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CompTIA A+ and Network+ Certification

Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) A+ certification (2009 edition) validates the latest skills needed by computer support professionals. Major hardware and software vendors, distributors and resellers recognize this international, vendor-neutral certification. CompTIA A+ certification (2009 edition) confirms a technician's ability to perform tasks such as installation, configuration, diagnosis, preventive maintenance and basic networking tasks. The exams also cover domains such as communication, professionalism and security, safety and environmental issues. In addition to universal skills, professionals require specific skills to support the needs of businesses. By offering job-specific certification options, CompTIA A+ gives individuals the ability to grow their careers in a certain area and gives employers the flexibility to choose the exam combination that best fits their needs. The 2009 version includes preparation for exams 220-701 and 220-702.

The Information Technology Foundation Course series offers CompTIA Network+ certification, an in-demand computer industry certification. This program is ideal for anyone who wants to start a career or advance their career in the Information Technology (IT) industry. The vendor-neutral Network+ certification course covers a broad range of introductory and advanced topics across many crucial areas of computer networking that employers require in today's computer industry. This mentor-supported course will benefit individuals preparing for careers in administration and support of computer networks across all platforms. Network+ certification topics include: network troubleshooting, transmission control protocol and Internet protocol (TCP; IP), network operating systems, network installation and upgrading, managing user accounts and passwords, remote access and administration, fault tolerance and disaster recovery. Recommended prerequisites include: a basic understanding of computing and internetworking technologies, achievement of iNet+ and A+ certification and experience in network support or administration.

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