So rarely do we find good content only when working toward any type of certification. Whether IT, teacher, or some other field, we just cannot find much. However, for those interested in entry level certification for becoming an IT Technician, Professor Messer’s website (http://www.professormesser.com/)will provide such support. At his website, you can find a wealth of online training videos for CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Network+ certifications. I recently earned my CompTIA A+ certification, and heavily utilized Professor Messer’s video series toward the end of my training, only because I did not find them earlier. I utilized a couple textbooks, the cds that came with those texts, and then some web resources, such as ProProfs and other websites, but aside from a good forum, these sites were not regularly update for the new objectives. At Professor Messer’s site, however, he includes a wealth of videos for each objective on the A+ and Network+ certifications. His A+ series alone includes 95 videos for a total running time of 25 hours, 38 minutes. Wow!
Each section of videos is separated into sections, such as Operating System, Networking, and Hardware. At the beginning of each video, he lists out the objectives from the test to be covered, and then goes into a 10-30 minute discussion of that topic. He uses virtual machines (VM Ware, instead of the free/open Virtualbox, but I won’t be picky!) to show different scenarios in Windows, shows high quality photos of motherboards, memory, and other internal components, or talks of possible problems you may run into. I truly must commend James Messer for this service, and apparently over 480,000 people will probably join me, as that many people have used his site.
His site includes much more than just videos. You can find a forum, sample quiz questions, and much more. You can even download the entire video series for a nominal fee. And what a great business model that sounds like. We’ll give you it all free in this format, but if you want it for your convenience, you pay a fee. A great model that even us in the Creative Commons/open source world can agree to. Relevant advertising on the side as well show another way for a great resource to bring in money. So I definitely support this as a great resource, since I earned my certification partly due to Professor Messer. Definitely check this out if the urge strikes you to work toward some professional certifications.