Four specialist training areas feature in the full CompTIA A+ syllabus, of which you’ll need certification in two subjects to gain A+ competency. However restricting yourself to two of the specialised areas might well not equip you for a job. Choose a course with all 4 subjects – you’ll be glad you did when it comes to interview time.
When you embark on the A+ computer training course you will learn how to build computers and fix them, and work in antistatic conditions. Fault finding and diagnostic techniques through hands on and remote access are also covered. You might also choose to consider doing Network+ as you’ll then be in a position to become a networking engineer, which is where the bigger salaries are.
If you’re considering a trainer that still provides workshop days as a feature of their programme, then you should know about these issues encountered by many trainees:
* Periodic driving or public transport – quite a distance away usually.
* Workshop availability; often weekdays only and two or three days in a row. It’s never convenient to take the required work-leave.
* Lost holiday days – most working people only get 4 weeks annual leave. If over half of it is swallowed up by study classes, vacation time is going to be quite short for students and their families.
* Training events usually become quickly full, meaning we have to accept a slot that doesn’t really suit.
* Many students want to study at a somewhat more suitable pace – rather than be dictated to by the rest of the class. This can create classic classroom tension.
* Calculate the increasing cost of all the travelling, food, accommodation and parking and you could be in for a major shock. Students have reported extra costs of hundreds to thousands of pounds over time. Work it out – and see for yourself.
* Is it worth the chance of being overlooked for advancement or pay-rises while you’re training.
* It’s quite usual for trainees not to pose the question that’s bugging them – purely due to the reason that they’re in front of other people.
* If your work takes you away from home, you now have to deal with the fact that workshops can often become difficult to get to – and yet, they’ve already been paid for.
Surely it makes so much more sense to be trained when it suits you — not the training company – and make use of videos of instructors with interactive virtual-lab’s. Whenever you experience difficulties, get onto the live 24×7 support (that should’ve been packaged with any technical type of training.) Remember, if you own a notebook PC, study can take place anywhere. It really doesn’t matter how frequently you need to repeat a module, on-screen teachers won’t ever lose patience! Plus, as a consequence, you don’t have to worry about any note-taking. Everything is there for you. Whilst this doesn’t take away each and every issue, it undoubtedly reduces stress and eases things. Plus you’ve got less travel, hassle and costs.
A sneaky way that training providers make extra profits is through up-front charges for exams then giving it ‘Exam Guarantee’ status. This sounds impressive, but let’s just examine it more closely:
Clearly it isn’t free – you’re still paying for it – the price has simply been included in the whole thing. Trainees who take each progressive exam, funding them one at a time are far more likely to pass first time. They’re mindful of what they’ve paid and prepare more appropriately to make sure they’re ready.
Why should you pay your college up-front for examinations? Hold on to your money and pay for the exam when you take the exam, rather than coughing up months or even a year or two in advance – and do it locally – rather than possibly hours away from your area. Big margins are netted by many training colleges who take the exam money up-front. Many students don’t take them for one reason or another but no refunds are given. Surprising as it sounds, there are training companies who actually rely on students not sitting all the exams – as that’s very profitable for them. The majority of companies will insist on pre-tests and prohibit you from re-taking an exam until you’ve completely proven that you’re likely to pass – which makes an ‘Exam Guarantee’ frankly useless.
With the average price of Pro-metric and VUE exams in the United Kingdom costing around 112 pounds, it makes sense to pay as you go. There’s no sense in throwing away maybe a thousand pounds extra at the start of your studies. Study, commitment and preparing with good quality mock and practice exams is what will really guarantee success.