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    Default What are Easy certs?

    So there was a thread recently about what the hardest certs are, but I was thinking what are some 'easy' certs to get. Things that might take only a few days or a couple of weeks of study if you are coming in fairly new to the area.

    One I might put out there is the Apple Certified Associate - Mac Integration Basics. It's unproctored online, and all the answers to the questions are in a ~50pp guide (free download). If you use Macs regularly, then it's probably the kind of thing you could prepare for in weekend.

    ITIL Foundation is probably a candidate, too, since most people pass after a 4 day bootcamp course, and many people pass after reading one book.

    I probably wouldn't put A+ in this category since for most people it is a first cert, and it has two exams, and there is a fair amount of material.

    VMware VCA is probably one of these.

    These "easy" certs could be useful if you want to bulk out your resume, or fill a gap in skills for a new job.
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    The CIW certs I had to take at the beginning of my Bachelor's were the easiest I took. I think I studied for a week each just so I could justify the relative cost of each class.

    I also thought the ICND1 was very easy, but that was a couple versions ago. I had previous knowledge of most of the material, but did study for a week for that one.
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    The MTA certs I took, specifically the original win 7 98-349. I didn't even study and passed right away. The Network and Security MTA I studied for 2 hours each and passed.

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    70-698: Installing and Configuring Windows 10 earns you a MCP and it only requires fooling around with Windows 10 Settings - updates, wifi setup options like preferred network and metered connection, disk configurations, mbr and gpt differences, some gpo, file history and backup, drivers installation. Mostly things each ITpro guy should be familiar with.

    74-409: Server Virtualization with Windows Server Hyper-V and System Center earns you a Microsoft Specialist. Requires fooling around with Hyper-V settings and basic to moderate level virtualization, again, usual ITpro stuff.

    MTA's are all fairly easy, all you have to do is watch a free corresponding MVA course.

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    I was going to say Security Plus...because I got it prior to the Apple cert by by and large, the Apple Cert has to be the easiest I have ever seen. It was open book....
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    ITIL was incredibly easy. It's so easy that I am almost embarrassed to put it on my resume. (In fact I don't anymore)
    Security + was easier for me, not ITILIAN though.
    CIW gets hammered on this forum, never taken one though so I can't comment. (Something tells me they are on par with ITIL)
    Anything EXIN is a breeze (from my experience)
    Never taken an MTA, but something tells me they are a BREEZE.
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    VCA and Server + were the easiest certifications I've taken; both were jokes. To corroborate with what others have said..I've heard from multiple co-workers that the Apple certifications are also ridiculously easy.
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    I think it comes down to experience, really. Experience and motivation. Some people are constantly learning about technology, even without it being about work.

    Look in some of the forums. For a test that I thought was extremely easy, I see people posting about failing. A lot.

    I think those 'easy' exams are easy with minimal preparation. Like the ITIL comment someone made - you can pass by reading a single book. CIW can be passed with minimal experience with the technology. I felt that the A+ was extremely easy in the late 90's, but I knew IRQ's, serial ports, config.sys, autoexec.bat from playing around with computers.

    If you have a background in something, it can be much easier. If you dabble in security, read Daril Gibson's book, then the test is a breeze. If you know Windows fairly well, the Windows Client exams are fairly simple (Vista was WAY too easy, though. Holy hell, that was the easiest exam I've ever taken.).
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    Add Rackspace's CloudU Certificate to the list. Ten modules and an easy final exam.
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    Easiest to hardest for me: CIW certs < Project + < Security + < Network + < Server + < Linux + < CCNA Wireless < ICND1 & 2 < Microsoft Infustructure 2012.
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    The Palo Alto ACE cerificatation is free and fairly easy. All materials are online on the Palo Alto site.
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    OCSE. You should be able to do it in a day or two.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 9bits View Post
    OCSE. You should be able to do it in a day or two.
    For sure, granted you spend 1+ year of studying and labbing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 9bits View Post
    OCSE. You should be able to do it in a day or two.
    ^This guy.....
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    Easy certs are the ones taken by over qualified test takers, who should have taken a cert they had no previous experience in.

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    I thought Linux Essentials was pretty easy. I only study for 3 days and missed 1 questions (I type in the command backwards). If you even know basic stuff about using linux CLI then you could study for a day or two and pass easily. I finished the exam in 6 minutes, before the proctor even finished processing my paperwork.
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    Quote Originally Posted by 9bits View Post
    OCSE. You should be able to do it in a day or two.
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    It was really an important and informative post you shared with us glad to see this type of post you are doing such an amazing work glad to see this type of post it was lovely. I didn't know about what is easy cert but after read different comment and link's know about this topic than you for sharing such an important topic with us.
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    CIW: Pretty much everything - LOL.
    Apple: Any of their Mac integration certs or the Mac Management.
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    Bit snobby this. What about all the other people on the forum that are doing the ITIL stuff!
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    An “easy cert” is relative to the candidate, right? The Mac cert mentioned above wouldn’t be a super easy walk in the park for me because I don’t EVER EVER use Macs, even though it’s open book. But I didn’t study for Network+ at all and passed easily. Yet Network+ can be a hard exam for a lot of people that are new to IT.

    What I think are easy certifications are the “gimmes”, like specialized vendor-based certs that you might simply get at the end of a class after a 20 question MCQ. Or the “free” certs you can get online (that you’d never put on your resume).
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    I passed ITIL easily by reading a 40 page PDF I found on the internet. It's a joke certification.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pseudonym View Post
    I passed ITIL easily by reading a 40 page PDF I found on the internet. It's a joke certification.
    I agree, I don't even list it anymore. It's like gaining a participation metal in a 8 person race and finishing 7th......

    Quality over Quantity. For instance when I look at your certifications, you could take A+, N+ and ITIL off and just list the others and it would probably make your resume look BETTER.

    Just my opinion.....
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    CCSK is pretty easy if you're looking to add a cloud security cert to the resume.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OctalDump View Post
    These "easy" certs could be useful if you want to bulk out your resume, or fill a gap in skills for a new job.
    Also keep in mind "Easy" certs are less valuable or desirable to potential employers, as well as more people have them. While having hard certs is a lot of work, far less people have them and they are highly valued by employers. I think one hard cert is far more valuable them several easier certs. for example a CCNA outweighs A+, Network+, Security+ combined in my opinion.
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