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I am currently enrolled in a Network Engineer program in Windsor, Ontario Canada. Before beginning this program I have to make a choice about entering the program just after the A+ portion and begin with Network+ or wait 3 months and start in the new year. I have spoken with admissions about my college diploma as well as my 15 years experience with computers. 
An argument developed between two consellors and they decided to speak their minds. One couselor said it is too difficult to start without A+ first while the other said my previous experience and education will allow me to take A+ at the end with no worries.
The program consists of the following:
CompTIA A+ Operating Systems
CompTIA A+ Hardware
CompTia Network+
70-620 & 70-622: Microsoft Windows Vista Client Configuration
Blackberry Support Specialist
MCITP: Server Administrator
70-640 Active Directory
70-642 Windows Network Infrastructure
70-646 Windows Server Adminstrator
Scripting with Windows Powershell
Virtualization Technology
CompTIA Linux+
70-236 MS Exchange Server 2007
BlackBerry Certified System Administrator
BlackBerry Certified Server Support Specialist
70-431 MS SQL Server 2005
The program is 50 weeks in length and includes 14 exam vouchers. Has anyone out there taken a program similar to this and would you agree with my thinking that if I can't pass the rest of this on its own then it really doesn't matter when A+ is administered. I need to know before investing $20,000. 

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You can pass the Network+ without a background in A+. Personally, I don’t see much use for an A+ if you have 15 years of experience.

Not tongue in cheek, I have seen this done before. Take the same class in India. With airfare, and hotel and class fee, you would spend a fraction of the money. And take a boot camp type class, so that you dont have to slog through this for a year.
And the exams in India are cheaper too.

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  • Kevin Beaver
    I agree...furthermore, with 15 years experience I'm not convinced that all these certs are really going to help - especially for that price. There lots of other IT career considerations that will help more than any degree or certification.
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