Is CompTIA A+ REALLY the Standard for IT Pros?
Whether you’re a fan of CompTIA A+ certification or not, the question remains: it is the REAL standard certification for IT professionals? Would you be better off seeking out some other certification?
Let’s talk a little first about A+ certification and what it means for you the budding IT pro. A+ certification is an entry-level certification for PC service technicians. When you pass the A+ exam, you become certified in computer installation, maintenance, customization, and operator.
CompTIA is the shortened name for Computing Technology Industry Association, a trade group comprised of distributors, manufacturers, and resellers. They are involved in many aspects of business ethics and professionalism, as well as aspects of computer ownership such as warranties, product returns, and price protections. CompTIA also sponsors certification in areas like document imaging and network certification exams.
Though it has traditionally been a lifetime certification, these days with frequent technology changes an A+ certification must be renewed every 3 years. Since they are non-product specific, CompTIA exams are more basic in nature than other certifications that deal with a specific hardware or software platform.
So what does all of this mean? It all boils down to CompTIA is an industry-standard. A certification that is a gateway to employment possibilities, a CompTIA A+ certification doesn’t limit you in one aspect of IT but demonstrates a general proficiency that you are more or less ready for employment in an introductory role in IT.
Most IT pros still seek out other certifications, and of course, the more certifications you have, the better off you are when it comes to pursuing jobs with more specific or detailed responsibilities. Of course, you will need to build experience before pursuing those jobs anyway, so the safest and arguably best course of action as you are beginning is starting at A+, then working your way up.
Working your way up is generally a sound career strategy no matter what your field, right?
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