Showing posts with label CompTIA. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CompTIA. Show all posts

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Your Ultimate CISSP FAQ

 By Sarah Morgan

The CISSP is a hugely popular certification that carries a great deal of prestige and may be something you’re striving for in the future.

How much do you really know about the CISSP? This ultimate CISSP FAQ will start from the basics to ensure you know all there is to know about this gold standard security certification.

Q: What is a CISSP?

A: CISSP stands for Certified Information Systems Security Professional. Achieving the certification proves you are accomplished at the management level of information security. Developed by globally recognised (ISC)2, it has become established and well-respected within the industry and is now a key component in the selection process of Chief Information Officers.



Q: What does the course cover?

A: The CISSP course begins by ensuring you understand the concepts and principles behind information security and why they are important. You’ll then build up to learn how to protect your business from various angles and how to apply management skills to information security through (ISC)2’s eight domains.

Everything you’ll cover will be from (ISC)2’s CISSP CBK (common body of knowledge). This ensures what you learn is approved and thorough, covering all components of information security management. The full list of the domain titles are as follows:


  • Domain 1 – Security and Risk Management 
  • Domain 2 – Asset Security
  • Domain 3 – Security Engineering
  • Domain 4 – Communication and Network Security
  • Domain 5 – Identity and Access Management
  • Domain 6 – Security Assessment and Testing
  • Domain 7 – Security Operations
  • Domain 8 – Software Development Security


Q: How will it help me on a day-to-day basis?

A: The skills you’ll learn on your CISSP course will improve the depth of your knowledge, filling in gaps, and making you more skilled at what you already know and do. You will also become more proficient and prepared for dealing with a vast range of security threats.

For example, the breadth of topics covered ranges from cryptography to implementing disaster recovery processes. Whatever your current or future job role in information security, you’re sure to gain knowledge and skills that will help you on a daily basis.

Q: Who is the CISSP aimed at?

A: The CISSP is an advanced certification. This means it is directly aimed at senior and experienced security professionals who will realistically be able to pass the exam and find it useful.

However on a more grand scale, anyone looking into senior information security roles can target the CISSP as a long term goal. Even if you’re not quite the perfect candidate to take the CISSP yet, there’s nothing stopping you in the long term.

Q: What jobs can I do with a CISSP?

A: The CISSP has the potential to lift you into security roles that are the pinnacle of the field. Below are just a small sample of the sorts of job roles that you could access after becoming CISSP certified:


  • Chief Information Security Officer
  • IT Security consultant
  • Senior Security Engineer
  • Head of Cyber strategy
  • Security Specialist
  • Chief Security Architect
  • Security Assurance Analyst
  • Technology Consultant Manager
  • Cyber Security Senior Manager
  • Information Risk Manager
  • Head of Risk & Compliance




Q: How much can I expect to earn with a CISSP?

A: Of course the salary you can earn depends on what else is in your skillset and the job roles listed above do have varying salaries. According to itjobswatch.com, the lower tier of the jobs you could be doing average salaries between £40,00-£50,000. These are roles like IT Security Consultant, Security Specialist and Security Assurance Analyst.

However, the more senior roles, like Chief Information Security Officer, Head of Cyber Strategy, Chief Security Architect and Cyber Security Senior Manager, average salaries between £70,000-£100,000. The CISSP is one of the best certifications as a gateway to such high level jobs with that kind of salary and responsibility – especially in a field with such intense competition.

Q: Can anyone take the CISSP course?

A: Because the CISSP is such an advanced certification, there are prerequisites that you must meet before you are able to sit the course.

Initially, you must have at least five years of professional information security experience, as well as a university degree. The nature of the security industry also requires you to agree and commit to the Code of Ethics and criminal history check. On top of this, after passing the certification, your application must be endorsed by another qualified information security professional.

However, do not be put off. These prerequisites are only in place to ensure that you and have the experience and ability to pass the course and put what you’ve learnt into practice in the real world afterwards.

Q: What happens if I don’t meet the prerequisites?

A: If you don’t currently meet the requirements for the CISSP – (ISC)2 offer a range of courses for varying experience and skill level. The full list here.

The SSCP is designed for those who don’t meet the CISSP prerequisites. Also developed by (ISC)2 from its CBK, it covers seven very similar domains, at a lower level. The bonus is, it only requires one year of experience in the information security field – a fantastic stepping stone to get you onto the CISSP.

There are also many other security certifications that can help boost your skills. From EC-Council’s Certified Ethical Hacker, to CompTIA’s Security+, there is a certification out there than can help you get the skills you want in the security industry, whatever your current situation.

Q: What are the exams like?

A: The CISSP exam consists of 250 multiple–choice, four option questions. It’s a lot of questions, but you have six hours in which to do them. All exams are meant to test you and prove that you are a certain standard, otherwise the certification wouldn’t be worth anything. The CISSP is no different and is a tough exam to pass, hence the qualities stated in the prerequisites. But don’t feel daunted, obviously people do pass it, it just takes commitment and hard work. It’s also worth noting that the exam questions change every two weeks, so you’re not facing the same questions each time.

Q: What happens if I fail?

A: Obviously nobody likes to fail, but it doesn’t mean the end of your aspirations and possibility of you getting CISSP certified. (ISC)2 policy states you can retake an exam 3 times in a year. If it’s the first time you’ve failed it, you’ll be able to sit another exam just 30 days afterwards.

Q: When can I get on a CISSP course and get certified?

A: The CISSP is a hugely popular course, which is why there is usually always a course running soon that you can get yourself on. At Firebrand there is between 1 and 3 courses a month. The Firebrand course is also just seven days and also includes the official (ISC)2 exam at the end of it. That means depending on availability, you could be CISSP certified by the end of next week.

 About the Author:        
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry.

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

How to renew your CompTIA A+ certification


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The IT industry is in a constant state of evolution. Each day brings with it a new security patch, operating system upgrade or revolutionary technology. As an IT professional you need to show your skills and knowledge match the current industry developments. Launched in 2011, CompTIA's Continuing Education (CE) program was created to do just that, ensuring your certifications are kept up to date. 

If you have achieved the CompTIA A+ certification post January 1, 2011, you have a globally-recognized ISO/ANSI accredited certification. As part of the accreditation requirements, this certification expires every three years. 

How to renew you CompTIA A+ certification

A+ CertificationYou can renew your expiring A+ certification using the CE program in the following way:
  • Pass the most current version of the two CompTIA A+ exams:
    • Essentials (Exam 220-801)
    • Practical Application (Exam 220-802)
  • Complete CompTIA CE activities, which will allow you to keep your certification current without retesting
  • Achieve a higher-level CompTIA certification like the Network+, or a higher level industry certification

Your fastest route to CompTIA A+ recertification

The great thing about the CE program, as outlined above, is that you can renew your CompTIA certification by achieving additional industry related certifications. So, not only do you maintain your current certification, you have the opportunity to expand your skill set and certification into another area. 

To renew a certification, you are required to achieve Continuing Education Units. To renew the CompTIA A+ you'll need to acquire 20 . Below are a list of Firebrand's accelerated courses which meet this criteria, allowing you to renew your A+ certification in the shortest time frame possible:

Author Profile

As part of Firebrand's global marketing team, Edward actively works to serve the IT community with news, reviews and technical how to guides. Working in the Industry for almost 5 years, Edward has a wide variety of experience with Microsoft Technologies including SharePoint, Windows Server and Exchange Server. Edward is an active member of the IT community contributing to a variety of tech publications including Microsoft TechNet, Channel Pro and PC Advisor.

Monday, 27 July 2015

Top 5 reasons why you need your A+ certification

By Sarah Morgan

Knowing how to start your career in IT can be daunting. Certifications are a great way to boost your skills and CompTIA’s A+ certification is a fantastic place to begin.

During your preparation for the A+ certification you’ll learn maintenance and setup of PCs, laptops, printers, mobile devices and networks as well as the basics of operating systems, security and troubleshooting. Here are the top reasons why the A+ certification is a great way to kick start your career.


1. Widely supported in the IT industry

The A+ certification has been established for 20 years and a massive amount of revision resources are now available to help you learn the skills you need. This includes revision books like:




Online resources include CompTIA’s practice questions on their own website. TechExams has a CompTIA A+ forum where you can get useful posts from people who have already taken and passed the exam.

You can also find a full list of free revision resources on our previous blog post.





2. Access to advanced courses 

After passing your A+ certification, you can progress on to the Network+ and Security+, both well respected and desired certifications in their own right.

The Network+ will prove your knowledge of network architecture, operations and security as well as network theory and industry standards and practices.

Security+ covers in-depth network security, data and host security, access control and identity management and cryptography.

You can continue to develop your skills afterwards, on more advanced certifications. CCNA (Routing & Switching) will allow you to pursue networking and IP services and troubleshooting. The Microsoft MCSA: Windows Server 2012 cert will build upon security fundamentals in Microsoft based formats. Plus, after years of industry experience, you’ll be able to work towards certifications in advanced areas of security, like the Certified Ethical Hacker certification or the CISSP.


3. Universal and globally recognised

The skills you’ll learn on your A+ certification will be transferable across many types of hardware. This means it is applicable to many IT situations and tasks like security application and prevention, troubleshooting and configuring PC hardware. The A+ certification has a global reputation, meaning your skills will be valued by employers all over the world. Stats on the CompTIA website state that over 1,000,000 people have been A+ certified.


4. More opportunities to plan and diversify your career

The versatility of your newly gained skills, combined with lots of opportunities to specialise into new areas, gives you a fantastic chance to plan and change the direction of your career. It is also used as a reliable benchmark for hiring, promoting and career planning because it proves you have a strong foundation of working IT knowledge.

The A+ certification allows you access to a wide range of career opportunities. For example, security roles are specialised and require qualifications that are hard to achieve. According to itjobswatch.co.uk, 100% of Chief Information Security Officers, earning an average of £100,000 a year, have a CISSP. Establishing yourself with an A+ certification can set you on the path to diversify into an exciting role in a specialised field like vulnerability analyst or penetration tester.


5. You’ll have the potential to work in higher paid roles

According to itjobswatch.com, the average salary for someone who is A+ certified is £23,500. After you gain your cert, you will begin on the path to higher level certifications and higher level job roles. Jobs available to someone A+ certified include, Support Engineer, Analyst and IT Support.  It’s a fantastic way to invest in your future career opportunities.





How you can get your A+ certification fast.

If you’re looking to get trained quickly, Firebrand’s A+ course can get you certified in just four days. You can also combine your A+ certification with the Network+ course and achieve both in just seven days. The resources available to you and the boost the certification can give to your career mean there has never been a better time to get your A+ certification.


About the Author:        
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Friday, 23 January 2015

CompTIA's Network+ is changing!


By Sarah Morgan


CompTIA’s internationally recognised Network+ certification is getting an update this February.

The IT landscape is always changing. And to make sure the Network+ remains a validation of your networking knowledge, it’s changing too.

The new Network+ (N10-006) is set to launch in February 2015 (estimated). You’ll still be able to take the existing Network+ product (N10-005) until 30 August 2015.

What’s new?

CompTIA’s Network+ N10-005 is being phased out and replaced by Network+ N10-006. The N10-006 will be different in three key areas:


1. Updated terms and technologies

CompTIA will be modernising the Network+, making it more in line with modern IT networking.

As a result of this, the Network+ exam will now also prove you possess a ‘basic understanding of emerging technologies including unified communications, mobile, cloud and virtualisation technologies.’


2. An emphasis on hands-on activities

Take the new Network+ and you’ll experience more hands on activities within the following topics: installing, configuring, implementing, managing and troubleshooting.

An example of this hands-on emphasis can be seen in this example of the updated objectives:

Current: N10-005 - Categorise standard media types and associated properties.

New: N10-006 - Install and properly terminate various cable types using appropriate tools.


3. Three new topics

Given the importance of security in modern networking, especially in light high profile attacks this year, the three new topics in the N10-006 all relate to security:
  • 3.4 Compare and contrast physical security controls
  • 3.7 Summaries basic forensic concepts
  • 5.6 Summarise safety practices

The addition of these new topics has also impacted the five Network+ domains and their weighting in the exam (see below).


The Network+ domains are changing.






Are the prerequisites changing?

If you’re ready for the N10-005, you’re ready for the N10-006 too. That’s because CompTIA’s recommended prerequisites are not changing.

Here’s a reminder of what you’ll be expected to possess:

  • CompTIA A+ certification or equivalent knowledge (CompTIA A+ certification is not required)
  • Minimum of nine months’ work experience in IT networking. 

Find out more about how you can get CompTIA Network+ certified here.

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About the Author:        
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Thursday, 15 January 2015

Best Cloud Certifications for 2015


By Sarah Morgan


Certifications are a great way for IT professionals to prove that their knowledge and skills are up-to-date. They can be especially crucial in a fast moving industry like cloud computing, where importance is placed on keeping up with new technology or running the risk of becoming outdated.

Cloud now encompasses hybrid, public and private technologies as well as the software and dedicated hardware that enables these systems to work together. For businesses to reap the full benefits of cloud these systems must be built, maintained and secured by skilled IT professionals.


Taking cloud a bit too literally...
photo by George Thomas, licensed under Creative Commons














 
Industry experience combined with official certification can go a long way to getting you hired by businesses in need of cloud-skilled employees. So, if you need to advance your cloud knowledge or are looking for a career-changing technology in 2015, some of these certifications may be just what you need. Let's take a look at the best cloud certifications for 2015:

1. CompTIA Cloud+

The CompTIA Cloud+ will validate your cloud knowledge and prove you understand the best practices required to work within cloud environments. 

This certification has been designed by CompTIA to act as a career step toward cloud focused roles for experienced network, storage and data administrators. Because of this, it’s recommend you have at least 2-3 years’ experience with networking, storage or data centre administration as well as familiarity with hypervisor technologies. 

With the Cloud+ you’ll prove you can:

  • Understand the available cloud delivery models and services
  • Maintain, implement and provide cloud infrastructure 
  • Explain, identify and implement security techniques
  • Implement and use resource monitoring techniques

The Cloud+ is a well-rounded certification used in a wide range of jobs from cloud engineer to business analyst. 

If you’re more interested in cloud technology from a business and technical perspective, we recommend you take a look at CompTIA’s Cloud Essential certification. This alternative certification focuses on the business value of cloud, steps to successful adoption and the risks and consequences of the technology.


2. Microsoft Specialist: Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions

Microsoft’s Public Cloud service, Microsoft Azure is gaining popularity worldwide with 1000s of new customers joining every day. Microsoft have made a clear commitment to Azure, investing over $15 billion in building and maintaining the datacentres that power the platform.

To complement their cloud portfolio and to encourage Azure uptake, Microsoft introduced two new specialist certifications in 2014.

The first of these – Developing Microsoft Azure Solutions – is focused at IT developers with basic experience in implementing and monitoring Microsoft Azure solutions.
Achieve this certification and you’ll be able to establish your own Azure virtual network environment, construct Azure Virtual Machines, host azure websites and design your own resilient cloud applications.




If you already hold the MCSD: Web Application cert, this qualification is a brilliant way for you to achieve a rounded understanding of the Azure platform.

To achieve the certification you’ll have to pass Microsoft Exam: 70-532. Plus, both specialist certs do not require any pre-requisites as they are not part of Microsoft’s typical certification track.


3. Microsoft Specialist: Implementing Microsoft Azure Solutions

The second of Microsoft’s new specialist Azure certifications is aimed at experienced IT professionals who administer on-premise infrastructure. As such, you’ll be expected to possess an understanding of virtualisation, network configuration, Active Directory, and database concepts.
Complete this certification and you’ll prove your ability to:

  • Implement and manage virtual networking within Azure
  • Plan and create Azure virtual machines
  • Deploy and configure websites in Azure
  • Manage and backup monitor storage solutions

To achieve the certification you’ll have to pass the Microsoft Exam: 70-533. Both specialist certs do not require any pre-requisites as they are not part of Microsoft’s typical certification track.


4. VMware® vSphere 5.5

When it comes to cloud, experience with virtualization technology is "very important, since that's essentially what makes cloud computing more flexible and increases utilization," argues Wendy Duarte, vice president of recruiting at Mondo.

As one of the fundamental technologies powering cloud computing, it’s no surprise that a virtualisation certification would feature on our top 5 list.

VMware’s Mike Adams states the relationship between virtualisation and cloud succinctly, - “Virtualization is a foundational element of cloud computing and helps deliver on the value of cloud computing…Cloud computing is the delivery of shared computing resources, software or data — as a service and on-demand through the Internet."

Products like VMware vSphere allow businesses to cut the cost of their server sprawl by running multiple operating systems and applications on a single computer, which can then be easily accessed remotely.

vSphere 5.5 eliminates the need to run several sub-optimal servers, but as always, it takes skilled IT professionals to implement and manage this powerful technology. So, to sharpen your virtualisation skills or to take the first steps towards bringing virtualisation to your organisation, we recommend you take a look at VMware’s vSphere 5.5 certification

Find out more about vSphere 5.5 here, but bear in mind, this certification may change with the release of vSphere 6 sometime in 2015.


5. Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK)

Security is a primary concern for businesses pre and post cloud migration. With the CCSK, you’ll prove you can handle cloud security vulnerabilities.

The CCSK is a web-based certification that tests for a broad knowledge of cloud security and includes topics from architecture, governance, compliance, operations, encryption and virtualisation.

To complete this cert you’ll need to pass the CCSK examination: a 60-question multiple choice exam, completed within 90 minutes. Don’t be fooled by the open-book nature of this assessment - you simply won’t have enough time to research every answer individually (and still pass).

It’s worth noting that the CCSK is not a substitute for other cloud certifications. Instead, the CCSK augments your other credentials by proving your knowledge and competency in cloud computing security.

The CCSK is a great supporting certification for IT professionals holding ISACA’s CISA qualification. CISAs emphasise that the CCSK provides the necessary context and focus to effectively audit cloud environments.
Plus, the CCSK can also be employed effectively aside (ISC)2’s CISSP due to the parallels between both certifications Bodies of Knowledge. Additionally, the CCSK builds upon the CISSP by providing context that is important to the cloud.

Since Cloud Security Alliance first released their Certificate of Cloud Security Knowledge (CCSK) in 2010, thousands of IT and security professionals have utilised it as an effective way to upgrade their skills. 


Prove your knowledge

Cloud computing, one of Gartner’s top 10 technology trends for 2015, has already attracted 90% of businesses who now operate using the technology. Cloud’s flexible cost scaling and cost saving has resulted in a massive demand for cloud-ready IT professionals. 

In fact, 65% of IT departments can’t find enough qualified staff to support their cloud projects, report IDC. 

Now you just need the qualifications to prove you can support this in-demand technology.

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About the Author:        
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry. 

Friday, 2 January 2015

Certifications to start your IT Career in 2015


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Looking to start your IT career in 2015? Check out this list of the top entry level certifications to help secure your first job in the field of IT. Completing any one of these will prove you have the associated skill set necessary to perform in a range of entry level IT jobs.

Microsoft entry level certifications

MicrosoftIf you're considering a career in technology then it's almost a certainty you'll end up working with Microsoft technologies. The MTA certification (Microsoft Technology Associate) is Microsoft's introductory track addressing a wide spectrum of fundamental technical concepts.

The MTA is split into three tracks which you can follow depending on your interests and career goals:


  • MTA IT Infastructure track - if you want to build a career in desktop, server infrastructure or private cloud computing this is the track for you. Hone your skills around window desktop and server operating systems, networking and security.
  • MTA Database track - this track is for those chasing a career in business intelligence or data platform administration and covers database fundamentals.
  • MTA Developer track - for those looking to become a software developer, this track prepares you to get hands on with Microsoft tech. Choose from a range of training to develop fundamental skills in software development, gaming, HMTL5, .NET, software testing and web development. 
Passing just one exam will gain you an MTA certification and prepare you for the more advanced MCSA, MCSE and MCSD certification tracks. Though it's important to note the MTA is not required as a prerequisite certification to the more advanced tracks.

Cisco entry level certifications

Cisco
If you are interested in starting a career as a networking professional, attaining a Cisco certification is a huge step in making this a reality. As well as being a global technology leader specializing in networking and communications, Cisco has one of the most popular and widely recognised certification programs in the IT Industry.

The CCENT credential (Cisco Certified Entry Networking Technician) will be your ideal starting point. Attaining the CCENT certification proves you have the ability to install, maintain, secure and troubleshoot small networks. 

This will qualify you to get a job as a network or help desk technician, whilst also acting as the prerequisite for Cisco's Associate level certifications like the CCNA and CCDA.


CompTIA entry level certifications

CompTIACompTIA are a non profit trade association providing a range of globally recognized, vendor neutral certifications. Their most popular certifications are the A+ and Network+ certifications:

  • A+ certification - achieving this credential shows you have a solid skills foundation in software and hardware. This course is designed to reflect the skills needed to excel as a computer support professional and has been adopted by HP and IBM as a requirement for all their technical staff. The A+ credentials is so popular it recently passed the 1 million mark for individuals attaining the certification.
  • Network+ certification - this is a fantastic alternative to Cisco certification for those considering a career in Networking. The Network+ credential proves you have the skills and knowledge to configure and operate a variety of networking products.
Take a combined A+ and Network+ course with Firebrand and attain both certifications in just 7 days.


So there you have it, the top certifications to kick start your IT career in 2015, what are you waiting for?


Author Profile

As part of Firebrand's global marketing team, Edward actively works to serve the IT community with news, reviews and technical how to guides. Working in the Industry for almost 3 years, Edward has a wide variety of experience with Microsoft Technologies including SharePoint, Windows Server and Exchange Server. Edward is an active member of the IT community contributing to a variety of tech publications including Microsoft TechNet, Channel Pro and PC Advisor.

Wednesday, 5 November 2014

10 CompTIA A+ revision resources for a first time pass


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The CompTIA A+ is widely regarded as the starting point for a career in IT. In fact, as of October 17th 2014, over 1 million IT professionals around the world have achieved this certification.

Major brands like Dell, HP and Lenovo require their service technicians to be A+ certified and it’s even supported by government branches like the US Department of Defence.

To achieve the A+, you’re going to have to pass two exams. So to make sure you pass first time, here are 10 must have revision resources.


1. Professor Messer

An IT celebrity in his own right, Professor Messer runs a successful YouTube channel and website providing high quality lecture style tutorials and accompanying resources.

You won’t find low resolution tutorials with grating sound quality here – Professor Messer’s videos are in a league of their own.

With over 25 years of experience and a passion for providing top-notch revision material, Professor Messer has created a truly fantastic resource. Expect high production quality and intelligent teaching from an IT professional who really knows his stuff.

And if you really like these videos, you can download portable versions for a small fee. Of course if you don’t want to pay you can still find every single video in full quality online, for free.


 


Start watching Professor Messer’s CompTIA comprehensive training course, with built in quiz questions and complementary content, here (just scroll down for the videos).


2. PC Technician – Free A+ Practice Tests

It’s all well and good watching online lectures but are you actually absorbing the information? You’ll find a lot of A+ practice tests online and they’re ideal for putting your new knowledge into practice.

The vast majority of the exam questions you’ll face for your A+ are multiple choice. This set of 13 free practice exam tests mimics this style of questions and provides a good simulation of the real A+ exams.

Access them here.


3. CompTIA A+ Complete Review Guide: Exams 220-801 and 220-802

This may be the first resource on our list that isn’t free, but it’s definitely worth its price tag. The CompTIA A+ Complete Review Guide is a perfect study guide to accompany you from the beginning of your revision, to the moment you begin your exam.

The book features a mass of charts and graphics, ideal when revising the A+’s computer component modules.

Plus, in this giant 500+ page paperback, you’ll find more than 170 review questions, 4 practice exams, over 100 electronic flashcards and a searchable Glossary of Key Terms. In fact it’s so good we include it free of charge on all of our CompTIA A+ courses.

Read the promising Amazon reviews here.


4. ProProfs Study Resources

A+ Quick Reference Sheet

There’s always going to be that one crucial piece of revision that you just need to revise constantly or risk forgetting altogether.

ProProfs cram notes are an excellent resource for revising those tiny details that could make the difference between a pass and a fail.

This quick reference sheet contains a bulleted list of short points that you must know for your exam. We recommend printing it off and reading it whenever and wherever you can.


Study Guide

This handy (if cumbersome) A+ study guide is a useful resource.

The flash-style guide requires you to click through hundreds of ‘slides’ and thought it can become tiring, its content is still undeniably useful. You’ll find an in-depth guide to all aspects of the CompTIA A+.

Access it here.     


Printable Flash Cards

Use these 500 printable flash cards  cards to quickly identify any existing holes in your knowledge.

There are useful options for printing, downloading and you’ll even be able to add tricky questions to a personal ‘review list.’


5. Firebrand Learn

We’ve uploaded our entire A+ courseware onto our online platform, Firebrand Learn. It’s all totally free and you don’t even have to register to access it.

If you’re looking for a comprehensive catalogue of everything you need to learn, Firebrand Learn is a great place to start.


6. A+ Certification All-In-One For Dummies

This well put-together cheat sheet from dummies.com is a great way to review some of the major Windows concepts like boot files, recovery tools, RAID types and troubleshooting utilities.

Take a look at it here.


7. Official CompTIA A+ Practice Exams

If you don’t want to rely on unofficial online exam papers, you can’t go far wrong with CompTIA’s official A+ Certification Practice Exams.

This pack of 1000 questions - with answers and explanations – cohesively covers both Exams 220-801 and 220-802.

Once you’re ready to test your hard earned A+ knowledge, this is the best way to do it.

Purchase it on CompTIA’s online store.


8. Official Free CompTIA A+ Sample Questions

If you don’t want to pay for practice exam questions, you can still get an idea of what you’ll be facing come exam day with CompTIA’s Official Free Sample Questions.

You’ll have to trade some of your personal details for them (name, email etc) but you can easily avoid the annoyance of unwanted email promotions by deselecting the relevant tick-box.

Once you’ve completed the form you’ll get access to two sets of sample questions and answers covering both A+ exams.


9. RM Roberts Study Guides and Practice Tests

Here’s another great online study guide, this time from rmroberts. These in-depth study guides cover domains 1-5 of the 220-801 exam and domains 1-4 of the 220-802 exam.

They display as PDF’s for ease-of-use and can be downloaded simply for use around offline and on mobile. Access them here.


10. TechExams CompTIA A+ forums

Nothing beats asking another person for help. If you get stuck on a specific A+ topic, just pose your question in one of the active IT forums.

You’ll benefit massively speaking to fellow A+ students and professionals alike. Nobody can answer a tricky question better than a human being and checking out forums like TechExams could save you a lot of time.


Have we missed anything?

If there are any other handy resources we’ve missed, please post a comment, we’d love to hear them!

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An ideal starting point for your IT career: CompTIA A+ certification

About the Author:        
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry.