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What are some great computer certifications to look into? Both PC and MAC? Networking? All of the above.
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Hi,
You can start study with below certification they will help you to build your understanding in computer science.
Microsoft (MCSE, MCITP, MCTS)
CompTIA (A+, Network+, Security+, Linux+) ...
Shahnawaz AhmedCloud Migration Engineer
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You can use Expert Exchange for start with below course which is free as of now.

https://www.experts-exchange.com/courses/1001/CompTIA-A-220-901-220-902.html
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MCITP course  it covers all your requirements.
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A+ would help you understand the guts of a computer. But once you're beyond computer harder...

Network+, Security, and CISSP are 3 I would name. Several certifications involving networks and security are based on concepts that are independent of OS.

Outside of that, the best answer depends on your interests. Upside of Microsoft oriented certs is that Windows powers the lion's share of systems out there. Upside of Apple oriented certs is that you'll have skills in areas that most people don't (Apple machines are far more annoying to work on than PCs because of their designs), plus they're used less frequently so there will be less competition for jobs (it still helps to understand MS networks though). Cisco certs are known to be quite tough, and they also power a large chunk of networks.
Adam BrownSenior Systems Admin
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A+ is a good place to start, but it's generally viewed as extreme entry level and isn't worth much. A lot of the subject matter isn't really useful to know or is outright unnecessary, but I never bothered with anything other than practice tests for it, so I don't have exact experience. However, every practice test I did for it included questions on outdated and unnecessary concepts like IRQs (Yes, I realize IRQs are still used, but there's no need to know anything other than what they are. This was different 20 years ago).

I would, however, recommend starting with Client OS certifications, like the MCTS for Windows 10 or an RHEL certification if you want to go that route. Hardware certifications aren't really useful these days, since computers are often considered disposable commodities now. Network+ would be a good one to get to understand networking (Which, realistically, hasn't changed too much in 15 years, anyway). Once you get those concepts down, you can decide if you want to focus on Networking or Servers, or be more generalized.
Adam BrownSenior Systems Admin
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CISSP is nowhere near an Entry or mid-level cert (Unless (ISC)2 has dropped their standards since I took the tests 10 years ago). Sec+ is a good one to go for after Network+ or CCNA, though, and covers some of the CISSP stuff. But the CISSP itself is a $600 test with 250+ questions, and requires at least 5 years of work experience to obtain.

Edit: Since you asked about Macs, I'll just address that...Apple provides certifications, but they are not really any more useful or desirable than the A+. Macs are more common in IT than they used to be, but they are still, for the most part, consumer-oriented systems that don't really match the demands or capabilities needed for most businesses. Unless your dream job is working as an Apple "Genius," I wouldn't bother with those certs.

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Thanks everyone! Does anyone have links to study? Do I contact Microsoft?
Microsoft - All MCITP certifications retired between July 31, 2014, and July 31, 2016.
Shahnawaz AhmedCloud Migration Engineer
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There are many youtube study channel to start with, also check the expert exchange link i shared to begin with.

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Will do. Are there any certifications that don't need renewed?
Jackie Man IT Manager
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Are there any certifications that don't need renewed?

I am afraid it is a NO as technology is a changing game and you need to renew your knowledge to keep it up to date.
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As Jackie cited, even the major certifications that didn't require renewals got away from that. For example, I have Security+ and I am grandfathered because i got it in the days when you didnt have the renewal requirement. Learning is a continuous thing, so they want you to keep showing your skills are up to date.

And we are talking about the certifications that have any sort of value out in the world. You can certainly find some that don't, but they won't help you get anywhere.

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