Getting a technology certification is in great demand these days since companies prefer to hire employees with some proven skills instead of hiring people with no experience at all.
A good place to start for an entry level-computer related certification is where the majority of people begin, that is with CompTIA A+. This will give you all the basics of computer hardware, the OS, basic networking and trouble shooting as well as the general topic of what a computer is and how it works. If you’re just getting started in the IT industry, CompTIA A+ certification is the foundation for a successful career.
This is also a great test to complete as it will offer you a good foundation for passing a Microsoft Certified Professional for Windows XP. The CompTIA A+ test also covers the basic networking of the CompTIA Network+ certification, and also there are a lot of similarities with the MCP and the CCNA certification programs.
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Another recommended reading material that you should study is Mike Meyers’ A+ Guide: PC Technician (Exams 220-602, 220-603, & 220-604). It explains the necessary components for assembling computers, motherboard, RAM, CPU, HD, CD-RW/DVD-ROM, case and case fans and the power supply. It is recommended to use Windows XP over Vista because there are so many more IT managers using XP out there over Vista.
The activities that you should be doing for practice include;
- repairing a computer,
- building a PC,
- practice backing up and restoring profiles and personal data,
- getting familiar with motherboards and updating firmware.
- Configuring basic networking and security on Windows.
Other recommended reading and testing exercisers are:
- MCSE Windows XP Professional Exam Cram 2.
- You should be practicing the set up of your XP machine as a small file server, configuring share permissions and NTFS permissions, configuring Windows built in firewall, practice setting up automatic task scheduler
- and learning how to monitor the tasks manager.