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I'm just starting up this thread because I'd like to be able to spread some knowledge about different certifications. I currently hold CCNA, and Security +, I've previously held A+ which has expired, I've taken CYSA + and am awaiting my results.

Just for background, My A+ I had taken with almost no experience and studied for about 4 months, Security + was taken 3 years later and I prepped for 4 months, CCNA I currently work as a Network Administrator so I understood a lot of the technologies used, but I studied and did labs for about 3 months prior.

Below are some roadmaps to help everyone see the progression and what these certifications will cover.

Roadmaps


CompTIA Roadmap


Information Security Roadmap (Multiple Organizations)


Below I'm going to put the resources that I have used for achieving these certs along with a brief description of what they are

CCNA $300
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What Is CCNA:
The CCNA exam covers networking fundamentals, IP services, security fundamentals, automation and programmability. Designed for agility and versatility, CCNA validates that you have the skills required to manage and optimize today's most advanced networks.

What I Used:
Boson EX-SIM ($99 Tests) helped tremendously with testing my knowledge, I also used Jeremy's IT Lab (free videos on youtube) to help grasp some of the more difficult things. Additionally I used the book, CCNA Certification Study Guide by Todd Lamle


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A+ $246
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What Is A+:
The A+ certification represents entry-level competency as a computer technician and is a vendor neutral certification that covers various technologies and operating systems. The A+ Core Series requires candidates to pass two exams: Core 1 and Core 2

What I Used:
I almost primarily used Professor Messer(videos on his website)


Security + $370
https://images.credly.com/size/340x340/images/74790a75-8451-400a-8536-92d792c5184a/CompTIA_Security_2Bce.png


What Is Security+:
CompTIA Security+ is the first security certification a candidate should earn. It establishes the core knowledge required of any cybersecurity role and provides a springboard to intermediate-level cybersecurity jobs. Security+ incorporates best practices in hands-on troubleshooting, ensuring candidates have practical security problem-solving skills.

What I Used:
For Security + I almost exclusively used a book, CompTIA Security+ Study Guide

https://i.imgur.com/FbllBti.jpeg



As I continue along my cert Journey I will add more, if anyone has any Certs themselves, feel free to post about them below and add some study material! If anyone needs assistance with certs or even just some question, shoot me a PM or post below so we can all help each other!


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If anyone has any recommendations on other material they used to study or even some ideas for the thread, just drop a reply or PM me!
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I've been in IT for 3 1/2 years now and am yet to get a certificate, with my only real interest being Linux+ at the moment.

I really just wanna stop by and say great work getting this together and I hope somebody finds it useful
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This is more of a brief overview. Certifications should mainly be desired for the field you're interested in covering rather than just industry standards.

e.g: someone wanting to work for microsoft but only working towards AWS certs. Take it from me. Someone who has too many certifications that i don't really require anymore. Going to let a lot of them expire the next few years.
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16 wrote This is more of a brief overview. Certifications should mainly be desired for the field you're interested in covering rather than just industry standards.

e.g: someone wanting to work for microsoft but only working towards AWS certs. Take it from me. Someone who has too many certifications that i don't really require anymore. Going to let a lot of them expire the next few years.


Absolutely agree, Security + is a requirement to touch any DoD networks. (It fills an IAT level II requirement) I am only going for certs that will help me out with advancing my career, I'm currently trying to get a position at Cisco and one of their requirements for network engineers is CCNA or equivalent.

A+ is just leftovers from a class I had taken while in high-school. The rest that are to come are from my degree, which rolls like 11 other certs into a degree along with some other actual coursework.

I offered the roadmaps so that some can see what the fields are, based off your response I can add the AWS and Microsoft certs. I have no experience sitting for either of their exams, maybe you can offer some insight?
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Lood wrote I've been in IT for 3 1/2 years now and am yet to get a certificate, with my only real interest being Linux+ at the moment.

I really just wanna stop by and say great work getting this together and I hope somebody finds it useful


That's awesome, it truly depends on what your career path is whether a cert is required or not and that can be any number of certs because there is plenty of recognized companies that offer certs.

I am yet to take any Linux exam, I am required to take LPI Linux Essentials as part of my degree, which I'm not sure when I'll take it.

Glad to see some fellow TTG members in this field and hopefully this post does get some use!
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It's worth checking local colleges to see if they can offer the courses at a cheaper price too, the annoying thing is having to recertify after a few years for some certifications so worth doing courses relevant to what you want to do.
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I have my bachelors degree but never bothered with certs as I'm not a great student/study lmao. That said, I've been in IT now for 6 years and work as a sysadmin in the finance industry and am making extremely good money. With that, I encourage everybody to not assume you need certifications or degrees to be successful! I only got my bachelors through an online program a year ago and was already at the same pay level as I was before I had it.

TLDR: Certs and education aren't needed, EXPERIENCE is!
Unless you want to go into something highly specialized like Cisco..
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I'm currently working on getting my Sec+. I'm going to Pm you some questions.
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