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I have no experience but want to do a MS cert..

Discussion in 'General Microsoft Certifications' started by Juelz, Jun 19, 2013.

  1. Juelz

    Juelz Gigabyte Poster

    I want to get into first line IT support and like to do a MS cert... as I dont have experience I was planning on taking a course. The outlinr of the course is as followed:

    Through theory and practical activities you will develop your understanding of the PC and its operation. Typical topics covered include:
    General microprocessor principles
    PC configurations and system components
    Assembling and testing a PC
    Demonstration of fault finding tools
    Introduction to operating systems and the BOOT process
    Principles of storage devices & interfaces
    Home & small office networking
    Introduction to laptop repair
    Troubleshooting techniques

    Do you think after this course which is worth nothing on paper.. would prepare me to do a relevant MS cert?
    WIP: A+
  2. shadowwebs

    shadowwebs Megabyte Poster


    On looking at your previous posts, last month (25th May) you said that you had just received the Mike Meyers book for the compTIA A+ certification, are you not planning on continuing with this as you are now talking about doing a different course followed by an MS Cert
    Certifications: compTIA A+, Apple Certified Technical Coordinator 10.10 (OS X Yosemite, Server and Support)
  3. Juelz

    Juelz Gigabyte Poster

    Ive spoken to many people who said id be better of with an MS cert and ive looked on jobs in firstline and not one mentions comptia but they sll mention an MS cert! Sorry for poor grammar im typing from my phone and its difficult
    WIP: A+
  4. B33 ENN

    B33 ENN Nibble Poster

    Pretty much all those points sound like material covered by the A+. Are you sure they say that course is geared towards a Microsoft certification? If so, which one, because I don't know of any Microsoft track that focusses on those that much.
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2013
    Certifications: ECDL, ECDL Expert | Cisco ITE | CompTIA Strata, A+ | Microsoft MTA Operating System, MTA Server Administration | CCNA Exploration
    WIP: CompTIA Network+ | Microsoft MCSA Windows 7, Server 2012 | Cisco CCENT, CCNA
  5. ade1982

    ade1982 Megabyte Poster

    It's not any of the MTAs is it?
  6. Juelz

    Juelz Gigabyte Poster

    Lol yeah at this course is geard towards comptia a+ but it seems like a veary good indepth course.. at the college you gotta do this course before they let you do the comptia.. which they are charging £285 per course (201 & 202 are separated into Individual courses) so in total including the first course you gotta do its like near £800... for a cert I never see asked for on job descriptions...
    WIP: A+
  7. Josiahb

    Josiahb Gigabyte Poster

    The cert may not appear in job descriptions but that doesn't mean its not worth having, the majority of jobs are advertised by recruiters rather than IT managers and as a whole the recruitment world has never really got the hang of certification.

    Managers know and respect, if not the certification itself, at least the desire and drive to improve your skill set.
    Certifications: A+, Network+, MCDST, ACA – Mac Integration 10.10
  8. B33 ENN

    B33 ENN Nibble Poster

    As far as I'm aware from what the ones I've studied, none of that is emphasised by any of the MTA paths. Some parts are touched on where the knowledge is expected anyway to understand their topics, like server hardware. A+ is very Windows centric in its operating systems and troubleshooting syllabus, and the MTA exams really build on what you learn there. This, I presume, is why Microsoft, like Cisco, actually recommends A+ anyway for preparation for their pathways.

    Whether you choose to sit for the A+ exam is not of intrinsic importance, it's the knowledge and grounding in the fundamentals that the syllabus offers that is most valuable. From that point of view, and especially if you are the kind of person that learns better in a classroom setting, this college course would seem to work well to prepare you for more specific study.

    After this, particularly if you are going to be working for Windows dependent employers, the base exam that Microsoft do for entry-level would be the 70-680, Windows 7 Configuration (or the new Windows 8 equivalent). After that, they get progressively more specialised and are best suited to career advancement after sufficient experience.
    Certifications: ECDL, ECDL Expert | Cisco ITE | CompTIA Strata, A+ | Microsoft MTA Operating System, MTA Server Administration | CCNA Exploration
    WIP: CompTIA Network+ | Microsoft MCSA Windows 7, Server 2012 | Cisco CCENT, CCNA
  9. dmarsh

    dmarsh Terabyte Poster

    This is an aspect of certification that is rather unhealthy, certs in most cases don't get you a job, despite the marketing from the vendors that says they do. Its knowledge and skills that get you the job, and if the course will give you that for a reasonable price then go for it.

    If you like to self study then the A+ isn't hard, and you could get it for £250, so really its down to you and how you like to learn and spend your money.

    You could take the courses for £600, seems like good value providing you get decent amount of quality tuition and learn better in a classroom.

    Advanced professional courses can cost treble that for a few days, so make the most of cheap college training.

    After that its upto you if you take the exam, personally I've never taken the A+ and don't feel the need, however for an extra £250 its probably still worth you taking it if you've never worked in IT.
    Last edited: Jun 20, 2013
  10. l4ter

    l4ter Nibble Poster

    You have to start somewhere, I did the old A+, then they retired it halfway through the study, so studied for the new A+, what you have mentioned is even newer than that. In terms of material, I youtubed (at the time) professor messor, combined with an A+ book, sat the exam and passed. I would even go as far as to say its something that you need (foundation if you will) sets you up for other exam styles.
    Certifications: BSc Computing, A+, N+, MCITP Enterprise
    WIP: none ATM but boy have I earned it!!!

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