Showing posts with label comptia certification. Show all posts
Showing posts with label comptia certification. Show all posts

Friday, 11 July 2014

9 Firebrand Apprentices achieve a staggering 76 certifications in just 5 weeks


Last week we said goodbye to yet another fantastic group of young apprentices. After spending five weeks of intense training with us over the past year, the group’s prospects are looking brighter than ever. They are now well on their way to a career in IT.

From left to right - Iman Attia, Fraser Price, Lewis Graham, Billy Raymond Rowan Farmer, Gary Fildes (Instructor), Lamar Brownbill, Jack Lugar, Alex Buckland and Jacob Noble. 
As a result of their Firebrand Apprenticeship, the group of 9, known affectionately as DESK0913, achieved a staggering number of industry certifications. The industry recognised certs are definitive measures of their technical aptitude and identify the group as driven, smart and ultimately extremely employable.

Altogether, the 9 students attained the following:

36 MTA’s
18 CompTIA Strata’s
4 CompTIA A+
5 CompTIA Network+
5 CompTIA Security+
5 MCTS Windows 7 070-680 (FULL MCP)

The brilliant achievement includes 73 exam passes of technical certifications, 7 ICT functional Skills, 18 City and Guilds exam passes – that’s another apprenticeship cohort with 100 exam passes.

These are all official industry recognised certifications requiring diligent studying and the completion of tough exams. As anybody who has experienced Firebrand’s accelerated training will attest to – achieving these qualifications is no easy feat.

And it gets even more impressive. These qualifications were all achieved by our apprentices during a year of full-time work. The group gained invaluable real-world experience with their employers and we expect them to remain employed even after completing their apprenticeship - a near-perfect 99% of them do.

If you’re looking for a career in IT, you can get industry recognised certifications and earn cash whilst in a proper job. Check now to see if you’re eligible to become a Firebrand Apprentice. Alternatively, if you want a talented and driven young person within your organisation, see the additional benefits of hiring a Firebrand Apprentice on our site.

It’s a great effort all round – congratulations and good luck to Iman, Fraser, Lewis, Billy, Rowan, Lamar, Jack, Alex and Jacob!

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 October 2013

Boost your knowledge and beat the skills gap


Have you ever thought about how your business could benefit from employing more certified professionals? Have you ever considered how a certification would boost your career? Well, now’s the time to start thinking and with CompTIA’s Skills Boost Hub you’ll easily find answers to your questions.

For Companies

According to CompTIA, skills deficiencies have a serious impact on UK businesses. To learn how your business can overcome the difficulties of the skills gap and why it should employ certified professionals, CompTIA provides you with three guides:
  • Beat the Skills Gap: 7 reasons to hire IT certified staff
  • The impact of the IT skills gap on UK businesses
  • The Evidence: Learn how the largest and most successful businesses have boosted their success through certification 

Find out now how to make your business successful, download all three guides from here.

For Students

Do you want to be successful in IT? You’ll have to stand out from the crowd, and show that you can perform effectively on the job. Completing an IT certification will demonstrate that you have the skills employers are looking for. Want to see how much you know? Complete three short tests in IT Support, IT Networking and IT Security.

To learn how you can get that £60k+ IT career and to test your knowledge, click here.

About the Author:       
Peter 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.

Tuesday, 13 August 2013

Apprentices firing it up


“I counted them all out and counted them all back” - our instructor quoting Brian Hanrahan's words. 

Following the success of Ben Sykes, Firebrand can be proud, yet again. Six committed and hardworking apprentices decided to take on a real challenge and achieve an extra certification, on top of the ones in their training content. Needless to say, they all succeeded and acquired CompTIA's NETWORK+ certification. 

From left to right: Josh Farrar, Alex Shaw, Bradd Merner, Ryan Curtis, Rory Edwards, Ryan Simson

If you want to read more about our scheme, go to our Apprenticeships site. 

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, 8 February 2013

Video: Mike Meyers on the new CompTIA A+ exams


So you’re a good IT technician, you might even be a brilliant one. But how do you prove to me that you have skills necessary to work on my computer? This is where the CompTIA comes in. Almost all of the tech industry has something to do with CompTIA, all the big names are members including: Microsoft, Intel, Dell, Cisco and even several governments.

CompTIA is very well known for its A+ certification. It’s considered a benchmark and stepping stone for people who want to enter the IT World. It’s also the industry standard for computer support technicians.

It's part of the certification track for corporations such as Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco and Novell, and has become a requirement for their engineers. There are almost a million IT professionals worldwide who have certified in A+ since the program’s beginning in 1993.

To get your A+ certification, you’ll need to take two exams; the 220-801 and the 220-802 exams. The 801 exam is more about recognising different parts and understand the different speeds and capabilities of equipment. The 802 exam is more about scenarios, such as how you would fix a hard drive. Or if something is not working, what steps would you take to fix the issue. Each exam lasts a maximum of 90 minutes and has 100 questions. They’re often multiple choice.

Mike Meyers CompTIA A+ all-in-oneIf you’re already a follower of CompTIA, you’d know that they recently updated their examinations from the 701 and 702 exams. This has stirred up a lot of questions and many people want to know more about the changes.

Luckily, when Firebrand was over at the CompTIA EMEA conference, we managed to catch up with bestselling author of the CompTIA A+ All-in-One Exam Guide, Mike Meyers. He helped answer many of our questions and talked about some of the changes involved. Watch the video below to see what he had to say.

Mike Meyers on the new CompTIA A+ exams

Video Transcript:
Hey everybody. It's Mike Meyers, the Alpha geek. I want to make a quick hello to all the folks over at Firebrand Training. We're here at CompTIA EMEA Conference. As you can see the folks here at McGraw Hill are selling my books and a couple of other people's while we're at it. I understand you guys have some questions about the new A+, and really, a lot of people have question about the new A+. Here it is, late October, and it's just come out. The two big concerns that we have, more than anything else, are some of the new technologies. In particular, virtualization is a big issue, not only in terms of how the A+ is covering it, but what teachers can use within the class room to make virtualization easier for us to get our jobs done.

The second big issue is mobile computing. In particular, we're talking tablet PCs and smart phones. Now CompTIA has thrown in an interesting bone in here, because they are bringing Apple into the game. So now, when we're talking about tablets, we're talking about iPads as well as Android, and
when we're talking about smart phones, we're talking about iPhones as well as all the different Android phones. So it's going to be a really big job, in terms of what we're going to be doing, and I'm going to be showing folks all kinds of amazing things they can do.

Want to learn more about the new CompTIA A+ exams and ensure you gain your A+ certification? Check out Mike Meyers bestselling book: CompTIAA+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide, 8th Edition.

Buy it on Amazon here:

If you want to see more of the Mike Meyers, check out his great YouTube channel with easy to follow steps and guides on CompTIA:

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

Monday, 10 September 2012

Certified CompTIA Network+ technicians recruited by Apple

Smartphones and tablet computers are being seen as the future making the demand for certified technicians with the understanding of building services and apps for iOS, Windows Phone and Android devices like the iPhone, iPad, Samsung Galaxy S3 and Nokia Lumia.

In a recent survey by Computerworld studying the hiring trends in 2012, it was found that 61% of IT executives are looking to hire technicians with skills, knowledge and certifications in programming and application development.

In another recent study by CompTIA called “Trends in Enterprise Mobility”, it was found that companies are focusing more on smartphones and tablets rather than normal mobile phones. Thanks to these changes, companies like Apple are now recruiting more and more technicians for their Apple Consultants Network (ACN), which is a group of independent service providers and consulting firms who supply on-site services for Apple and general support for home users and businesses.

CompTIA Network+It’s been almost a year now since the ACN started to accept the CompTIA Network+ certification as a prerequisite for their program and many people have benefited.

CompTIA Network+ certified IT technician, Jonathon Praay from Preferred Computers stated: “When we were first approached about joining the Apple Consultants Network and getting the Mobility Competency, I noticed that CompTIA Network+ was now an accepted prerequisite. A few weeks later, I was enrolled for the next CompTIA certification class in my area," he added that "Mobile computing solutions are built on the networks they operate on; so when these topics came up in class I had no trouble grasping the concepts and challenges. This class helped me see yet another exciting application of my network knowledge in a relatively new area."

Apple LogoAs mentioned in a previous blog post, CompTIA Network+ is now an ISO, ANSI accredited and an internationally recognised certification. It shows that the technician has the skills and knowledge needed in order to implement defined network architectures with network security.

Jonathan Praay was able to use his Network+ certification to help him gain Apple’s Mobility Technical Competency Designation (MTC). The MTC is designed to certify that the Apple consultant has the necessary knowledge of the Apple mobile platform. Jonathan Pray added that “the CompTIA Network+ certification really enhanced my network knowledge, something I use every day," 

"As my experience continues to show me, this certification gave me a foundation to build on. I learned the basic standards and concepts as well as troubleshooting methods."

He continued to state that he “would recommend CompTIA Network+ to anyone who will ever configure/design/sell/manage Apple devices for a business to get their Apple Mobility Competency”

“I think its great when different organizations such as Apple and CompTIA can work together to find ways to reach a greater number of IT professionals with new and innovative programs."Description:

Thursday, 16 August 2012

Changes in CompTIA exams

Exams have always been know to be multiple choice questions, it has been the foundation of gaining a certification since the first exams were written. But in 2005, Microsoft began using simulation-based questions. And now 7 years later, CompTIA is going to follow suit.

October 2012 will see the first Performance-based questions on the CompTIA A+ exams, then towards the end of the year they will appear in the Network+ exams, and finally the Security+ in the start of 2013. 

The exams will potentially not be as easy, but if you learn your stuff, it will be a breeze. Students will perform tasks and solve problems to answer the questions using a simulated environment. Read more on the changes to be ready here.