Technology Certifications

Available IT Certifications

The Center for Workforce Development offers several IT Certification courses designed to develop technological skills needed in the Information Technology field.

CompTIA Certifications

A+ Certification: The CompTIA A+ certification is the industry standard for computer support technicians. This international, vendor-neutral certification proves competence in areas such as installation, preventative maintenance, networking, security and troubleshooting. CompTIA A+ certified technicians also have excellent customer service and communication skills to work with clients.

CompTIA A+ is part of the certification track for corporations such as Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco and Novell. Other technology companies, including CompuCom and Ricoh, have made CompTIA A+ certification mandatory for their service technicians. More than 700,000 people worldwide have become CompTIA A+ certified since the program's inception in 1993.

The latest version of CompTIA A+ is CompTIA A+ 2009 Edition. Two exams are necessary to be certified: CompTIA A+ Essentials, exam code 220-701; and CompTIA A+ Practical Application, exam code 220-702.

Network+ Certification: The CompTIA Network+ certification is the sign of a competent networking professional. It is an international, vendor-neutral certification that proves a technician's competency in managing, maintaining, troubleshooting, installing and configuring basic network infrastructure. This course prepares students for the Network+ certification exam in a hands-on training environment. Although not a prerequisite, it is recommended that CompTIA Network+ candidates have at least nine months of experience in network support or administration or academic training, along with a CompTIA A+ certification.

Security+ Certification: The CompTIA Security+ certification designates knowledgeable professionals in the field of security, one of the fastest-growing fields in IT. Security threats are increasing in number and severity, and the gap between the need for security professionals and qualified IT personnel is the largest of any IT specialty, according to a 2008 CompTIA study. Even in a troubled economy, most businesses plan to maintain or increase their investment in security.

CompTIA Security+ is an international, vendor-neutral certification that proves competency in system security, network infrastructure, access control and organizational security. Major organizations that employ CompTIA Security+ certified staff include Booz Allen Hamilton, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Motorola, Symantec, Telstra, Hitachi, Ricoh, Lockheed Martin, Unisys, Hilton Hotels Corp., General Mills, the U.S. Navy, Army, Air Force and Marines.

Although not a prerequisite, it is recommended that CompTIA Security+ candidates have at least two years of technical networking experience, with an emphasis on security. The CompTIA Network+ certification is also recommended.

 

Course Information Cr Hrs
Basic A+ Certification: Hardware I

Introduction to hardware common to virtually every personal computer, including microprocessors, RAM, power supplies, motherboards, BIOS, CMOS, the expansion bus, and input/output devices.

Classes begin monthly! Go to Ed2Go for more information!

Intermediate CompTIA A+ Certification Prep: Operating Systems

Course provides detailed information on installing and configuring hard drives and removable drives. Covers operating system from installation to operations, maintenance to troubleshooting, and includes an in-depth look into installing, configuring, maintaining, and
troubleshooting printers.

Classes begin monthly! Go to Ed2Go for more information!

Advanced CompTIA A+ Certification Prep: Hardware/OS II

Learn how to select, install, and service video, sound, and portable computers. The course teaches networking, both wired and wireless, as well as security.

Classes begin monthly! Go to Ed2Go for more information!

A+Essentials: Exam 220-701 Training

This training measures the necessary competencies of an entry-level IT professional with a recommended 500 hours of hands-on experience in the lab or field. It tests for technical understanding of computer technology, networking and security, as well as the communication skills and professionalism now required of all entry-level IT professionals.

 Course  Dates & Times
 WDC 449 Check back for later times or call 417-447-8888 for customized training.

CompTIA A+ Practical Application: Exam 220-702 Training

This course is an extension of the knowledge and skills identified in CompTIA A+ Essentials, with more of a "hands-on" orientation focused on scenarios in which troubleshooting and tools must be applied to resolve problems.

 Course  Dates & Times
 WDC 456 Check back for later times or call 417-447-8888 for customized training.

CompTIA Network+ Certification Prep

You'll learn about topologies, the OSI Seven-Layer model, protocol suites, modern network operating systems, network hardware, cabling standards, remote connectivity, Internet connections, network troubleshooting, and more.

Classes begin monthly! Go to Ed2Go for more information!

Network+ Training

Net+ Certification is a CompTIA sponsored testing program that validates the knowledge of networking professionals. The exam tests the technical ability in the areas of media and topologies, protocols and standards, network implementation, and network support. Prerequisite: Six months previous networking experience required. Book required.

 Course  Dates &Times
 WDC 604 Check back for later times or call 417-447-8888 for customized training.

Security+ Training

CompTIA Security+® (2008 Objectives) is the primary course you will need to take if your job responsibilities include securing network services, network devices, and network traffic. It is also the main course you will take to prepare for the CompTIA Security+ (2008 Edition) Certification examination (exam number SY0-201). E-book included. Exam voucher optional.

 Course  Dates & Times  Cost
 WDC 707 Check back for later times or call 417-447-8888 for customized training.  $2699

Network+ Certification

The CompTIA Network+ certification is the sign of a competent networking professional. It is an international, vendor-neutral certification that proves a technician's competency in managing, maintaining, troubleshooting, installing and configuring basic network infrastructure. This course prepares students for the Network+ certification exam in a hands-on training environment. Although not a prerequisite, it is recommended that CompTIA Network+ candidates have at least nine months of experience in network support or administration or academic training, along with a CompTIA A+ certification.

Course Information Cr Hrs
Network+ Training

Net+ Certification is a CompTIA sponsored testing program that validates the knowledge of networking professionals. The exam tests the technical ability in the areas of media and topologies, protocols and standards, network implementation, and network support. Prerequisite: Six months previous networking experience required. Book required.

 Course  Dates &Times
 WDC 604 Check back for later times or call 417-447-8888 for customized training.

A+/Net+ Certification Prep Bundle

Take all three A+ & Network+ certification exam prep courses this semester for $3,645 - a $345 savings!

Security+ Certification

The CompTIA Security+ certification designates knowledgeable professionals in the field of security, one of the fastest-growing fields in IT. Security threats are increasing in number and severity, and the gap between the need for security professionals and qualified IT personnel is the largest of any IT specialty, according to a 2008 CompTIA study. Even in a troubled economy, most businesses plan to maintain or increase their investment in security.

CompTIA Security+ is an international, vendor-neutral certification that proves competency in system security, network infrastructure, access control and organizational security. Major organizations that employ CompTIA Security+ certified staff include Booz Allen Hamilton, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Motorola, Symantec, Telstra, Hitachi, Ricoh, Lockheed Martin, Unisys, Hilton Hotels Corp., General Mills, the U.S. Navy, Army, Air Force and Marines.

Although not a prerequisite, it is recommended that CompTIA Security+ candidates have at least two years of technical networking experience, with an emphasis on security. The CompTIA Network+ certification is also recommended.

Course Information Cr Hrs
Security+ Training

CompTIA Security+® (2008 Objectives) is the primary course you will need to take if your job responsibilities include securing network services, network devices, and network traffic. It is also the main course you will take to prepare for the CompTIA Security+ (2008 Edition) Certification examination (exam number SY0-201). E-book included. Exam voucher optional.

 Course  Dates & Times  Cost
 WDC 707 Check back for later times or call 417-447-8888 for customized training.  $2699

Microsoft Windows Server Certification

Earning a Windows Server 2008 certification shows hiring managers and project leads that you have the expertise to confidently evaluate, design, maintain, and troubleshoot Windows Server 2008 solutions. It also demonstrates your ability to use new features, including Web tools, virtualization technologies, security enhancements, and management utilities. Click here to visit Microsoft's Information and Communications Technology (ICT) curriculum roadmap Web page.

Microsoft Certified Technology Specialist (MCTS)

Complete one or both courses below and their respective exams to earn MCTS credentials. Each course validates your skills on the features and functionality of a particular technology area in Windows Server 2008.

Course Information Cr Hrs
MCTS 70-640 TS Active Directory Configuration

MCTS: 70-640 TS: Configuring Windows Server 2008 Active Directory certification exam preparation course. Cost includes lab fee, book and test voucher.

 Course  Dates & Times
 WDC 700  Check back for later times or call 417-447-8888 for customized training.

MCTS 70-642 TS Network Infrastructure Configuration

Exam 70-642 Configuring Windows Server 2008 Network Infrastructure. Cost includes lab fee,book and test voucher.

 Course  Dates & Times
 WDC 701 Check back for later times or call 417-447-8888 for customized training.

MCTS 70-680 TS Configuring Windows 7

Cost includes lab fee, book and test voucher.

 Course  Dates & Times
 WDC 704 Check back for later times or call 417-447-8888 for customized training.

Microsoft Certified IT Professional (MCITP)

This credential is the ideal wa to demonstrate your ability to use Windows Server 2008 to excel in a specific, real-world job role.

Course Information Cr Hrs
MCITP Server Administrator - Exam 70-646:PRO

 MCITP:70-646 PRO: Windows Server 2008 Server Administrator certification exam preparation course. Cost includes lab fee, book and test voucher.

 Course  Dates & Times
 WDC 706 Check back for later times or call 417-447-8888 for customized training.

PC Build / Repair Certificate

Great for those who work in the industry as well as the home user. Hone your skills to do your own repair work. No book required for this program. Instructor will have example copies of materials for you to preview before you decide what to purchase.

 Course  Dates
 WDC 470 Check back for later times or call 417-447-8888 for customized training.

Includes the following topics:

PC Building and Repair: Learn to build a computer to fit your specific needs and save money as well. Decide what you need, learn where to purchase, how much to pay and how to put all the pieces together to make it work.

PC Upgrades and Repair: Learn basic computer terms, how to upgrade and do minor repairs on most computers. Computers are provided, however, students are also encouraged to bring their own computers to class.

Optimization and Tweaking: Learn how to get the best performance out of your computer without expensive upgrades or costly additions. Optimize your boot up time, connection, and operating system performance. Computers are provided, however, students are also encouraged to bring their own computers to class.

Wireless Networks and Network Basics: Learn to network and share computers, printers and files in a Windows environment.

Course Information Cr Hrs