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A+, N+, Security+ and Server+ Self study or Study online?

Discussion in 'A+' started by chops85, Aug 14, 2006.

  1. chops85

    chops85 New Member

    Hi everyone,
    This is my first post! I've got quite a lot of experience using PCs at home and setting up networks around the house, but other than that I've not worked professionally in IT. I'm considering studying for the above certficates, and then moving into a junior sort of position.

    My question is do you think it's better to pay £400 to study for these online (with ecareers.co.uk) or buy the books and then pay to take the exam at my local test centre?
    Secondly, the company (ecareers.co.uk) gives 12 months to complete all 4 of these certificates, is that too sort a timescale?

    The reason I ask is because I've heard things about the companies offering IT certificates being more interested in profits than thier students, and i don't want to waste my hard earned (obviously!). I also experienced this hard sell myself from a field salesman, who turned up in a jaguar trying to get me to do a CCNP course for a lot of money!

    Many thanks in advance
  2. zimbo
    Honorary Member

    zimbo Petabyte Poster

    Hi and welcome to CF! :biggrin

    I think buy the books and study yourself... They *look* like a good deal but what exactly are they going to give you for 400 quid? Looks like you will have to pay for the exams yourself either way. Atleast if you buy your own books and you buy the right books (you can always ask here to be sure) - you will know you have the latest information infront of you.

    Give this a read
    Certifications: B.Sc, MCDST & MCSA
    WIP: M.Sc - Computer Forensics
  3. ChrisH

    ChrisH Nibble Poster


    4 exams in 12 months seems optimistic but not impossible, depends what kind of life you have. I have a full time job, partner and 10 month old daughter so I'd be lucky to get just my A+ in that time.

    If you decide to go with home study I can recommend the All in One - Mike Meyers book. (most people here would probably say the same).

    Good Luck
    WIP: A+
  4. Bluerinse
    Honorary Member

    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

    Take it one step at a time. Try self studying the A+ it's definetly possible with the right attitude and the right book (mentioned above). If you find that for some reason self study is not for you, well then you can fork out your hard earned for someone to read the book to you :blink
    Certifications: C&G Electronics - MCSA (W2K) MCSE (W2K)
  5. Baldbloke

    Baldbloke Bit Poster


    The A+ cert is one you can get through self-study, and if you've done a bit of networking and stuff at home, you probably have the basic knowledge as a foundation.

    For study material, I found the Sybex study guides to be excellent, they also come with some sample exams on a CD, are reasonably good value for money and readily available on Amazon and the like. You'll also have plenty of change from £400!

    Good luck... be interested to hear how it goes!

    Certifications: MCP, A+, Network+, HP APS (Proliant),
    WIP: MCSA/E, Convergence+
  6. tuvanit

    tuvanit Nibble Poster

    Take a seft-study course with some books and sim software! Sometimes we have not enough condition to get experience with Real Environment (like devices, ...)
    Certifications: 70-270, 70-290
    WIP: MCSA 2003

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