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Sunday, December 20, 2009

CompTIA Computer Training Clarified

Posted by patrick

By Jason Kendall

There are a total of 4 specialist training sectors in the A+ syllabus, of which 2 passes are needed for your A+ qualification. Be aware though that limiting yourself to 2 of the specialised areas could expose flaws in your knowledge when applying for a job. Choose a course with all 4 subjects - employers will notice the difference.

CompTIA A+ without additional courses will set you up to fix and maintain computers and Macs; ones which are usually not part of a network - this generally applies to home use and small companies.

Should you want to work towards looking after computer networks, you should add Network+ to the CompTIA A+ training you're doing. Including Network+ will put you in a position to get a higher paid position. Alternatively, you may prefer the Microsoft networking qualifications (MCP, MCSA and MCSE).

Those that are drawn to this type of work are often very practical, and don't always take well to classrooms, and endless reading of dry academic textbooks. If this is putting you off studying, try the newer style of interactive study, where learning is video-based.

If we're able to get all of our senses involved in our learning, then the results are usually dramatically better.

Courses are now available on CD and DVD discs, where everything is taught on your PC. Video streaming means you can sit back and watch the teachers showing you precisely how it's all done, with some practice time to follow - via the interactive virtual lab's.

You'll definitely want a study material demo' from the training company. The materials should incorporate expert-led demonstrations, slideshows and fully interactive skills-lab's.

You should avoid purely online training. You want physical CD/DVD ROM course materials where possible, as you need to be able to use them whenever it's convenient for you - ISP quality varies, so you don't want to be totally reliant on your internet connection always being 'up' and available.

Validated exam preparation and simulation materials are vital - and really must be obtained from your course provider.

Sometimes people can get confused by practising exam questions that don't come from the authorised examining boards. It's not uncommon that the question formats and phraseology is startlingly different and you should be prepared for this.

Mock exams can be very useful in helping you build your confidence - so when it comes to taking the proper exam, you won't be worried.

Most people don't even think to ask about a vitally important element - how their training provider actually breaks down and delivers the courseware, and into how many bits.

Often, you will join a program requiring 1-3 years study and get sent one module each time you pass an exam. It seems to make sense on one level, but consider these issues:

Maybe the order of study offered by the provider doesn't suit. You may find it a stretch to finalise each and every section within the time limits imposed?

The ideal circumstances are to get all your study materials delivered to you right at the start; the complete package! This way, nothing can happen down the line which could affect your ability to finish.

Locating job security nowadays is problematic. Businesses will drop us from the workplace at the drop of a hat - whenever it suits.

We're able though to reveal security at the market sector level, by searching for high demand areas, together with a lack of qualified workers.

A recent national e-Skills survey showed that over 26 percent of all available IT positions cannot be filled due to a chronic shortage of appropriately certified professionals. Basically, we can't properly place more than 3 out of each four job positions in IT.

This disturbing truth reveals the requirement for more properly qualified IT professionals throughout the UK.

Actually, retraining in Information Technology throughout the next year or two is very likely the best choice of careers you could make.

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