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The Information Technology Foundation certificate program is designed to provide hands-on technical skills and theoretical knowledge that Information Technology professionals need to succeed in the computer networking, information security and help desk support industry. This very popular certificate program consists of five courses namely A+, Network+, MCTS, CCNA, and Security+ that help in attaining five highly sought after Information Technology certifications. Focusing on quality content and delivery, the courses offer the most timely, practical, and high-quality content and instruction for Information Technology professionals.
Sequence of courses
MCTS can be attended in any sequence. For beginners it is mandatory that the participants attend A+ and Network+ before CCNA or Security+. Experienced participants can attend the courses in any sequence provided they meet the prerequisites for each course. Complete the required courses within one year to earn a Certificate of Completion.
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A+ - This hands-on course introduces a broad range of basic computer hardware and software topics. It is a valuable industry credential that validates the fundamental level skills and knowledge of computer professionals. Industry and government employers accept A+ as the standard in foundation-level, vendor-neutral computer certification. The new 2012 curriculum, which covers a broad range of topics such as installation, configuration, diagnosing, preventive maintenance and basic networking, is presented at a university level and pace.
Network+ prepares individuals for a career in the administration and support of computer networks across all platforms. Network+ topics include: Network Troubleshooting, TCP/IP, Network Operating Systems, Network Installation and Upgrading, Managing User Accounts and Passwords, Remote Access and Administration, and Fault Tolerance and Disaster Recovery. Although there are no hands-on computer exercises, students will be involved in classroom exercises. Many of the hands-on computer exercises will be conducted in the subsequent Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) course.
MCTS This hands-on course provides a strong foundation in the Microsoft Windows Professional operating software systems. MCTS gives the student an overview of Microsoft Windows operating system including hands-on exercises and real world examples of how Windows is used in large and small computer network systems.
CCNA (Cisco Certified Network Associate) This more advanced certification course module provides a comprehensive introduction to deploying Cisco routers in computer networks. Cisco routers are the industry standard devices that are used to connect computers in local area networks and the internet. Through extensive hands-on exercises, students gain the fundamental knowledge and skills needed to install, configure and troubleshoot Cisco routers. CCNA certified professionals are in great demand in the computer industry today.
Security+ validates knowledge of communication security, infrastructure security, cryptography, operational security, and general security concepts. This classroom course curriculum covers prevention of information technology theft and security of intellectual property as well as theory of security implementation and management. Industry and government employers have a growing need for skilled computer security professionals to combat hackers, decrease financial losses and secure valuable data.
Audience and Prerequisites
The Information Technology Foundation certificate program is designed for individuals who have some basic computer experience and wish to prepare for intermediate roles in the installation, configuration and administration of computer hardware, software and networks. Related experience might include familiarity with Microsoft Windows, Microsoft Office and the Internet.