CompTIAWorld, Issue 6, Fall 2019

But Brady isn’t stopping there. He plans to earn CompTIA Security+ and focus on cybersecurity. From there, he’s eyeing the CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) exam and even the high-level CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) certification. Brady plans to approach test preparation in the same way, and he hopes to do the same for the higher-level certifications in order to keep building his skills, resume and career. “CompTIA’s cybersecurity certifications all sound interesting, so I can't wait,” Brady said. “I’m going to just keep on certifying and just keep learning and moving forward.” Learn more about CompTIA CertMaster at certification.comptia.org/training/certmaster.

knew exactly how to approach the task. “CompTIA Server+ helped clear things up, for sure,” Brady said. Taking His Career to the Next Level Only nine months after getting started in IT, Brady held two CompTIA certifications, plus various vendor-based certifications, and had the skills to show for it. He applied for—and accepted—a new position at Spectrum Cable. His certifications helped his interviewers appreciate that he was serious about the trade. In his new role, Brady will be managing networks, which he sees as dovetailing perfectly with the CompTIA Network+ certification he now intends to pursue.

How to Train for an IT Certification Exam in 5 Steps People prepare for IT certifications in a number of ways, using a number of tools. Some take classes, while others self study with books, videos, eLearning and more. There’s no one way to get certified, but no matter how you go about it, following these five basic steps will set you up for success.

STEP 2: Gain Hands-on Skills

STEP 4: Test with

STEP 1: Build Your Knowledge An IT certification validates knowledge you already have, so your training journey needs to start with gaining that knowledge. Self-study training products come in all shapes and sizes, and the most successful candidates use a combination of tools. CompTIA CertMaster Learn is a comprehensive, self-paced eLearning environment that uses videos, assessment and performance- based questions to prepare you for your certification exam.

STEP 3: Prepare for Your Exam The pressure of the high-stakes testing environment can get into your head. Knowingwhat to expect will help set you up for success. CompTIA CertMaster Practicemoves quickly through things you already knowand focuses on knowledge gaps so you can efficientlymaster the content during your study sessions. It provides repetition and remediation until you’ve successfully

STEP 5: Continue Lifelong Learning IT jobs and skills evolve quickly and frequently. CompTIA continuing education helps you stay up to date so you can remain competitive and continue growing in your career. CompTIA CertMaster CE builds on the skills you demonstrated when you first earned your certification and integrates topics from the most current exam objectives. Review the material as much as you need, andwhen you feel ready, you’ll take an assessment. Passing the assessments automatically renews your certification.

Confidence You’ve gained knowledge, practiced your skills and prepared for your exam. It’s time to get certified. Read the exam polices in advance, get a good night’s sleep, give yourself plenty of time to get to the exam room and don’t be tempted to cram at the last minute.

CompTIA certifications require candidates to complete performance- based questions during their certification exam. You may already have these skills from your job, or you may be able to practice on your home computer or by helping family and friends. You can also practice with a virtual lab, like CompTIA CertMaster Labs. This online tool helps you gain hands-on experience in a self-paced, pre- configured browser- based environment so you can put your knowledge into practice.

mastered all the concepts, helping

youmove the things you knowwell from short-term to long-term memory.

Why CompTIA CertMaster? Whether you are just starting to prepare for your certification exam or looking to keep your existing certifications current, the CompTIA CertMaster suite of products offers a training option for wherever you are in your learning journey. CompTIA CertMaster products can be accessed from anywhere with an internet connection, delivering an experience that is interactive, engaging and designed to help you.

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