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Ten Steps to Computer Certification on the Cheap

Gaining certification in the computer industry does not require spending thousands upon thousands of dollars on classes. It can be done for far less through self study. This is not an easy route. It requires considerable effort and dedication to plow through the stacks of books and piles of pages. Still, if you follow through, you can walk away with a fist full of certifications and have a good in to the computer industry.

This section lays out a course of action which will eventually bring you ten industry certifications. Best of all, you never go more than four exams without earning a new set of letters to put behind your name and a certificate to hang on the wall.

Naturally, the order layed out here can be changed. It is possible to reorder the list and get more low-level certifications faster. The goal here is to keep a logical progression of topics. Rather than jump from operating systems to routers and then back to operating systems again, this path will complete one topic before moving on to the next.

Hopefully you will find the content here helpful. Please feel free to share your suggestions for improvement, useful links to related material, and questions about earning multiple certifications over at the forums section.

Thank you!

Delbert Matlock, MCSE, MCSA, MCDBA, CCNA, Network+, A+


  • A+ - CompTIA A+ Certified Professional
  • Network+ - CompTIA Network+ Certified Professional
  • MCP - Microsoft Certified Professional
  • MCSA - Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator
  • MCSE - Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer
  • MCDBA - Microsoft Certified Database Administrator
  • CCNA - Cisco Certified Network Associate
  • CCDA - Cisco Certified Design Associate
  • CCNP - Cisco Certified Network Professional
  • CCDP - Cisco Certified Design Professional
  • How to study and test
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