In total, there are 4 A+ examinations and sections to study, but your only requirement is to get certified in 2 to qualify for your A+. As this is the case, most training colleges simply offer two. But allowing you to learn about all 4 options will equip you with a far deeper level of understanding of it all, something you’ll discover is an important asset in professional employment.
Once you start your A+ training course you will develop an understanding of how to build, fix, repair and work in antistatic conditions. You’ll also cover fault-finding and diagnostic techniques, both remotely and via direct access. In addition, you could look to consider adding Network+ training to your A+ as it will enable you to take care of computer networks, and have a more responsible working role.
Of course: a actual training or an accreditation is not the ultimate goal; the particular job that you want is. Many trainers unfortunately put too much weight in the piece of paper. It’s possible, for example, to get a great deal of enjoyment from a year of study and then spend 20 miserable years in something completely unrewarding, as an upshot of not doing the correct level of soul-searching at the beginning.
Take time to understand how you feel about earning potential, career development, and how ambitious you are. You should understand what the role will demand of you, which certifications will be required and how to develop your experience. Chat with someone that understands the work you’re contemplating, and who can give you a detailed run-down of the kind of things you’ll be doing on a daily basis. Getting all these things right long before beginning a study programme will save you both time and money.
Typically, a new trainee will not know to ask about something that can make a profound difference to their results – how their training provider breaks up the courseware elements, and into how many parts. Trainees may consider it sensible (with training often lasting 2 or 3 years to gain full certified status,) for a training company to release a single section at a time, as you complete each part. Although: Many students find that their training company’s ‘standard’ path of training isn’t ideal for them. You may find that it’s more expedient to use an alternative order of study. And what happens if they don’t finish at the pace they expect?
Put simply, the best option is to get an idea of what they recommend as an ideal study order, but get all the study materials at the start. Meaning you’ve got it all in the event you don’t complete everything inside of their required time-scales.
A study programme has to build towards a commercially valid certification as an end-result – not some little ‘in-house’ plaque for your wall. From the viewpoint of an employer, only the top companies such as Microsoft, CompTIA, Adobe or Cisco (to give some examples) give enough bang for your buck. Nothing else hits the mark.
Your training program should always include the most up to date Microsoft (or Cisco, CompTIA etc.) authorised exam preparation and simulation materials. Avoid relying on non-accredited exam preparation systems. The way they’re phrased is often somewhat different – and often this creates real issues when it comes to taking the real exam. Practice exams will prove very useful for confidence building – so that when you come to take the proper exam, you don’t get uptight.