The CompTIA A+ computer training and certification will open doors to entry level computer work. Most IT
employers today put more value on A+ certification,then experience,and last education for entry level positions. Employers have been burnt too many times looking at just experience and education alone. Certifications have helped provide the confidence employers need when selecting and hiring new computer techs. The CompTIA certs are vendor neutral have are designed with major industry leaders and companies advisement. The cert testing has also been revised several times over the years to include new technology and industry changes. Some questions now deal with soft-skills and customer situations to ensure prospective technicians can deal well and effectively with the general public. More and more importance is been placed on attitude and the ability for employees to get along well with others. I have also heard that some employers are looking first to employee reliability,then good team player,and then technical skills.
The CompTIA training covers 5 main domains. The first is hardware and the majority of the test is devoted to understanding hardware components,configuration,maintenance,and troubleshooting. It is important to understand how computer components interact,communicate,process data,and impact overall computer performance. We want to make sure that data flow is understood so that impediments can be addressed and corrected. Time is money so over all investment performance is critical to a companies bottom line. The second domain is operating systems and today Windows is still running on most computers with Linux taking a smaller share. However you might be surprised to know that almost 80% of all Internet web servers are running Linux. So Linux techs are also in high demand. Since Windows is 90% of all the problems that computer techs have to deal with,being able to effectively maintain Windows is critical for any company.
The Third domain is Networking. Since all computers are now networked and connected to the Internet it is important to understand how the equipment is configured and maintained. Also the TCP/IP protocol is a must to know well since all data flow is dependent on it. The forth domain is Security and security is becoming more and more of an issue with all the new malware variants that are daily infecting computers and networks. Malware is costings millions of dollars in downtime and business interruptions.
The last domain is Operational Procedures and include soft-skills. Employees must be able to deal well with others and be come strong team players. Understand what keeps businesses running,competitive, and effective in the market place is also critical to their performance and survival.
So learning about computer technology and becoming CompTIA A+ computer training certified can open many doors to an exciting career in the IT industry.
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