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Handling more certifications....

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by Kraven, Sep 23, 2006.

  1. Kraven

    Kraven Kilobyte Poster

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    Hey guys,

    I'm currently doing MCSE with ITSKILLS which lasts for 2 years, but I also want to study for A+ and Network+ and do the exams while im doing the MCSE...But do you think that is wise?

    Thanks
    Kraven
     
    Certifications: Network+, MCSA, 70-680
    WIP: A+, 70-685
  2. JonnyMX

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    Don't see why not.
    If you're studying, you're studying.

    I haven't done A+ or N+, but I guess the info will help you with your MCSE, although the curriculum probably won't overlap that much.
     
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  3. Bluerinse
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    I think it is a good idea. No matter how much you think you know there is always more than you realise to learn. A+ and Net+ are ideal entry level exams that will help consolidate your knowledge so that you build your understanding on a solid foundation. So much stuff in the MCSE track is based on assumed knowledge.

    If the A+ Net+ were not good I am sure that our Harry wouldn't be doing them as he appears to know just about everything already :D
     
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  4. wagnerk
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    While the A+ and Network+ aren't electives for the MCSE, they are for the MCSA (if you have both, you'll get the mcsa I exam faster :) ).

    And like Bluerinse said:

    "No matter how much you think you know there is always more than you realise to learn. A+ and Net+ are ideal entry level exams that will help consolidate your knowledge so that you build your understanding on a solid foundation."

    -Ken
     
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  5. Kraven

    Kraven Kilobyte Poster

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    Thanks for the advice guys, I just thought I might be overloading myself with studying. I was planning to study 4 hours a day for the 70-270 exam. So it might be quite hard to do the A+ as well.

    Thanks
    Kraven
     
    Certifications: Network+, MCSA, 70-680
    WIP: A+, 70-685
  6. Keimos

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    Hi Kraven,

    Extra is too much.

    To do the MCSE you should already have that knowledge.

    Saying that, you can probably put the A+ aside but make sure that you have the books for the Net+ as it will help with the hardware side of networking. MS will only teach you how best to use the OS, not the hardware configuration.

    Keimos
     
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  7. zimbo
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    like everyone has said go for it! I think without N+ doing an exam like 70-291 will be very hard... just ask me...:(
     
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  8. Sparky
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    I agree, the N+ has helped me so far with the 70-291 8)
     
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  9. Kraven

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    I've looked around and found ICS (Home Learning) course that does A+ and a Network+ together for £629.10. Money is not a problem but do you guys think I should do the course? Wait until ive done the mcse? or self study? I think I can handle the workload of doing 2 courses at the same time.

    Thanks
    Kraven
     
    Certifications: Network+, MCSA, 70-680
    WIP: A+, 70-685
  10. Bluerinse
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    To be honest, once you have completed the MCSE, you might find it difficult to go back and start learning basic entry level stuff again.

    Hence why Keimos said..

     
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  11. Kraven

    Kraven Kilobyte Poster

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    I have the knowledge, I just havent got it down on paper. Do you suggest I do it now then?

    Thanks
    Kraven
     
    Certifications: Network+, MCSA, 70-680
    WIP: A+, 70-685
  12. Bluerinse
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    The answer to that question really requires more knowledge of you as a person than your Internet persona exposes. For example, how much free time do you have at the moment? Do you pick things up quickly? Are you good at remembering lots of finite details like IRQ numbers IO addresses, RAM types, CPU socket numbers etc. Personally I find that tough and not really pertinent to my job. On the other hand if all that stuff, including the historical material sinks in easily, well give it a shot. Buy The Mike Myers all in one tome and self study. You can always drop it if it gets too much!
     
    Certifications: C&G Electronics - MCSA (W2K) MCSE (W2K)

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