When we as a company build hardware, we must consider all technical aspects that may affect its performance. That’s why it is important to hire engineers that have several hardware certifications as a way to guarantee professionalism and outstanding results in hardware design and development.
Why are hardware certifications important?
A hardware certification is an official confirmation that an individual has the skills, abilities and knowledge to undertake any project related to IT, hardware design and development.
Of course, there isn’t a hardware certification that guarantees the quality of the engineer’s performance, but it is a starting point to ensure the minimum requirements are met.
The experience of the engineer will be another important factor to measure the expertise and added value he or she can bring to the project or company.
Hardware certifications guarantee great performance
We have developed several projects for customers in over 4 countries, and we have learned throughout the years that quality is a must; it is non negotiable.
Imagine a startup selling hardware that doesn’t comply with electric recommendations, or not taking into account potential conflicts of electronic components. Its reputation could be greatly affected if any incident occurs in the market.
When you care about great quality and you monitor the hardware development, you are ensuring that your product or device will perform well in the market, and that is the first aspect that will keep your business alive.
A team with hardware certifications help you stand out
As a business owner, you don’t want to sell a product or device that has big chances of failing or causing damage to your clients.
When you hire a good company, whether it is for hardware and software or outsourced product development, you need to make sure the engineering team that is involved in your project meets the expertise and hardware certifications to ensure your product will be developed by the best minds and hands.
A high quality product will be your first entry point in a market that is probably saturated with lots of competitors.
We have helped clients that got poorly designed hardware with other companies: lack of specifications, cheap microcontrollers, outdated technology, or not so good customized PCBs.
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Hardware certification courses
The following are some hardware certifications you can consider adding to your list if you think they may add value to your resume or engineering team.
1. Agile certification
All our processes rely on agile methodologies, that is, we perform constant iterations. Our engineering team knows the importance of improving the quality of the projects by focusing on:
- Short development cycles
- Customer satisfaction
- Risk reduction
- Flexibility in changes
- Continuous improvement
With this approach, our development team can make changes in the projects quickly and at low costs.
Where can you get the agile certification?
The Association of International Product Marketing and Management (AIPMM) offers the possibility to get certified in this methodology.
This study is not only for engineers, it can be taken for people with product management roles, or that are involved in the marketing area. The duration of the course is between 15 – 20 hours.
2. Apple Certified Macintosh Technician (ACMT)
This certification is a must for accessing the Apple-related certifications. The ACMT certificate lets you know that an individual can conduct basic troubleshooting and restoring for Apple platforms. This certification takes four days to be completed.
3. Microsoft Technology Associate (MTA)
Getting your MTA certification is a great way to start your IT career or make a career change into the IT field. This program offers a general insight into several platforms and software. The topics that it covers include:
- Windows server administration
- HTML and HTML5
- Operating systems
- Cascading style sheets (CSS)
- IT development
You can get more information on the Microsoft website.
4. BICSI Technician Certification (TECH)
When it comes to low voltage electrical services, BICSI is the standard that cable installers and designers rely on – especially for complex voice and data cable layouts.
When you have a BICSI-certified technician on your team, you can be sure that they have a lot of knowledge in ICT design and installation. To get certified, these technicians have to pass difficult exams and have considerable experience in the field.
You can be certain that they will provide you with high-quality work.
You can find more information on their website.
5. BICSI Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD)
This BICSI flagship program is key to developing telecommunications distribution systems.
Getting the RCDD designation means that the person has shown they know a lot about telecommunications and data communications technology and how to manage projects related to it.
You can find more information here.
6. CompTIA Server+
The CompTIA Server+ credential covers more than just the basics – including advanced topics such as storage systems, IT environments, virtualization, disaster recovery, and business continuity. This also focuses on best practices and procedures for server problem diagnosis and troubleshooting.
7. PMI Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
The CAPM certification is a well-known project management certification from the Project Management Institute (PMI), often earned by entry-level project managers and IT positions that oversee large-scale technical projects. Designed for beginners, you often learn the fundamentals of project management and the terminology, methods and processes of it.
8. Certified LabVIEW Associate Developer (CLAD)
If you are certified as a LabVIEW Associate Developer (CLAD), it means you know your way around the LabVIEW environment, you understand basic coding and documentation practices, and you can read and interpret existing code. You can take the CLAD exam using LabVIEW or LabVIEW NXG.
You can find more information in their website.
These are not the only hardware certifications you can find in the market. There are several more an engineer can study to get the proper knowledge for designing and developing devices.
We hope this article provides you with some insight on the different types of hardware certification courses you or your engineering team can take to get better prepared for developing hardware projects.
On the other hand, the info provided here can also serve as a guide for entrepreneurs and CEOs that want to develop a new device or project with a hardware and software company. It is a way to be more secure on the minimum requirements an engineering team needs to comply with in order to develop successful hardware devices.