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Certification Watch (Vol. 22, No. 4)

In this week's roundup of the latest IT certification news, CompTIA's long-established (and recently refreshed) A+ certification dominates the conversation, and Certification Magazine identifies 50 high-interest certs for 2019.

A+ Has Come a Long Way, [Hip, Non-Demeaning Gender Neutral Identifier]


There's a new A+ certificaiton out there.Earlier this month, tech industry association CompTIA rolled out the newest version of its long-lived A+ certification for computer technicians. The day after the new A+ made its big debut, CompTIA's IT Career News blog dropped a post that looks back across the decades that A+ has been with us and sums up the milestones and landmarks along the way. It was in 2006, for example, that A+ was first modified to include a dedicated domain for computer security topics. And it was in 2001 that CompTIA both rolled out the first new version of A+ (eight years after its big debut) and initiated the three-year refresh cycle that A+ has followed ever since. If you've ever been curious to learn more about what is at least arguably the most well known and widely recognized IT certification of them all, then you'll enjoy traipsing through this timeline. And if you think you might also enjoy hearing from a more neutral observer, Certification Magazine included an engaging recap of the first 25 years of A+ in last year's July issue.


Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the New A+


So now that you know everything about where A+ came from and how it got to where it is, we can talk about what's going on with the aforementioned newest version, which comprises the 220-1001 and 220-1002 exams. The IT Career News blog can help with that as well, thanks to a post from last Friday that offers a quick FAQ-style rundown of the most important new developments. For example, you may have wondered how much the new exam costs ($219), or where one can find relevant study and exam preparation materials (CompTIA's view here is limited to its own A+-specific offerings, but there are plenty of other good options out there). Perhaps the thorniest question is at the bottom of the list and pertains to people who just wrapped up A+, but certified using the old exams, 220-901 and 220-902. Is that certification now obsolete? Have no fear: CompTIA credentials are good for three years after you earn them, and the continuing education (CE) requirements will keep you up to date on stuff that's change since you took the exam.


What Do Real IT Pros Think About A+?


As you may have gleaned, it was a slow news week here at Certification Watch. Hence, we refer your attention to this week's third A+-related and CompTIA-originated item of content, an IT Career News post that samples the opinions of four certified IT professionals who have an A+ in their collective back pocket (so to speak). Blogger Kelly Stone weaves together the opinions of three men and one woman as they discuss A+ Hot Topics like why employers care whether or not you are A+-certified.


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