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CompTIA A+

Discussion in 'Tech Talk' started by aspartz, Jul 8, 2007.

  1. aspartz


    Oct 19, 2000
    Sandstone, MN 55072
    I recently applied for a transfer to a geek job at my place of employment. Even though I have 25 years of experience in computers, 20+ programming, 10+ network admin, I was denied an interview because I lacked "A+" certification.

    So I drove to the real world and perused the books at B&N. It seemed like this was silly. I got a sample test review book and just took the tests. W/o studying I passed all 4 parts.

    Then I go online to book the "real" test. WTF!!! I'm supposed to drop better than $150 to take a nonsense test that only proves I know my sphincter from a hole in the ground??? My EMT license tests cost less than that.

    Am I nuts or is this going to be a show stopper whereever I apply?

  2. NetNinja

    NetNinja Always Faithful

    Oct 23, 2001
    HotLanta, GA
    If a job you apply for requires a CompTIA A+ certification then yes.

    Especially if it is for some government job.

    Go take the test get your cert.

  3. David_G17

    David_G17 /\/\/\/\/\/\/\/

    Oct 7, 2002
    I got it, but my boss paid for the tests. ;)

    to answer your question, it will be needed to get through any large HR department.

    might as well take the network+ test too.
  4. Veri


    May 9, 2005
    Not in the field, but this is sound advice. Yeah, it's pricy, but ... hey, what can you do. :wavey:
  5. kimigirl


    Mar 11, 2007
    Washington State
    Actually its worse than that. The A+ cert has two tests. Hardware and software and each costs. I think I had to be pay $170 ea for the tests.
    Sad thing is that it really doesn't mean much. With all your experience, thats really sad they wanted a piece of paper.
  6. doktarZues

    doktarZues I'm anti-anti

    Nov 11, 2003
    Brevard County, FL
    Most companies with a real IT department could give two craps about an A+ .. But look where they're coming from. It doesn't mean you're an IT super star, but it's a base line: They're guaranteed you know rat sht from rice crispies when it comes to PCs.

    That said, based from experience, I would never want to work for a company that has A+ as mandatory, overlooking solid and recent experience.

    The idiot that made that policy is probably running things, ya know? -dok
  7. aspartz


    Oct 19, 2000
    Sandstone, MN 55072
    It seemed to me that this whole A+ thing is yet another symptom of managers not knowing what you really do and needing this to separate the wheat and the chaff. A bunch of managers form a company to generate "reproducible" standards.

    It ties into my other thread about companies caring less about technical "hard" skills than "soft" people skills.

  8. neeko


    Dec 22, 2002
    I took the Security+ test yesterday as an elective for my MCSA. The test was a total joke. I finished it in 19 minutes and got a perfect score. Whats worse is it cost $250 but thankfully my employer will reimburse me.