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Would like to know a bit about MCSE, MCP, Cisco CCNA, CompTIA A+ Qualifications

Found 10th Sep 2009
Hi, I have been offered to do training in gaining some of the following certificates, - MCSE, MCP, Cisco CCNA, CompTIA A+

I would like to find out a bit more about them, like how easy are they to acquire? for those who may have took these before.

And is it worth training to gain this qualifications, in which you must pay for them when your in a full time job.

And has anyone taken these career paths where your offered training and guaranteed a job then have to pay back for the training. Are they worth it?

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I did Cisco CCNA for 1 year in 2007 as a sixth form course and hated it, it consisted of basically sitting down in a room and reading a section of a book then taking an exam on that section before reading the next.

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did you hate it, as in it being to simple and boring? was it hard at all then? =/

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I'm a computing graduate and am currently looking for full-time work, and I signed up with the reed agency, and currently have just been gettin calls from companies that offer the training and say they guarantee you work after. But you have to pay for all training one way or another, whether it be taking out a bank loan or paying it back once your working. And i'm just curious as whether its worth going for these types of jobs...

They are all good professional qualifications but they are at different levels of competence and ability. The most basic of the ones you have listed is the A+. This is the first step in IT and would take probs 2-3 months of home study to achieve. This obviously depends on how many hours per week you can dedicate to it. It is the qualificaton for 1st Line hardware engineers and would help towards you getting basic contract work in IT.

The others are more specialist and would depend on what you want to specify in. MCP's and MCSE's are Microsoft Server based. The MCP is a single exam pass. MCSE's are a collection of specific MCP's passed. If you are not working and can dedicate 6-8 hours per day to study, even if you have little or no experience in IT, it is possible to pass a MCP in 2-4 weeks. The MCSE would take you about 12 - 18 months. The MCSE qualification is still the ideal one to get for a general position in IT. You would still be expected to have experience to get a job tho. It's not an instant door-opener. It would normally allow you to get decent contract work tho and this would count towards experience for a permanent job if that was what you wanted.

Cisco CCNA is more related to the installation and upkeep of Cisco routers and switches. Cisco qualifications are more regarded as a secondary professional qualification, ie, I have my MCSE or whatever, I can now expand my knowledge into routers, switches etc.

If you have no IT knowledge or experience at all then I would recommend 1 Server 2008 network administration course, approx 7 days, should cost you lbetween £500 - 1K. Once you have that under your belt, you will have enough understanding of how it all goes together to achieve the rest via self-study books. These are still expensive. £30 - £50 each but much cheaper than books. You should be able to pick them up second-habd and there is a walth of knowledge-sharing on the internet too.

Summary. Are they worhtwhile - yes, but to get a job in IT, you'll still need the experience to go with it. Contracting's your best bet but start small and work up to the bigger one's.

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They are all good professional qualifications but they are at different … They are all good professional qualifications but they are at different levels of competence and ability. The most basic of the ones you have listed is the A+. This is the first step in IT and would take probs 2-3 months of home study to achieve. This obviously depends on how many hours per week you can dedicate to it. It is the qualificaton for 1st Line hardware engineers and would help towards you getting basic contract work in IT.The others are more specialist and would depend on what you want to specify in. MCP's and MCSE's are Microsoft Server based. The MCP is a single exam pass. MCSE's are a collection of specific MCP's passed. If you are not working and can dedicate 6-8 hours per day to study, even if you have little or no experience in IT, it is possible to pass a MCP in 2-4 weeks. The MCSE would take you about 12 - 18 months. The MCSE qualification is still the ideal one to get for a general position in IT. You would still be expected to have experience to get a job tho. It's not an instant door-opener. It would normally allow you to get decent contract work tho and this would count towards experience for a permanent job if that was what you wanted.Cisco CCNA is more related to the installation and upkeep of Cisco routers and switches. Cisco qualifications are more regarded as a secondary professional qualification, ie, I have my MCSE or whatever, I can now expand my knowledge into routers, switches etc.If you have no IT knowledge or experience at all then I would recommend 1 Server 2008 network administration course, approx 7 days, should cost you lbetween £500 - 1K. Once you have that under your belt, you will have enough understanding of how it all goes together to achieve the rest via self-study books. These are still expensive. £30 - £50 each but much cheaper than books. You should be able to pick them up second-habd and there is a walth of knowledge-sharing on the internet too.Summary. Are they worhtwhile - yes, but to get a job in IT, you'll still need the experience to go with it. Contracting's your best bet but start small and work up to the bigger one's.



Thanks for all you info, was really helpful ...I was just more reserved about it, because it will be more studying...and after 3yrs of uni I thought i'd finally be done! :? lol But these qualifications dont seem like they'll be too bad to acquire, and will benefit me in the long run.

rep given to all, thanks for your help!
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