CompTIA IT Academy
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Frequently Asked Questions
How long is the course?
Each course is 8 weeks (about 2 months) in length.
What is the time/workload expectations for the course?
Each course varies, but most of our courses will have at least one weekly meeting at a time to be determined by the instructor based on the students’ availability. These will be recorded if you are unable to attend. The rest of the material will be scheduled asynchronously. This will allow students to work in their own time, and at their own pace, which can be especially helpful for adult learners who need to balance their education with work and family responsibilities. It also provides a way for students who live far away from a school or university to participate in courses remotely. However, there will be quizzes, labs, and assignments with due dates to help you stay on track to finish the class.
Is the course able to be completed fully online?
Yes, all IT academy courses are offered in a fully online format.
When will the course start?
IT Academy courses start after the regular semester class start date, but typically run five sets of 8-week courses throughout the year. Please check the schedule for exact dates for the next course.
Are there any textbook/material costs?
This depends on the course. Please refer to the specific course page.
How much does the course cost?
Which courses do you offer?
Currently, we are offering courses to prepare for the CompTIA A+ and Security+.
How much do the materials cost?
This depends on the course. For the A+: The materials will be provided free of charge through the Cisco Networking Academy. The lab environment will be provided through SCC's Netlab+. For the Security+: You will be able to access your course materials through O’Reilly at no cost to you (currently – CompTIA Security+ SY0-601 Exam Cram, 6th Edition – this will change to the new edition within the next year). You may also choose to purchase a physical copy of the book.
How do I qualify for a CompTIA discount voucher?
CompTIA discount vouchers can be obtained at any time while enrolled as a student. At checkout, you must provide eligibility information about yourself and Stanly Community College to qualify. We recommend using your student email address for the account. This verification is done through SheerID.
Where and how do I purchase CompTIA discount vouchers?
CompTIA discount vouchers are purchased from the CompTIA academic store (https://academic-store.comptia.org/). Click on Certification Vouchers. This will allow you to purchase a voucher for a discounted price (you will not pay anything additional when you sign up for the exam through PearsonVue).
How much of a discount will I receive?
This depends on the exam, but it ranges from 30% to 55% off (learn more here in the actual store).