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Top IT Certifications for Beginners

Top IT Certifications for BeginnersYou may be wondering about the top IT certifications for beginners, especially if you are just starting out in the industry. The article suggests three certifications that are relatively straightforward and mark a good transitional path for skilled enthusiasts who wish to “turn pro.”

CompTIA A+

CompTIA’s A+ certification is undoubtedly one of the top IT certifications for beginners. It is considered an industry standard by big names including Dell and Intel, and is described online as “the starting point for a career in IT.”

The A+ certification proves your competence in the hardware, software, and networking functionality of modern PCs. It also touches on the basics of mobile operating systems. Two successful exam passes are required to gain the qualification.

MCTS – Windows 7 Configuration (70-680)

Although the MCTS (Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist) certification in configuring Windows 7 will, at the time of writing, soon be replaced with a Windows 8 certification, it is still well worth consideration.

With Windows still holding the largest market share of any operating system, especially in business environments, proving your credentials in supporting it on the desktop is the perfect initial Microsoft accreditation to aim for.

MCTS – Windows Small Business Server 2011 Configuration (70-169)

Microsoft has announced that it is retiring the Small Business Server product range. In fact, the exam itself will be withdrawn in July 2013. However, many small businesses rely on Small Business Server and will continue to do so for years to come. If you plan to provide IT support to small businesses, this is a certification that deserves your attention.


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