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Isnt A+ a little expensive?

Discussion in 'A+' started by Firemouse, Dec 19, 2007.

  1. Firemouse

    Firemouse Bit Poster

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    Looked at the price awhile ago, i think the two tests it requies add up to 400 somthing bucks... wtf. This is the big reason I didnt take the exam =/
     
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  2. BosonMichael
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    You are correct. It is expensive... but certifications can make the difference between being noticed and not being noticed, particularly early in your career, when you have little (or no) experience. Consider it an investment in your career.

    That said, I know a few people who have stopped taking CompTIA exams because of the high prices, so you're not the only one who feels that way.
     
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  3. morph

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    yeah i agree as well - i'm booked in for the Network + in 4 weeks - and i sort of feel the same - it comes in at about £200 which is about the same dollar wise, i keep thinking about moving the date as i cant really afford to do it again :D
     
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  4. drum_dude

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    Yes I agree with you guys that the A+ is quite expensive and so is the N+ fot that matter! When you compare it price-wise to an MCP the difference is quite a lot! Having said that, I believe that the high prices reflect that kind of organisation CompTIA is - their not an IT industry like MS, Cisco or Novell where exams aren't part of the overall strategy of the company. Perhaps CompTIA charge a lot because it's exams are the main source of their income? Just a guess really!
     
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  5. tripwire45
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    It's a business and it's not exactly like there's competition to drive the prices down. There are no other organizations that offer a certification that is comperable to the A+ or N+. You can't say to CompTIA, "The A+ is too expensive. I'm going to take the XYZ company's Hardware Supreme cert exams which are just as good".
     
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  6. BosonMichael
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    Hmmm! :hhhmmm Hardware Supreme... that's sorta catchy! Trip, you in? We can take over the entry-level certification market! 8)
     
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  7. tripwire45
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    Tcat Houser tried but it didn't fly. :wink:
     
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  8. BosonMichael
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    He needed more backing...

    ...and he needed us, right? 8)

    heeheehee!
     
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  9. Rafek

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    Yes I agree the CompTIA exams are expensive and after paying for the A+ i'm very fortunate that my work are willing to refund the cost of the Network+ exam and study materials as part of my personal development.:biggrin
     
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  10. fortch

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    Yeah, I'm done with CompTIA too. I just finished the Security+, and that was $251. Luckily, I had a free voucher through Preplogic, so it was zippy to me. Now that I have their Big3, I doubt I'll entertain another. Besides, I have to get 292/296 by the end of March :eek:
     
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  11. certexpert

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    The thing I cannot accept is that CompTIA raise the price every year regardless of how bad the economy is.
     
  12. BosonMichael
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    You don't work for free, and neither do they. When the cost of living goes up, their prices go up as well.
     
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  13. Theprof

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    It is expensive and luckily I took the exam 2 years ago when it was less expensive, but still even then it was quite a bit especially for someone who was working part time while going to school. I think that in the end like Michael said is an investment in your career. If it costs me X amount of dollars well then be it. At least it might help me with getting an IT job one way or another and it's for life, so once you get it, it doesn't expire.
     
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