Computer technicians seeking CompTIA certification in computer repair, networking and security can now take the A+, Network+ and Security+ examinations at Northland Pioneer College’s Holbrook and Show Low Pearson VUE authorized computer-based testing sites. The computer-based testing is provided as a community service by NPC. Anyone can test at either NPC test site.
Certification testing is available in many Information Technology areas, including CompTIA, Adobe, Cisco, Novell, IBM and more. To view a list of available certification exams, go to www.pearsonvue.com and click on the Information Technology link. For most exams, you can schedule and pay directly on the Pearson VUE website.
For A+, N+ or S+, the tester can optionally go to www.comptiastore.com to register, schedule and pay for the test. Students who enroll in NPC computer repair and networking courses receive a voucher, included in the course fee, that can be used to register for the test.
The A+ certification comes in two parts. The first part covers the fundamentals of computer technology, installation and configuration of PCs, laptops and related hardware and basic networking. The second part covers the skills required to install and configure PC operating systems, as well as configuring common features, such as network connectivity and email for mobile operating systems Android and Apple iOS. A+ certification is valid for three years.
Jobs that use CompTIA A+ include technical support specialist, field service technician, IT support technician, IT support administrator and IT support specialist.
Network+ certification demonstrates the technical knowledge of network technologies, installation and configuration, media and topologies, management, and security. Candidate job roles include network administrator, network technician, network installer, help desk technician and IT cable installer. Companies such as Dell, HP, Ricoh, Sharp and Xerox recommend or require CompTIA Network+ for their networking technicians. It is a technical prerequisite option for IT technicians seeking to join the Apple Consultants Network, and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense.
The Security+ exam covers the most important foundational principles for securing a network and managing risk. Access control, identity management and cryptography are important topics on the exam, as well as selection of appropriate mitigation and deterrent techniques to address network attacks and vulnerabilities. Security concerns associated with cloud computing, BYOD and SCADA are addressed in the SY0-401 exam. While there is no required prerequisite, Network+ certification is recommended before taking the Security+ exam.
Testers should bring two forms of identification to gain access to the testing site. A driver’s license, passport, government-issued ID card or bank card with photo can be used as a primary ID. If a birth certificate is used, it must be a certified copy. No refunds are given if the testing reservation is not canceled 24 hours in advance, or if the tester is turned away for not having the proper identification.
All fees and scheduling are handled through Pearson VUE. The Show Low testing site is located in the Learning Center on the White Mountain Campus, 1001 W. Deuce of Clubs. The Holbrook testing site is located in the Nizhoni Learning Center on the Painted Desert Campus, 2251 E. Navajo Blvd.
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