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Discussion in 'A+' started by rammie, May 27, 2013.

  1. rammie

    rammie New Member

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    looking at a new career in IT support and starting of with the strata fundamentals course then move on to the A+ and N+ i also regularly attend a software company on a voluntary basis Is this a good idea and is there anyone who may of done the Strata course and would recommend it. Thank you.
     
  2. Coupe2T

    Coupe2T Megabyte Poster

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    I've never heard of the Strata course, but you're on the right lines with the A+ and N+ I would say.

    Volunteering at a software company I'm sure will be good experience in an IT environment, is it software you want to do?
     
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  3. B33 ENN

    B33 ENN Nibble Poster

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    Yes, I did CompTIA Strata as a preparation for A+, mainly to build confidence in the format and style of these exams, which were new to me at the time. If you don't mind the additional cost of an extra exam, I'd recommend doing it on that basis.
     
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  4. rammie

    rammie New Member

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    Thank you for your reply, CompTIA say that the Strata is a good preparation for the A+. Yes the software is excellent and its great working in a company who have support and developers all together. the area i'm working along side is the support and networking.

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    B33 ENN thank you for your reply, what did you think to the Strata course, was it easy to pass and does it have any benefit except for good preparation for the A+. I see you have the A+ is that the new 801/802 or do you new if the new A+ is harder then before.
     
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  5. B33 ENN

    B33 ENN Nibble Poster

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    Well apart from the previous reasons, I think the Strata can also be a useful qualification for others too because it's an ideal level for people that need to demonstrate good technical familiarity, but without going to the level of a qualified technician. For example, typical candidates may specialise in the productivity side of things, like using an office suite or designing websites, but also have to regularly liase with IT support personnel, and therefore need to know how to communicate effectively with them.

    The Strata certificate could be useful in helping demonstrate that skillset to a potential employer, or at least that's what I think is CompTIA's rationale behind creating it. How easy/hard it is depends on your level of knowledge/familiarity/experience with IT subjects going in. Having done it, I wouldn't say it is that challenging for someone who is already working towards the A+ level of understanding.

    As for the A+, I did the 701/702 because that's what I started preparing for well before the new exam was announced. From what I understand, the new one isn't harder, it just removes more legacy items from the syllabus (like Windows older than XP) and adds a bunch of new things that have become popular in the last few years (like smart phones). They have also changed the format of the exams so now the divide between theoretical and practical questions is not separated into the two exams, but is mixed into both - or something like that. It also includes the so-called performance based questions for the first time now where you use a simulated environment to demopnstrate how to achieve something.

    (Best look it up on their site, or ask members here that have taken it for a clearer picture.)
     
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