Showing posts with label recertification. Show all posts
Showing posts with label recertification. Show all posts

Tuesday, 1 September 2015

How to renew your CompTIA A+ certification


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:

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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.

Wednesday, 30 July 2014

If you have an MCSE/MCSD or are planning to get one – this affects you


Microsoft’s head of communications, Tim Sneath wants to make the MCSD and MCSE ‘harder for everyone.

Last year, the retirement of Microsoft’s Master level certs left the most determined of IT professionals without top tier Microsoft qualifications to strive for. The Microsoft Certified Master (MCM), Microsoft Certified Solutions Master (MCSM) and Microsoft Certified Architect (MCA) have all been discontinued without replacement.

But whilst there are no plans to release a new pinnacle certification, Microsoft does have something else in mind.

Without the Master Level certifications, there's a new top tier

Currently, the most advanced Microsoft certifications on offer are the MCSE and MCSD. To reflect their top-tier status, Microsoft now plans on upping the difficulty of both MCSE and MCSD certifications. 

Sneath describes the changes: ‘[Microsoft] will add a variety of richer test types that make it harder for people to memorise answers. We’re also adding richer questioning types. In testing for SQL certifications, we ask you to actually create an SQL query.’

The aim is to make certifications reflect more practical knowledge, not just theory.

Microsoft wants the route to an MCSE/MCSD to be more rigorous, but without excluding the majority. Instead of just a small elite group of cert holders, Microsoft now wants to embrace a broader community. These tougher certs will be promoted as something new and unique.

Sneath received his MCSE 20 years ago – ‘I thought I was pretty special. We want to bring that back.

And the changes to MCSD and MCSE certs don’t just apply for new candidates. As MCSE holders are required to recertify every three years, and MCSD holders every two years; these changes definitely have the potential to catch some professionals out.

Microsoft haven't yet announced a time-frame for these new updates, so if you’re recertification is looming, or you’re planning on achieving one of Microsoft’s new pinnacle certs – now's the time to so. You can find our full range of MCSE and MCSD certs here.

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, 25 May 2012

Why Microsoft wants you to recertify

Microsoft explains why they've introduced the need for recertification every three years: