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Getting started with A+ and other entry-level certs

Discussion in 'General CompTIA Certifications' started by Johnny, Feb 19, 2011.

  1. Johnny

    Johnny New Member

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    Hello, CF.

    I'm new here - nice to meet you all - and after a bit of advice on becoming certified.

    I currently don't have any certs, so I'm planning to start with the A+ and then go for the N+ as advised. I understand that the MCDST is another recommended entry-level cert to aim for and also that it'll be retired at the end of June. So, should I attempt to get the MCDST before its retirement and start the A+ after? Or should I just crack on with the A+ now and aim for the N+ next?

    A+ > N+ > (S+) > MCTS
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    MCDST > A+ > N+

    I don't know if I'm being realistic with either of these two plans of study to begin learning.

    Any advice, guys? :wink:
     
  2. Sparky
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    Are you just starting out in IT mate?
     
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  3. Johnny

    Johnny New Member

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    Yeah, I don't have any experience either, unfortunately.

    I studied AVCE ICT and A+ in college a good few years ago but failed the A+. Been trying to get back into it over the years but have had other distractions that have made it difficult. But now I'm determined more than ever to get the A+ pinned down - true, it's just an entry-level certification, but it's a major goal that'll mean a lot if I can get it. Just a shame I'll now have to renew it every three years. :)
     
  4. alexdc12

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    In theory id say you can do the A+ in a month, especially if your already a bit computer savvy. The N+ Maybe a bit longer, but there is a big hoo haa about booking for the mcdst at the moment, there are some posts on here that will explain it more so have a butchers.
    Welcome!
     
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  5. Johnny

    Johnny New Member

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    Cheers, mate.

    Just read the recent MCDST threads about bookings, and it looks as though there will be places available after March. Are you not going for it?
     
  6. alexdc12

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    Im doing my network+ at the mo, but slowed down a bit due to lack of work as no money for exam fee as yet! but if i do it in time i may do the mcdst next yes :D
     
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  7. BosonMichael
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    Even if it's "just an entry-level certification", that's exactly what you need to get an entry-level job. ;)
     
    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+
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  8. Johnny

    Johnny New Member

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    Yeah, true. :)

    Will having N+ and MCDST certs on top of A+ when applying for jobs work in my favour, taking into account I have no previous experience?
     
  9. BosonMichael
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    In my opinion, yes. All three are solid entry-level certs.

    That said, don't wait to apply until after you're certified... start applying now, and as you get certifications, add them to your CV. :)
     
    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+
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  10. Johnny

    Johnny New Member

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    Thanks, mate.

    I will do - I'm going to start looking for jobs and also read other people's experiences of getting that first role. Read some nice threads on the forum today - determination and perseverance are what's needed. ;)
     

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