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PostPosted: Fri Feb 16, 2007 7:45 pm 
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Chad wrote:
I'm not sure I've ever seen a decent job advertised that said "A+ Certification Highly Preferred." I suppose it's useful it you want to work at Circuit City or Best Buy and install people's new HDDs or Video Cards for them...

Not to bash CompTIA as they definitely fill a vendor-generic certification niche, but I rarely see any jobs preferring any of their "+" certifications and very few employers that brag about having x percent of staff "+" certified in this or that.


I have seen a zillion companies list A+ Preferred - its usually the first listing of about 5 preferred certifications most IT employers are looking for. Now some dont list it because they assume you have it if you are MCSE or MCSA, because its pretty much the first thing you should get.

If you really want to be marketable, get all the way to MCSA/MCSE, then go to college for an CS Degree. You can get credit for some of courses you took in cert path, plus having gone through the cert process you know most of the Degree related subjects. Its just a matter of passing Math, Eng, Hist, Science ..etc.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 04, 2007 9:14 am 
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ya, the comp-tia tests are good all around certs. they let the employeer and yourself that you can work on more then just one platform. The A+ cert is normally a starting cert that a company will desire for a starting tech. If I am looking for a network engineer then I would not put an A+ requirment, I would ask for a MCSE and maybe a Network+ person if I had some other NOS's on the network. The Comp-tia's are great because they are more general in nature and this last a lift time instead of my Microsoft certs that are only good for 3 years. Even Cisco requires you to recert every 3 years becuase the tech changes so often. With the A+ if you learned it in the old days, chances are you will learn the new hardward and software in the course of your job. Your company will not keep using 5 year old tech like they do for servers or routers.
It is good they still have old systems on the A+ test because some people have some old computers and some companies have hidden in some places old legacy computers also.


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