CompTIA A+ consists of 4 training sections; you’re considered competent at A+ when you’ve passed the test for just two specialist areas. Because of this, most training providers only teach 2 specialised areas. The truth is you will need the information on each subject as a lot of employment will ask for knowledge and skills of the whole A+ program. It isn’t necessary to complete all 4 certifications, but we would recommend you learn about all four.
Once you start your A+ computer training course you will develop an understanding of how to work in antistatic conditions and build and fix computers. Fault finding and diagnostic techniques through hands on and remote access are also covered.
If your ambition is taking care of computer networks, add the very comprehensive CompTIA Network+ to the CompTIA A+ training you’re doing. Including Network+ will mean you can command a more senior job role. Other ones that might be interesting to you are the Microsoft networking qualifications (MCP, MCSA and MCSE).
The classroom style of learning we remember from school, involving piles of reference textbooks, is an up-hill struggle for the majority of us. If this sounds like you, dig around for more practical courses which have a majority of interactive, multimedia parts.
Memory is vastly improved when we use multiple senses – this has been an accepted fact in expert circles for decades now.
You can now study via easy-to-use DVD or CD ROM’s. Instructor-led tutorials will mean you’ll learn your subject through the expert demonstrations. Then you test your knowledge by using practice-lab’s.
All companies should be able to show you samples of their training materials. Expect video tutorials, instructor led classes and interactive areas to practice in.
Avoiding training that is delivered purely online is generally a good idea. Always choose CD or DVD based study materials where possible, so that you have access at all times – it’s not wise to be held hostage to your internet connection always being ‘up’ and available.
Quite often, students have issues with one area of their training which is often not even considered: The breakdown of the course materials before being sent out to you.
You may think it logical (with most training taking 1-3 years to gain full certified status,) for your typical trainer to courier the courseware in stages, as you complete each part. However:
Many students find that the trainer’s usual training route doesn’t suit. Sometimes, a different order of study is more expedient. And what happens if they don’t finish in the allotted time?
To provide the maximum security and flexibility, many trainees now want to make sure that every element of their training is sent immediately, and not in a piecemeal fashion. You can then decide in which order and at what speed you want to finish things.
Make sure that all your certifications are what employers want – don’t bother with programmes that lead to in-house certificates.
To an employer, only the major heavyweights like Microsoft, CompTIA, Cisco or Adobe (for instance) really carry any commercial clout. Anything less won’t make the grade.
Searching for your first position in IT can feel more straightforward with the help of a Job Placement Assistance service. In reality it isn’t a complex operation to land your first job – as long as you’re correctly trained and certified; because there’s still a great need for IT skills in the UK today.
Ideally you should have help with your CV and interview techniques though; and we’d encourage any student to work on polishing up their CV as soon as they start a course – don’t delay for when you’re ready to start work.
Having the possibility of an interview is more than not being known. Often junior jobs are got by trainees (who’ve only just left first base.)
Generally, you’ll receive better performance from a specialised and independent local recruitment service than any training provider’s employment division, because they’ll know the area better.
To bottom line it, as long as you put the same commitment into finding a position as into studying, you’re not going to hit many challenges. Some students bizarrely put hundreds of hours into their training course and then just stop once they’ve got certified and seem to expect employers to find them.