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CompTIA A+ Exam

What does the exam entail? Is paying for training necessary? Is it very basic or more advanced??
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    It is extremely basic, you could probably get a job at a call center or a bestbuy with that certification. Not many people actually hire for this certification anymore since it is so easy to get and so many people already have it.
  2. You Sir, have just saved me a LOT of money.
    Do you have any ideas on what would be a good qualification to get? I was studying for a CCNA at uni before I left and that was piss easy, 90%+ on every 'exam' I took so was thinking of doing that. I'm great with computers, built my pc, built my parents pc fixed countless more and am looking to try and get a job in 'something to do with PCs' but I have next to 0 formal qualifications....
  3. Basic, yes. But if you have little or no I.T. experience and you're wanting a foot in the I.T. door, then it is a good starting cert to obtain. I grabbed an A+ cert book off of Amazon, self-studied, and passed with ease. I took it back in 2007 though. Most of it was just basic PC/Network hardware/software troubleshooting and fundamentals. The exam consists of two parts (CompTIA A+ 220-801 and CompTIA A+ 220-802). You must pass each to become certified. Each test voucher is $183.00.

    More info: Comptia A+

    I also suggest picking up the Network+ cert sometime as well. Those two will create a good cert foundation from which you can specialize and branch off from there. Most likely, it will get you a foot in the door starting in a Tier 1 technician position (help-desk, desktop support).

    EDIT: Ah, well if you are CCNA certified then disregard my comments on the Network+. :P
  4. CCNA and CCNP are tons more valuable than the CompTIA certs. With the Cisco certifications you could expect to make about 4-5000 more a year than without and on top of that your company gets a discount with Cisco products if enough people with CCNA and CCNP are there. I would not recommend the A+ or N+ anymore to be personally honest unless you want an entry level job aka less than $10/hour. I have seen job postings for CCNA and CCNP for $22-25/hour without a degree in my State.
  5. I'm not CCNA certified, I just did the first few months of the course and passed 10 or so piss-easy exams with it. As IT Experience... I just don't have any 'professional' experience, this will actually be my first job (other than unpaid work experience) and having had 0 successful replies to my CV yet I need something to beef it up. I have no problem at all studying for more than 1 cert / studying in the future I just need something that can get me *something* to pay the bills initially (living off benefits sucks ass) and then more to work my way up.

    I studied Computing at 6th form but due to other RL and family issues I basically flunked all of the coursework + exam (I got an E >_<) even though I was in 'the top 2' throughout the entire 2 years of the class... So I'm basically trying to rectify this and get a job where I'm not serving people and putting on a smile for the sake of it.
  6. mightymaxio said:
    CCNA and CCNP are tons more valuable than the CompTIA certs. With the Cisco certifications you could expect to make about 4-5000 more a year than without and on top of that your company gets a discount with Cisco products if enough people with CCNA and CCNP are there. I would not recommend the A+ or N+ anymore to be personally honest unless you want an entry level job aka less than $10/hour. I have seen job postings for CCNA and CCNP for $22-25/hour without a degree in my State.


    Agreed. If you are comfortable bypassing the basic certs and jumping into the more specialized ones (i.e. Cisco, Aruba, VMware, Microsoft, etc.) then go for it. The more specialized you get in I.T., the better chance at getting more pay/benefits.
  7. AlphaCentauri said:
    I'm not CCNA certified, I just did the first few months of the course and passed 10 or so piss-easy exams with it. As IT Experience... I just don't have any 'professional' experience, this will actually be my first job (other than unpaid work experience) and having had 0 successful replies to my CV yet I need something to beef it up. I have no problem at all studying for more than 1 cert / studying in the future I just need something that can get me *something* to pay the bills initially (living off benefits sucks ass) and then more to work my way up.

    I studied Computing at 6th form but due to other RL and family issues I basically flunked all of the coursework + exam (I got an E >_<) even though I was in 'the top 2' throughout the entire 2 years of the class... So I'm basically trying to rectify this and get a job where I'm not serving people and putting on a smile for the sake of it.


    If you have no I.T. work experience, no certs, and no degree, then you need to build a foundation. If the Cisco exams are "piss-easy" for you, then go get them certs, and dress up that resume :). I'm not going to bash the CompTia exams. I have 3 of them, and they supported me getting my foot in the door as a support technician for a nice hospital that paid much more than "$10/hour", plus great benefits. All this in 2008 when the job economy tanked. It was a good stepping stone into the Network Admin position I am in currently with the USAF. Of course, your mileage may vary ;).

    EDIT: I should mention, that any DoD contractor or civilian personnel are required to be CompTia Security+ certified prior to employment, regardless if you are already a CCNA, CCNP, CCIE, or Bill Gates himself. My point being that there are employers out there that specifically look for CompTia certs, including departments of the US government. Food for thought.
  8. Thank you both VERY much for your answers. Suffice to say, I won't be paying up the £475 ($700) one 'provider' was offering for the training for the CompTIA A+

    As for the CCNA, I think I'll go for it, hopefully I can find a much more suitable deal somewhere that will actually end up in my obtaining of said cert and a damn job \o/

    Edit - If either of you would like some tf2/dota items/a dota invite then let me know xD Other than that I'm limited in my ability to show gratitude other than kind words and my eternal thanks ^^
  9. $700 for training!? I recommend getting this book and self-studying. Then just pay for the test vouchers only. That is if you still wanted to take it. If not, then good luck on your Cisco exams!
  10. If you have no real world, job related experience (fixing computers for friends or family doesn't count) then the CompTIA A+ and Network+ tests are a great place to start. They show that you know and understand the basics of computer hardware/software and networking. They are really a good base to build from.

    From there, college or other, more advanced certifications are available (Cisco, VMWare, Microsoft, etc..). I was able to bypass 3 semesters of classes by having my Comptia certs. Yes, they aren't cheap but they saved me several thousand dollars off classes in college.
  11. I have found the A+ CERT to be worthless. Bestbuy could care less if you have it or not and they offered me 10 bucks an hour to put up with pissed off people with busted computers. I passed on that one. If you want a good paying job in I.T get a computer science degree.
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