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Discussion in 'New Members Introduction' started by Daisy606, Jan 22, 2009.

  1. Daisy606

    Daisy606 New Member

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    Hi, I thinking about self studying for the Comptia A+ Certificate. Any advice would be appreciated.
     
  2. Gingerdave

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    Hi Daisy and Welcome to the forums. The A+ is a good start in most cases, and there is plently of advice from people who have done or are doing the the exams at the moment, just go and have a look at the A+ subforum and I am sure you will find everything you need.

    However I recommend getting the All in one reference by Mike Meyers as it definatly helped me get through the course.

    Why not tells us a bit more about what you hope to achieve with the A+ and beyond and then maybe we can help you more.

    Either way Good Luck
     
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  3. greenbrucelee
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    greenbrucelee Zettabyte Poster

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    HI welcome

    The A+ is a great way to start in IT and as said the Mike Meyers book is great to use.
     
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  4. wagnerk
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    wagnerk aka kitkatninja Moderator

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    Hi & welcome to CF :)

    -Ken
     
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  5. Notes_Bloke

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    Hi & welcome to CF:D

    Good luck with the A+.

    NB
     
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  6. Daisy606

    Daisy606 New Member

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    Thanks for the welcome!

    I've had an interest in computers and how they work for the last few years. I'm the one in my family who is called when something goes wrong with a computer! I think I have built up quite a good understanding of computers just by tinkering and googling faults to find a solution. I seen an advert for a computer repair course a few weeks ago and it got me thinking. After some research I think the A+ cert is the best route for me.

    I have seen some resources on ebay and wondered if they were of any use? There are DVDs and CD Roms. Any ideas?

    Do I really need a computer to work with for the practical side of the A+?
     
  7. BosonMichael
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    You can use bits of taped-together cardboard and your imagination, if you want... but they won't power on when you do everything correctly. :p heehee!!!
     
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  8. Gingerdave

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    It would be very much like training to be a mechanic and not working on cars.
     
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  9. greenbrucelee
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    get an old pc from a pawn shop or recycling centre so you can practice taking it to pieces and putting back together.

    If you have the Meyers book and PC Technician street smarts by James Pyles with some determination then you could do the A+ on your own and not pay for a training provider like Advent.

    Some of these TPs provide crap material and charge **** loads. Then they tell you to read the material they've given you which is basically self study but paying someone for it.

    You could cut out the middleman and do it yourself.
     
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