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New to compTIA. Need help and advice

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

  1. limey

    limey Bit Poster

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    I've been a regular computer user since I bought my first PC in the year 2000 and it made perfect sense to capitalize on my extensive PC-knowledge by gaining an official qualification and perhaps starting a career in IT.

    I first heard of compTIA A+ during a careers interview with a computeach advisor (Salesman). However, I couldn't afford the four-figure sum that computeach were asking for.

    Since then I've come across other companies that offer the compTIA A+ course far cheaper than computeach and well within my budget. However, I'm new to compTIA and I need some help and guidance in choosing the right course for the right price etc.

    I'd be very grateful if those-in-the-know could help me out with the following questions:

    1. Where can I find a good home-study compTIA A+ course for a cheap price? I vaguely recall seeing a course advertised for £149...

    2. My plan is to one day start my own business fixing the PCs of individuals and businesses. However, I suffer from agoraphobia and often find it difficult to get out the house. This has lead me to believe that it would be better if I opted for the Remote Support Technician designation as this would allow me to work from home. Is this a wise assumption to make? And would it inhibit my skills-base for when I eventually work away from home more often? ie: going to peoples' homes and fixing their PCs.

    3. Any other advice I should heed before embarking on compTIA A+?

    Thanks kindly for any help!
     
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  2. Raffaz

    Raffaz Kebab Lover Gold Member

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    I would just use self study, theres a good guide here mate.
    http://www.certforums.com/forums/showthread.php?t=11831
     
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  3. limey

    limey Bit Poster

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    Oh and...

    4. Is there an easy-reference site that lists companies offering compTIA A+ and the prices etc?
     
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  4. limey

    limey Bit Poster

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  5. UCHEEKYMONKEY
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    UCHEEKYMONKEY R.I.P - gone but never forgotten. Gold Member

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    Self study is highly recomended here at CF, because it's cheap and you can study at your own pace.
    However, you have to be very strict/motivated, otherwise you find it's 2 years down the road an you still haven't studied your A+.:biggrin

    Things to remember when studying on a course is that if your ill or have family commitments and therefore have to take time out of your course, some providers don't freeze the course and charge an extra fee on rejoining.

    Also when considering studying you have to experiment, find out how do you learn and remember the material?

    Some lock themself away in a room just reading a book others can't learn from a book and use visual training aids, such as DVD or CD-rom

    e.g. Learnkey

    Have you tried time4training

    they offer home study for £100 you get a training manual with questions and Video training DVD's


    Have a look under A+ section on the forum.:biggrin
     
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  6. limey

    limey Bit Poster

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    I've already made the decision that I'm going to go down the self-study road, following Raffaz's suggestion earlier today. For some reason I never even considered learning it at home, from a book, but it makes perfect sense!

    I think I'll start-out by purchasing A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, Sixth Edition and go from there! Money is a big problem ATM due to unemployment. But judging by some of the advice I've seen on this forum it shouldn't cost more than a total of £400 inc' exams.

    ...I hope! :biggrin
     
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  7. rapidresults

    rapidresults New Member

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    Limey. Becoming A+ Certifed will open up a whole new realm of potential for you, repairing PCs and getting paid for it! Once the 'bug' gets under your skin you may decide to specialise (networking?).

    Agoraphobia will limit what you are able to achieve. If you are anywhere near the Oxfordshire area I will happily come and blow the phobia from your mind. (I am a fully qualified therapist - as well as being involved in IT). www.rapidresults.co.uk

    I hope I have not contravened the 'rules' of the forum in this way. My service will be free of charge - and you will be free to reach your full potential. Let me know. Regards, David Abel
     
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  8. limey

    limey Bit Poster

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    PM in your inbox, David.

    Nice site BTW!
     
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