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Is a HS diploma needed to obtain a+ certification?

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July 19, 2009 12:20:07 AM

yea i read that and it didnt mention anything...im assuming you dont, but i just wanna be sure...i called them but theyre closed for the weekend
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July 19, 2009 1:47:11 AM

As long as you pay, you can write the test. I got a CDIA+ certification and they never asked me about my academic background.
July 19, 2009 4:03:35 AM

konchus said:
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No, you don't need a high school diploma. You can buy the A+ study guide at almost any reputable bookstore, and study to prepare for the test. You do have to go to a certified testing location to take the test. If I remember correctly, it cost me about $250.00 to take the test, but that was approx 8 years ago. It is a timed test for both hardware and software. You can also purchase practice tests from PrepLogic, they have a $49.00 practice test special going on at the moment, but there's no comparison to having that degree, even if you have to get a GED and then go to a local junior college.

Good luck......
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July 19, 2009 4:26:47 AM

how old do you have to be to take it? i am only 15 and does it help for college?
July 19, 2009 4:56:33 AM

mikey5802 said:
No, you don't need a high school diploma. You can buy the A+ study guide at almost any reputable bookstore, and study to prepare for the test. You do have to go to a certified testing location to take the test. If I remember correctly, it cost me about $250.00 to take the test, but that was approx 8 years ago. It is a timed test for both hardware and software. You can also purchase practice tests from PrepLogic, they have a $49.00 practice test special going on at the moment, but there's no comparison to having that degree, even if you have to get a GED and then go to a local junior college.

Good luck......

thank u all for the info....this isnt gonna be my career...juss wanna make a few quick bux on the side...im into music production
July 19, 2009 1:44:44 PM

Upendra09 said:
how old do you have to be to take it? i am only 15 and does it help for college?



I don't think there's an age limitation to take the test, as least there shouldn't be, but as far as college credit goes, you should check with the college that you're interested in. Most colleges these days offer some form of computer training, so it would probably depend on their course material. If you get an A+ cert, you may want to move on to Network + or even an MCSE. They even offer Cisco cert courses, but they're not for the squemish.
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July 19, 2009 2:09:08 PM

What is it about though?

i went to the site above and i found several different tests, which one should i take? the one i am interested in or all/most of them?
July 19, 2009 2:24:03 PM

Upendra09 said:
What is it about though?

i went to the site above and i found several different tests, which one should i take? the one i am interested in or all/most of them?


An A+ cert is a BASIC computer standardized knowledge test. Once you take and pass the test you'll be sent a diploma and an identification card to carry in your wallet supplied by COMPTIA. It's basically recognition that you've taken and passed their test.

They have a wide variety of course material, A+, Network +, MCSE (Microsoft Certified System Engineer), Cisco, etc. The downside is that even though you may have taken and passed the test, it doesn't necessarily mean that you can get a $40,000 salaried position two weeks after you've been certified. In today's maket, so many employers want a college degree and many require 1-3 years experience. Attending a tech school might put you in a position where you can serve as an intern and get some hands on real-world experience.
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July 19, 2009 2:27:18 PM

thanks, so i would need to know BASIC to take the test.

does have to be renewed?
July 19, 2009 2:53:41 PM

Upendra09 said:
thanks, so i would need to know BASIC to take the test.

does have to be renewed?



No, you don't have to know the BASIC programming language to take the test. I only meant that the A+ test is a standarized test. Anyone who takes the test will have to answer some of the same questions. I don't remember how many question were on the test though, cause I took it like 8 years ago. When I took the test there were two parts, hardware and software, and you have to pass both.
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July 19, 2009 3:08:57 PM

o oke thanks for the info
July 19, 2009 3:35:48 PM

Upendra09 said:
What is it about though?

i went to the site above and i found several different tests, which one should i take? the one i am interested in or all/most of them?


As far as Comptia certifications go, you should look at doing the A+ first then choose which other one(s) to take based on what area of IT you are most interested in. Although there are no prerequisites for any of them so one could begin with a Server+ or Linux+, but generally it's best to start with the A+.
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July 19, 2009 3:39:22 PM

i am interested in hardware mainly so which one should i take? the A+ or the one of the others?
July 20, 2009 4:17:31 AM

I got mine while I was in high school, when 16 I think. Anyone can take it.
A+ and Network+ is the minimum in this industry when starting out and are dead easy to obtain. Get them as early as possible. Then work toward CCNA->CCNP and/or MCTS...etc. depending on what you want to specialise in later.
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July 20, 2009 4:38:53 AM

thanks, this is really helpful for me, so do you have to renew it any time?
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July 20, 2009 3:39:04 PM

No you do not need a High school diploma to get it. I got my A+ done when I was 15 (17 now). Currently working on Network+ and later on Linux+.
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June 13, 2011 8:37:37 PM

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