Obtaining a Microsoft Certification is extremely beneficial to your career. If you want your employer to cover the costs, you want to make sure you present your case.
Why Get Certified?
Employers may not understand the benefits of receiving a Microsoft Certification, so you want to make sure you know why you want to be certified.
Microsoft Certifications is a great way to prove that you have all the knowledge necessary in a specific technology and is also a way to show your employer that you are up-to date with the latest developments in the ever-changing technology industry. Certifications also give others the ability to trust that you are qualified to be in your position.
You will Save Them Money
A Microsoft Certification is a situation where you have to spend money to save money. When you are an expert, you will be able to do things more efficiently and keep the company ahead of competition that does not have specialists in their IT department. You can solve problems as soon as they arise, and manage Microsoft platforms more efficiently that will save the company time and money.
Know the Costs
If you want your employer to pay for your certification, you need to tell them in advance how much it will cost them. Make sure you do your research on the specific Microsoft Certification you want to pursue so you can let your employer know the exact costs and also when they can expect to see the benefits from investing in your education. Find out how much the exam costs and how long it usually takes to go through the program.
Have in mind that a certification bootcamp is one the fastest and best ways to get certified.
Inform them That Other Companies Pay
A company that wants to keep their employees, they worry about the competition. Many companies already cover the cost of a Microsoft Certification. Find out companies who do invest in their employee’s learning and make sure that this is communicated to your employer (or HR department) is a nice way.
This will help them not only realize they could potentially lose you for a company who will pay for it, they will also see that it is common practice for companies to pay for IT certifications.
Assure them Studying Will Not Affect Your Job
Being certified requires study time, which potentially can affect your current job performance. With a Microsoft Certification, you will be able to study after work hours and take the test on your own schedule. If you do have to take time off for the exams, make sure your employer knows ahead of time and can plan around it.
Better Quality of Service
When you have a Microsoft Certification, you will have expert knowledge in specific areas. This allows you to guide others in the IT department on how to do things using best standards and practices. This will eventually improve the quality of service the IT department offers to both internal and external customers.
Explain to them the additional benefits of having employees who are Microsoft Certified Professionals.
Inform your employer that if enough people in the IT department are certified, they can receive a partner status with Microsoft. This will help them stand out and is something they can showcase on their website, as customers trust products and service providers that are partnered with companies they trust.
The biggest fear many companies have when it comes to paying for extra training is that you will leave after you are trained. It is very important that you do not leave the company immediately after receiving a Microsoft Certification of any type. You will prevent them from having the desire to cover the costs for people who want to be certified later, but you will also leave them with a bad taste of you in their mouth. You want to make sure they see the benefit for the investment, so let them know you have no plans to leave.
Overall, when you are looking to present your case to your employer, you want to make sure you have all of the facts, know why you want to receive the specific Microsoft Certification, and be able to show that certification will benefit the company and why they should invest in you. You are going to have the ability to take their company further with the up to date knowledge on technology, and the return the company will see will exceed the minimal investment needed to cover your certification costs.