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More Certifications = More $$

January 6, 2022 in Uncategorized by

IT Certifications have value both in the knowledge you learn and the credential you can show employers. Studying for a certification alone adds a whole new skill set to your tool box. Learning these new skills keeps you sharp and drives interest in “what’s next”. This attitude is necessary in a field that requires lifelong learning. The IT field is rapidly changing and you must keep up by continuing to study and learn. Certifications are the way you show others that you are leaning.

Turning that learning into Certifications is how you show employers that you are constantly growing and gives a method to verify your current level of knowledge. The proof is in the paycheck and the opportunities those additional skills provide.

The data from the Certification Magazine Salary Survey for 2015 shows the value of IT Certification. More importantly it shows the value of continuing to learn and add additional certifications to your resume.

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Total Seminars E-books now Available

January 5, 2022 in Certifications by

Total Seminars E-books now available in one secure online space—the Total Seminars Training Hub

Total Seminars is excited to announce the availability of CompTIA and AWS E-books via the Total Seminars Training Hub. This online E-book experience is the result of a cooperative agreement between Total Seminars and McGraw Hill. E-books may be purchased on the Total Seminars website. Content is immediately available 24 hours/day, 7 days/week. Users can now reinforce learning as they read the E-books side-by-side with other electronic study materials on the Total Seminars training hub.

Dudley Lehmer, Total Seminars’ CEO, explains that the “E-book addition is part of our overall plan to expand the ways our products meet our customer needs.  In a world of digital delivery the ability to safely and conveniently access E-book content is important to publishers and users.  By offering online E-books on our Total Seminars training hub, we ensure that content is secure and easily accessible for on-demand use.”

With plans to continually add IT titles to the Total Seminars catalog of E-books, current offerings include:

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CompTIA Exams Available Online with OnVUE

January 4, 2022 in Certifications by

CompTIA offers their exams delivered online 24/7. Beginning April 15, 2020 CompTIA began delivering their exams using VUE’s online testing platform, called OnVUE.

All existing vouchers are good either at a VUE testing center or online through OnVUE. The OnVUE platform uses live proctors and AI to monitor your test. There are only three simple requirements:

  1. Quiet, private location
  2. Reliable device with a webcam
  3. Strong reliable internet connection.
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IT Career Path <-> Certification Path Map

January 4, 2022 in Certifications by

An IT Career is all about validating your skills, staying current and always learning more. No matter what IT Career you choose you need to continue to add certifications to your resume. Check out my blog: More Certifications = More $$.

The biggest question is where to begin? Start by deciding What IT Career is right for you. The next question is What Certifications Do I Need to succeed in the Career Path I have chosen? Below is a detailed Certification MAP that lays out a series of certifications you should consider as you build your skills towards each specific IT Career Path.

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CompTIA Is Raising Exam Prices – Buy Vouchers before we raise our prices

January 3, 2022 in Certifications by

Effective January 1, 2022 CompTIA is raising prices on all their exams. Total Seminars sells US and International Discount Vouchers and we are holding our 2021 discount voucher prices as long as supplies last. Here’s a summary of the retail pricing:

Exam                     Old Retail Price       New Retail Price       TS Discount Vouchers (while they last)

A+ (each)                             $232                          $239                          $209.99

Network+                            $338                           $348                          $304.99

Security+                             $370                           $381                          $334.99

CySA+                                  $370                           $381                          $334.99

PenTest+                             $370                           $381                          $334.99

ITF+                                    $126                            $130                         $114.99

Cloud+                                 $338                           $348                         $304.99

Linux+                                 $338                           $348                         $304.99

Here’s how it works: CompTIA member companies like Total Seminars are able to purchase vouchers for the CompTIA exams and resell them to students at a discount

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10 Reasons Why You Should Pursue a Career in Information Security

July 20, 2021 in Certifications by

Learn Information Security, become a Penetration Tester.

The escalating number of data breaches and threats like ransomware has created a mad dash for information security help. Organizations are scrambling to fill jobs and to compete for top talent, and tons of positions go unfilled for months.

You would think that this kind of job-market frenzy would create a big appeal for people to consider an Information Security career. Especially since information security is one of the few fields where people get snatched up as soon as they pass their certification.

Yet there’s hardly an influx of newly-minted security professionals eager to flex their freshly acquired white-hat skills. The shortage of information security workers is expected to grow — reaching 1.8 million by 2022, according to research by Frost & Sullivan. And there is not enough incoming talent to help narrow the gap.

There are lots of entry-level jobs, prospects for climbing the ladder, and plenty of jobs that earn over $100,000/year.

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The Best Cloud Computing Certifications of 2021

May 25, 2021 in Certifications by

2021 is prime time to get your head in the cloud. You can do this by earning at least one of the best cloud computing certifications out there. But why cloud computing? For starters, it pays really well. We’ll dive into this more later in the article, but know that certified cloud computing professionals – including network architects, cloud architects and cloud network engineers – can make salaries well into six figures.

Need a reason besides money to get into cloud computing? Try job security.

The demand for cloud computing professionals has never been higher. We can thank the acceleration of digital transformation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic for that. According to Simplilearn, cloud skills are in high-demand as companies strive to derive the most value from cloud-based technology. Global job site, concurs, identifying cloud skills as a major trend in the tech skills market.

IT professionals can snag a cloud computing job by earning a cloud certification.

Employers are seeking IT pros with expert-level skills related to:

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The top 10 highest-paying jobs in information security in 2021

May 24, 2021 in Certifications by

Information security continues to grow. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, the information security field is expected to grow by a whopping 31% between 2019 and 2029. 

This article details the top 10 highest-paying jobs in information security for 2021, presented in ascending order, so you can get a high-level idea of what these roles pay on average.

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DRAMA – Dave Rush Ask Me Anything 1 Year Anniversary

May 2, 2021 in Uncategorized by

Join Dave Rush, senior instructor at Total Seminars, on August 6th at 2:00 Central time as we celebrate the one-year anniversary of our weekly livestream show:  DRAMA – Dave Rush Ask Me Anything at 

 DRAMA is a live computer technology stream that features the Raspberry Pi computer as a tool to prepare for CompTIA exams and to learn other computer technologies. Viewers ask questions, interact with Dave and talk about all things technical. 

Each week, Dave brings a special topic or easy-to-follow project that showcases the Raspberry as a fun and practical tool for learning or as a cool addition to home and business technology. 

 In addition to a great project, Dave will celebrate the anniversary show with great giveaways including free access to the great suites of CompTIA practice tests. And we’re giving away prizes including Raspberry Pi kits! 


You Must Enter to Win

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Microsoft Finds a Third Print Spooler Bug

March 19, 2021 in Certifications, IT News by

Microsoft finds another bug in Windows print spooler

Microsoft is again urging its customers to disable Windows print spooler, warning of a new escalation-of-privilege vulnerability in all Windows versions, even those with the recent PrintNightmare patch. This is the third print spooler vulnerability to emerge in five weeks.

Another zero day vulnerability in Windows Print Spooler can give a threat actor administrative privileges on a Windows machine through a remote server under the attacker’s control and the ‘Queue-Specific Files’ feature.

Last month, a security researcher accidentally revealed a zero-day Windows print spooler vulnerability known as PrintNightmare that Microsoft tracks as CVE-2021-34527.

Exploiting this vulnerability lets a threat actor increase privileges on a machine or execute code remotely.

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