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#1 deniedaccess

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Posted 16 August 2015 - 07:47 AM

Hi. I'm a working adult with no IT qualifications on my CV. Lately I have more interest in ICT and I'm thinking of going for ECDL and A+ Certification, but what other options are there? Any help would be appreciated.

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Posted 16 August 2015 - 04:16 PM

CompTIA's A+ is the base IT certification.  Personal opinion is that if you have at least a base you can self study for the A+ and save your self the time and money.  However, if you don't have a base of computer knowledge, building your own computer for example, than a class might be a better option.  A+ will allow you to get an entry level support job where you can pick up some experience.

 

Network+ would be the next step.



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Posted 18 August 2015 - 08:06 AM

As it was told to me a while ago... What do you want to be when you grow up?  :-)   Meaning, taking a ton of Certs in VM's and then going into DICOM Healthcare IT would be a waste of your time and money.  Did that make since?  If not sorry, it does to me. 

 

Basically you need to know what you want to do

Get one or two General Certs (CompTIA, e.g. Network+, Security+ etc.)

Then move to your area of interest. 

 

Here is a few places to start.

 

Again, pic a path, and decide if you want to go general or vendor specific, also know the tools and ways of the field you’re in.  Meaning if you want to be in Pen Testing and you don’t know what Kali Linux is you might be in trouble. 

 

Hope it helps,

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Posted 19 August 2015 - 05:09 AM

Thanks for the replies. :)

 

How difficult do you think the A+ is to pass for someone who doesn't have an IT background? Pretty much my only experience is building a few computers and reading books.



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Posted 20 August 2015 - 09:22 PM

I don't know what the test is like today, I took mine last century.  Provided you have a decent foundation and are willing to study you shouldn't have much issue.  You'll even learn things as you study.  I learned about how laser printers work and it was a huge help when I was actually doing the job.

 

I used the Exam Cram books for most of my certifications.  They have the information you need, but not a whole lot of background, so they may not work for everyone.



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Posted 24 August 2015 - 05:42 PM

Thanks for the replies. :)

 

How difficult do you think the A+ is to pass for someone who doesn't have an IT background? Pretty much my only experience is building a few computers and reading books.

 

Its straight forward for the most part, the real issues are things like (How many pins are on DDR memory?)  and things like that.  Its just KNOWING the hardware in a computer, so learn the hardware. 

 

You can get the COMPTIA guidebook or look for a crash/prep course through COMPTIAs website in your area.  So sites have video crams etc.  Alot of common knowledge and thinking.  Should not take you but a month or two to get studied up for it

 

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