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Is A+ necessary as a starting point even for a networking or security career?

Discussion in 'General CompTIA Certifications' started by mark_bridges, Jul 4, 2013.

  1. mark_bridges

    mark_bridges New Member


    I have just complete college (non-IT course) but over the years spent a lot of time designing websites, troubleshooting PCs..basically nosing my way around different things. But what interested me most were the security and networking aspects. I would like to build a career in one of those, but from what I see on the forums, A+ seems to be the starting point in general. My question is this - do I need to take the A+ even if I want to get into the networking/security fields, or can I attempt the N+/S+ exams after enough hands-on practice and going through the study materials?
  2. Josiahb

    Josiahb Gigabyte Poster

    The A+ is very definitely worth it if you have no commercial IT experience, apart from anything else you are unlikely to walk straight into a networking or security role without on the job experience working in a support role.

    Certs != job

    The N+ and S+ won't get you a job on their own.
    Certifications: A+, Network+, MCDST, ACA – Mac Integration 10.10

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