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The ABCs of A+ Certification

17 SEP 2012
Career Path : Computers and Technology

Computers, once the sole domain of a scientific elite, now impact almost every single business that you can think of. Even the smallest of organizations sometimes need to call in the services of an IT expert, and the biggest organizations couldn’t function without their in-house IT teams. Troubleshooting, maintenance, installation, there’s a lot that goes into an IT network. But how does one break in to this in-demand profession? One way is to consider A+ certification.

What is A+ certification?

A+ certification is a vendor-neutral certification for entry-level computer technicians. It consists of two exams: one theoretical, the other, practical. It is the brainchild of CompTIA, a nonprofit trade association dedicated to the advancement of the IT industry around the world.

What kind of career does A+ certification prepare you for?

Graduates of A+ certification courses who successfully complete their exams will find themselves eligible for a variety of entry-level IT jobs, including, but not limited to, the following positions:

-          field service technician (mobile IT support)

-          IT support specialist

-          Internet website technician

-          computer network technician

-          data centre operator

-          local area network specialist

-          IT support administrator

-          technical support specialist

In many cases, A+ certification qualifies students for jobs that require a high level of professionalism, where there can be a lot of face-to-face interaction with clients or colleagues.

What will you learn in your A+ certification courses?

Students who expect to encounter the following topics during their A+ certification training:

-          Installation (of devices, operating systems, printers, scanners, etc.)

-          Configuring (components, systems, etc.)

-          upgrades

-          repairs

-          problem solving

-          optimizing

-          preventative maintenance

-          network security

-          wireless security

-          security troubleshooting

A+ certification courses build on what students may already know about:

-          computer hardware

-          operating systems

-          portable computing devices such as cellphones, laptops and tablets

In fact, your A+ certification training may begin with an assessment of what it is you and your fellow students already know.

Equipment you may encounter in A+ certification training?

In your A+ certification class, you will be learning to work with more than just your mind or your keyboard. There is also a manual aspect to A+ certification courses. Be prepared, for example, to learn how to use a screwdriver, if you don’t already know how to. We think of computers as being digital entities, but they have a physical aspect as well, and it is the task of an IT professional to see that it is properly used and well maintained.

You may learn, for example, the importance of wearing an anti-static wrist strap while working on the insides of an unplugged computer. You may also learn the protocol to follow when detaching, disassembling and reassembling a device. This aspect of A+ certification prepares students for the practical exam.

If you are intrigued, enquire at your community college about A+ certification training. It just may be the first step in a long and fruitful career as an IT professional.

Visit the Academy of Learning for more information on A+ certification courses.