Re: MCDST Cert
You don't have to go to a special school for it, but it helps to take a class on A+. A lot of colleges now offer A+ training courses. You don't have to because there are A+ manuals and books you can read on your own for PC troubleshooting, etc. In the end, the certification test at posted test centers, is what gets you that A+ title.
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