Another Open Group certification, the Master Certified IT Specialist or Open CITS, provides "a set of recognized standards that allow organizations to benchmark against the required skill level, experience, and knowledge, and select the right people for the job." IT specialists can be found working in different parts of the business, from the typical IT department to embedded with marketing or product research. They work to solve myriad issues like managing hardware, software, and networks. It is another peer-reviewed, vendor-neutral certification that, according to Foote, are typically the more desirable certifications from an employer and employee perspective.
Keep in mind that the program is designed to give applicants more than just the knowledge, but the ability to adapt that knowledge and put it to productive and practical use. "Clearly, 'book learning' is a critical first step to becoming effective at anything. But the effectiveness, potential, and the degree and value of contribution rise to a new level as relevant skills and experience are gained in a topical area. It is clearly important to 'know' a subject, but it is more valuable to have applied that knowledge. It is for this reason that The Open Group Certified IT Specialist (Open CITS) program is based on an assessment of people skills, technical skills, and experience, not just tests of knowledge," according to the Open CITS certification requirements.
Open Group Master Certified IT Specialist was just added to Foote Partners list of certifications that they track, so their currently is no pay history for this certification.