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What are CompTIA certifications?

by Chloe Baird

Are you thinking of launching a career in IT? Or do you currently work in the industry and are thinking of expanding your skillset?

A CompTIA certification can help you reach your career goals.

Read on to find out what CompTIA certificates are, why they matter, and how you can use them to find work in the IT industry.

What are CompTIA certifications?

Before we answer this question, let’s answer another one first: what does CompTIA mean?

CompTIA stands for the Computing and Technology Industry Association. CompTIA is a non-profit organisation, and the world’s leading technology association. Throughout the year, they’re responsible for leading a number of industry-relevant research studies to track trends and changes. And they also carry out vendor-neutral, world-class certification programs in more than 120 countries. 

A CompTIA certification is an industry-recognised certification. There are different CompTIA certifications aimed at different areas of the tech industry, and they scale all knowledge levels from entry-level to expert.

Why do CompTIA certifications matter?

As the world’s leading tech association, a CompTIA certification can go a long way to helping you find work within the IT industry.

The CompTIA A+ certification is considered a ‘must-have’ certification by many employers for anyone looking to start a job in IT. Also, CompTIA certifications are regularly updated to reflect industry trends. So if you’re a recent graduate of a CompTIA course, it proves to your future employers that you’re trained in the latest must-have skills.

Also, because CompTIA itself is such a well-known, global organisation, employers will immediately recognise the value of your certificate.

Can a CompTIA certificate help put you on the path to a successful IT career?

What are the differences between CompTIA certifications?

There are a number of different CompTIA certifications that focus on different areas.

For example, OC’s partnership course, Certified Cybersecurity Professional, encompasses three certifications: CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network + and CompTIA Security+. Together, these separate certifications will give you a strong foundation to build on if you’re looking to begin a career in the booming cyber security industry.

This is one of the great things about CompTIA certificates—that you can use them like building blocks to expand your skills and knowledge. Depending on the kind of career you want to pursue, you can choose to complete different CompTIA certificates that fit that career path.

Which CompTIA certification is best?

Because CompTIA certificates are designed like building blocks, there isn’t one certificate amongst them all that is ‘the best’. Instead, what kind of certificates you undertake depend on your existing experience and the career path you want to follow.

For anyone looking to begin a career in the IT industry, undertaking the CompTIA A+ certificate is a great starting point. However, for someone who already has a few years’ experience under their belt working in IT, this course probably won’t be able to teach them anything new.

However, if you’re already working in the IT industry and are looking to branch out, there are other CompTIA certifications that can help you reach your goals.

For example, if you’re looking to move into cyber security from your current IT role, studying the CompTIA PenTest+ (penetration testing) or the CompTIACySa+ (cyber security analyst) could help give you the skills and experience employers are looking for.

On the other hand, if you were looking to pursue a career in cloud management, the CompTIA Cloud+ might be a better option for you.

Where can I study a CompTIA certificate?

It’s no secret that there’s a massive skills shortage in the cyber security industry right now. With the demand for qualified cyber security experts increasing, OC has recently partnered with AIICT, part of the DDLS family, to bring you the Certified CyberSecurity Professional online course.

During this course, you’ll study towards three CompTIA certifications. They are:

  1.  CompTIA A+, which will teach you the fundamentals of working in the IT industry;
  2. CompTIA Network+, which covers IT infrastructure, including troubleshooting, configuring, and managing networks; and
  3. CompTIA Security+, which will teach you the core skills needed to perform basic cyber security functions.

These certifications will demonstrate to employers that you have the necessary skills to work in an entry-level cyber security position.  

This course also gives you hands-on experience with activities such as ‘Hack the Box’, which will allow you to give you penetration testing skills a workout.

If you’re thinking of pursuing a career in cyber security or in IT in general, then this is the perfect course to help you get your foot in the door. Plus, as it’s delivered exclusively online, you can study whenever and wherever is most convenient for you.

Are you ready to kickstart your career in cyber security? Enrol today, and don’t miss out on the next intake date for this course.  

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