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City & Guilds

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by BA Baracus, Nov 20, 2006.

  1. BA Baracus

    BA Baracus New Member

    Good Evening all

    My name is Adam, and I am interested in getting into computer maintenance. I have found a suitable course, being 'City & Guilds Diploma for IT Practitioners Systems Support Level 2' (long winded!), although I am finding difficulty in finding a college wherby the course is actually going ahead (cancelled because of lack of people), fit in with work schedule etc.

    If anyone has done/is doing this course, please can they let me know there experiences, or indeed that of other entry level maintenance courses.


  2. Boycie
    Honorary Member

    Boycie Senior Beer Tester

    Hi Adam,

    Welcome aboard.

    I know nothing about the course you mention in your post, but the A+ by Comptia is well know for Computer *maintenance* and a good foundation in general.

    Where have you seen this course advertised? Have you tried searching the job agencies to see if it <pops up>?

    Certifications: MCSA 2003, MCDST, A+, N+, CTT+, MCT
  3. wizard

    wizard Petabyte Poster

    Certifications: SIA DS Licence
    WIP: A+ 2009
  4. Bluerinse
    Honorary Member

    Bluerinse Exabyte Poster

    I don't want to knock C&G as I have a bunch of their certs myself in electronics but I have to say that unlike the CompTIA A+ etc, C&G are not globally recognised, at least not recognised at all here in Oz.

    Hence, you could find yourself in another country without any recognised qualifications, I am not qualified to put a plug on in Australia.. This is the main reason I changed careers and focused on IT and went for MCSE.
    Certifications: C&G Electronics - MCSA (W2K) MCSE (W2K)
  5. Kerfuffle

    Kerfuffle Nibble Poster

    Yes, I've done that particular course. I did it at Brixton college, but at the time I didn't really know how good or bad it was. What bluerinse said is good. In hindsight I probably wouldn't bother with it now but I'm still glad I've got it.

    It teaches you about the industry as well. Things like the structure of IT, what certain types of technicians do and how IT works within corporate organisations. If you ARE going to do it, find a college that ties it in with A+ too.

    The good thing about it for me was that I got a free A+ exam and qualification out of it.
    Certifications: A+, Network+, ITIL v3, 70-270
    WIP: 70-290
  6. BobT

    BobT Nibble Poster

    Hi Adam - In my opinion, forget the City and Guilds. I started an IT course, allegedly based on the C&G syllabus, and was led to believe it covered 70-75% of the A+. It didn't even come close. I left the course in disgust. It's possible, of course, that the training provider was just c**p. Go for the A+. Regards.
    Certifications: Bugger All
    WIP: A+ Network+ Server+ Security+MCDST
  7. BA Baracus

    BA Baracus New Member

    Thanks for the advice guys, I will bear it in mind. It appears locally A+ is more readily available.
  8. Keimos

    Keimos Byte Poster

    Hi BA Baracus,

    If you could let me know the exam numbers for the City & Guilds exam that you may have been taking I can let you know more.

    CompTIA did a deal with C&G about 2 years ago and they had two exams that corresponded to the A+. Basically if you passed them you could claim either qual.

    Not a lot of people know that!!!!

    Certifications: Microsoft Office Specialist
  9. Kerfuffle

    Kerfuffle Nibble Poster

    I did.:p
    Certifications: A+, Network+, ITIL v3, 70-270
    WIP: 70-290
  10. JonnyMX

    JonnyMX Petabyte Poster

    C&G tends to be fairly 'low level' which isn't always a bad thing, but they also tend to be based more around practical skills, which is good.

    The important thing to do is embark upon a study plan that you are comfortable with. Don't do it because people say you should. Do your homwork. We can give suggestions, but everyone has their own set of strengths and weaknesses.
    Certifications: MCT, MCTS, i-Net+, CIW CI, Prince2, MSP, MCSD
  11. mufftak

    mufftak Nibble Poster

    I did a City & Guilds Level II & III in PC Repair & Maintenance (Electronics Servicing) in ’99 & it was excellent (The best 2 course’s I have ever been on), tutored by 2 excellent A+ qualified Tutors who really knew their onions. Loads & loads of hands on ……….

    Just read the MM all in one after the course to pass the A+ as well………

    Certifications: ITIL 2011,MCSA 2008,MCSA 2003,CEH,Security+,A+,Net+,i-Net+,270,290,291,648,646

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