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Discussion in 'A+' started by petethemanc, Jan 23, 2009.

  1. petethemanc

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    Hi

    I left the military year ago now and have been employed mostly in the data cabling side of things. Although now i would like to get into the networking side of things, which i enjoy. I am entitled to £2300 per year for three years through the government sponsored enhanced learning scheme. As i have no formal qualifications with this side of things i know i would have to start off with entry level courses as apparently ccna is not a course to take for newbies? Now i only get one chance at passing whatever choice i take so i have to make it count first time. I tried Koenig but they are not elc accredited so i can not use them, there is also bluescreenit who offer this course CompTIA Triple qualification. This is all 3 - CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+ here http://www.bluescreenit.co.uk/hmforces/elcctp.htm. But i would have to go to plymouth and spend money on accommodation which would raise the fees. Im located in Hudderfield, does anybody here know of a good reputable provider who may be able to offer these courses at roughly the same price. Appreciated if you can as im hitting a brick wall with trying to find a reputable provider. Hopefully you guys (and gals) might be able to help me out.

    Thanks
     
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  2. greenbrucelee
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    Do you really need a course?

    Some of us like myself would have to travel quite a distance to do courses so I self study. That is getting the books myself and practicng what I learn at home.

    Id I get stuck I can ask for advice on here.

    Then I take the exams when I am ready.

    This could be an option for you.
     
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  3. petethemanc

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    Well i could learn myself and take the exams, that is an option. The reason i was looking at a course was because i have mrs and two kids here, which makes it a little harder to learn with zero distractions. Also, i would get all three certs in a shorter time.
     
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  4. greenbrucelee
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    look at your local college for courses.

    Most training providers are self study anyway. They just give you books and tell you to read them, some have the odd workshop.

    A college course would sound better for you in my opinion as you would be doing most of your learning in a class based environment.
     
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  5. petethemanc

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    True, i am a bit limited to time though, to move out of the area of employment that im in and into the one that i want to be in.
     
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  6. BosonMichael
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    Might I suggest avoiding the brick wall entirely? I also advocate self study. I've got a wife and two kids as well... I simply make the time to study, usually when they're in bed, fast asleep. Occasionally I'll even study at lunch. If I rode the transit system on the way in (which isn't possible for me), I'd study every single day while travelling to work. In truth, I study when it's convenient for me... not when it's convenient for a training center to offer the class. :)
     
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  7. BosonMichael
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    It's not a race. Are you taking the classes just to pass an exam or to become a better tech? If the former, by all means, take a class and memorize/regurgitate just enough to pass. If the latter, then take the time to do it right: dig into what you're studying to the point where you truly understand the concepts completely.

    Build a solid foundation, and your career that you place upon it will be much more stable.
     
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  8. petethemanc

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    Thanks for the replies, yes i could do the self study route as i said, but, the finance for the courses are given by the military as a use them or lose them thing. And seeing as though it is gratis then it would be foolish of me not to use the funds i am being given for free. I pick things up very easily and i think i would still be a good tech after completing a course, i dont ever just leave it there once i have completed one. I carry on reading and bettering myself afterwards. I have done the same with the previous courses funded by the military and have always moved on to better paid positions with more responsibility with every role. So the reason i am asking for course proveiders, is because if i dont use the funds....then i lose them, so why not put it to use.
     
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  9. wagnerk
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    Apart from professional certifications, have you thought about something along the lines of the HNC in Computing/IT?

    -Ken
     
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