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CompTIA Certifications are in High Demand

For individuals, attaining a certification means increased job security, additional career opportunities and increased credibility in the workplace. For businesses, hiring certified workers means higher customer satisfaction, increased productivity and lower employee turnover.

Directions Training offers flexible education options to gain certifications faster, including one on one attention with instructors, and empowers students to land their next job.

CompTIA Certifications and Facts

A+ Certification

The CompTIA A+ certification is the starting point for a career in IT. The exam covers maintenance of PCs, mobile devices, laptops, operating systems and printers. Dell, Intel and Lenovo require an A+ certification for their service techs.  The A+ certification is also recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense.

A+ Jobs

·         Technical Support Specialist

·         Field Service Technician

·         IT Support Technician

·         IT Support Administrator

Net+ Certification

The CompTIA Net+ certification proves a technical competency in managing, maintaining, troubleshooting, installing and configuring basic network infrastructure. Companies such as Dell, HP, Ricoh, Sharp and Xerox recommend or require CompTIA Net+ for their networking technicians. It is a technical prerequisite option for IT technicians seeking to join the Apple Consultants Network, and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Net+ Jobs:

·         Network Administrator

·         Network Technician

·         Network Installer

·         Help Desk Technician

·         IT Cable Installer

Security+ Certification

The CompTIA Security+ certification designates knowledgeable professionals in the field of security, one of the fastest-growing fields in IT. CompTIA Security+ not only ensures that candidates will apply knowledge of security concepts, tools, and procedures to react to security incidents; it ensures that security personnel are anticipating security risks and guarding against them.

Security+ Jobs:

·         Network Security

·         Compliance and Operational Security

·         Threats and Vulnerabilities

·         Application, Data and Host Security

·         Access Control and Identity Mgmt.

*All information taken from CompTIA.


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