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Get this anyway.

I think of this as the SAT/ACT of computers.

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thats a good way of putting it fits the Cert very well
post #32 of 41
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The argument that certs are worthless exists in just about every field, and I do not know why. With me it was ASE's (automotive certs). There were two distinct groups,those that simply went and took the test and went back to work and those that belly ached for month after month, then ended up failing the test when they had no more room to dodge it.

With the A+ I found the info about legacy hardware was Ok but the amount of info about legacy OS's was pretty hard to see the why. I say this but just then the other day one of my doctors asked for help moving patient records off off software that only ran on Windows 95. It is with the "medical industry" that you will see a lot of legacy issues.

For books there is a series by Jean Andrews that I liked a lot.
agreed and agreed. I have a degree in automotive tech, but went jobless (well related cert) with it for years because of lack of a cert.

and in the case of A+ it comes almost directly in line with a promotion for some people (cough cough), and then network + would then lead to yet another promotion (assuming that I'm not graduated and moved on by the time it's necessary)

and in all honesty I used to wholly believe certs were worthless too

To comment on the "Legacy" concentration of the practice tests I've been taking, I work in a pretty dated "industry" where clients are broke and avoid upgrading anything at all costs (so sometimes tech gets pretty dated) and I've never had to be concerned with dos or windows 3.1. lol
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The thing with these certs is that they are useless in as far as they don't teach you anything that's particularly useful to actually do a job. But whether a candidate has a bit of paper is a very easy way to distinguish between job applicants, and it's much easier and cheaper to just bin all the applications from those without certs than it is to interview everyone and spend weeks working out who the ideal candidate is for a job.

Bottom line - the cert won't teach you how to do a job, but it may well get you past the first cull of CVs when you're applying for one...
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The thing with these certs is that they are useless in as far as they don't teach you anything that's particularly useful to actually do a job. But whether a candidate has a bit of paper is a very easy way to distinguish between job applicants, and it's much easier and cheaper to just bin all the applications from those without certs than it is to interview everyone and spend weeks working out who the ideal candidate is for a job.

Bottom line - the cert won't teach you how to do a job, but it may well get you past the first cull of CVs when you're applying for one...
I agree if your applying for an entry level job at a computer store or repair shop this will help ur resume stand out. although I learned a few things on legacy systems that have come in handy on clients computers from this as well

But there is alot of basic knowledge on this certs test that I think is mentioned more to give a general understanding of the basics and fill in any gaps. it's a good cert for someone just starting out or who wants to get a bit more in-depth understanding of things
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So this is the longest thread I've seen on this subject so far. Here we go:

I'm looking to get into healthcare IT. I do my own medical consulting work and have noticed a huge amount of potential to help with IT work for my current and future clients. CompTIA caught my eye doing the A+, Network+ then their Healthcare IT tech cert. Anyone have any advice about this? The CompTIA website would have you believe it is the best way into IT work.

Advice? I already have a BS in biology/chemistry so not super interested in any sort of degree program.
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Honestly, I thought A+ was a joke. It's not hard at all
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When is the new exam coming out ?
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So this is the longest thread I've seen on this subject so far. Here we go:

I'm looking to get into healthcare IT. I do my own medical consulting work and have noticed a huge amount of potential to help with IT work for my current and future clients. CompTIA caught my eye doing the A+, Network+ then their Healthcare IT tech cert. Anyone have any advice about this? The CompTIA website would have you believe it is the best way into IT work.

Advice? I already have a BS in biology/chemistry so not super interested in any sort of degree program.
Well, I'm taking the Healthcare Informatics course at Western Governors University and the certs that are attained with that course are

A+
CIW Database Design Specialist

My advice would be to get those two to start off with, I have my A+ since 2007 and I don't consider it hard at all. The N+ imo is just worthless, you won't be doing any serious networking at a hospital without some serious experience anyways.

After the A+, I'd just straight into MCTIP to show clients that you're serious about Windows and you know exactly how to operate it in and out. It's not the MCSE but it's pretty good and looks good on your resume. Since you said clients, I don't assume it's a large corporation but smaller businesses so those two A+, CIW and MCTIP should be more than enough.

As for the A+, to be honest, I got my first I.T job with my A+ and I had my A.S degree in C.S for years and I mean years so trust me when I say this, it helps but it's toddler food to me.
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I haven't used that one I used the michael meyers A+ cert book and as far as the new test goes I think it got implemented this year although i could be wrong
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