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Training Camp A+ and Network+

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by kipper, Sep 23, 2006.

  1. kipper

    kipper New Member

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    Hi,

    On Monday I started my first IT job, I am responsible for IT as a whole. There are around twenty users and the server runs Microsoft Server 2003.

    During my interview I made my employer aware that I was looking for a trainee position and was considering enrolling on Microsoft certification courses and gave them figures for what the courses cost.

    My employer seems keen to get me on a course and get me trained up and they are willing to put me on an intensive course.

    I have spoken to Training Camp and they have recommended the 7 day A+ and Network+ course.

    I am fairly technically minded but the only IT skills I have are playing with computers at home.

    What are peoples views on Training Camp and the suitability of the courses they have recommended!

    Thanks,

    Chris.
     
  2. GmanUK

    GmanUK Byte Poster

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    Hi Kipper

    Can't really give an opinion about Training Camp as I have not had any dealings with them before (i'm sure someone will be by soon who has had some dealings!) but I can say that if they are saying that you can train within one week for your A+ & N+ then I would have my reservations! Most people will take 1 1/2 - 2 months for EACH exam so to have about 16 weeks of study reduced down to 1 week seems a bit much! I had an intensive 1 week course for the N+ and I still took 4 weeks to study before feeling confident on taking the exam.

    I would certainly keep looking around....and wait for everyones feedback on this one :biggrin
     
    Certifications: CompTIA N+, Server+, CCSN, ITILv3 (f)
    WIP: MCITP Security
  3. Stoney

    Stoney Megabyte Poster

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    Hi Kipper,

    If you're going to be working in a Windows environment then I would get yourself a couple of MCP's (or even an MCSA) under your belt. Especially if your boss is paying!!

    Just my 2 pence!
     
    Certifications: 25 + 50 metre front crawl
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  4. kipper

    kipper New Member

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    I was planning on doing the MCSA and MCSE although when I spoke to the Training Camp they recommended to do the MCSA maybe in a year when I have some more experience.

    Thanks,

    Chris.
     
  5. Keimos

    Keimos Byte Poster

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    Hi Kipper,

    As far as I know, The Training Camp will provide self study materials for at least to 6/8 weeks before you do the weeks intensive study. A+, N+ are exchangeable and acceptable by MS once you have sat an MS exam, I recommend 270 for your first choice. (MCSA/MCSE core)

    If its being paid for go for it big time. Stick to the MCSA for the short term as that fits your job spec.

    Keimos
     
    Certifications: Microsoft Office Specialist
  6. kipper

    kipper New Member

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    Thanks for the advice Keimos,

    At the moment there is so much going on, people are asking me to do stuff left right and centre. Today I have been asked to design a new company website which is new to me:eek:
    I told them the Adobe software is about £400 and they said thats fine although I have just double checked and its more like £800:biggrin

    I think I will have to have a bash at the website first before doing the course. I was planning on leaving the course untill the last minute to get the best price so I will have to re-think that if they send literature 6-8 weeks in advance.

    Can anyone recommend any software for the web design, we already have Adobe Contribute 3 for updating web content. The company has developed a unique gearbox and the site will contain some animations. I dont really want to do any programming so drag and drop is prefrerred.

    Thanks,

    Chris.
     
  7. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

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    My *personal* view is that, unless you *know* you are good at Web design, to avoid it where possible.

    I *know* that I am bad at graphic design - and I always refuse to do it when asked. The result in the past has *always* been heavily critizised!

    Harry.
     
    Certifications: ECDL A+ Network+ i-Net+
    WIP: Server+
  8. Steve.L

    Steve.L Byte Poster

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    No truer a word spoken in jest m8

    Steve
     
    Certifications: N+, MCP, MCTS, RHCT, VCP4 and 5, RHCSA
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  9. kipper

    kipper New Member

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    The company are in the automotive design industry and the people who work there are extremely talented.

    The website will need to be good as it is a way of making potential investors aware of what we do. I dont really have a choice of saying no, if it doesnt work out they they will have to pay someone to get it done.

    I am trying to find someone local (home being Oxford and work being Milton Keynes) who can give me some tuition.

    Thanks,

    Chris
     

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