Preparing for CompTIA A+ Certification in Milwaukee area

  I have decided to make a blog post on an interesting subject. That subject is about being and how to get certified for COMPTIA (Computing Technology Industry Association) in our current area, Milwaukee. What is CompTIA? CompTIA is the association representing the international technology community. The goal is to provide a incorporated voice, global support and leadership, and to advance industry growth through ideals, professional skill, learning and business solutions. Now then, you may ask is this something too extreme? Needless to say, not at all. CompTIA A+ is a beginner/novice/entry-leveled along with the CompTIA IT Fundamentals. This will test your knowledge of building personal computers, mobile devices, printers, and etc. There will be some tasks on what you must do in order to be certified. You must pass two exams. One exam is CompTIA A+ 220-801. Another quiz is A+ 220-802 . They both determine your experience of assembling components based on customer requirements, install, configure and maintain devices, PCs and software for end users, understand the basics of networking and security/forensics, properly and safely diagnose, resolve and document common hardware and software issues while applying troubleshooting skills. One of the question will most likely to be: how to build a computer from scratch and the prices. For a head start, I will explain on how to build a computer and round off its pricing. Building a computer is a novice task but not every beginner can build it in one setting. To build it, you must have the required parts for it and some money to spend. Note that depending on what your personal computer is...

CompTIA A+ Certification

Why should you get certified?   Why should you get certified for CompTIA A+?  First off, let’s talk about what this certification actually is.  The CompTIA A+ certification is an entry-level certification that validates a person’s understanding of hardware and software of computers.  The certification consists of many aspects of a computer that include PC installation, troubleshooting, networking, PC hardware, mobile device hardware, and much more. The A+ certification consists of two separate series, the 800 series and the 900 series, that cover different fundamentals of PCs, software, and operating systems.  The series number does not make a difference in certification.  This will be touched on later.   The importance of the A+ certification is that it essentially proves that a person understands the basic components of a computer that involve troubleshooting, proper computer safety procedures, and other skills to maintain and configure a computer. The A+ certification could provide many benefits to a person when it comes to their future career or even current career.  For example, the certification is likely to enhance your chances at getting employed.  Having that A+ on your resume and character boosts your credibility and shows that you have the required knowledge to perform the job.  According to CompTIA.org, employers tend to look for IT certifications, such as the A+, for five reasons:   Certifications provide employers a reason to fill open positions. Many companies’ IT staff are capable to holding certifications. Employees that are IT certified are said to be great employees. The importance of IT certifications are increasing. Training is important, but not enough.   The difference between 800 series and...

How to Get Certified in CompTIA A+ in Southeast Wisconsin

Welcome Fellow MATC IT Students: The material contained in the subject heading, How to Get Certified in CompTIA A+, is designed for students who have absolutely little to no knowledge of the IT field. As a current student in my fourth semester in MATC’s IT Computer Support Specialist Associate Degree program, my experience here has been rewarding. The IT technical knowledge that I’ve gained has enhanced my ability to maintain, repair, and troubleshoot laptops, desktops, and mobile devices. Currently, I am providing IT service to family and friends until I obtain my A+ certification. To date, my exam preparation training includes the tools outlined in the chart to the left. In the meantime, I plan to purchase my voucher early enough to take the exam within the next 3-6 months. Some students I talked with tell me the exams were easy for them, some say it was hard. The exam prep suggestions outlined in the chart is what works best for me. As an IT student you will need to find what method and tools works best for you based on your learning style. Please also note that CompTIA will retire Exams 220-801 & 220-802 on June 30, 2016. After this date you will be required to take Exam 220-901 & 220-902, which is mainly what my topic is based on. Why become certified? CompTIA A+ is the foundation or starting point for an entry level position in the IT field. If you have limited technology skills this course is for you. If you have advanced technical skills or are already working in the technology industry without your certification—get...

How to Prepare and Get Certified for COMPTIA A+ Exams in Milwaukee Area

Many employers recognize CompTIA certifications and the truth of the matter is, if you have one, you have a much higher chance of getting hired than if you do not! Especially if you are directly compared with someone who does! What certification is necessary for my field? Is it necessary at all? While it is not always necessary to have a CompTIA certification as stated above it can definitely help! But under some circumstances CompTIA certifications are required. What are some positions that match up with corresponding certifications? The program that I am personally going into at MATC is the IT SUPPORT program. One of the best certifications to get as an IT Support specialist is the COMPTIA A+ certification. While there are many other types of certifications, for my program and field, this is the best one to get, it covers a general spectrum of hardware and software use and repair.  The CompTIA A+ certification is an entry level hardware and software computer certification PC specialists. The exam is used to evaluate the proficiency of professionals in the field. Many employers look for or even require certain CompTIA certifications. Formerly CompTIA certifications would last a life time but as of 2011 you need to get it renewed every three years by retaking the A+ test.   Benefits of Certification COMPTIA A+ exam shows credibility The certification enhances opportunities in a career COMP TIA certification can help prove to employers that you have the knowledge for the job! The comp TIA certification covers many hardware and software points. It can lead to greater salary and confidence. Some companies will...

Prepare and Get Certified for CompTIA A+ Certification in Milwaukee Metropolitan Area

There are several benefits of adding the CompTIA A+ certification to your portfolio. It is considered as the industry standard in terms of gauging a technician’s hardware and software knowledge. More career options in the IT industry will be available to you. The career paths will become more diverse and the possibilities for advancement will rise. If you are looking for a new job, employers will take you more seriously. Some of the more well known companies will actually require CompTIA A+ certification. Certified professionals usually have a higher salary than their non certified peers on average. You will also have access to the community of other certified professionals. There are plenty of practice tests available for the CompTIA A+ Certification exam. Practice tests can be important especially for first time test takers. The tests will show how test questions are structured and how they are worded on the certification exam. Practice tests are a great study tool that will help you assess your knowledge in a specific topic so you can choose which subjects you will need to focus on while studying. You can find free sample exams online or buy a guide book. CompTIA provides sample questions on their official website if you fill out a form. The sample questions cover multiple topics and will give you an idea of how the real exam will be. ExamCompass is another website that will provide free practice tests. There is no registration or email required to take the practice tests. McGraw-Hill Education publishes a CompTIA A+ exam guide written by Mike Meyers. The exam guide is not free but...