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How to Get into IT Without a Degree in Maryland

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 11, 2021 3:52:44 PM / by Paul Ricketts posted in CompTIA, A+

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It’s a question we hear a lot here at TrainACE – Can I get into IT without a degree?

In short, yes you can. An increasing percentage of successful IT professionals have built their careers on their experience, and by obtaining professional certifications, rather than taking a four-year degree. Professional IT certifications cover a wide range of topics in a focused way, and many can be obtained relatively quickly. Increasingly employers in Maryland are looking for people with specific skill sets and are relying on certifications to assess an individual’s skills and knowledge.

Let’s explore how you can get into IT without a degree.

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Do You Need CompTIA A+ Certification for Cybersecurity?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 8, 2020 9:20:00 AM / by Paul Ricketts posted in CompTIA, Cybersecurity, Getting Started in IT, A+

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Cybersecurity is a thriving field in the IT industry. It’s no wonder that so many people are interested in beginning a career in this specialized IT area. As threats and cyberattacks continue to increase, as well as the number of devices that are used today, businesses are looking for cybersecurity employees to help protect their digital assets and sensitive information from cyber criminals. They are seeking qualified and certified professionals to fill a deluge of open positions.

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Maryland Jobs that Require CompTIA A+ Certification

[fa icon="calendar'] Jul 2, 2020 9:15:00 AM / by Paul Ricketts posted in CompTIA, Jobs, Getting Started in IT, A+

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Candidates that have the CompTIA A+ entry-level certification typically have an easier time getting jobs than those who are not certified. This is true all over the country, not just in Maryland and the greater Washington D.C. metropolitan area. Employers and IT recruiters often make it a point (sometimes a requirement) to seek out candidates who have the CompTIA A+ certification. This credential lets them know that you have the knowledge and skills they require for various IT positions. In the metro D.C area, there are various jobs that require candidates to have an A+ certification.

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How Hard is the CompTIA A+ Exam?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jun 26, 2020 9:21:46 AM / by Paul Ricketts posted in CompTIA, Getting Started in IT, A+

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To become CompTIA A+ certified, there are two exams that you must take and pass. These exams are much like any other written test you may have taken in the past. The exams each contain different types of questions that are used to validate your knowledge in specific areas. It’s difficult to say how hard the exams are, because every test-taker has a different level of IT experience, knowledge, and skills. Further, individuals may have a different way of approaching exams and a different level of anxiety about test-taking.

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Change Careers from Health Care to IT

[fa icon="calendar'] Mar 20, 2020 2:11:00 PM / by Paul Ricketts posted in A+, career advice

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When you first jumped into Healthcare as a career, you loved the pay, job security, and the fact that you were helping people. But as time moves on, you're finding the demanding workload and physical demands are starting to get too much. Plus, you hear a lot of good things from your friends working in IT and cybersecurity.

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What Can You Do With CompTIA A+ Certification in Washington DC?

[fa icon="calendar'] Nov 5, 2019 8:59:00 AM / by Paul Ricketts posted in CompTIA, Getting Started in IT, A+

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CompTIA A+ certification remains one of the most popular IT qualifications available – and with good reason. This introductory-level certification focuses on identifying and troubleshooting common IT problems faced by organizations, making trained professionals indispensable as businesses must integrate new technology and ensure current deployments are working as intended to own their market space and get ahead of the competition.

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CompTIA A+ Certification: Is It Worth it in Washington D.C.?

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 24, 2019 8:45:00 AM / by Paul Ricketts posted in CompTIA, Getting Started in IT, A+

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Looking for a technology career in the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia (DMV) areas? There is no shortage of open positions as big tech “takes off” in this area and companies look to expand their IT impact.

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CompTIA A+ Training & Certification FAQ in DC

[fa icon="calendar'] Oct 10, 2019 2:43:00 PM / by Paul Ricketts posted in CompTIA, Getting Started in IT, A+

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Many people start their IT career with an A+ certification. Naturally, people have a lot of questions about it. Here’s some common ones we receive- and some helpful answers.

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4 Transferable IT Skills To Achieve Career Advancement

[fa icon="calendar'] Feb 22, 2019 10:31:26 AM / by Paul Ricketts posted in CCNA, CEH, PMP, Network+, Security+, A+, career advice, CAPM

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Highly skilled IT professionals are in demand. Expanding corporate need is outstripping current candidate pools, and as a result, companies are now looking for outside-the-box IT skills that are transferable across job markets and can fill expanding cyber vacancies.

IT pros, meanwhile, aren’t static in their job searches. Recent data suggests the average worker changes jobs between 10 and 15 times over the course of his/her career. The reasons vary — better pay, improved benefits, greater autonomy — but IT career advancement often depends on transferable IT skills that are in demand across multiple industries. Let’s tackle the top four.

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6 Benefits of a Combined CompTIA A+/Network+ Certification Class

[fa icon="calendar'] Apr 19, 2018 4:54:41 PM / by Paul Ricketts posted in CompTIA, Network+, Getting Started in IT, A+

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If you’ve been searching for a job in IT you will have undoubtedly come across a lot of information regarding the CompTIA series of IT Certifications. The CompTIA A+ and Network+ in particular, are foundational to getting started in IT, whether you are a graduate looking for that first job or a computer enthusiast who wants to jump from an unrelated job into the IT Industry. Of course, you can take both of the Certifications separately but there are several reasons to consider taking them as a combined class.

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