5 Great Sources to study for IT Certifications

5 Great Sources to study for IT Certifications

Studying for IT certifications can be a great way to start a career in IT. New IT certs can also be a way to enhance an existing career or change careers. They will not make you an expert but can give direction and confidence to practice more. Certifications can provide a great foundational knowledge base. There are many books and materials that can be used. There are many different styles of teaching and learning. It can be daunting sorting through all the options. Find the solution that aligns with your schedule, budget, and learning style. The Cyber Job Mentor has provided a list of sources that may help you study for your next IT certification.

1. Professormesser.com

James Messer provides some awesome content that is always relevant for CompTIA trifecta. He has videos that cover all the of the objectives for A+, Net+, and Sec+ exams. He offers all of these amazing videos for free and provides monthly study sessions. The videos are available on youtube at https://www.youtube.com/user/professormesser and on his website at https://www.professormesser.com/. He also sells notes for the videos which are a great value.

2. Cybrary.it

Cybrary.it is incredible. This site offers labs, videos, practice, and more. It is wrapped in a very attractive package perfect for aspiring IT professionals. They have an ios and android app so you can learn on the go. Not all of the content available is free but it is worth the investment. https://www.cybrary.it

3. Lynda

Lynda.com is a great subscription based service that has a deep learning library covering a myriad of topics. The IT related videos are high quality from experts in their respective subject matter disciplines. It is not free but highly recommended. https://www.lynda.com/

4. Pluralsight

Pluralsight has training for many IT certificates. There are hands on learning opportunities and practice test. This site is recommended  for both new comers to technology field,  seasoned professionals who need to brush up, and folks who are just curios and want to learn something new. https://www.pluralsight.com

5. Udemy

Finally the last recommendation is Udemy. Udemy courses are varied and you should be able to find and instructor that meshes with your learning style. The courses typically are reasonably priced and can be viewed in their handy app. https://www.udemy.com

Top 5 books to study for CompTIA Security+ Exam

Top 5 books to study for CompTIA Security+ Exam

Some people can study for exams using videos and really absorb the material. Other people need a boot camp or class to get the best results. Others need a good old fashioned book or an eBook to tap into their best learning style. Here are 5 great choices for those needing to certify for the first time or professionals needing to re-certify. My advice is to always use at least two sources of study materials. So Use one these books or another of your choice and videos like those provided by James Messer at https://www.professormesser.com/. There are affiliate links please use them if shopping to keep the lights on in the mentor cave. The links below do include affiliate links and a commission may be earned at no extra cost to you.  As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.

The CompTIA Security+ Exam SY-501 for english expires on 7/31/2021. For new test takers I would suggest studying for latest exam. Here is a link to the latest recommendations for the newest CompTIA Security+ SY-601 exam. https://cyberjobmentor.com/2021/07/07/top-5-guides-to-study-for-comptia-security-exam-sy-601

1. CompTIA Security+ Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 Study Guide by Darril Gibson 

CompTIA Security+ Get Certified Get Ahead: SY0-501 Study Guide

The author Darril Gibson has many other certification books and does not disappoint with the valuable knowledge presented in this book. There is also a Kindle version for 9.99. https://amzn.to/31opz1F

2.Mike Meyers’ CompTIA Security+ Certification Guide, Second Edition (Exam SY0-501)

by Mike Meyers and Scott Jernigan

Mike Meyers' CompTIA Security+ Certification Guide, Second Edition (Exam SY0-501)

Mike Myers has helped students and professionals alike prepare for the CompTIA Security+ for many years. This latest version covers all of the objectives for the CompTIA Security + 501 exam. https://amzn.to/31lQtri

3. CompTIA Security+ Certification Guide: Master IT security essentials and exam topics for CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 certification

by Ian Neil 

CompTIA Security+ Certification Guide: Master IT security essentials and exam topics for CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 certification

Studying for exams is hard and choosing the right tools can be the difference between success and failure. The guide by Ian Neil might be the right guide for you. https://amzn.to/31lQtri

4. CompTIA Security+ All-in-One Exam Guide, Fifth Edition (Exam SY0-501)

by Wm. Arthur Conklin , Greg White, et al.

CompTIA Security+ All-in-One Exam Guide, Fifth Edition (Exam SY0-501)

The All In One series guides have been a staple for certification training for many years. Make sure you take advantage of the practice exam questions to make sure you prepare thoroughly. https://amzn.to/2T7SDry

5. CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 Exam Cram (5th Edition)by Diane Barrett and Martin M. Weiss

CompTIA Security+ SY0-501 Exam Cram (5th Edition)

The Exam Cram books are designed for individuals that need to learn on a truncated time table. If that is you this may be the right study guide for you. https://amzn.to/2TcWfIL