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Old 11-27-2008, 09:15 AM   #1
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Question A+ and Linux?


Hi there..!

Please tell me here.., how important is it that one has to have an A+ qualification in order to become a Linux administrator? And, what if they don't have A+, i.e. does it mean they shouldn't even think of going the Linux route? Please, if you know about this send me a comment especially from an experience point of view...

Thanks in advance...
 
Old 11-27-2008, 09:18 AM   #2
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You should look at Linux+ rather than A+

"A+ certification validates the latest skills needed by today’s computer support professionals. It is an international, vendor-neutral certification recognized by major hardware and software vendors, distributors and resellers. CompTIA A+ confirms a technician's ability to perform tasks such as installation, configuration, diagnosing, preventive maintenance and basic networking. The exams also cover domains such as security, safety and environmental issues and communication and professionalism".

The Linux+ certification validates technical competency and provides a broad awareness of Linux operating systems. Those holding Linux+ certification demonstrate critical knowledge of installation, operation, administration and troubleshooting services.
 
Old 11-27-2008, 10:00 AM   #3
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linux and A+

Short answer no. Once qualified in Linux, or anything else for that matter, it stands. Be wary of colleges, and other places, that just want bums on seats and the revenue that brings. This said you will need a level of knowledge to take advantage of any course. It is possible to teach yourself and sit the exam(s) at a testing centre; google Pearson Vue for details.Teaching materials aimed at the exams are hard to come by, you might try looking for David Horton's LP1 self-study Guide.

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Old 11-27-2008, 11:14 AM   #4
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While Linux+ is great I still feel that you will have more impact with the LPI or RHCT or RHCE. I know I get calls all the time but the employer wants me to have my RHCE or RHCT.
 
Old 11-27-2008, 11:16 AM   #5
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First of all A+ takes a more hardware approach than an os one. It is valuable for those wanting a job repairing/building computers.
It also lays a good foundation for those wanting an IT career.

So basically it couldn't hurt to get one, but I am not sure how much it would help.
 
Old 11-27-2008, 11:31 AM   #6
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While Linux+ is great I still feel that you will have more impact with the LPI or RHCT or RHCE. I know I get calls all the time but the employer wants me to have my RHCE or RHCT.
Linux+ would be a stepping stone to those that you have mentioned.
 
Old 11-27-2008, 11:38 AM   #7
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I agree with the others here. A+ can't hurt, but since it is geared towards the hardware, it won't really help that much. I'd suggest starting with the Linux+ and move on to the others.

But like Fred Caro said, it is the experience that will help the most. Contact your local Linux Users Group. Attend some of the meetings and get to know the people. Some may know of places that need volunteers to work on their network. You can get some good experience doing this. Then use this experience in your resume and to help study for the exams.
 
Old 11-27-2008, 11:38 AM   #8
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I think RHCT AND RHCE and then RHCA would have much more impact as compare to other certifications..

Cheers!!
 
Old 11-27-2008, 12:12 PM   #9
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I agree with the others here. A+ can't hurt, but since it is geared towards the hardware, it won't really help that much. I'd suggest starting with the Linux+ and move on to the others.

But like Fred Caro said, it is the experience that will help the most. Contact your local Linux Users Group. Attend some of the meetings and get to know the people. Some may know of places that need volunteers to work on their network. You can get some good experience doing this. Then use this experience in your resume and to help study for the exams.
Very true. I know of a couple of people that have gotten jobs because of our local linux users group. Again you can have more degree's than a thermometer and still not get as far as the person that has connections.
 
  


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