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  1. DatacomGuy

    DatacomGuy is moving to Canada

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    I do a lot of sidework.. consulting, mostly network consulting (physical layer for the most part)..

    For fun was checking out the Apple Consultants Network listing for my area and the area just south of me.. And within a 200 mile range, there are 8 Apple certified technicians..

    My brother, who runs a rather large advertising agency, has been pushing me for years to pick up some Apple certified training and start supporting his company, as well as his customers in his area..

    What do you guys think?

    Why are there barely any techs in the area? It's not like I live in a tiny city.. Is it because they aren't needed? Or is it because no one wants to do it? Testing from Apple too difficult? Pay not there? I'm not familiar with the Apple consulting world.. only the PC/Winblows world..

    What are your thoughts?

    EDIT: On a few of the other mac forum sites I go on, the feedback in regards to the ACTC is fairly positive..

    I'm thinking about this, specifically for the software side. Not interested in hardware..
     
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    hurleyint1386 Someone has sand in their vagina

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    I'd be interested in the answers to this as well. I've been very interested in getting a few Apple certifications. Does anyone in the MacShack have any?
     
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    i have my apple cert. it was fun... but im a nerd like that....
     
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    Just looked at the basic Helpdesk support one -- I think I could easily pass it w/o taking any prep courses. Easy stuff.
     
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    hurleyint1386 Someone has sand in their vagina

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    could you give any details such as Price, where you did it, difficulty, did you do any training?
     
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    DatacomGuy is moving to Canada

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    More info!

    Which one did you get?
     
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    hurleyint1386 Someone has sand in their vagina

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    that's good for the technical information, but it doesn't describe the personal experience. that's what i'd like to know
     
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    maybe its like that washer repair guy? not needed cuz it doesnt break?
     
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    DatacomGuy is moving to Canada

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    I learned today that the first of the two exams required for the ACTC earns you the helpdesk cert.. so one additional test will get you the second cert, ACTC..
     
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    I have my help desk cert, I'm going back for the desktop and portables, then eventually the server cert.

    $150/test; the help desk cert was fairly easy.

    In my area, 99% of the computers are PC's so people would like someone with Mac experience but not like to pay out for the Mac certs.
     
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    It's not the software that breaks, it's the users... and sometimes the hardware. :mamoru:
     
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    the company i used to work for paid for my acdt, and acpt. i have no idea how much it cost, but i did the training and tests in montreal canada
     
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    DatacomGuy is moving to Canada

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    Has it benefitted you at all?
     
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    Nothing like getting certified for 2 percent of the market, amiright? Besides one client, I just dont see very many installed networks.. but thats just me and my area is more in property management companies, etc.
     
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    DatacomGuy is moving to Canada

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    Not a bad thought to consider as well.. but with the extremely increasing popularity and sales in Apple computer products, it can only grow..
     
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    Not really.

    From an economic standpoint, virtualization can make anything possible. PC's are 99% of the time cheaper, they are more universal, more people can work on them, etc.

    I haven't found one person in the real world (ie. management) whom would switch to Mac hardware because they can run Windows.

    This would probably be different if you're going to a new business though...
     
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    DatacomGuy is moving to Canada

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    Was just going to do this as side work.
     
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    I don't know that it'll be worth it then... :dunno:
     
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    If its just for side work, why not learn "on the job". Since it sounds like family, and you do have your own macbook, im sure you can figure it out unless they have x servers and whatnot. What i've seen mostly is that they have windows servers installed out there, with mac's connecting to them, and the like. If that's the case, just take the hardware course (although I doubt youll need it because of your pc background..hell everything is x86 now).

    Another thing to consider is how apple had dropped apple computer, to just Apple.. I really think they are going to change priorities and go after where their money is.. media, appliances (ipod, iphone) etc. Of course they will update their OS etc, but look at recent current events and its pretty telling where their priorities are. I think its a good decision.. business is like water, flow where there is the least resistance; ie.. kick butt in what you are kicking butt in.
     
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    That's some great input..!
     

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