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Topper (Linda)
aka ThyroGeek
February 4, 2011

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Here they are, my Certifications...

I'm told that a certificate isn't as impressive as a degree and that may be so to some folks. But if you stop and think about it, I've always found that the person who is able to learn by doing usually does a better job than the person that has learned how to do it but hasn't done it yet.

So, I may not have gone to a fancy school and spent thousands of dollars on all kinds of classes, I'm self-taught from books that I found in the local book stores combined with messing around with fixing and building computers over that last dozen years. But I can fix a busted pute and put a new one together. I can help most folks recover from a bad crash or virus infection. And, I enjoy doing what I do, and that's a lot more important than knowing where to look up which way the red stripe goes on the ribbon cable. Don't you think?

 I was very proud of passing the CompTIA A+ exams and just got really excited about continuing. I'd heard about Brainbench and the exams that they were offering from a friend of mine. I'd taken a couple of practice tests at their site before heading in for the first CompTIA exam. After passing the A+ exams, though, I just had to see what else I could do, so off I went. Some of the certificates are for things that are a little bit off topic for being computer related but they still show that I have a brain or two rattling around in my head. 

I hope to continue taking exams as time and money permit, although they do offer free exams, and newly released exams are free for a limited time.. so I like to swing by to see what's new. The free exams don't include the paper certificates, but then I'm running out of space to display them anyway! hehehehe

In 2005 they started a new deal, they call it Benchgames. It's an international event to see which country scores the best, kinda neat 'battling' for your country AND a great way to increase certs without paying an arm and a leg. 

That's how I got to branch out and start working on certifications in other areas that I've been working on over the years, sales and office stuff and, in the last few years, health related stuff as I've become more involved with health issues pertaining to thyroid and adrenal disorders.

I'll admit that I do get a kick out of telling someone that I'm now A+ certified!

Not to mention the look in their eyes when I go down the list of additional certifications I hold.

You can check out Brainbench if you're looking for a place to get certification exams or if you've been looking for a way of qualifying employees.


Table of Contents

2000 - CompTia (1) and Brainbench (5)
2001 - Brainbench (14/1)
2002 - Brainbench (5)
2003 - Brainbench (3)
2004 - Brainbench (17/1)
2005 - Brainbench (5)
2006 - Brainbench (37/4)
2007 - Brainbench (35/6)

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2000

CompTIA A+ Certification

 

Brainbench Certification - Computer Technical Support   Brainbench Certification - Computer Fundamentals (Win 95/98)   Brainbench Certification - Win 95 Power User
Brainbench Certification - Win 98 Power User   Brainbench Certification - Typing Speed and Accuracy

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2001

Brainbench Certification - Computer Analyst   Brainbench Certification - Internet Analyst   Brainbench Certification - Communications Specialist   Brainbench Certification - Listening Skills

Brainbench Certification - Managing People US   Brainbench Certification - Manufacgturing Industry Knowledge   Brainbench Certification - Essential Math Specialist   Brainbench Certification - MS Word 2000 Fundamentals

Brainbench Certification - MS Word 2000 User   Brainbench Certification - Records Information Management   Brainbench Certification - Telecommunications Analyst   Brainbench Certification - Training, Delivery and Evaluation

Brainbench Certification - Typing Speed and Accuracy   Brainbench Certification - Telephone Ettquette Specialist

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2002

Brainbench Certification - Computer PC Essentials   Brainbench Certification - Customer Assistance   Brainbench Certification - Marketing Concepts
Brainbench Certification - Win 95 Administrator  Brainbench Certification - Outbound Sales Skills`

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2003

Brainbench Certification - Computer PC Essentials User   Brainbench Certification - Essential Math Specialist   Brainbench Certification - English Vocabulary

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2004

Brainbench Certification - Computer Technician   Brainbench Certification - Computer PC Essentials User   Brainbench Certification - MS Word 2000 Fundamentals   Brainbench Certification - Win 95 Power User

Brainbench Certification - Win 98 Power User   Brainbench Certification - MS Frontpage 2000 Developer   Brainbench Certification - Training, Delivery and Evaluation   Brainbench Certification - Telephone Ettiquette Specialist

Brainbench Certification - Customer Assistance   Brainbench Certification - Listening Skills   Brainbench Certification - Counseling Techniques Specialist   Brainbench Certification - Dietetic Assessment US

Brainbench Certification - Nutrition Specialist   Brainbench Certification - Managing People US

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2005

Brainbench Certification - Win 98 Administrator   Brainbench Certification - Computer Fundamentals Win XP   Brainbench Certification - DOS 6.2
Brainbench Certification - Technical Help Desk Microsoft   Brainbench Certification - Essential Math Specialist

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2006

Brainbench Certification - Computer Electronics Specialist   Brainbench Certification - Computer Fundimentals Win 2000   Brainbench Certification - Disaster Recovery and Planning   Brainbench Certification - Win 95 Administrator

Brainbench Certification - MS Internet Explorer 5.5 Fundamentals  Brainbench Certification - MS Interenet Explorer 6.0 Fundamentals   Brainbench Certification - MS Internet Explorer 6.0 Administration   Brainbench Certification - MS Word 2000 User 

Brainbench Certification - Web Design Concepts   Brainbench Certification - First Aid Core Knowledge   Brainbench Certification - Health Care Analyst US   Brainbench Certification - Pharmaceutical Industry Knowledge US 

Brainbench Certification - Pharmaceutical Manufacturing US   Brainbench Certification - Pharmaceutical Sales US   Brainbench Certification - Pharmaceutical Clinical Trials   Brainbench Certification - Anatomy adn Physiology Specialist 

Brainbench Certification - Physical Assessment Techniques Adult   Brainbench Certification - Food Handling and Safety US  Brainbench Certification - Customer Assistance Audio   Brainbench Certification - Customer Requirements Analysis

Brainbench Certification - Communications Specialist   Brainbench Certification - Internet Concepts   Brainbench Certification -Internet Technology Fundamentals   Brainbench Certification - Internet Research and Evaulations 

Brainbench Certification - Telecommunications Analyst   Brainbench Certification - Information Technology Industy Knowledge   Brainbench Certification - Marketing Concepts   Brainbench Certification - Outbound Sales Skills 

Brainbench Certification - Manufacturing Industry Knowledge   Brainbench Certification - Time Management US   Brainbench Certification - Typing Speed and Accuracy   Brainbench Certification - English Listening Comprehension US

Brainbench Certification - Reading Comprehension English

I think I did pretty well this year. I was able to score at master level on four of the exams this year. Not bad.

In addition to that, this year, for the first since the BenchGames have started, I was also the highest scorer on one of the exams. Of all things it was for something that I never really actually studied for, but, well, I'll take it anyway! 

This year I was the top scorer during the BenchGames for Food Handling Safety (U.S). It earned me a prize. I got a one year subscription to BrainBench which entitles me to free exams for the whole year!! 

I think that is pretty awesome!!!

Topper

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2007

Brainbench Certification - Computer Technician   Brainbench Certification - Computer Forensics   Brainbench Certification - DOS 6.2   Brainbench Certification - MS Frontpage 2000 Developer

Brainbench Certification - Computer PC Essentials User Master   Brainbench Certification - Win 95 Power User   Brainbench Certification - Win 98 Power User   Brainbench Certification - MS Excel 2000 Power User

Brainbench Certification - Internet Analyst   Brainbench Certification - Internet Security Specialist

Brainbench Certification - Anatomy and Physiology Specialist   Brainbench Certification - First Aid Core Knowledge   Brainbench Certification - Dietetic Assessment US   Brainbench Certification - Nutrition Specialist

Brainbench Certification - Pharmaceutical Terminology US   Brainbench Certification - Pharmaceutical Manufacturing US   Brainbench Certification - Pharmaceutical Sales US   Brainbench Certification - Health Care Analyst US

Brainbench Certification - Medical Terminology   Brainbench Certification - Counseling Techniques Specialist   Brainbench Certification - General Sciences

Brainbench Certification - Operations Concepts   Brainbench Certification - Managing People US   Brainbench Certification - Diversity Awareness US   Brainbench Certification - Training, Delivery and Evaluation

  Brainbench Certification - Telephone Ettiquette Specialist   Brainbench Certification - Customer Assistance   Brainbench Certification - Customer Assistance Audio   

Brainbench Certification - Filing US   Brainbench Certification - Records Information Management   Brainbench Certification - Essential Math Specialist

Brainbench Certification - Reading Comprehension English US   Brainbench Certification - Internet Research Techniques and Resources

Brainbench Certification - Marketing Concepts   Brainbench Certification - Web Design Concepts

 

The BenchGames had not yet been announced by the end if May so I decided to go ahead with my exams anyway. The subscription I won during last year's games was due to expire on June 15th, I was giving my self only 2 weeks to get the exams in for free and to get paper certificates this year. I got a few more done then I planned this year, in part to take advantage of the opportunity to get the actual paper certs. The BenchGames make the exams free but don't include free paper certs. One day I'll hang them all.

So, for this year, I was able to complete 35 exams, passing all 35, with six of them at Master Level. I was pretty pleased with that. I'm still hoping they hold the games this year.. the international competition is kinda fun.. and, well, maybe I'll win again this year?

Topper (Linda)
aka ThyroGeek

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