The CompTIA A+ certification was initially developed in 1993 and was revolutionary in its time as the first vendor-neutral IT certification, covering a wide range of computer skills, technologies, and operating systems. Over the past 19 years, the A+ certification has played a vital role in establishing a baseline for IT professionals in the area of computers and network technology. A recent article highlighted the constantly changing IT certification landscape and came up with a ranking of the IT industry’s 10 most practical, in-demand certifications for 2012. According to the article, these certifications “cover the skills that clients repeatedly demonstrate they need most.”
Among those listed on the top ten list of best IT certifications for 2012: CompTIA Network+ / A+.
Yes, CompTIA’s Network+ and A+ designations are, technically, two separate certifications. But they’re both critical certs that test absolute fundamentals that every IT pro needs to completely understand.
In fact, there’s an argument to be made that all IT pros should have both of these accreditations on their resumes. CompTIA is a well-respected, vendor-neutral (though vendor-supported) organization that continually develops and administers relevant certifications. The network, hardware, and software skills tested on the Network+ and A+ exams are basics that every self-respecting tech professional should master, whether they’re performing budgeting tasks, deploying client machines, managing site-wide migrations, overseeing security, or administering networks and servers. (TechRepublic, The 10 best IT certifications: 2012)
Career Step’s Computer Technician training program is specifically designed to provide the training and hands-on experience needed to pass the CompTIA A+ certification. This certification is a first step in building a solid foundation for an exciting career in the Information Technology industry.
Erik Eckel, TechRepublic. March 26, 2012. “The 10 best IT certifications: 2012” Retrieved from http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/10things/the-10-best-it-certifications-2012/3138