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A+ or no A+, that is the question.

By Rob1150 ·
I am presently working as a CSR for a software company, and working on my Degree in Computer Science. I dont have any certifications yet and because I dont have the dicipline for self study, I am going to be trained at a IT school in here in town.I had planned to pursue A+, and Network+, but I have about 7 years of helpdesk and onsite support experience, therefore, I am thinking that it may be better to go for Network+, and Security+ rather than spend that much money on my A+. I think that my work experience would validate that I have hardware and software support knowledge so why bother with the A+? My long term career goals are to work in network administration. Any thoughts?

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Agreed, but...

by ghstinshll In reply to A+ = Cert for Beginners

It can't hurt, per my suggestion to just get it over a month of cramming on the specifics that don't matter, then the same on Net+, MCP (2kpro), etc...

This guy needs "something else" apparently, and they might help his resume look stronger thanthe brawny it's printed on... His interview skills and creativity on his resume might need a little work too. These are hidden cards interviewees shuld have in their sleeves so that they come across the right way... Interviewing is an art to master as well.

Go get the certs, they're easy.

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There is value in A+

by Jim Phelps In reply to A+ = Cert for Beginners


Don't you think that you have to start somewhere? To start, A+ is ok, if you actually know some stuff, and if you're willing to start at the bottom and work up. Because once you get your foot in the door, you will begin to get the needed experience. But without any certification or piece of paper to carry with you to the interview, you might not even get in the door.

If you had an entry-level position to fill, wouldn't you be willing to consider an A+ tech, if after questioning him, you felt he had the knowledge and attitude to be successful on the job?

If he had no certifications in anything, I'd wonder why not, since A+ is so easy. (I practically aced it without hardly breaking a sweat.) I mean, if he doesn't even haveA+, when everybody always talks about A+, I'd wonder at least a little about him.

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That's what you think

by Chris Simon In reply to A+ or no A+, that is the ...

Certifications exist to validate your skill set. You may have worked break fix for 4 years, but it does not mean that you can do other things. I run across people that tell me they know this or that every day, but when they take a class they ALWAYS learn new things. We all get arrogent.

With a cert, your employeer does not have to take your word, or guess at your skill set. You might say on your resume that you maintained the network, when in reality you just swept out the NOC at night.Give them a reason to hire you. Everybody knows what a A+ is, and if you really knew that much, you could just take the test and pass, right?

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No discipline for self-study?

by Joshua1 In reply to A+ or no A+, that is the ...

What struck me is that you said you have no discipline for self study. That's kind of a critical aspect of working (or at least advancing) in IT. I would first recommend that you try to learn this discipline.

If your goal is Network Administration, then a Net+ cert wouldn't hurt, but it's just a start (and I would skip A+). I would recommend a Network Operating System and/or a router platform.

I would look for certs applicable to your existing environment. If you have Windows servers and Vanguard routers, look at learning those and attempt to change your duties w/ your current employer to build experience. A cert w/ no experience doesn't get a lot of second looks.

If you choose MCSE, heavily consider Exchange as an elective.

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Certifications Have there Place

by Bartware In reply to A+ or no A+, that is the ...

Certifications have there place in the IT industry. They prove that you have the skill set that covers that particular certification. An IT Degree is the same, showing that you have a skill set that is covered by your Degree. The best is a good combination of both the Degree and Certification. My recommendation is get the Net+ as well as finishing your Degree.

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A+ the foundation of all computer troubl

by jreeter In reply to A+ or no A+, that is the ...

The basic foundation starts at the computer hardware level. If you can repair and understand the workstation, periphels, addressing, media, then the OSI model makes sense and trouble shooting becomes easy. The A+ cert. is a requirement for all our I.T. staff. It will help with the rest of your career.

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A+ or no A+, that is the question

by LMon In reply to A+ or no A+, that is the ...

Remember the more certs you have the bettter.
You might be better off doing N+ Security+. Then reading and studying for the A+ on your own time. It's not the difficult

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No A+, Yes Net+

by w2ktechman In reply to A+ or no A+, that is the ...

I have looked into the A+ for myself a few times, and even CompTia states that the A+ cert is to give an employer confidence that you can work as an ENTRY LEVEL technician. Even a year on a helpdesk should do the same. I would say No to the A+. But even this advice isnt 100%, as I have been turned down for jobs in the past because I did not have the A+, even though I have years as a deskside Lead over 12 person staff.
As for Network +, it is supposed to be equivelant to MS Networking Essentials. This would show an employer that you understand how networks work and can troubleshoot network related problems. Always a + for Deskside\server\network support.

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Yes to All

by AvengerM1 In reply to No A+, Yes Net+

I have seen companies that won't let you open up a workstation or PC unless you have an A+. While this is an easy cert to get, it does make a good general starting point. I would also say get the Network+ as well for the same reason. Both the Network+ and A+ can be used as electives for the MCSA. Always be prepared to answer questions to gauge your skill. I like the posting earlier that said an A+ cert prompts questions like, "how to configure a RAID controller". It is questions like that, asked during interviews, that helps weed out the bookworms from the hands-on techies. Never dismiss a cert because it is "easy". If you have the skills and/or knowledge, then it should be easy. Certs like A+ and Network+ are foundational, not the end-all-be-all. If you pass the Network+, then start looking at an MCSA/MCSE, and/or a CCNA, or something more detailed.

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by KMoskey In reply to A+ or no A+, that is the ...

The A+ certification should be easy to obtain once you have grasped the fundementals of networking. Especially if you have college experience.

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