free.
    CERTS: VCDX #110 / VCAP-DCA #500 (v5 & 4) / VCAP-DCD #10(v5 & 4) / VCP 5 & 4 / EMCISA / MCSE 2003 / MCTS: Vista / CCNA / CCENT / Security+ / Network+ / Project+ / CIW Database Design Specialist, Professional, Associate
  • canojcanoj Member Posts: 33 ■■□□□□□□□□
    Net/Sec+ - Employer (US Army)
  • tbhoustontbhouston Member Posts: 32 ■■□□□□□□□□
    A+,Net+,Sec+, CCNA all paid for by my company

    Kinda funny because i do budgets and fiance but its a tech company and they pay for whatever you want to take lolicon_cheers.gif
  • YFZbluYFZblu Member Posts: 1,462 ■■■■■■■■□□
    CCNA and CCNA: Sec were reimbursed by my employer after I passed.

    GIAC GSEC was covered up front - They paid my work study fee and SANS provided a free exam challenge.
  • boobobobobobboobobobobob Member Posts: 118
    I've never paid for an exam out of pocket. All the companies i've worked for have had a policy of paying for 2 tries per test (after that it's out of pocket). But I work for resellers and they benefit alot from keeping engineers certified as much as possible.
  • baracuda1121baracuda1121 Registered Users Posts: 2 ■□□□□□□□□□

    had vouchers for both :D
  • Master Of PuppetsMaster Of Puppets Member Posts: 1,210
    Up until now, it has all been on me. However, my employer is going to pay for my CCNP R&S and Security. We haven't talked about it but probably for the others as well.
    Yes, I am a criminal. My crime is that of curiosity. My crime is that of judging people by what they say and think, not what they look like. My crime is that of outsmarting you, something that you will never forgive me for.
  • NinjaBoyNinjaBoy Member Posts: 968
    Just over 50% of my exams that I've taken have either been beta's or sponsored/paid for by my employer, the rest I've paid for...
  • About7NarwhalAbout7Narwhal Member Posts: 761
    I am starting to think my previous employers weren't so great... I have never had anyone pay for mine other than me. No one has offered and no one has really even cared that I got them.
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