Showing posts with label exam. Show all posts
Showing posts with label exam. Show all posts

Thursday, 20 August 2015

5 Reasons why you don’t need A-levels

 By Sarah Morgan

If you’re receiving your GCSE results today, you’re probably planning your future. If you’re a student who sees A-levels as the only option, here’s why that isn’t the case.

Apprenticeships are a way to earn skills, experience and money without the hassle of going to college and studying for A-levels and can get you started in the career of your dreams.

Firebrand’s IT Apprenticeships are the opportunity you’ve been looking for and is the best thing that could’ve come your way. Here are 5 reasons why:

1. Get paid to learn

You could earn up to £18,000 a year on an IT apprenticeship. Once your learning’s completed, your salary typically rises to  £20,000 and then to £23,500 the year after that.

In the time it takes for someone finish A-levels and university, you’ll have already earned far more than the £27,000 debt they’ll have accumulated. You’ll also have five years of valuable experience behind you.

2. Get a meaningful job, hassle free

It’s often said how hard it is for graduates to find jobs because there is so much competition. You have the chance to bypass that, using a Firebrand IT apprenticeship as your shortcut into work. You’ll be working for a respected company, doing a job that really matters.

Plus, we’ll find your job for you – no endless trawling through jobs boards. Once we receive your details, we’ll do the leg work for you.

3. Invest in your future

An apprenticeship isn’t a short term fix. Taking the time to learn skills in a meaningful, practical environment will prove your work ethic, as well as your knowledge and ability. These skills are highly valued by employers and you’ll be seeing the benefits for years, because you started your career the right way.

4. Get industry recognised qualifications and up to £27,000 worth of training

Firebrand Apprenticeships are aligned with the demands of the IT industry. The qualifications you’ll earn are from well-respected vendors like Microsoft and Cisco. Not only are thy desired across Europe qualifications like these will give your CV an edge.

Also, apprenticeships are funded by the government and your employer. This means the £27,000 worth of training you’ll receive will be completely free.

Find out what’s so great about being an IT Apprentice from someone who is one - Guen, Firebrand's very own -

5. Choose from a wide range of jobs

Roles like Network Engineer, Mobile App Developer, Software Developer, Web Developer and Games Developer are just some of the roles that you can do with a Firebrand IT Apprenticeship. These are some of the most highly sought after and in-demand jobs in the industry, giving your career fantastic potential for growth.

So, on the job training, valuable experience, industry recognised qualifications and backing from a respected employer in the industry are all included in an apprenticeship. This combination can take you anywhere you want to go.

Don’t miss out on this fantastic opportunity. Head over to our website and Apply Now.

 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. 

Monday, 1 September 2014

Do Microsoft’s exam extensions affect you?


Microsoft has extended the availability of a large number of exams for soon to be legacy certifications: MCITP, MCTS and MCPD.

Originally due to expire on July 31st this year, the following exams will now be available until 31st July 2015:

MCTS - Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist

Exam 70-177: Microsoft Project Server 2010, Configuration

Exam 70-433: Microsoft SQL Server 2008, Business Intelligence Development and Maintenance

Exam 70-511: Microsoft .NET Framework 4, Windows Applications Development

Exam 70-513: Microsoft .NET Framework 4, Service Communication Applications

Exam 70-515: Microsoft .NET Framework 4, Web Applications Development

Exam 70-515: MCTS: Microsoft .NET Framework 4, Data Access

Exam 70-663: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Configuring

Exam 70-662: Microsoft Exchange Server 2010, Configuring

Exam 70-667: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Configuring

MCITP - Microsoft Certified IT professional

Exam 70-450: Designing, optimizing, and maintaining a database administrative solution using Microsoft SQL Server 2008

Exam 70-451: Designing Database Solutions and Data Access Using Microsoft SQL Server 2008

Exam 70-699: Windows Server 2003, MCSA Security Specialization Skills Update

Exam 70-668: Microsoft SharePoint 2010, Administrator

MCPD - Microsoft Certified Professional Developer

Exam 70-518: Designing and Developing Windows Applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4

Exam 70-519: Designing and Developing web applications Using Microsoft .NET Framework 4

What next?

The extension of these exams means you now have more time to achieve your MCPD, MCITP or MCTS certification. Visit us to see what other Microsoft certs are available.

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 May 2014

Microsoft retires more exams: does it affect you?


Microsoft has finished the planning of its exam retirement schedule for the next 12 months.  As part of this process, the company plans to retire all Microsoft Dynamics MCTS and MCITP certs by the end of 2014.

How will this impact on you?

There’s no need to worry, if you see an exam related to the certification you have being retired. Your cert will still be valid and your exam record still remains on your transcript.
However, if you are intending to get a certification that includes one of the exams on the list, you must make sure that you pass the exam before the retirement date. It’s wise to allow time for a potential retake as well.

Microsoft continuously updates its exam retirement site, which is useful to check frequently because dates and exams are subject to change.

These exams are being retired by the following dates

  • MB7-838 NAV 2009 Installation & Configuration 6/30/2014
  • MB7-839 NAV 2009 Core Setup and Finance 6/30/2014
  • MB7-840 NAV 2009 C/SIDE Introduction 6/30/2014
  • MB7-841 NAV 2009 C/SIDE Solution Development 6/30/2014
  • MB7-842 NAV 2009 Trade & Inventory 6/30/2014
  • MB7-843 NAV 2009 Warehouse Management 6/30/2014
  • MB7-846 NAV 2009 Relationship Management 6/30/2014
  • MB7-848 NAV 2009 Service Management 6/30/2014
  • MB7-849 NAV 2009 Manufacturing 6/30/2014
  • MB7-849 NAV 2009-Produktion (Danish) 6/30/2014
  • MB7-849 NAV 2009-Produktion (German) 6/30/2014
  • MB5-845 POS 2009 12/31/2014
  • MB5-537 Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System 2.0 Store Operations 12/31/2014
  • MB5-538 Microsoft Dynamics Retail Management System 2.0 Headquarters 12/31/2014

Visual Studio
  • 70-506: TS: Silverlight 4, Development 7/31/2014
  • 70-512: TS: Visual Studio Team Foundation Server 2010, Administration 7/31/2014
  • 70-521: Upgrade: Transition your MCPD .NET Framework 3.5 Windows Dev Skills to MCPD .NET 4.0 Windows App Dev 7/31/2014
  • 70-523: Upgrade: Transition Your MCPD .NET Framework 3.5 Web Dev Skills to MCPD .NET Framework 4 Web Dev 7/31/2014
  • 98-362: Windows Development Fundamentals 7/31/2014
  • 98-373: Mobile Development Fundamentals 7/31/2014

Volume Licensing
  • 70-671: TS: Designing and Providing Volume Licensing Solutions to Small and Medium Orgs 1/31/2015
  • 70-672: TS: Designing and Providing Volume Licensing Solutions to Large Organizations 1/31/2015

  • 70-682: Pro: Upgrading to Windows 7 MCITP Enterprise Desktop Support Technician 7/31/2014
  • 70-684: OEM Reseller 7/31/2014

Windows Azure
  • 70-583: PRO: Designing and Developing Windows Azure Applications 7/31/2014

Windows Embedded
  • 70-582: TS: Windows Embedded Standard 7 for Developers 7/31/2014

Windows Phone
  • 70-599: Pro: Designing and Developing Windows Phone Applications 9/30/2014
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, 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.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

How to prepare for your Certification - Oracle

Oracle Certification
Oracle University gives us some tips and key step in earning your Oracle Certification. Although the video is only designed for Oracle certifications, it still is very relevant to all certification types.
Paul Sorenson explains that by following the 5 steps below, you will be well prepared for your exam and ready to receive your certification.

1) Research the certification's requirements
2) Review the test objectives and identify gaps
3) Build your personal study plan
4) Execute your study plan completely!
5) Practice!

What steps do you take to prepare for your exam?

Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Video: CompTIA Security+ Exam Profile

The goal of the three-day accelerated CompTIA Security+ course is to provide you with the skills needed to validate a broad knowledge of security concerns and perform day-to-day security functions.

Security+ was developed with input from industry, government, academia and front-line practitioners.

Monday, 28 May 2012

Video: Cisco explains CCNA 640-802 exam

CCNA is a beginning-level certification that aims to provide a solid foundation in Cisco networking. In this video, Cisco gives an overview of CCNA certification and the CCNA 640-802 exam. It talks about the question types, length, curriculum, how to register, etc. and also provides resources which can help you study for the exam.