A+ certified


Last Updated:

  1. gallandof

    gallandof Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2010
    Messages:
    1,927
    Likes Received:
    296
    Woohoo so after 2 years of procrastination I decided to go out for my A+ exam. my appoinment was at 12 i showed up around 1135, was done in 20 minutes and passed with ease. I wish I knew it was this simple I would have gotten it a long time ago. Next up is network+ and Microsoft certs.
     

    Advertisement
  2. RedRyno

    RedRyno Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2010
    Messages:
    207
    Likes Received:
    27
    Congrats... :cheers:
     
  3. SoulTerror

    SoulTerror Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Feb 18, 2010
    Messages:
    724
    Likes Received:
    48
    You took both test in 20 minutes?

    Congrats. I took it once and missed it by 1 question on the second test because I had to rush through it.
     
  4. nyydynasty

    nyydynasty Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2010
    Messages:
    956
    Likes Received:
    171
    congrats! 20 minutes is fast. I dont remember how long it took me but it was definitely longer than 20 min LOL
     
  5. CrazyTechnoBoy

    CrazyTechnoBoy Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 26, 2010
    Messages:
    677
    Likes Received:
    122
    Okay, since I'm still a little kid, I might as well ask this question.
    What is the A+ exam?
     
  6. nyydynasty

    nyydynasty Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2010
    Messages:
    956
    Likes Received:
    171
    its the basic certification for an entry-level computer technician
     
  7. Martimus

    Martimus One bite at a time... Moderator

    Joined:
    Jul 9, 2010
    Messages:
    19,535
    Likes Received:
    4,045
    Good for you!! Congrats!
     
  8. gallandof

    gallandof Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2010
    Messages:
    1,927
    Likes Received:
    296
    any recomendations on self study guides for MCSE and network+ certs,
     
  9. nyydynasty

    nyydynasty Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Sep 13, 2010
    Messages:
    956
    Likes Received:
    171
    i can't help with that but good luck with them. I can't self-teach for s**t
     
  10. ashykat

    ashykat Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Apr 27, 2009
    Messages:
    1,076
    Likes Received:
    127
    I need to schedule my exam, I've been procrastinating too. Where did you buy your vouchers? You didn't pay full price right?
     
  11. Dsoot

    Dsoot New Member

    Joined:
    Aug 2, 2010
    Messages:
    3
    Likes Received:
    0
    Yeah it was surprisingly easy, and you got it in before they change to that renew every 3 years thing.

    Unless you have the extra money to throw at certs, I'd recommend CCENT instead of Network+. CCENT is a lot more comprehensive and would look better on a resume assuming the potential employer knows what he's looking at.
     
  12. gcobb

    gcobb Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2010
    Messages:
    425
    Likes Received:
    23
    Before I go much farther I'd reconsider Net+. It's good info for the most part but almost no companies look for that as a requirement for a job. This is what someone who teaches in the computer schools advised me as well.

    The MCSE has been broken apart. I'm in the process of going back to school to get certs. I can do two and I spoke to the same guy about what the market calls for. Any 20 year old can pass a test and most people are going for normal Exchange and Server certs. I'm going to go for SQL Server and probably Server 2008. I thought about Exchange and was advised against it. I have experience in a lot of areas over a lot of years but those hiring believe if you don't have your name on a piece of paper you don't know anything.

    I don't have my MCSE, CNA, etc but in one position years ago I had to train someone with a MCSE how to do basic troubleshooting, how to do basic administrative tasks and the like.

    If you don't have your A+, can't do as much as change a data cable in a PC and can't find your way through a Windoze OS, please reconsider starting 10 levels up from where you are.
     
  13. nRRe

    nRRe Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Jun 14, 2010
    Messages:
    184
    Likes Received:
    10
    taking "Cisco Academy" courses for my CCNA right now, want to take the A+ before the end of the year....not sure i'll have the time to study for it between school and working full time and a 2 yr old at home and another on the way. lol
     
  14. death2all110

    death2all110 VIP Member VIP Member

    Joined:
    Jun 25, 2010
    Messages:
    1,995
    Likes Received:
    1,208
    Working on my CCNA via Cisco Academy right now as well
     
  15. TxTazDad

    TxTazDad Member

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2010
    Messages:
    20
    Likes Received:
    3
    Congrats on your A+!! Good luck on your next one, you're on a good path!

    No one is going to pass ANY cert. test without studying first!! Now they may very well cram for it online & pass it, but their lack of skills will show up in a heartbeat. Also, there is nothing "normal" about getting an exchange or server cert, that is way more than just one test, you must get other certs first before you can even take it. MCSE & others are an accumulation of certs & tests. I've been doing IT work professionally for over 10 years now & even I wouldn't even attempt ANY Microsoft course without studying my butt off!
     
  16. gcobb

    gcobb Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Nov 18, 2010
    Messages:
    425
    Likes Received:
    23
    Yeah I kinda figured studying was required. :) I've been saying their skillset will show what they know for years. Unfortunately those hiring who are only looking for a name on a certification can't determine that before hiring them. My skillset is broad, however my certs aren't.

    I've been in IT for just under 20. The courses have changed. New Horizons has the course list. IT Training, Microsoft Training, Cisco Training, Computer Training, Certifications - New Horizons Computer Learning Centers Their business rep told me they broke the MCSE cert down into separate classes. I said "normal" because server certs will apply almost anywhere since a server is almost always required. My conversation with this guy is what is leading me into SQL Server and Server 2008 (or Exchange 2010).
     
  17. TxTazDad

    TxTazDad Member

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2010
    Messages:
    20
    Likes Received:
    3
    Yes the cert programs have changed dramatically, but the MCSE has been been a 3-4 test cert. for quite some time. The only cert you can get with just passing one test is MCP (unless that changed recently) Of course the aformentioned is strictly Microsoft certs. Also, just recently, the A+ exam requires recertification now (COMPTIA Cert) A+ & Net+ are DAMN good certs to start with, most strong companies that hire will help with you obtaining further certs. I've met & worked with the "on paper" types that just crammed & had no knowledge, they never lasted more than 6 months before being canned. To get a newer MS or Cisco cert. you better be ready, better be DAMN well prepared, because everything you think you know doesn't mean squat unless you answer the questions their way, cause to them, there is no other correct answer. I ain't trying to argue or disagree, I just don't want to see someone stroll in & think it's a walk in the park, cause it ain't.
     
  18. Gumbyy

    Gumbyy Member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2010
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    0
    I got mine about a year and a half ago. The test was pretty easy. I studied curriculum for Network+ and Security+ but didn't feel like wasting $400 or w/e if I failed. Probably should have cuz after December you have to get recertified every 3 yrs.
     
  19. CaptainTwinkie

    CaptainTwinkie Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 2010
    Messages:
    50
    Likes Received:
    17
    The best self testing software I have seen is Testout TestOut LabSim - MCSE, MCITP, MCTS, CCNA, CISSP, SSCP, Security+, Server+, Network+, A+, Linux+ Certification Training they breakdown the cert tests into lessons, which are taught be real people all recorded into videos, the programs also have glossary's in them so you can look up the definition in them, they also have interactive sims which let you interactivaly actually do the things your learning, like terminal comands in Linux or Active Directory things in Server 2003/2008. It is extremely thorough with it. I used the software to study for Network+, took the test in Feb 2009 and this was before they revamped the test, you needed 585 to pass and the max score was 900, I got a 800 on it.
     
  20. Gumbyy

    Gumbyy Member

    Joined:
    Dec 11, 2010
    Messages:
    5
    Likes Received:
    0
    That's actually the software that I used.
     
  21. DefStatic

    DefStatic Member

    Joined:
    Nov 30, 2010
    Messages:
    11
    Likes Received:
    0
    First I do want to say congrats.

    But I also plan to be the first from what I can tell to say that A+ is a joke these days. Educaton and experience is way better. I am not saying it is worthless. But 20 minutes? Only further proves my point.

    On that note congrats again and I just might consider getting it someday.

    I just want to say again I am in no way insulting this poster or anyone who has A+. I just think over the past two years it has become meaningless. Actually I feel a lot of certifications have, and are overpriced.
     
  22. TxTazDad

    TxTazDad Member

    Joined:
    Dec 1, 2010
    Messages:
    20
    Likes Received:
    3
    The main thing that certs accomplish are getting your foot in the door if nothing else, alot of employers, at least in Tx. list an A+ at a minimum. The job I have now "required" an A+ as well as MCSE, I've taken 2 Microsoft courses but not gotten the certs, I landed the job after 2 phone interviews. That cert got me the phone call. Don't underestimate what a cert can do for you.
     
  23. gallandof

    gallandof Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

    Joined:
    Jul 8, 2010
    Messages:
    1,927
    Likes Received:
    296
    I definately agree its useless in proving how much you know, but its not worthless in the sense that most places require it. I have plenty of experience schooling wise as well as in the field but I just need the certs because they say so.
     
  24. icemncmth

    icemncmth Member

    Joined:
    Dec 8, 2008
    Messages:
    15
    Likes Received:
    0
    Great job on the A+..as for the MS certs they can be a real pain. I have taken several of the tests and one thing for sure is MS want's you to do it "their" way.

    We all know there is more than one way to fix a problem but when you are testing you have to follow the path that MS wants you too.

    My last server test was 52 questions and 4 hours long. It has simulations and you have to do it the correct way or you miss the entire question. That can cause you to fail the test.
     
  25. google123

    google123 Well-Known Member

    Joined:
    Dec 16, 2009
    Messages:
    133
    Likes Received:
    6
    I would also like to start working on some certificates i think but all these training materials are kinda expensive. Which one's you all recommend?? Thanks.
     

Share This Page

Loading...