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CompTIA Strata IT Fundamentals
Exam FC0-U41, revised version 2016

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What is the CompTIA Strata?

The CompTIA Strata IT Fundamentals certification offers individuals a broad introduction to computing technology and serves as a critical stepping stone to advanced technical learning and IT skills and shows that you have the knowledge to identify and explain PC components, setup a basic PC workstation, conduct basic software installation, identify compatibility issues and recognise/prevent basic security

The CompTIA Strata is great for IT novices who need a broad, fundamental understanding of IT and who want to learn the basics of computers, networking, LANs and WANs, data centers and data storage, and how IT infrastructures are monitored and managed. Ideal candidates include:

  • Entry-level and newly hired technical professionals, including PC support, help desk, and networking professionals.
  • Sales and marketing professionals looking to increase their ability to communicate with technical professionals and increase sales.
  • Managers and Executives who seek better-informed decision making.
  • Beginners seeking fundamental knowledge in preparation for later certification courses.

The CompTIA Strata certification consists of only one exam, the FC0-U41; This exam covers the explanation of technology and computer hardware basics, compatibility issues and common errors, software installation and functions, security risks and prevention. The exam will also assess the candidate's knowledge of Green IT and preventative maintenance of computers. The FC0-U41 is made up of the following five topics:

  • Technology and Computer Hardware Basics - 40%
  • Compatibility Issues and Common Errors - 13%
  • Software Installation and Functions - 11%
  • Security - 16%
  • Green IT and Preventative Maintenance - 20%
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The Strata IT Fundamentals certification is ideal for individuals and students preparing to enter the IT workforce and professionals changing careers to IT or technology-related fields. The certificate can be a stepping stone to higher certifications in CompTIA A+, and with specialised experience, CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+. 

CompTIA are a world leading developer of vendor-neutral qualifications such as the CompTIA Security+. Vendor-neutrality means that CompTIA qualifications suit a wide range of requirements rather than being tied to specific software or hardware. CompTIA offers certification tracks for companies such as Microsoft, HP, Cisco, Dell, Intel and Lenovo. These organisations have made key CompTIA certifications mandatory for their service technicians and partners on regular basis.

Jobs and Career Opportunities with Strata IT Fundamentals

The CompTIA Strata is the industry standard certification for anyone looking for jobs at the entry level I.T Careers market. Because it's recognised around the world and it's vendor-neutral, Organisations list this certification as the minimum technical requirement for their IT staff and contractors.

Within the UK, the average salary of a CompTIA Strata certified technician is £20,300pa. The average salary for an Strata graduate is estimated to be £15,500pa. After graduation, you can find work in entry level IT jobs such as Junior Engineer with relative ease. Below are examples of the starting range of career opportunities offered to Strata Technicians:

  • Sales Associate
  • Sales Engineer
  • Junior Enginner
  • Desktop Support Technicial
  • Business Development Manager
  • Product or Marketing Specialist
  • 1st Line Customer Support
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CompTIA Strata Training

We want to ensure you get the best training experience for the best price. Our state of the art and modern classes ensures you get the best and fun learning experience while finishing your certification the shortest amount of time possible. While working through your CompTIA Strata course we offer 24 hour support 7 days a week and incase you get really stuck you can call your lecturers for an 1on1 chat whenever you need.

Working with the JobcentrePlus and our Recruitment Partners across the UK, we will work with you to ensure that you can find work in IT (and not in any job) through job interviews and guarantee you applications. If you have no qualification or background in IT, we will provide you with the necessary training for the experience required - We aim to get your foot in the door. For existing CompTIA professionals, we can upgrade your qualifications and improve your career prospects. Do not allow your lack of experience or self-confidence deny you from a career in I.T - it is a lot easier (and enjoyable too) than most people think, once you learn the basics.

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