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IT Essentials, Worth Doing The A+?

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by Kennedy1989, Jan 30, 2007.

  1. Kennedy1989

    Kennedy1989 Bit Poster

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    Hello,

    I have just completed the Cisco HP IT Essentials 1. Not that inpressive I know but its the first step.

    After passing the exam I got a ticket allowing me to take the A+ test at half price, however a couple of people have told me its not worth taking as the Essentials if just as good.

    Was just wondering what you guys thought?

    Thanks
    Kennedy1989
     
    Certifications: IT Essentials 1, A2 Applied ICT
    WIP: A+, N+, CCNA
  2. zimbo
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    zimbo Petabyte Poster

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    No i say go for the A+ and dont listen to people! :biggrin Microsoft for example allow people who have both A+ and Network+ to be exempt from an elective in one of their certification programs (MCSA). Its a well known cert and still has great value even if its the simplest of certs.
     
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  3. BosonMichael
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    Another vote for A+.
     
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  4. zimbo
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    But i just noticed you done IT essentials already? How does that work did you get a proper certificate or something? :rolleyes:
     
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  5. Kennedy1989

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    Ermm yeah got a certificate saying i'll passsed and that. But i also got the ticket to take the A+ not from the outside providers from CompTIA themselves. Thinking about it I might as well as it's half price and looking at some people on this you can't have too many Quals!
     
    Certifications: IT Essentials 1, A2 Applied ICT
    WIP: A+, N+, CCNA
  6. Bluerinse
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    Well the Cisco HP IT Essentials 1, seems to cover a lot of the stuff that is in the A+ - so doing the A+ should be a walk in the park and if it isn't, well then they didn't cover everything in as much depth as the A+ does. Either way, what have you got to lose?
     
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  7. r.h.lee

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    Kennedy1989,

    Are the "couple of people" that told you "its not worth taking" A+ certified?

    Also, according to Prometric.com, to take either the 220-301: A+ CORE HARDWARE (2003 Objectives) or 220-601: CompTIA A+ Essentials 220-601 Exam, has a net price of "108.00 GBP." The net price of 108.00 GBP "... does not include applicable taxes, vouchers, promotions or membership discounts you may have." With your half price voucher, that would bring the net price down to approximately 54 GBP.

    I hope this helps.
     
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  8. simongrahamuk
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    simongrahamuk Hmmmmmmm?

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    Definately worth doing the A+.

    IT Essentials may be the equivalent of the A+, but the A+ is a lot better known, and besides, the more that you can have on your CV the better! 8)
     
  9. nugget
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    Added to that the A+ is recognised worldwide by all types of IT jobs, not just an internal certification program.
     
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  10. laup

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    The path ive taken

    Certiport IC3
    Course - IT Essentials 1, Exam - A+
    Course - IT Essentials 2
    Course - Microsoft 2151/2152
    Course - Microsoft 70-270, Exam - 70-270
    Exam - N+
    Course - CCNA 1/2/3/ Now on 4, Then CCNA 640-801

    CCDA after

    Taken me from september 06 till now to do all that
     
    Certifications: IC3,A+, N+, 70-270, CCNA
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  11. Kennedy1989

    Kennedy1989 Bit Poster

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    Thanks for the help guy's,

    Laup do you think its worth taking the second IT Essentials, or just to carry on with the N+?
     
    Certifications: IT Essentials 1, A2 Applied ICT
    WIP: A+, N+, CCNA
  12. laup

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    IT Essentials 2 is more linux and NOS based generally the more the merrier, some stuff in there will help u out u never know i WOULD advise doing it, shouldnt take u nomore than a week or so,
    the IT Essentials 2 when u finish. u get a voucher for 18% off the Server+ exam.

    i take it your at a cisco academy.
    do u know which courses they offer at all?
     
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  13. Kennedy1989

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    Hummm the Academy was the college I was in really and we learnt by logging onto Cisco from the college, of course I can do that at home like.

    "shouldnt take u nomore than a week or so"

    That the time you think I would be able to learn it? Or that something else? If so I might look into it.

    Thanks again
     
    Certifications: IT Essentials 1, A2 Applied ICT
    WIP: A+, N+, CCNA
  14. laup

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    If your strapped for time and like u say your doing it at home i wouldnt bother with IT Essentials 2. as you probably dont have the resources to do the labs ect.

    If u think your up to it Go straight in for the CCNA like i said before semester 1 basicly covers enough for N+,
    if later on u think your gonna struggle ccna side further on down the line fall back to the N+

    Just take your time and master ip address and subnetting
     
    Certifications: IC3,A+, N+, 70-270, CCNA
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  15. Kennedy1989

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    Sorry for all the questions but when you say slide back to the N+ doe that mean I can take the first semester of the CCNA then move down if I wish?

    Anyway I think thats a bit of topic now so i'll have a little look round the CCNA Forums, Thanks Laup
     
    Certifications: IT Essentials 1, A2 Applied ICT
    WIP: A+, N+, CCNA
  16. laup

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    I mean CCNA aint for everyone, if after Semester 1 your finding it a bit hard or headache, fall back and study for N+.

    Because with knowledge from semester 1 youll find N+ a breeze
     
    Certifications: IC3,A+, N+, 70-270, CCNA
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