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Discussion in 'A+ Certification' started by Jeff Turl, Oct 17, 2003.

  1. Jeff Turl

    Jeff Turl Guest

    I have just qualified as an MCSE in Windows 2000, I was looking that the
    Comptia qualifications and was wondering if anyone has any recommendations
    on the Comptia exams as to what is regarded more highly over another
    certification.

    I am a network Technician with 4 years experience and so far I have the
    following qualifications:

    CCA, MCP, MCSA, MCSE

    I do not want to bother with any mickey mouse certification. Any guidance
    as to what is a 'good' certification to get would be appreciated. I am
    sorry if this is a very open question but I have never really come across
    the Comptia certification until now and so do not know what is entry level
    what is intermediate / advanced stuff.

    Regards

    Jeff
    Jeff Turl, Oct 17, 2003
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  2. Jeff Turl

    Rick Blythin Guest

    "Jeff Turl" <> wrote in message
    news:aRRjb.186$...
    > I have just qualified as an MCSE in Windows 2000, I was looking that the
    > Comptia qualifications and was wondering if anyone has any recommendations
    > on the Comptia exams as to what is regarded more highly over another
    > certification.
    >
    > I am a network Technician with 4 years experience and so far I have the
    > following qualifications:
    >
    > CCA, MCP, MCSA, MCSE
    >
    > I do not want to bother with any mickey mouse certification. Any guidance
    > as to what is a 'good' certification to get would be appreciated. I am
    > sorry if this is a very open question but I have never really come across
    > the Comptia certification until now and so do not know what is entry level
    > what is intermediate / advanced stuff.
    >
    > Regards
    >
    > Jeff


    Hi Jeff

    This is just my personal opinion: I would consider A+, Linux+ to be entry
    level. Network+ intermediate, Server+ advanced. I'm not sure about any of
    the other cert as I don't hold them or not currently studying for them.

    With that said I wouldn't consider any cert to be 'mickey mouse' as the
    knowledge gained from any cert makes it worthwhile. I've been in the
    industry 14 almost 15 years & only two years ago started on the cert trail.
    I really wouldn't consider MCSE as 'highly prized' these days there's too
    many paper MCSE's out their who hold it and unfortunately devalue it for the
    true tech's but that happens with any cert. I really don't agree with the
    way MS run their certs that's why I stopped studying for MCSE NT 4 and
    switched to the more vender neutral Comptia stuff, I also was cutting it
    close before the dead line before they retired the NT4 track. But the core
    books are still useful knowledge & I keep them around for reference use.

    Just my 2 cents.

    Rick
    A+, Network+
    Rick Blythin, Oct 17, 2003
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  3. Jeff Turl

    Netwerkz Guest

    hi Jeff - see below

    "Jeff Turl" <> wrote in message
    news:aRRjb.186$...
    > I have just qualified as an MCSE in Windows 2000, I was looking that the
    > Comptia qualifications and was wondering if anyone has any recommendations
    > on the Comptia exams as to what is regarded more highly over another
    > certification.
    >
    > I am a network Technician with 4 years experience and so far I have the
    > following qualifications:
    >
    > CCA, MCP, MCSA, MCSE
    >
    > I do not want to bother with any mickey mouse certification. Any guidance
    > as to what is a 'good' certification to get would be appreciated. I am
    > sorry if this is a very open question but I have never really come across
    > the Comptia certification until now and so do not know what is entry level
    > what is intermediate / advanced stuff.
    >
    > Regards
    >
    > Jeff
    >
    >


    Im not sure what "Network Technician" is for you but
    by your certs alone, you seem to be more into server
    administration.

    If you are going to be installing/upgrading/troubleshootig
    network equipment (hubs/routers/switches/csu-dsu, etc)
    then you may want to look into going the CCNA-CCNP-CCIE
    route.

    If you want to do server administration, specialize in something:
    email or databases...web servers..all the above?

    Always keep up with security as much as possible....cert if
    you can.
    Netwerkz, Oct 17, 2003
    #3
  4. From your perspective, it's mostly a "mickey mouse" cert., what you
    have is an order or magnitude more difficult. However, the one
    difference is that it is FAR more hardware oriented. My guess is that
    you could take the exams and pass them cold with no studying, although
    given the exam fees, it might be worth getting a low-cost review book
    (the Mike Meyers Passport book).


    Jeff Turl wrote:
    > I have just qualified as an MCSE in Windows 2000, I was looking that the
    > Comptia qualifications and was wondering if anyone has any recommendations
    > on the Comptia exams as to what is regarded more highly over another
    > certification.
    >
    > I am a network Technician with 4 years experience and so far I have the
    > following qualifications:
    >
    > CCA, MCP, MCSA, MCSE
    >
    > I do not want to bother with any mickey mouse certification. Any guidance
    > as to what is a 'good' certification to get would be appreciated. I am
    > sorry if this is a very open question but I have never really come across
    > the Comptia certification until now and so do not know what is entry level
    > what is intermediate / advanced stuff.
    >
    > Regards
    >
    > Jeff
    >
    >
    >
    >
    Barry Watzman, Oct 18, 2003
    #4
  5. Jeff Turl

    Jeff Turl Guest

    Thanks everyone for your thoughts on the Comptia certification. I will
    certainly be looking in to the Comptia exams more, as you say they are not
    vendor specific, and as most peoples opinion of M$ is going down hill that
    maybe a useful! I think I will probably look in to the Cisco certs later
    next year. as I think it maybe good to have a mix of qualifications, showing
    you have a mix of knowledge in a lot of areas until I decide what to
    specialise in.

    Can anyone explain the pricing on the Comptia exams, I am used to paying £88
    for M$ exams, Comptia ones are more money for less testing time! who is
    really out to make money M$ or Comptia??

    Thanks for the advice on the study materials

    I think if money was no object I would study for all the exams as I enjoy
    studying and really like IT (sad I know).

    Regards

    Jeff


    "Jeff Turl" <> wrote in message
    news:aRRjb.186$...
    > I have just qualified as an MCSE in Windows 2000, I was looking that the
    > Comptia qualifications and was wondering if anyone has any recommendations
    > on the Comptia exams as to what is regarded more highly over another
    > certification.
    >
    > I am a network Technician with 4 years experience and so far I have the
    > following qualifications:
    >
    > CCA, MCP, MCSA, MCSE
    >
    > I do not want to bother with any mickey mouse certification. Any guidance
    > as to what is a 'good' certification to get would be appreciated. I am
    > sorry if this is a very open question but I have never really come across
    > the Comptia certification until now and so do not know what is entry level
    > what is intermediate / advanced stuff.
    >
    > Regards
    >
    > Jeff
    >
    >
    >
    >
    Jeff Turl, Oct 18, 2003
    #5
  6. Jeff Turl

    FireSword Guest

    If you are a Network tech you should look at CCNA
    It is not easy, but you'll learn a lot more about networking,routing and
    switching.
    If you get that one don't bother with Network+, you'll be able to pass it
    without even studing, but it would be a waste of money. Instead, you can do
    Security+

    J.Rivera
    CCNA,Network+,A+


    "Jeff Turl" <> wrote in message
    news:aRRjb.186$...
    > I have just qualified as an MCSE in Windows 2000, I was looking that the
    > Comptia qualifications and was wondering if anyone has any recommendations
    > on the Comptia exams as to what is regarded more highly over another
    > certification.
    >
    > I am a network Technician with 4 years experience and so far I have the
    > following qualifications:
    >
    > CCA, MCP, MCSA, MCSE
    >
    > I do not want to bother with any mickey mouse certification. Any guidance
    > as to what is a 'good' certification to get would be appreciated. I am
    > sorry if this is a very open question but I have never really come across
    > the Comptia certification until now and so do not know what is entry level
    > what is intermediate / advanced stuff.
    >
    > Regards
    >
    > Jeff
    >
    >
    >
    >
    FireSword, Oct 18, 2003
    #6
  7. On Fri, 17 Oct 2003 14:08:35 +0100, "Jeff Turl" <>
    wrote:

    >I have just qualified as an MCSE in Windows 2000, I was looking that the
    >Comptia qualifications and was wondering if anyone has any recommendations
    >on the Comptia exams as to what is regarded more highly over another
    >certification.
    >
    >I am a network Technician with 4 years experience and so far I have the
    >following qualifications:
    >
    >CCA, MCP, MCSA, MCSE
    >
    >I do not want to bother with any mickey mouse certification. Any guidance
    >as to what is a 'good' certification to get would be appreciated. I am
    >sorry if this is a very open question but I have never really come across
    >the Comptia certification until now and so do not know what is entry level
    >what is intermediate / advanced stuff.
    >
    >Regards
    >
    >Jeff
    >


    Can you strip down, build, and troubleshoot PC problems? If not, do
    you want to be add that to your list of abilities? If so...A+ is *not*
    a "Mickey Mouse" certification. Most doctors could not pass an A+
    exam.

    Tom
    Tom MacIntyre, Oct 18, 2003
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