CompTIA Strata: A Solid IT Foundation

by QuickCert on February 23, 2012

Solid IT Foundation
The CompTIA Strata IT Fundamentals Certification provides a solid foundation to expand into other areas of Information Technology. The CompTIA examinations measure the individual’s basic knowledge of computers and IT technology, such as setting up a workstation, installing software onto a PC, setting up basic security on a PC, and an understanding of basic IT terminology.

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CompTIA is the agent that sets the standards for the examination, and awards the Strata certificate. However, many training courses are available from several technical training venues, that will prepare the student to take the CompTIA Strata exams.

Once an individual has proven their basic knowledge by obtaining the CompTIA Strata certification, they have proven that they have a foundation for moving on to more complex areas, such as hardware, networking and security. The IT Fundamentals examination measures the test-takers knowledge of PC functionality, components and compatibility.

Jobs for those who are certified with the CompTIA Strata cert include:

  • Computer Sales Engineer
  • Account Manager
  • Business Development Manager
  • Other positions that require a basic knowledge of PCs and functionality

Jobs for those who seek to prove a basic understanding of IT principles for further study and certification include:

  • Network and Systems Administrators
  • Database Administrators
  • Programmers and Coders
  • Information Technology Managers
  • Project Managers

The CompTIA Strata certification is designed for those new to the IT industry, such as those who have just graduated from college and have no work experience in the IT industry. CompTIA also provides the A+ certification, which is more in-depth with regards to computer skills. However, the Strata certification is the most basic and fundamental cert. Reviewers have termed the Strata certification as the “pre-A+” cert.

For individuals who plan to pursue a career in the IT industry, the CompTIA Strata certification is a great place to start. Those in the IT industry speak in a language seemingly all their own. However, many terms are common knowledge among those in the industry. One way to learn the terminology, and to be able to speak intelligently with others in the industry, is to start with the basics. Once you have a grasp of the basic terms and concepts, moving on to other areas of certification is much easier to accomplish. The CompTIA Strata certification provides the foundation for those who seek to obtain additional certifications, as well as those who need just a basic understanding of PC terms and functionality to perform their jobs, such as sales and account personnel.

Strata Examinations

In the US, the main Strata certification is awarded when the individual takes the “IT Fundamentals” exam. In the UK, additional exams are provided, including “PC Functionality,” And “PC Technology.” The IT Fundamentals exam consists of 70 questions. The exam-taker is given 60 minutes to complete the test. A score of 70% is required to pass the test. The IT Fundamentals exam is offered in the languages of English, Spanish, German, Greek, Arabic, Korean, Portuguese and Japanese.