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Bennefits of Certification

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Is certification really worth it in the real world?

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Depends

by jheal In reply to Bennefits of Certificatio ...

I think the right certifications are worth it to get a foot in the door at larger companies. They may not prove you know stuff, but they do prove that you made the effort to get certified. Look at the biggies, like Cisco, Intel etc. If you get MScertified, you'll be in with a huge pool. Make yourself stand out by getting the top levels of certification, a MCP is not as desirable as a MCSE, or instructor level certification. A+ might get you into a retailer, but bigger companies don't care, they assume you know how to install a CDROM, or change a floppy drive. Network certification is very valuable.

Hope this helps,

James

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knocked me down a notch....

by itzann In reply to Depends

I previously held a good job as a contract employee (clerical and administrative duties as well as some computer support)at a utility company. The department that I worked in was relocated to another city, and my support was no longer needed. So mygoal now is to get an entry level computer technician job somewhere. Today I dropped off my resume at a local computer sales & repair store. The manager at this store told me that "the A+ Certification is one step above useless". I felt this was rather blunt, seeing as this was my main "computer qualification" on my resume! During my last 3 months of unemployment I spent time and money to get this certification, and am now studying for Network+. I realize that these certifications are not equivalent to having experience, but I don't think they should be dismissed so quickly.

-Ann

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1 step above useless

by topbudgetcomputers In reply to knocked me down a notch.. ...

If anyone told me that, I would walk out immediately, as the person and the company they worked for would be 1 step above useless.
To trivialise a persons achievements, no matter what they are or how small, is the most ignorant behaviour with whichI would certainly not wish to be associated.
Good luck in your other job interviews.

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One huge step above useless

by eujay In reply to knocked me down a notch.. ...

I was sorry to hear about your bad experience at the computer store. I got my A+ last year so I know how much work you must have done to get it.

Sounds like this manager is talking out of his arse. Is he A+ certified ? Has he looked at the course material ?

As far as the general public is concerned A+ is very desireable. I have many non techie friends and I have yet to meet one who does not know what A+ certification is. In the public's perception A+ separates the capable from the cowboys when it comes to fixing computers.

Hewlett Packard told my company that they wanted all our Techs to be A+ certified. I took the classes that the company offered. I have also heard on the grapevine that Intel in Sacramento will not hire you as line tech unless you are A+ certified. A lot of techs from my company were interviewed by intel about a year ago, (before the stock crash), and only the ones that had previously passed A+ were hired.

A+ certification has value. Don't give up on it.

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thanks for your positive input....

by itzann In reply to One huge step above usele ...

Despite what the computer store manager said to me, I am still proud of passing the exams for A+ certification. You are correct in saying that it does take a lot of preparation work to attain certification.

And no, this guy flat out told me he has no certifications because "he doesn't need them"! "And he isn't willing to spend the money to take the tests". Well, maybe the real reason is that he knows he couldn't pass the tests! I calmly "thanked him for his time" and left the store. Funny thing is, I used to take my computers to this store for repair before learning how to do this stuff myself. After this experience, I would definitely not want to work there OR take my computers there.

I plan to trudge onward, keep studying, and notlet this guy's comments deter me from my goals.

-Ann

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What is the average length of time to pr

by skyy182 In reply to thanks for your positive ...

I've been studying on my own for two months with just three A+ text books. I went into this with no prior experience, but I am doing this for a career change from accounting. Should I also look into those courses that costs hundreds to prepare me? Any advice would greatly be appreciated....

-Mare

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Learn it hands on

by l40ozl In reply to What is the average lengt ...

Unless you are going to take classes at a community collage or something to that effect, I don't think it is worth it. A lot of those so called "fast track" schools focus on memorizing as opposed to actual hands on. But if you do decide to use one of those schools make sure they have a lab with hands on training, because it is one thing to read and answer the questions correctly and quite another one to try to figure out why Windows 98 only boots up in safe mode. hope this helps

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Studying Hard which ever way

by Cowboyeqp In reply to What is the average lengt ...

Great career change, I use to be a bean counter and it hurt my head.

"Should I also look into those courses that costs hundreds to prepare me?" That's a personal choice. Time is money, money is time. Some folks have the time and discipline to "self-study"; personally I do and don't. I am self-studying for Cisco and Tivoli but I will soon be enrolling in 6-week classes for Win2000 courses (employer is chipping in).

Any how, how quickly you can get a cert and compounded with experience will equate to larger salary--hence pays for your tuition.

Good luck Mare.

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How I did it

by eujay In reply to What is the average lengt ...

I was sent by my employer on an A+ class. Honestly the things that helped me most were.
1/The book given out at the class and a copy of "Scott Muellers" upgarding and repairing PC's.
2/ lots of CD Roms with simulation exams, loads of questions.
3/www.webopedia.com and www.thepcguide
4/A network of guys who were also studying for A+
First I read the course book cover to cover. Then I sat home nights doing the CD Roms. Any parts I didn't understand I looked up in Mueller and/or the internetsources. Once my CD ROM scores were up to 80/90 I booked a test.

I first took the hardware test and passed with "all questions answered correctly". I went home and studied for the Software test which I took three weeks later and passed with "incorrect answers in four areas". The network of other students was also a big help.

Hope this helps. Email me if you have any questions.

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How did you guys/gals get started?

by skyy182 In reply to How I did it

I just quit my job @ the beginning of this year from accounting. Like I mentioned earlier, I just bought myself a few books and I will be starting a class for A+ at the end of this month. It seems that I am hearing that most individuals are going into these classes with 6 months experience already. I'd just like to know how to go about getting a job in computers to get experience when I have no prior experience in computer hardware per say. Having a prior job in accounting allowed me to work with computer software but it doesn't seem to be enough to get me that computer job for experience. If anyone out there could please share some advice....

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