We don't want to freak anybody out here. But if you're thinking about becoming an IT professional with a handful of top-notch certifications to back up your training, that's easier said than done.
Thousands take and pass major certification exams from outfits like CompTIA or major manufacturers like Cisco every year. While the organizations themselves don't release concrete numbers like passage rates, earning those credentials apparently takes every ounce of study and effort that learners put in.
Unofficially, only 30 percent of students pass CompTIA A+ certification, one of their entry-level IT training exams. Meanwhile, 95 percent of students fail the first time they take Cisco's rigorous CCNA networking test.
These certifications are no slam dunk, but your odds increase with some in-depth exam-driven training like The Premium CompTIA and Cisco Networking Certification Prep collection.
This package features eight courses, a 75-hour array of training that gets students ready to take and ace some of the baseline IT exams offered by both of these premier oversight bodies.
The tutelage starts with three courses geared toward CompTIA testing. First, CompTIA Security+ (SY0-601) and CompTIA CSA+ and Certified Cyber Security Analyst training delve into understanding cybersecurity protections from spotting vulnerabilities to crafting and launching solutions. Then, Cloud Computing / CompTIA Cloud+ Cert. (CV0-002) explores managing cloud-based systems, including how to migrate, oversee, protect, and grow a network on platforms like Amazon Web Services (AWS) or Microsoft Azure.
The remaining five courses get into networking technology hardware and software manufactured by industry leader Cisco. The training starts with a three-pack of courses based around the Cisco CCNA 200-301 exam.
A tough 2-hour test of network fundamentals, IP knowledge, security training, and more, these courses cover networking basics, switching, routing, and information students will see on the test. There's also a prep course centered around popular practice tests designed to test a learner's skill level, as well as hands-on labs for actually using test knowledge under real-world conditions.
In all, students get focused training to land six valuable certifications in The Premium CompTIA and Cisco Networking Certification, a $1,600 collection of coursework now on sale for only $30, less than $4 per course.
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