Discussion in 'Off-topic Zone' started by Yeagermeister, Jul 10, 2006.
Who here is A+ certified?
There is only one A+ certification that I know of.
Do they break the exams up in to sections or is it one big exam?
I mean can you take the hardware exam seperately?
When I took mine (1999 I think) it was about $125 per exam and you could split them up, both pay wise and schedule wise. I don't know if they still do it that way or not. Call you local testing center and they should be able to tell you.
No problem. Good luck.
It was two exams when I took it in 2001. I didn't do both on the same day if I remember correctly.
You might consider getting a Network+ on top of the A+. It's only one test.
Yup, I took the A+ back in 00 and it was 2 seperate tests, not sure what it is now. The Network + was 1 test for me, a few years ago.
I also am. Also MCSE if you are going to continue down that path. I would recommend not to waste your money on taking the Net+ tests if you are going to get your MCSE or MCP, bro.
good point. an A+ really just says you know something about computers and don't freak out on different sized floppy disks. i'm not real sure how much weight it pulls in the job market, or if even that is your goal with it.
Right on. A+ is generally good enough now to get in at ground level. "Pop and Drop" Kinda stuff (Helpdesk Technician).
What's cool along the Microsoft Tracks is that there are so many different disciplines that you can specialize in now. I'm going to get my Security test done pretty soon, so that I can move on to Enterprise Level security at the Firewall, routing, and switching levels.
I'd rather go for a MS certification but the boss is paying for it and he wants me to get my A+ first.
Unless you are a floor tech or are going to be applying for a job at someone like Bestbuy's geeksquad I wouldn't even bother with an A+. (Though you should know the information!) The A+ doesn't really carry any weight. (Though I've seen jobs that say it's a plus to have. Why I have no idea as you can obtain information about a persons knowledge in about 3 questions)
I would spend more time learning Networking/Routing (and I don't mean what FTP is) like the OSI model and BGP, OSPF and the likes. Or if you are looking at being an admin look into the under-lying OS models. For Windows understanding Active-Directory which is Microsoft's version of LDAP for all other operating systesms or the Unix/Linux system models (there are more than one, but System 5 is a great place to start. Then if you want Databases. Skip learning any certain database, (Oracle, DB2, MSSQL, MySQL) learn about relational models and database design. 99% of what you learn from database models and DB design will relate to any relational DB. (there are other types than relational, but it's the best place to start)