When it comes to your IT career, learning the rules of the road just got easier. We’ve integrated two of our most impactful learning tools –CompTIA CertMaster Learn and Labs – to make it easier for learners to seamlessly gain the knowledge and apply the practical skills necessary to be successful on CompTIA exams and in their IT career. Introducing integrated eLearning bundles!
Why Integrate Two Existing Tools?
Earning an IT certification is a lot like learning how to drive a car. It’s a big task that requires different types of learning to get the best result.
- Learn and study new information
- Log hours practicing – either in a safe, simulated environment or in the real world
- Pass an exam to prove what you’ve learned
Similar to a driver’s license, an IT certification validates your technical knowledge and shows potential employers that you can be trusted to get the job done.
When a person sets out to get their driver’s license, they enroll in a driver’s education course, which consists of a specified number of hours that have to be completed in the classroom and another set of hours that need to be completed on the road.
In combination, this approach ensures that the student is learning the rules of the road and also getting the opportunity for hands-on practice. It’s a tried-and-true method and one that has been replicated for IT pros with CompTIA integrated eLearning bundles.
Merger ahead! New CompTIA integrated eLearning bundles merge the knowledge building of CertMaster Learn with the hands-on practice in CertMaster Labs.
Part 1: Foundational Learning and Knowledge Building with CompTIA CertMaster Learn
CertMaster Learn helps you build the foundational knowledge necessary to be successful when preparing for a CompTIA certification exam. This is akin to the driver’s ed classroom – you not only learn the basics, but you also have a learning plan that keeps you on track with your studies.
“CertMaster Learn puts you on a path of completion and sets you up for a regular pace of work based on how much content is in the course and when you want to take the exam,” said Katie Hoenicke, CompTIA senior director of product management. If you decide to change your exam date, the plan will automatically adjust accordingly.
Hoenicke added that the tool is purposefully designed this way so that learners don’t become overwhelmed.
“All elements of the course are divided into tasks, and each task is defined by knowledge points,” Hoenicke said. “The learning plan is based on the learner completing a certain amount of knowledge points every day.”
The new CompTIA integrated eLearning bundles begin with this type of learning. After all, you don’t hop into a car on your first day of driver’s ed. Eventually, the learning plan includes some driving. And that’s where CertMaster Labs comes into play.
There’s not just one way to learn! Use CompTIA CertMaster Learn to gain the foundational knowledge you need before you get in the driver’s seat.
Part 2: Hands-On Learning with CertMaster Labs
CertMaster Labs makes it easy for you to practice and apply your skills in real workplace scenarios as you prepare for your certification exam. This is akin to the driver’s ed “on-the-road” practice with an instructor. All lab activities use real equipment and software, are accessible via a browser and internet connection, and provide an opportunity for learners to practice job tasks.
“CertMaster Labs is the place where learners can put to practice what they’ve learned in CertMaster Learn,” Hoenicke said.
The virtual labs are a perfect place to get to know your car. You may understand when to stop, when to accelerate and when to yield, but until you feel the pedals beneath your feet and adjust your mirrors accordingly, you don’t really know what it feels like.
Of course, understanding the rules of the road and actually driving the car aren’t the only lessons learned in driver’s ed. There are many other drivers on the road, and you have to be aware of them and what they are doing. CertMaster Labs includes these “defensive driving” scenarios. The labs align with CompTIA exam objectives and are based on typical workplace situations.
Speed up or slow down? CertMaster Labs simulates real-world scenarios to help you practice your skills and gain confidence.
Why Buy the Integrated eLearning Bundle?
Hoenicke said the decision to integrate CertMaster Learn and Labs was fueled by the need to set IT pros up for success by giving them everything they need in one place.
“The integrated eLearning bundle provides a variety of learning – reading, videos, practice questions, interactive tasks, etc. – and introduces content when it’s appropriate in the learning process,” she said. “The course is laid out for you in a way to help you be most successful.”
These new features help the learner do just that:
- Single login to access both eLearning and labs: You can access CertMaster Labs by logging into CertMaster Learn, as the labs are deeply integrated within the eLearning experience. As a result, you experience both knowledge acquisition and hands-on skills attainment through a single login and seamless workflow.
- Labs integrated as study tasks: The labs are integrated into the learning plan at appropriate places so that you can naturally practice your skills after completing related readings and exercises.
- Labs dashboard provides overview of your progress: A dashboard in CertMaster Learn shows data points such as virtual machine state, completion status, time spent and date completed so you know which labs you have completed, which labs you saved and your scores on all attempts.
No skipping ahead! CompTIA integrated eLearning bundles ensure you are tackling the right content at the right time with the help of a specific learning plan.
What CompTIA Certifications Have the Integrated eLearning Bundle?Currently, integrated eLearning bundles are available for CompTIA certifications that offer both CertMaster Learn and CertMaster Labs.
- CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+)
- CompTIA A+ Core 2 (220-1002) exam
- CompTIA Network+
- CompTIA Security+ (SY0-601)
- CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+)
- CompTIA Linux+
- CompTIA PenTest+
- CompTIA Server+ (SK0-005)
- CompTIA Cloud+ (CV0-003)
- CompTIA CASP+ (CAS-003)
CompTIA continues to innovate with our approach to hands-on learning. As new courses debut, scored labs with feedback will be included to elevate the integrated experience.
When you learn how to drive a car, you get a manual that tells you what all the road signs mean, but then you need to get in the car and prove you know how to put that knowledge into practice to be a safe driver. CertMaster Learn is the manual, and CertMaster Labs is where you practice how to drive and make sure you're truly ready for your exam and your IT career. The new integrated eLearning bundle is the driver’s ed course that makes it all possible.
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