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Old 09-20-2003, 06:46 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Any one here A+ Certified?

Any here A+ certified?

I am currently taking a semester class at my high school on being A+ certified (certificate comes from IBM, not my school, so i will be IBM A+ Certified)

Currently learning vocabulary (SCSI, IDE, Parellel, Serial, etc etc., the basics)
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Old 09-20-2003, 07:38 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Old 09-20-2003, 08:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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i took a course in high school too, and i was about to take the a+ test.

but.....it was like the a+ people only issued bulk tests in sets of 10 and there wasnt 10 people in my high school that were willing to take the test. (the high school would cover half the cost or so if we did it this way).

and i didnt feel like paying the whole amt to take the test alone.
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Old 09-21-2003, 07:18 AM   #4 (permalink)
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got the cert, its an easy test, doesn't help in finding a job or any thing though. Some ppl might learn something through the class...
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Old 09-21-2003, 08:32 AM   #5 (permalink)
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I took the hardware portion 2 years ago before the end of the school year and passed it no problem. Unfortunately, I waited until after school was out to try to take the software portion only to find out that my teacher quit so I couldn't get the voucher I needed to take it before I left for the summer.

Taking another A+ class is something on my to-do list.
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Old 09-21-2003, 03:08 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Yep. Been certified since 96.
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Old 09-21-2003, 04:54 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Yeah I did it through my high school too. Network+ as well.
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Old 09-21-2003, 06:06 PM   #8 (permalink)
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I don't know if there is any difference between the comptia A+ and the IBM one, but every question on the comptia one was in the Testking answer bank. A+ software, hardware and Network+
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Old 09-22-2003, 04:09 AM   #9 (permalink)
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Yup. But got it in 1995, so technically, I'm only certified in DOS 6.22 and Win 3.11.


I see it this way, it can't hurt you to be certified. It will give you a slight edge over anyone else applying for the same job who is not certified. Get as many certs as possible.
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Old 09-22-2003, 04:12 AM   #10 (permalink)
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I was going to take it after attending ECPI, but never got around to it. Now I'm re-thinking why I went to ECPI. People don't care about Associates degrees, only BS's.
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Old 09-22-2003, 08:31 AM   #11 (permalink)
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Ive had mine since 98. Its not a very hard test (at least it didnt used to be) so you might as well get it. It cant hurt to have another cert when your applying for a job.
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Old 09-22-2003, 09:34 AM   #12 (permalink)
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Certs by themselves are worthless anymore. Too many people are getting paper certs and not knowing their shit. Getting actual work experience will help you a lot more. Companies will take a person with experience over someone with a cert any day.

IMO the A+ cert is about as worthless as tits on a boar hog (always wanted to use that one). Sure some people may benefit from it, chances are they no nothing about computers. When I had to take it for school, a friend and I sat there and corrected the Prof, just because most of his lecture was blatantly wrong. Given, the points he took out of the book were right. Just 5 years out of date.
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Old 09-22-2003, 10:28 AM   #13 (permalink)
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Old 09-22-2003, 07:41 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Certified in 2001 along a a few other Certifications.
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Old 09-23-2003, 09:07 AM   #15 (permalink)
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A+ in Compaq Deskpro's and Armada Laptops. = Useless....

It helped to narrow down the selection process when first getting a job, but now I put it @ the bottom of the CV.
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Old 09-23-2003, 04:17 PM   #16 (permalink)
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I haven't got mine yet but I was wondering, do you get a certificate or a card? If so, what does it look like (pic please)
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Old 09-23-2003, 04:55 PM   #17 (permalink)
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I haven't got mine yet but I was wondering, do you get a certificate or a card? If so, what does it look like (pic please)
If it is the same as in 96, you get both a card and a certificate. I'm sorry that I don't have either scanned, but from what I understand, they look completely different now. Hope this helps.

Also, I have interviewed many people over the years and I believe that an A+ cert always looks good on a resume, in an above and beyond sort of way. It's a good entry level certification and if nothing else, it helps people get acclimated to the testing and certification process. I don't think A+ is a waste of time at all. Comptia's Network+ is a good cert as well.
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Old 09-24-2003, 07:12 AM   #18 (permalink)
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Old 10-08-2003, 06:10 PM   #19 (permalink)
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Old 10-09-2003, 06:22 AM   #20 (permalink)
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Where I work its the first cert that you have to get. Thankfully they pay for it. I learned quite a bit that I use everyday on the job, and I learned quite a bit of stuff I'll never use. Its a good first stepping stone, but experience is priceless.
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Old 10-09-2003, 06:25 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Old 10-09-2003, 03:39 PM   #22 (permalink)
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nope i manage just fine without it, i do not work in a tech related field though
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Old 10-09-2003, 11:50 PM   #23 (permalink)
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It's a pretty worthless piece of paper. It shows that you know how to turn on a computer. I ocassionally see companies require this in their job postings. Hilarious..
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Old 10-10-2003, 08:58 PM   #24 (permalink)
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Don't have my A++ (doubt I'll need it as I'm a programmer, not a techie... although I do know a PC inside-out). I will be getting my MCDBA (MS Certified Database Analyst) at the beginning of December though. Here's hoping they don't mess around with SQL Server too much with the next iteration.
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