Heh, I'm A+/Network+ Certified. Never really did anything for me but it does sometimes open doors if someone really wants certifications. Not that it honestly taught me anything very useful, but hey why not, it's not going to hurt you.
I got my A+ while in high school in 05 i believe, took a field trip with my votech to PTI in downtown pittsburgh.. It doesn't help I don't think. Heck, I can't even find a job as it is.. Going to school and trying to find a job when you can't guarantee flexible hours is pretty rough! McDonald's even rejected me.. Walmart let me go when I told a manager I was going to school and needed to have specific days off and hours...
Heh, I had to have my mom drive me to my A+ test because I still wasent old enough to drive. What a joke of a test, Im assuming they have made it harder over the years, same with Network+. This was back in 98/99.
CCNA was alot more interesting and CCNP was even better for the lab stuff I got to buy. But then college got in the way and I stopped after the 2ed CCNP test. Sad, but the expired CCNA cert got me a job doing the national Home Depot switch upgrade for Illinois. About 60 stores, 3 hours a store, $200 a store. And it was so easy I could have trained a monkey to do the job, but the zoo said no.
I felt A+ was a waste of time for me, as I was already pretty knowledgeable before I took it. The CCNA courses were quite fun, however the final certification exam was quite tough and exhausting, especially since you can't go back on questions and you need to really focus at the problems.
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It's only $100 for one part $100 for the other here..
Lucky.. i Paid more than that, lol. The exact price paid (went and looked for the receipt) 359.52 (.07 sales tax, which i'm not sure why, since it was education related?), My school paid $159.52 and my parents paid the other $200.