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An old newbie

Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by colcop, Feb 8, 2008.

  1. colcop

    colcop New Member

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    Hi All,

    Just joined today after reading a number of posts, you all seem to be a great bunch, some wicked humour too.
    I'm a 50 year young, who has spent over 25 years in a techno/sales role, products such as real-time control, HMI, SCADA systems. Three years ago decided to have a change and bought a cafe with my wife, unfortunately last year the landlord decided he wanted a bigger car park - Whoops there goes my business", anyhow things happen.

    The thing that brought me to this forum was that I'm looking at getting back into the industry, and I'm looking at the CIW certifcation, using either Computeach or Skillstrain, to gain the certification.

    What are your thoughts on this, I know there already have been posts which I have read, but would like to get more recent comments.

    Look forward to hearing from you.

    Cheers
     
    Certifications: MCP Desktop & Server 2000
    WIP: CIW
  2. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

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    Hi Welcome to CF :)

    50 is not old, there are people on here who are older than you and got into IT later in life so your in good company.

    I don't know about CIW so I can't help but there are plenty of people on here who do know about although they may not be on line yet.

    As for computeach and skillstrain I wouldn't touch them with a ten foot barge pole but what I am studying can be done through self studying the material and practicing at home.

    Hopefully someone can come along shortly and point you in a better direction than me.
     
    Certifications: A+, N+, MCDST, Security+, 70-270
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  3. Notes_Bloke

    Notes_Bloke Terabyte Poster

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    HI & welcome to CF!:D

    I think you'll find that Computeach and Skillstrain will be very expensive to use. A cheaper alternative is http://ciw.paisley.ac.uk/ .

    HTH
    NB
     
    Certifications: 70-210, 70-215, A+,N+, Security+
    WIP: MCSA
  4. nXPLOSi

    nXPLOSi Terabyte Poster

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    Welcome to CF! The age range here is very varied, you'll fit right in :)
     
    Certifications: A+, Network+, Security+, MCSA 2003 (270, 290, 291), MCTS (640, 642), MCSA 2008
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  5. Rob1234

    Rob1234 Megabyte Poster

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    Hi and welcome I have never used either training provider so can not really coment on them.
     
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  6. colcop

    colcop New Member

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    Good one, but I live in yorkshire but it has given me the idea to check out our local uni's

    cheers
     
    Certifications: MCP Desktop & Server 2000
    WIP: CIW
  7. MrNerdy

    MrNerdy Megabyte Poster

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    Welcome colcop to CF.
     
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  8. Notes_Bloke

    Notes_Bloke Terabyte Poster

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    Hi Colcop,
    Taken from the first page on the link

    HTH
    NB
     
    Certifications: 70-210, 70-215, A+,N+, Security+
    WIP: MCSA
  9. GiddyG

    GiddyG Terabyte Poster Gold Member

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    Welcome to CF! 8)

    Best of luck with the CIW.
     
  10. BosonMichael
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    I don't know anything about those training providers, but the CIW certification can be done through self-study.

    Welcome! :)
     
    Certifications: CISSP, MCSE+I, MCSE: Security, MCSE: Messaging, MCDST, MCDBA, MCTS, OCP, CCNP, CCDP, CCNA Security, CCNA Voice, CNE, SCSA, Security+, Linux+, Server+, Network+, A+
    WIP: Just about everything!
  11. colcop

    colcop New Member

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    Hi,
    Yes had a good look at the site, they offer inclusive exams provided you take it on-site, my comment earlier really was to do with looking at local uni's to see if they also did this, but no luck yet, but the one you pointed me to does look good, may well follow the route and see.
    Thanks
     
    Certifications: MCP Desktop & Server 2000
    WIP: CIW

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