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Training Camp A+ and Network+

Discussion in 'Training & Development' started by kipper, Sep 23, 2006.

  1. kipper

    kipper New Member


    On Monday I started my first IT job, I am responsible for IT as a whole. There are around twenty users and the server runs Microsoft Server 2003.

    During my interview I made my employer aware that I was looking for a trainee position and was considering enrolling on Microsoft certification courses and gave them figures for what the courses cost.

    My employer seems keen to get me on a course and get me trained up and they are willing to put me on an intensive course.

    I have spoken to Training Camp and they have recommended the 7 day A+ and Network+ course.

    I am fairly technically minded but the only IT skills I have are playing with computers at home.

    What are peoples views on Training Camp and the suitability of the courses they have recommended!


  2. GmanUK

    GmanUK Byte Poster

    Hi Kipper

    Can't really give an opinion about Training Camp as I have not had any dealings with them before (i'm sure someone will be by soon who has had some dealings!) but I can say that if they are saying that you can train within one week for your A+ & N+ then I would have my reservations! Most people will take 1 1/2 - 2 months for EACH exam so to have about 16 weeks of study reduced down to 1 week seems a bit much! I had an intensive 1 week course for the N+ and I still took 4 weeks to study before feeling confident on taking the exam.

    I would certainly keep looking around....and wait for everyones feedback on this one :biggrin
    Certifications: CompTIA N+, Server+, CCSN, ITILv3 (f)
    WIP: MCITP Security
  3. Stoney

    Stoney Megabyte Poster

    Hi Kipper,

    If you're going to be working in a Windows environment then I would get yourself a couple of MCP's (or even an MCSA) under your belt. Especially if your boss is paying!!

    Just my 2 pence!
    Certifications: 25 + 50 metre front crawl
    WIP: MCSA - Exam 70-270
  4. kipper

    kipper New Member

    I was planning on doing the MCSA and MCSE although when I spoke to the Training Camp they recommended to do the MCSA maybe in a year when I have some more experience.


  5. Keimos

    Keimos Byte Poster

    Hi Kipper,

    As far as I know, The Training Camp will provide self study materials for at least to 6/8 weeks before you do the weeks intensive study. A+, N+ are exchangeable and acceptable by MS once you have sat an MS exam, I recommend 270 for your first choice. (MCSA/MCSE core)

    If its being paid for go for it big time. Stick to the MCSA for the short term as that fits your job spec.

    Certifications: Microsoft Office Specialist
  6. kipper

    kipper New Member

    Thanks for the advice Keimos,

    At the moment there is so much going on, people are asking me to do stuff left right and centre. Today I have been asked to design a new company website which is new to me:eek:
    I told them the Adobe software is about £400 and they said thats fine although I have just double checked and its more like £800:biggrin

    I think I will have to have a bash at the website first before doing the course. I was planning on leaving the course untill the last minute to get the best price so I will have to re-think that if they send literature 6-8 weeks in advance.

    Can anyone recommend any software for the web design, we already have Adobe Contribute 3 for updating web content. The company has developed a unique gearbox and the site will contain some animations. I dont really want to do any programming so drag and drop is prefrerred.


  7. hbroomhall

    hbroomhall Petabyte Poster Gold Member

    My *personal* view is that, unless you *know* you are good at Web design, to avoid it where possible.

    I *know* that I am bad at graphic design - and I always refuse to do it when asked. The result in the past has *always* been heavily critizised!

    Certifications: ECDL A+ Network+ i-Net+
    WIP: Server+
  8. Steve.L

    Steve.L Byte Poster

    No truer a word spoken in jest m8

    Certifications: N+, MCP, MCTS, RHCT, VCP4 and 5, RHCSA
    WIP: ccna
  9. kipper

    kipper New Member

    The company are in the automotive design industry and the people who work there are extremely talented.

    The website will need to be good as it is a way of making potential investors aware of what we do. I dont really have a choice of saying no, if it doesnt work out they they will have to pay someone to get it done.

    I am trying to find someone local (home being Oxford and work being Milton Keynes) who can give me some tuition.



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