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Gill
22-11-2002, 08:40 AM
I am toying with the idea of completing an A+ certificate and have found a place in Chch - Auldhouse offering this.
Wondering if there are any other places - preferably South Island and ultimately correspondence would be the best.
I will need to fit this around my part time work so not looking at full time study
Would value your input so I can make an informed decision

robo
22-11-2002, 11:24 AM
I've done self study for some things, which works to a point. Helps if you have resources to try things out.

Hopefully some Chch F1ers can offer suggestions. Isn't the Tech in Dunedin free? Or is it Invercargill?

robo.

Jimbo
22-11-2002, 04:38 PM
I have done A+ and I think the best way to do it is to go the self study course, it costs a few bucks to buy the books etc but it is cheaper than any course I have seen. You can also download brain dumps from the web, they are questions people who have sat the exam have posted.{Just search for brain dump in any search engine.} They are well worth looking at in fact I would say a must B4 you sit the exam. I also done a week cram course with accelerated computer training not sure if they are in the SI but well worth looking up.
The number in Auck is

09 3076611
e-mail sales@act.co.nz
http://www.act.co.nz

I sat this course sometime ago so numbers and addresses may have changed.

hope this has been of some help

Gill
22-11-2002, 09:16 PM
Thanks Jimbo this is exactly the sort of info i was looking for - better to be well informed.
The course I'm looking at is really expensive and its only for 5 days - can't see how it will cover all of the content listed!!
Can you suggest any good text books I could read in preparation?
I'm off to look up the web suggestions.
Anyone else got ideas?

Greg S
23-11-2002, 10:15 AM
I did A+ a while back, and looked at a book that my better half got for a paper she was doing... the book almost duplicated everything I learned in my course. It's a bit costly, but of course you may be able to pick one up second hand:

Using Information Technology
Williams, Sawyer, Hutchinson: Irwin McGraw-Hill

Gill
23-11-2002, 11:44 AM
Thanks I'll see if I can get it at a library

Weezer
23-11-2002, 01:10 PM
I recently did A+ , and I can say choose your institute carefully , be it a part time course or corrospondance, there are a lot of shiesters out there , which care about getting your money and nothing else , there should be a goverment investergation into these so called NZQA acredited institutes.The best thing to do is ask some students that are doing studys at these places, you'll find out the truth that way , If I had I wouldnt have chosen the Institute I ended up with.
Here's some helpfull links.
http://www.cram4exams.com/index.shtml
http://studynotes.net/aindex.htm
http://www.intelinfo.com/newly_researched_free_training/A+.html

Jimbo
23-11-2002, 01:29 PM
As I said it was sometime ago when I sat A+ about 5 or 6 years I think so I sat it in DOS and win3.1 then I done a refresher thing in win 95 98.
But I picked up some good books at Whitcoulls sorry can't remember the name of them, they seem to have a good range of tech books. I forgot to mention Prometric were the people who set the exam and it's worth a look at http://www.prometric.com/


PS the brain dumps are by far the most valuable cram material b4 you sit the exam

Good Luck

JohnD
23-11-2002, 03:27 PM
A good book (although a bit MS biased - "all PCs have some remnant of DOS installed" (-- Mine doesn't!! )

Anyway the book:

A+ Certification 4th Edition by Michael Meyers McGraw Hill/Osborne 2002.

ISBN 0-07-222274-3

Have a look at the reviews at Amazon - it does fairly well.

Sharkey
23-11-2002, 04:01 PM
try TeachMe (http://www.teachme.co.nz) - they seem to have not only providers of physical courses listed, but providers who do correspondence courses, books, training manuals, etc...

Cheers
The Sharkmeister

Gill
23-11-2002, 07:21 PM
> A good book (although a bit MS biased - "all PCs have
> some remnant of DOS installed" (-- Mine doesn't!! )
>
> Anyway the book:
>
> A+ Certification 4th Edition by Michael Meyers McGraw
> Hill/Osborne 2002.
>
> ISBN 0-07-222274-3
>
> Have a look at the reviews at Amazon - it does fairly
> well.


Anyone got a copy that I could borrow for a few months?

Gill
23-11-2002, 07:35 PM
> try TeachMe (http://www.teachme.co.nz) -
> they seem to have not only providers of physical
> courses listed, but providers who do correspondence
> courses, books, training manuals, etc...
>
> Cheers
> The Sharkmeister

Thanks - had a look and its given me a few more places to look at - trouble is, Auckland is a long way from Invercargill.
Has anyone had experience with doing online courses through Wave Internet Services - I found this on TeachMe?