FAQ

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Q: What is the price?
A: I’m offering my first A+ class at an introductory price of $800. That’s less than a third of what you’d pay for the same class in Kansas City.  Future classes will be about half of what you’d pay in Kansas City.

Q: What are the dates and times?
A: The start date is still unknown because I’m waiting for the new 2019 version of the study materials to be released. If the materials are released on time, I’ll be starting the first A+ class sometime in February or March at the latest.  My plan is to teach Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday evenings from 6:00 to 8:30 for four weeks. That’s a total of 40 hours of class time.  I also plan to have afternoon classes in the future. 

Q: How in demand are certificates?
A: That’s hard to quantify, but if you visit this web site: https://www.indeed.com/jobs?q=CompTIA&l= you’ll see that there are generally over 5,000 jobs listing a CompTIA cert as either required or preferred.  You can do similar searches on other job sites.  As for the local area, I’ve been told by an interviewee for an IT job on Fort Riley that they expect to see some level of certification in their new hires.

Q: What will be the frequency?
A: That’s yet to be determined.  My plans are to teach one or two classes per month with each class lasting four weeks. Customer demand will determine how often I repeat a class. 

Q: Where can I learn more about certifications?
A: https://certification.comptia.org/
https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/learning/certification-overview.aspx
https://www.vmware.com/education-services/certification.html
https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/training-events/training-certifications/certifications.html

Q: What equipment will I need?
A: A fairly current laptop running Windows will be best, but Mac’s are fine as well.   All other equipment – servers, switches, routers, etc. – will be available in the lab.

Q: Where can I take the CompTIA exams?
A: http://www.pearsonvue.com/comptia/locate/

Q: What do the CompTIA exams cost?
A: The cost of the exam is not included with the class fee.  As I write this, the core CompTIA exams range from $119 to $339.  Check here:  https://certification.comptia.org/testing/exam-prices