CompTIA Technical Support Computer Self-Paced Multimedia Training
Two specialist training areas feature in the A+ syllabus, and you’re just required to achieve pass marks in each to be considered A+ qualified. Passing the A+ exam without additional courses will set you up to mend and maintain computers and Macs; ones that are generally not connected to a network – which is for the most part the home market. You might also choose to consider adding Network+ training to your A+ as it will give you the knowledge to take care of computer networks, and have a more responsible working role.
Training support for students is an absolute must – locate a good company providing 24×7 full access, as not opting for this kind of support could hamper your progress. some companies only provide email support (slow), and phone support is often to a call-centre that will take the information and email an instructor – who will then call back sometime over the next 24hrs, at a time suitable for them. This is no use if you’re stuck with a particular problem and only have a specific time you can study.
As long as you look hard, you will find the top providers that provide their students direct-access support at all times – at any time of day or night. Never settle for less than this. Online 24×7 support is the only viable option for technical study. Maybe burning the midnight-oil is not your thing; often though, we’re at work at the time when most support is available.
Lately, do you find yourself questioning your job security? For most people, this isn’t an issue until we experience a knock-back. However, the painful truth is that our job security is a thing of the past, for most of us. However, a marketplace with high growth, where staff are in constant demand (through a big shortfall of commercially certified people), opens the possibility of true job security.
Taking the IT sector for example, a recent e-Skills analysis highlighted a skills shortage across the UK of over 26 percent. Or, to put it differently, this reveals that the UK is only able to source 3 trained people for each 4 positions available currently. Achieving full commercial Information Technology exams is consequently a quick route to realise a life-long as well as satisfying living. With the market expanding at such a quick pace, could there honestly be a better sector worth investigating as a retraining vehicle.
Many trainers provide mainly work-books and reference manuals. It’s not a very interesting way to learn and isn’t the best way to go about remembering. Years of research and study has constantly shown that becoming involved with our studies, to utilise all our senses, is far more likely to produce long-lasting memories.
Courses are now available via DVD-ROM discs, where everything is taught on your PC. Through video streaming, you will be able to see the instructor presenting exactly how to do something, with some practice time to follow – via the interactive virtual lab’s. Each company you’re contemplating must be able to demonstrate samples of their courseware. Make sure you encounter videos of instructor-led classes and interactive areas to practice in.
Many companies provide just online versions of their training packages; and although this is okay the majority of the time, consider how you’ll deal with it if internet access is lost or you get slow speeds and down-time etc. A safer solution is the provision of actual CD or DVD ROMs that removes the issue entirely.
The area most overlooked by those considering a training program is the concept of ‘training segmentation’. This basically means the method used to break up the program for drop-shipping to you, which can make a dramatic difference to what you end up with. Normally, you will join a program taking 1-3 years and receive one element at a time until graduation. This sounds logical on one level, until you consider this: What if there are reasons why you can’t finish every section? What if you don’t find their order of learning is ideal for you? Through no fault of your own, you may go a little slower and not receive all the modules you’ve paid for.
To avoid any potential future issues, it’s normal for most trainees to have all their training materials (which they’ve now paid for) sent immediately, and not in a piecemeal fashion. You can then decide at what speed and in which order you want to go.
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