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By r_lamur ·
I just passed my A+ and I would like some one to suggests me what is the next certification that I should work on.

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Next Cert.

by Todd B. In reply to certifications

If you work in a network environment, I would suggest the Network+ certification. After that, I would work on my MCSE, or at least the major parts like Win2k Pro and Server.

I hope this helps.

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by dpalsen In reply to certifications

In honesty, I've found that certifications really are meaningless. Go for experience. That's what people seem to care more about these days. The problem with certifications is that they give you good knowledge, but no wisdom. You don't always have the experience to get the job done, and that will lose a job quicker than anything.

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GO FOR MCP

by tech4life In reply to Certifications

April 5, 2001

certifications are not worthless. most that say that dont have em. or dont like studying for them...to me certs mean u care about being better in your feild. I have A +. im currently studying for win2k pro....taking that test an passing gives u mcp status. good luck on whatever u choose.

tech4life@nettaxic.om
scott A +

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I agree...

by Chuckles In reply to GO FOR MCP

I agree with dpalsen & tech4life have just said. But her's the catch. Certifications in and of themselves don't mean you know what you're doing but they sure can help you in understanding what your experiences teach you. Traing is the one thing that can turn a technician into an administrator. Instead of just knowing what to do to fix a problem, you can understand why you do what you do. This understanding can also help you to prevent the problem from occurring at all.

Certifications also help your resume. A lot of business want to hire opeople with certifications. No matter how much experience you have, they want talk to you unless you're certifed in something. It makes a company look better if they have certified people on their staff. Especially if they do any outsourcing.

My advice as to which certifiction you should go for next would be W2K MCSE. That is if you feel like you have a firm grasp on networking. This decision is based on where you are as a technicianas well as what would help you more at your current job.

Sorry about the book, I like to talk as you can tell.

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Next Certification?

by mlk In reply to GO FOR MCP

Certifications should be the STAMP of your current knowledge level. If you have the experience and the techinical ability, you KNOW which test to take next.

However, just taking certifications tests to collect certs is (in my opinion) ethically wrong. Basically, it is false advertising for yourself stating that you have 'mastered' something that you really haven't mastered (and in some cases) even lack experience in.

My recommendation, get a job, put your skills to use and take test that you can be 100% certain you have earned.

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by Shanghai Sam In reply to certifications

1st off - Congradulations!! A+ is a pretty hard test.

Stick with Comptia, Cisco and some of the others. MCP is OK to get at least one M$ cert of some kind - but real world certs are from Comptia, Cisco, Compaq, IBM, Lotus etc...

It dependson what way you are heading but you might try looking into these.

Network +
Inet +
Server +
CCNA - (to start with Cisco if you want)
And the new CNX-A and CNX-Ethernet.

The big thing that I HATE about MS certs are that they change all the time. And this will not stop.

I have 15yrs in this biz and have worked with 4 paper MCSE people that were BRICKS!!! Honest - I had one guy point to a box in the comm rack and ask me what it did - I looked at him and said - thats a router - Cisco 2500 series, he said - "Oh cool - I have never seen one of those before." He had been working for a var for 6 months and had been an MCSE for about 8 months. Kills me. But that is going to be 90% of what you will get if you change it all the time.

If your good and get an MSCE - you will have to do it all again next year - so if your good - you don't need to waste the time with a slip of paper saying so...

If you have a CCNA, CNA, A+, Network+, ASE - people tend believe that you know what your doing - because you need hands on to pass that stuff.

Good luck,
Duke

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GRRRR - I hate it when it times out....

by DukeBytes In reply to certs

This was my post :)

1st off - Congradulations!! A+ is a pretty hard test.

Stick with Comptia, Cisco and some of the others. MCP is OK to get at least one M$ cert of some kind - but real world certs are from Comptia, Cisco, Compaq, IBM, Lotus etc...

It depends on what way you are heading but you might try looking into these.

Network +
Inet +
Server +
CCNA - (to start with Cisco if you want)
And the new CNX-A and CNX-Ethernet.

The big thing that I HATE about MS certs are that they change all the time. And this will not stop.

I have 15yrs in this biz and have worked with 4 paper MCSE people that were BRICKS!!! Honest - I had one guy point to a box in the comm rack and ask me what it did - I looked at him and said - thats a router - Cisco 2500 series, he said - "Oh cool - I have never seen one of those before." He had been working for a var for 6 months and had been an MCSE for about 8 months. Kills me. But that is going to be 90% of what you will get if youchange it all the time.

If your good and get an MSCE - you will have to do it all again next year - so if your good - you don't need to waste the time with a slip of paper saying so...

If you have a CCNA, CNA, A+, Network+, ASE - people tendbelieve that you know what your doing - because you need hands on to pass that stuff.

Good luck,
Duke

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Cert Plus

by Milstar In reply to certifications

I agree with some of the message post to you, certifications mean that you have tried to better your education. Inet+ or Network+ should be next. However, get into some position now that you can put that to work experience. I've seen many people come from VoTech schools or even some college courses offering A+ training and the hands on experience was neglected. Today's money world is in setting up network servers and providing network solutions, where fixing them is a challenge, but very competitive. Most of your competitors in the fix it business my be working from experience only, and that might be your advantage when you place an ad in the paper saying you fix it and your certified as a technician as well. Good job on your A+ certification, I have recently got my certification and I have worked on computers for years.

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