A+ Still Necessary
Posted 04 October 2007 - 12:53 PM
Posted 04 October 2007 - 03:33 PM
I definitely needed to hear this, I am currently in a desktop specialist position (lucky to have already been working for the company prior to getting) with no certs. I do have plenty of exp but I am looking to get my certs to make my future here much more profitable.
Posted 08 October 2007 - 08:56 AM
I have been in the IT business since 1984 and have never gotten this certification. I'm curious, how often if at all you need to recertify? Do these companies who request or require this certification check to see when you were certified? I would think that a 2007 A+ Certification is quite different than a 1995 A+ Certification.
Posted 09 October 2007 - 03:37 PM
Posted 09 October 2007 - 05:38 PM
Posted 10 October 2007 - 08:37 AM
Posted 11 October 2007 - 03:31 AM
Likewise. A friend of mine told me that there are some jobs that, if I have the A+ certification, I will almost be hire on site (usually things like Geek Squad and comparable.) On the other hand, I'm actually hoping to go into business for myself.
Posted 12 October 2007 - 02:29 PM
Thanks for the heads-up since I am now enrolled in an A+ class at the local community college and want to know that my time is not being wasted?
Posted 12 October 2007 - 02:32 PM
My hat is off to you for taking so many certification tests and coming out alive. These tests are hard for people like myself who are not born test-takers.
Posted 13 October 2007 - 06:21 PM
I am new to this forum (and this site for that matter) and reading successes like this encourages my study for the A+. Also I am glad employers still look at the fundamental exams (although there is nothing fundamental about A+) for prospective employees.
Posted 14 October 2007 - 05:17 AM
Posted 14 October 2007 - 10:26 AM
I guess it's time to get certified.
Posted 15 October 2007 - 05:51 AM
Posted 16 October 2007 - 08:04 AM
Posted 18 October 2007 - 06:56 AM
Thanks for the encouragement, I've been in IT for a few years, but since I'm not certified I've hit a roadblock. Time to study and get things moving in the right direction.
Posted 18 October 2007 - 04:54 PM
Posted 18 October 2007 - 05:42 PM
I currently work for a government agency [MN] and, while it is true you can get a helpdesk position with minimal experience, you are also going to get minimal pay [I believe it tops out at just under $20.00] The IT positions [and IT apprentices] start out at around $23.00 an hour and go up to $34.00--and all they require is A+ cert [although they would like MCDST/MCSA/MCSE or any of the other Microsoft certs] but they aren't required.
So don't you go thinking that you are wasting your time, efforts, and $ in obtaining a certificate.
I've also found that if you are looking for easy experience, after you obtain your cert, especially with the holidays coming, places like Geek Squad hire Seasonal employees.
Just a tip for those having a tough time breaking into the field for lack of experience
Posted 18 October 2007 - 06:53 PM
I'm in the same boat as you. Currently on the job-hunt and finding my lack of certifications to be a hinderance. One guy who interviewed me actually said he thought certifications were meaningless, but it's good hear to the contrary from others on these forums.
Posted 19 October 2007 - 04:51 AM
Saying that, I will give you the below link to read. I'm a little skeptical about the article, but experience does go a long way. On the other hand, like I said before, we all have to start out somewhere. I say learn the material and get the certifications. If you have the certification, you will probably be ahead of the people who don't have one. Actually, I know some government organizations won't even hire you without A+, Network+, Security+, and MCSE if going for a networking job.
Here is the article: Noncertified IT pros earn more than certified counterparts: survey
CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+
MCTS: 70-536 Application Development Foundation
MCTS: 70-526 Windows-Based Client Development
MCTS: 70-620 Vista Config
MCTS: 70-290 Managing and Maintaining a Microsoft Windows Server 2003 Environment
Posted 23 October 2007 - 05:35 PM
From everyone I have talked to it depends on how much experience and knowledge you have. If you have been working in the field it will be much easier than trying to learn from books or CDs. I started my job with very little experience and have been studying for the A+ exam as I learn my job. For myself, I don't think I could ever pass the exam without the experience to put it in perspective. Good luck! Let us know how you do.
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