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A+ - Computeach or Self Study Advice

Discussion in 'A+' started by andylad9, May 11, 2011.

  1. andylad9

    andylad9 Byte Poster

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    Hi

    I'm planning on switching career from videography to IT. I've been looking at these forums and found the information and users most helpful. I would consider myself a advanced beginner (beginner intermediate) in IT.

    I understand my first step is to do the A+ exam. My question is via which of these two methods.

    1) User here seem to suggest self study using the book 'CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide - Michael Meyers' (that should be arriving today).

    2) Computeach have a subscription service. £1800 gets you a year in which you can achieve the A+ and MCITP...and possibly more Network+ (may have that wrong).

    Computeach suggested beginners would take 6 months for each of the A+ and MCITP. But if you were a little more advanced then 3-4 months for each. They also have virtual labs, tutor support, pay for exams + resits, (5?)in centre training days and career service/advice.

    The book route is much cheaper, but I'm worried about doing a practical course via a book. Is Computeach expensive to achieve the A+ & MCITP, with the support and everything included? Anybody used Computeach before?

    What is peoples advice?

    Thanks in advance.

    Andy
     
    Certifications: A+ | Network+ | 70-680 | 70-685 | MTA Server
    WIP: deciding now...
  2. andylad9

    andylad9 Byte Poster

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    Quick update.

    I had a chat with Nation Learning IT Centre.

    They suggested that the A+ wasn't enough these days and I'd need to do the A+ with Network+...with a view to do the MCITP further down the line.

    The A+ and Network+ would cost me £1950 upfront or £2500 in instalments ouch!

    I think I can forget at them. But would people suggest doing the Network+ before MCITP...I'm looking at entry level positions.

    Thanks

    Andy
     
    Certifications: A+ | Network+ | 70-680 | 70-685 | MTA Server
    WIP: deciding now...
  3. greenbrucelee
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    Yes you should do the network+ before the MCITP windows 7. MCITP is a very big step up from the A+ and N+ especially if you have no experience.

    The price you have been quoted is ridiculous. Take what training providers say with a pinch of salt many will fill you with false hopes just to get a hold of your cash.

    I have never used one and will never use one unless its paid for by someone else.
     
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
    WIP: 70-620 or 70-680?
  4. nXPLOSi

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    I went down the A+ and Network+ route myself, and then did 70-270 so i'd promote going the same sort of way. It was a good increase in difficulty; no major jumps until the 70-290 so I'd imagine the MCITP arena would be the same sort of level.

    I would rule out paying out thousands for what are, to be honest, pretty straight forward exams. Self study I feel is always a better way to learn if your motivated enough etc, and if your not motivated enough, then IT really isn't your calling!

    Best of luck. 8)
     
    Certifications: A+, Network+, Security+, MCSA 2003 (270, 290, 291), MCTS (640, 642), MCSA 2008
    WIP: MCSA 2012
  5. alexdc12

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    self study my friend! the A+ and N+ took me 4 months and cost me about 460
     
    Certifications: GNVQ Advanced IT, CompTIA A+, CompTIA N+, 70-680
    WIP: 70-685, ITIL v3 Foundation
  6. andylad9

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    I have been studying with Michael Meyers A+ book for a few days now and I'm rather enjoying it. The book is well laid out, full of digestible information and I can certainly see myself achieving the A+ via self study.

    Thanks for all the advice and saving me a few thousand pounds.

    I want to book my exams soon (for in the future) because I'll have a target to work towards then. Can I or Should I sit the 701 & 702 separate or together?

    Thanks
     
    Certifications: A+ | Network+ | 70-680 | 70-685 | MTA Server
    WIP: deciding now...
  7. greenbrucelee
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    Its entirely upto you. I did both mine on the same day but you must make sure you are ready so I would suggest getting some practice exams from Boson, transcender or preplogic. Personally after using all 3 of those providers I would recommend boson as the best but download some demos of each one to see which you prefer.
     
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
    WIP: 70-620 or 70-680?

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