December 24th, 2006, 07:46 PM #1
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New A+ cert/training or old cert/training?
So I've decided to get my A+ cert (I've been doing part-time IT tech work--basic stuff, lots of learn-as-needed--for the school i work for).
I've looked into training and it seems either online training or self-study with a book would work for me. But I'm wondering if I should study for and take the 2003 version of the exam, or the 2006 version.
I should be able to complete my test prep by June, which means I could take the last 2007 test date for the old exam (30 june, i believe).
so...is there an advantage to doing the 2003 version over the 2006? of course the 2006 is more up to date but perhaps the 2003 is a bit easier?
the main reason i'm undecided is that the online course I'm looking at
is only for the 2003 version. not sure when they'll come out with the 2006 prep. otherwise i'd just wait, but the june 2007 is ideal for me as i plan to make a career change (hopefully) come september.
thanks for any help!
December 24th, 2006, 07:56 PM #2
IMHO, I'd say do the latest version as many employers will ask you what version you took and/or when you took it. The when won't be a problem, but the version would be. If you say you took the '03 version in '07 when '06 was available, then people might start to think you are not knowledgable on newer technology and what not. Good luck on the exam.My Rig:
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December 24th, 2006, 09:25 PM #3
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You will not be able to take the A+ 2003 exams because the date of availability will end December 31, 2006. The A+ 2006 objectives aren't bad...they are just trying to get in the business of specialization certification.Rahter than taking one hardware and one OS exam, they combine the two into one exam called A+ Essentials, then you have to choose a "specialty" for the second exam to become A+ certified. I think the title changed too. The 2003 objectives says A+ certified Professional. I can't remember what the 2006 objectives title says.
Employers will not ask you what version of A+ exam you have. Half of them don't even know versions exist. A+, Net+, etc. are entry level certifications so if they do ask you questions about it, they may ask when did you achieve the certification. Once you get into the MCP, MCSA, MCSE, CCNA, CCNP, etc., then exam versions will make a difference. Employers will ask for a MCSE 2003 or at least MCSE 2000. Cisco certifications expire after 3 years of passing, and Microsoft certs expire when MS expires them...2000 Server/Client certifiications for MS are still recognized and used. Longhorn is being released as well as Vista. CompTIA exams never expire. Have fun during your certification journey !! I'm definitely having a blast in it!
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