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BestComputerHardware
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ByEdTittel,KimLindros FEBRUARY10,20156:00AM

SIGNUPNOW

1. Top5ComputerHardwareCerts

BecomingacomputertechnicianisagreatpointofentryintotheITfield,andcomputerhardware
certificationswillhelpdemonstrateyourknowledgeandcompetencyinmaintainingcomputers,

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Toacertainextent,thetitleofthisarticleissomethingofamisnomer.Intheinterestsofincreased
specificity,itmightbemoreappropriatetoaddthewords"general"or"mostlyvendorneutral,"
althoughwedoincludeacredentialfromAppleinthislistthatfocusesexclusivelyonApple
hardware.Andinfact,it'spossibletoviewsomecertificationsfromhardwarevendorssuchasHP,
Dell,Cisco,Juniper,Fortinetandsoforthashardwarefocused,atandbeyondtheentrylevel.
Thus,asyouperusethisguide,don'tforgetthattherearelotsofotheroptionsfromwhichyoucan
chooseifyou'reinterestedindemonstratingyourknowledgeandabilitieswithparticularvendor's
productsanddevices.
There'sanothermisnomerinvolvedincallingthesecredentialshardwarecertifications,too
namely,theideathathardwarecanexistoroperateindependentlyofsoftware(orviceversa).If
youdigintothecurriculumforanyspecifichardwarerelatedcertificationsinanydepth,you'll
quicklyrealizethatbyandlargesoftwareisincontrolofhardwarenowadays.
Softwarecomesintoplayforinstallation,configuration,maintenance,troubleshootingandjust
aboutanyotheractivityyoucanundertakewithhardware.Wedon'twanttomisrepresentthefocus
andcoverageofthesecerts,soit'simportanttounderstandthatthehardwarelabelsimply
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Table1liststheresultsofaninformaljobsearchweconductedtoseehowfrequentlythefeatured
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