Should I wait for 1001/1002?

dammetsdammets Posts: 8Member ■■□□□□□□□□
CompTIA's website says the new 220-1001 and 220-1002 exam codes are starting in January. I'm trying to get into IT with no experience and wanted to start by studying for the A+.

Should I go ahead and start studying and take the 901/902 or will it be better to wait a few months? Will the 901/902 be outdated once the new series is out?

Thanks in advanced and glad to meet you all!

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  • stryder144stryder144 Posts: 1,593Member ■■■■■■■■□□
    Here are a few things to consider:

    1. No employer will ask you which version you took, unless you are trying to become an instructor.  All they tend to care about is whether or not your A+ is current.
    2. There are a lot of 901/902 materials available to help you study.  Read the reviews, and this site, to find the best materials out there.  For the next iteration of the exam you will have to wait for the books, videos, and practice materials to be published, reviewed, and for people to hash out what it is that CompTIA is looking for in the exams.  That can take months, which means it's probably not worth waiting for at this time.  The exam availability will overlap, usually for close to six months, so the older exam won't be considered outdated.
    3. There is no telling which one will be easier, but a fair guess is the newer one will be harder.  

    Either way, successfully passing the exams will net you the A+ certification.  
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  • dammetsdammets Posts: 8Member ■■□□□□□□□□
    That all makes a lot of sense, thank you! I'm glad there's a lot of time to take the old version once the new one comes out. 
  • Skyliinez92Skyliinez92 Level 99 Wizard Posts: 822Mod Mod
    Here are a few things to consider:

    1. No employer will ask you which version you took, unless you are trying to become an instructor.  All they tend to care about is whether or not your A+ is current.
    2. There are a lot of 901/902 materials available to help you study.  Read the reviews, and this site, to find the best materials out there.  For the next iteration of the exam you will have to wait for the books, videos, and practice materials to be published, reviewed, and for people to hash out what it is that CompTIA is looking for in the exams.  That can take months, which means it's probably not worth waiting for at this time.  The exam availability will overlap, usually for close to six months, so the older exam won't be considered outdated.
    3. There is no telling which one will be easier, but a fair guess is the newer one will be harder.  

    Either way, successfully passing the exams will net you the A+ certification.  
    +1 on this. As long as you have your A+ on your CV/Resume that's all employers care about. Plus no matter which version you take, it will still be valid for 3 years from the passing date. You can then go through CE (Continuing Education) by passing your Net+ or Sec+, which will then add another 3 years.

    For example, you pass your A+ in 2019. That's valid until 2022. If you pass your Net+ in 2021, your Net+ AND A+ will both be valid until 2024, and so on...
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