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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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What's the Difference between Security+ 501 and 601?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 25, 2021 10:19:00 AM / by Paul Ricketts posted in CompTIA, Cybersecurity, Security+

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CompTIA certifications are globally recognized and highly sought-after credentials, and Security+ is considered by many to be an essential cybersecurity certification. Information technology professionals who earn the CompTIA Security+ certification are in high demand worldwide by many large corporations and organizations. In Washington, D.C., where many businesses are headquartered, there is a huge need for cybersecurity professionals to fill the hundreds of available job roles.

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What Are the Benefits of a CompTIA Security Plus Certification in DC?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 18, 2021 10:12:36 AM / by Paul Ricketts posted in CompTIA, Washington DC, Security+

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Each year, there are more cybersecurity attacks than the year before. As a result, organizations are allocating more of their IT budgets to increase security, which leads to the need to hire more cybersecurity professionals to help protect their data and systems. In the metropolitan Washington, DC area, there are hundreds of open positions for cybersecurity experts and not enough qualified candidates to fill them. 

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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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Is Linux+ Worth it in Washington, DC?

[fa icon="calendar'] Jan 2, 2020 3:13:00 PM / by Paul Ricketts posted in CompTIA, Linux+, Systems Administration, Network Administration, Operating Systems

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Most of the enterprise IT world runs on Windows — Microsoft’s familiar OS is an organizational mainstay for its familiarity and ease of use. But there’s another common operating system hiding in plain sight: Linux.

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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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