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Is compTIA certification good enough...

Discussion in 'A+' started by limey, Mar 10, 2007.

  1. limey

    limey Bit Poster

    ...To provide you with sufficient skills to start out your own PC repair business? Or would other qualifications be necessary?

    Thanks for any help!
    Certifications: Studying for A+
  2. mondos

    mondos Kilobyte Poster

    With the Comptia A+ qualification you are a certified Pc Technician all you need after that is experience(which comes with time) and enthusiasm.
    Certifications: A+
    WIP: N+, MCDST and finding a job!
  3. mondos

    mondos Kilobyte Poster

    N+ would also be handy now with the amount of home networks around.
    Certifications: A+
    WIP: N+, MCDST and finding a job!
  4. Boycie
    Honorary Member

    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

    Hi Limey,

    I guess it depends on what repairs your business plans to do for it's customers. The A+ course (2 exams) covers a broad range of technologies, which is enough to get people started out in the general desktop support type of job.
    From here, you can continue with work experience and certification to learn more and provide more specialised services.

    Good luck.
    Certifications: MCSA 2003, MCDST, A+, N+, CTT+, MCT
  5. Bluerinse
    Honorary Member

    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

    It takes more than the knowledge contained in the A+ to run your own business. There is much more to running a business than knowing about IO addresses etc.

    You will need good communication skills, experience and knowledge of sales, acounting, marketing, time management, stock control. Not to mention, SLAs, customer handling, liabilities, VAT, etc etc.

    The A+ gives you some theory to underpin your exisiting knowledge of PC hardare and software. Whether or not you can actually start repairing PCs for a living will also depend on your natural troubleshooting skills and experience. It's a very competitive market.
    Certifications: C&G Electronics - MCSA (W2K) MCSE (W2K)
  6. Mathematix

    Mathematix Megabyte Poster

    Here is a guide it seems if you want to work for someone else.

    I'm not advertising for them, BTW. I think that their prices are a rip-off! :eek:
    Certifications: BSc(Hons) Comp Sci, BCS Award of Merit
    WIP: Not doing certs. Computer geek.
  7. BosonMichael
    Highly Decorated Member Award

    BosonMichael Yottabyte Poster

    The A+ certification is only helpful to show customers that you're certified... and most won't have any idea what in the heck the A+ even is. So, you don't need ANY certifications to start a computer repair business... you just need to know how to find customers, make sales, and do the 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+
    WIP: Just about everything!
  8. limey

    limey Bit Poster

    The primary reason I'm doing A+ is to literally learn the skills necessary to fix PCs in a proper manner. The secondary reason is so that next time someone asks "What qualifications do you have?" I can say something other than "Four GCSEs".
    Certifications: Studying for A+
  9. Stevie

    Stevie Byte Poster

    If you want to set up your own pc repair business, I take it you mean as a home visit pc tech. I think it's a good approach, I've recently started that kind of business, but only really done work on computers which belonged to people at work. Also, a website (www.1and1.co.uk are cheap), a good phone number (eBay has loads of great mobile numbers) and advertise in the local paper (about £10-15 per 2 weeks).

    Depending how much experience you have fixing pc's, the A+ could be very easy, and let's face it, that wouldn't be a bad thing! :)
    WIP: A+, Network+, Security+

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