Join Mike Meyers for an in-depth discussion in this video Why get A+ certified?, part of CompTIA A+ Cert Prep (220-901 and 220-902): The Basics.
(swing music) - Hey everybody, it's your favorite nerd Mike Meyers here answering that perpetual question, why should I get A+ certified? And that is what I am here to do right now.
The CompTIA A+ certification is a great place for people to get started into the IT world for a lot of good reasons. Well, number one, there are over 700 different IT certifications out there right now. So if somebody's coming into the IT world how do you pick, where do you start, where do you go? Well, the CompTIA A+ is considered by many to be the defacto entry level IT certification out there. There maybe people who disagree, but hey, I'm Mike Meyers, popular nerd and I say it is.
So lots and lots of people start with the CompTIA A+ as their absolute first certification. Certifications are kind of the heartbeat of the IT industry. It's very common for me to talk to another nerd and say, you know, so what sort of certifications are you going for? Or for me to tell people, yeah, I'm kind of looking for that Cisco certification or that Certified Wireless Security Professionals certification or whatever it might be. So it kind of gives employers and, or fellow nerds kind of a feel of where you are in the hierarchy of moving forward in the IT world.
So CompTIA A+ does a great job of number one, getting you started, but number two, and this is important, is that the CompTIA A+ acts as a beautiful launching pad towards more advanced certifications. Do you see yourself going the Cisco world? Do you see yourself going the Microsoft world? Do you see yourself going into working on wireless networks? A+ gets you a good conceptual start on those that helps you move forward into those directions. The second thing that I think makes the CompTIA A+ certification really, really powerful is that well, it's straight up required.
You wanna get a job at Dell, you wanna get a job at Intel, you wanna get a job at Lenovo, well, you've gotta get A+ certified. Now, you know, some of them will cut you a little slack and give you like three months to pass it after you get the job, but in general lots and lots of companies straight up require A+ and lots more make it a strong recommendation. Now number three, I hope no one gets too upset with this, and it's all about money. According to a recent Bureau of Labor Statistics report the CompTIA A+ certified technician makes about 30% more than an equivalent technician at the same job.
So we're talking about around 74,000 dollars a year versus 52,000. So that right there makes it a big motivator for me. The forth thing, and this one's important, is that CompTIA A+ is well known. People know about the CompTIA A+. Now the danger that people run into is they go, oh, I used to be a plumber or a truck driver or a baker and now I'm gonna go get A+ certified and people are gonna hand me jobs. That's not what the CompTIA A+ is all about. The CompTIA A+ is a way for you to show people that you have that skillset, you got that little pin on your chest that says I have these competencies.
The CompTIA A+ is never going to guarantee you a job, but I do guarantee you it will always get you in the door.
Mike Meyers is the industry's leading authority and bestselling author on CompTIA certifications. In this short course, he explains why anyone looking to get hired in IT should earn A+ certification, and how to go about studying for and passing each 90-question exam.
When you're done, check out our CompTIA A+ Exam Prep (220-901) and CompTIA A+ Exam Prep (220-902) series for targeted lessons on each domain of the exams.