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CompTIA A+ and Network+ are a must?

Discussion in 'General Microsoft Certifications' started by Villain, Mar 14, 2014.

  1. Villain

    Villain New Member

    Hello all.
    I am new to the forum but have always had an interest in breaking into the world of IT.

    I was thinking of starting of by taking classes into preparing me to take the CompTIA A+ AND Network+, what do you guys think of the course and what they are offering? am i wasting my time and should be looking for something else? and how important are these two certificates, the CompTIA A+ and Network+ certification? Are there other certificates that i should be getting instead of these two?


    900 hours • Diploma program • Day and evening classes

    The Computer Technician Networking Specialist program is designed to prepare students for entry level positions in the field of electronics, computers, and networking. It covers the following: electrical and electronic theory and their practical applications; installation, maintenance and repair of computer systems; and planning, installing and maintaining local area networks.

    Students spend fifty percent of their time in a lab environment, which emphasizes the material covered in lecture and homework. They learn to use tools, assemble electronic circuits, and read schematic diagrams. Use of the test equipment such as voltmeters, multimeters, audio generators, oscilloscopes, and digital trainers assist students in circuit analysis. Students will be prepared to pass the CompTIA A+ and Network+ certification exams. Graduates who are successful in passing these two internationally certified tests will be well prepared to continue their quest toward Microsoft, Novell, and Cisco certifications.

    Courses Offered • Consumer Data

    Job Titles for Graduates of Computer Technician Networking Specialist
    The following list includes, but is not limited to, many of the most common job titles for which this program prepares students and requires the use of the skills learned as a predominant component of the job.

    Assembler Electronics Technician Network Technician
    Audiovisual Service Technician Field Service Rep Networking Assistant
    Cable Installer Field Technician Operating System Specialist
    Cellphone Technician Games Advisor and Specialist PC Repair Tech
    Computer Repair Technician Hardware Tech Repair Tech
    Computer Technician, Hardware Help Desk Specialist Sales Tech
    Computer Technician, Software Help Desk Support Service Desk Tech
    Computer/Printer Support Tech Help Desk Technician Technical Customer Service Rep
    Copier Technician HP Service Center Specialist Technical Support Specialist
    Customer Service Rep Information Technology Specialist Technician
    Desktop Specialist IT Sales Rep Telecommunications Specialist
    Desktop Support Technician IT Specialist Telephone Tech
    Electronic Security Systems Installer Network Support Rep User Support Specialist
    Courses Offered
    Electronics Principles

    CTNS100 (150 hours)

    Understanding modern electronic devices today requires an understanding of basic electronics principles. During this course, students will be taught the foundations of those principles which are rooted in electronics theory and practices and will be able to prove these theories through experimentation in circuit construction, test equipment, structured labs, and data analysis. Students will also develop technical skills through classroom and laboratory work throughout the course including soldering techniques, reading of schematic diagrams, and circuit troubleshooting which are all integral to the learning of these principles. Prerequisite: None (The CTNS100 sequence can be given before or after the 200 sequence.)

    Digital and Binary Electronics/Computers

    CTNS110 (90 hours)

    The very basis for information technology itself lies within the foundation of digital logic and binary circuits. This course is designed to teach students the principles of binary number systems, logic gates, shift registers, memory, logic counters, and clock and timing circuits. During this course students will also learn the construction of digital logic circuits from very simple counters to complex microprocessors and discover how simple logic gates can be used to produce complex digital systems. Prerequisite: CTNS100

    Introduction to Computers, Service, and Support

    CTNS200 (90 hours)

    Modern computer systems today are complex electronic devices that accomplish their tasks by connecting smaller systems together, called subsystems. During this course students will learn how each subsystem accomplishes its tasks and is connected to form a complete computer system. This course introduces students to hardware components, such as motherboards, processors, storage systems, power supplies, expansion cards, and more. How hardware and software interface with each other is also explored to give a complete understanding of the various ways they interact. Prerequisite: None

    Motherboards, Form Factors, Processors, and Memory

    CTNS210 (120 hours)

    During this course, the components of the personal computer will be examined and explored in detail. Students will learn what it takes to assemble, disassemble, and reassemble a computer. The relationship between motherboard and microprocessor, RAM (random access memory), peripherals, form factors, firmware, installation techniques, and optimization methods will also be explored and performed. In addition, support for motherboards, processors, RAM, improving system performance, upgrading, and configuration options will be defined and practiced along with standardized methods of troubleshooting. Prerequisite: CTNS200

    I/O Device Support, Hard Drives, Multimedia, Maintenance, and Troubleshooting

    CTNS220 (120 hours)

    This course covers how a computer gets the information it processes and how it outputs that data through the ports of a computer. Ports are where external devices connect for I/O (input/output) operations. During this course, students will study these port technologies which include video (VGA, S-Video, DVI, HDMI), audio, network (wired and wireless), PS/2, FireWire, serial, parallel, eSATA, SCSI, and more. Secondary storage devices such as hard disk drives, optical drives, floppy drives, RAID systems, and disk subsystem installation, maintenance, repair and upgrading will also be covered. Prerequisite: CTNS210

    Installing, Maintaining, Troubleshooting, and Optimizing Windows

    CTNS230 (150 hours)

    All components of a modern computer system must be under the control of an operating system (OS) which allows the various subsystems in today’s computers to communicate with each other. During this course students will learn how to install an OS and how to set up their computer to run more than one OS. Students will also learn system maintenance, backups, disaster recovery, data restoration, disk cleanups, system and application updates, antivirus and antimalware methodologies, user account management, and more. Prerequisite: CTNS220

    Networking/Security Essentials and Practices

    CTNS240 (132 hours)

    Using the Internet today means being connected to and sharing resources of a network. During this course students will learn how hardware is used for networking, the various types of networks, how to network computers, and how to troubleshoot network connections. In addition, managing networks and their various interconnections, such as Wi-Fi and SOHO (small office home office) using TCP/IP and other networking protocols will be taught. Students will also study the fundamentals of network troubleshooting in workgroups, client/server setups, hubs, switches, routers, and more. Prerequisite: CTNS230

    Supporting Notebooks and Printers

    CTNS250 (48 hours)

    Portable devices, such as laptops, notebooks, and netbooks, give users mobility and flexibility in our IT based world. During this course their maintenance, repair, troubleshooting, networking, and more will be taught and practiced. Printers will also be covered, including their ability to support a variety of devices such as desktops and laptops, as well as the various technologies in use, management of consumables, networking, troubleshooting, and selection criteria to choose the right printer for the right job. Prerequisite: CTNS240

    Career Development

    All sections of this 900-hour Computer Technician Networking Specialist (CTNS) program were developed to provide students with the practical, hands-on experience necessary for working in this field and to prepare students for industry certification. Career development knowledge, skills, and abilities are part of the foundation of this program and have been integrated throughout so that students are properly prepared for the employment process. During the CTNS program, students will prepare for their job search, which includes the following: preparation of résumés, job applications, cover letters, and thank you letters; interview techniques; professional use of the telephone and fax; employment testing; and office behavior and etiquette.

    Consumer Data Regarding Programs Leading to Gainful Employment
    Consumer Data Regarding Programs Leading to Gainful Employment


    All figures are for students who completed the program between July 1, 2012, and June 30, 2013.
    Job placement statistics relate only to the Computer Technician Networking Specialist program and related fields of study.
    Figures may not include jobs secured by students in their field of study who did not report their employment.
    Job placement rates are those reported to the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools.
    These rates have been reported also to the New York State Bureau of Proprietary School Supervision.
    Hunter Business School reserves the right to add, discontinue, or modify its programs and policies at any time. Modifications subsequent to the original publication of this information may not be reflected here. For more information about Hunter Business School graduation rates, the median debt of students who completed programs, and other important disclosures, please contact the school directly.
  2. Safe

    Safe Bit Poster

    A+ and N+ are both really good to give you a start base knowledge in IT and beyond. They are worth doing... nothing is a must but I would recommend doing them. They aren't vendor specific so you get to see different things rather than just Microsoft, Cisco etc.
    Certifications: BSc, A+, ECDL, PRINCE2, ITIL
    WIP: MTA

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