There are four specialist areas of training in a full CompTIA A+ program; you’re qualified as A+ competent once you’ve passed your exams for 2 out of 4 subjects. This is why most colleges limit themselves to 2 study areas. In fact to carry out a job effectively, you’ll need the information on each subject as many positions will demand an understanding of each specialist area. It isn’t necessary to qualify in them all, although it would seem prudent that you learn about all four.
As well as being taught about the ins and outs of building and maintaining computers, trainees involved in this training will have instruction on how to work in antistatic conditions, along with remote access, fault finding and diagnostics.
Should you decide to add Network+ to your CompTIA A+ training course, you’ll also learn how to look after networks, which means you’ll be able to apply for more senior positions.
Please understand this most important point: You have to get round-the-clock 24×7 support from professional instructors. Later, you’ll kick yourself if you don’t heed this.
Email support is too slow, and phone support is often to a call-centre which will take the information and email an instructor – who will then call back sometime over the next 24hrs, at a suitable time to them. This is no use if you’re stuck and can’t continue and can only study at specific times.
Keep looking and you’ll come across the top providers that offer direct-access online support around the clock – no matter what time of day it is.
Don’t ever make the mistake of taking second best when it comes to your support. Most would-be IT professionals that can’t get going properly, just need the right support system.
Potential trainees hoping to build a career in computers and technology generally have no idea of which route to consider, or what area to get certified in.
Scanning lists of IT career possibilities is a complete waste of time. Surely, most of us have no concept what our next-door neighbours do at work each day – so we have no hope of understanding the ins and outs of a particular IT career.
Generally, the way to deal with this issue properly comes from a thorough conversation around several areas:
* Personalities play a starring part – what gives you a ‘kick’, and what are the areas that get you down.
* What time-frame are you looking at for the retraining?
* Where do you stand on salary vs job satisfaction?
* Often, trainees don’t consider the energy needed to gain all the necessary accreditation.
* What effort, commitment and time you’re prepared to commit your training.
When all is said and done, the most intelligent way of checking this all out is from an in-depth discussion with a professional that understands the market well enough to be able to guide you.
So many training providers are all about the certification, and completely avoid what it’s all actually about – which will always be getting the job or career you want. Always start with the final destination in mind – too many people focus on the journey.
It’s unfortunate, but the majority of trainees kick-off study that often sounds great in the prospectus, but which provides the end-result of a job that doesn’t satisfy. Talk to many college students and you’ll see where we’re coming from.
Be honest with yourself about the income level you aspire to and how ambitious you are. This will influence what precise accreditations will be required and how much effort you’ll have to give in return.
Seek out help from an experienced professional that ‘gets’ the commercial realities of the area you’re interested in, and who can offer ‘A day in the life of’ synopsis of what duties you’ll be performing on a day-to-day basis. It just makes sense to understand whether or not this is right for you long before you embark on your training program. After all, what is the reason in starting to train and then realise you’ve made a huge mistake.
Students will sometimes miss checking on something of absolutely vital importance – the way their training provider actually breaks down and delivers the training materials, and into how many parts.
You may think that it makes sense (with most training taking 1-3 years to gain full certified status,) for many training providers to send out the training stage by stage, until you’ve passed all the exams. Although:
What could you expect if you didn’t actually complete every module at the proposed pace? Sometimes their preference of study order doesn’t come as naturally as some other structure would for you.
To be in the best situation you would have all your study materials couriered to you right at the start; every single thing! This way, nothing can happen down the line which could affect the reaching of your goals.