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220-601/02/03/04 - What's the difference?

Discussion in 'A+' started by Devilfish, Feb 3, 2009.

  1. Devilfish

    Devilfish Bit Poster

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    Hi,

    I'm looking at the CompTIA A+ exams and wondering what the difference is between the 4 options?

    220-601 CompTIA A+ Essentials (2007 Edition) Exam
    220-602 CompTIA A+ 220-602 (2007 Edition) Exam, IT Technician Designation
    220-603 CompTIA A+ 220-603 (2007 Edition) Exam, Remote Support Technician Designation
    220-604 CompTIA A+ 220-604 (2007 Edition) Exam, Depot Technician Designation

    Can anyone help please?
     
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  2. Raffaz

    Raffaz Kebab Lover Gold Member

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    Take a look here.
    http://certification.comptia.org/a/
     
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  3. soundian

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    You must take 2 exams. The 601 (Essentials) plus one of the other 3.
    Most people will take the 602 (IT tech) as it is more balanced. The 603 (Remote Support) concentrates more on OS and less on hardware and the 604 (Depot Tech) concentrates more on hardware and less on OS.

    Most people will take the 602 unless they have been specifically asked to do either the 603 or 604 by their current employer.
     
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  4. greenbrucelee
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    Have a look at the link provided by Raf

    You have to do the essentials exam and most people do the IT tech exam (220-602) as the elective. The other two are only normally done if it relates to the job you are doing or your work requires those specific knowledge areas to be covered.
     
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  5. Devilfish

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    Thank you, that makes sense :)
     
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  6. TwoToneTony

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    Has anybody taken all 4? Apart from the cost, it would seem to be a little but more effort for twice the reward, assuming you have all-round knowledge.

    Ideas? Silly? :rolleyes:
     
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  7. soundian

    soundian Gigabyte Poster

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    I don't see any point, there's nothing to gain (no such thing as an A++, pass with merit etc).
    As far as I can figure out the questions for all 3 electives come from the same pool, the only difference being how many (if any) you get on a particular topic, so passing all three wouldn't gain you much in the way of employability even if they were all on your certificate.
     
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  8. Evilwheato

    Evilwheato Kilobyte Poster

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    Pretty much ^^
    I think you can take all 3 (?) but there would be no real benefit to it.
     
  9. TwoToneTony

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    K thanks, just a thought :D Probably got N+ lined up once I'm done with A+ anyway (he says, assuming he'll keep at it...)
     
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  10. soundian

    soundian Gigabyte Poster

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    Onwards and upwards, rather than sideways and ....... sideways
     
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  11. greenbrucelee
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    I seem to remember someone with a training provider had to do all four before he passed the TPs course allthough he was still A+ certified after passing two.

    Not sure why you would want to do all four as there's not much difference in the end.
     
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