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CompTIA A+ 220 – 901 Training

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CompTIA A+ certification demonstrates competence as an entry-level IT Technician.

CompTIA A+ certification validates entry-level skills in today’s essential IT domains, including computer repair, software & operating systems, network administration, information security, cloud computing, and troubleshooting of both desktops and mobile devices. A+ certified technicians also learn customer service & communication skills in order to effectively interact with technical and non-technical employees.

CompTIA A+ certification is an ideal starting point in the learning plan of a new IT professional because:

  • The A+ certification exam demands no prerequisites.
  • A+ certification introduces candidates to the essential IT domains.
  • A+ certification is globally recognized as the mark of a skilled entry-level technician.
  • A+ certification is a mandatory hiring requirement for a variety of entry-level IT jobs.
  • A+ certification is a requirement or elective in the advanced certification paths of leading technology vendors, including Microsoft, Cisco, Novell, HP, and IBM.

There are numerous accredited degrees, professional certificates and self-paced online training programs featuring A+ certification exam prep and related coursework.

Skills Measured by CompTIA A+ Certification

Here are the key skills and knowledge areas measured by the A+ certification exam. A+ certified professionals:

  • understand the basics of computer and mobile device hardware, software, networking and security.
  • can identify PC hardware, peripherals and network components in a business environment.
  • can categorize and explain multiple types of data storage devices and backup media.
  • can describe in detail the types and features of motherboard components.
  • know how to follow proper computer safety procedures and best practices.
  • have interpersonal communication skills to better interact with peers and customers.
  • can setup and manage popular operating systems inc. Windows, iOS, Android, Apple OS X and Linux.
  • can install and configure input devices, e.g., keyboards, mice, bio-metric scanners and touch screens.
  • can implement a variety of troubleshooting techniques to fix system errors and connectivity issues.

Download the CompTIA A Plus Exam Objectives below for a more thorough curriculum.

CompTIA A+ Certification Exams

You must pass two exams to become A+ certified. The current A+ exam versions were launched in December 2015:

  • CompTIA A+ Essentials – Exam # 220-901
  • CompTIA A+ Practical Application – Exam # 220-902
pdf icon CompTIA A+ Essentials Exam Objectives | 220-901
pdf icon CompTIA A+ Practical Application Exam Objectives | 220-902

 

A+ Exam Format: Multiple choice, Drag & drops, and Performance-based questions
Duration: The time-limit for each A+ exam is 90 minutes.
Length: Exams 220-901 and 220-902 contain a maximum 90 questions each.
Exam Cost: A+ test vouchers cost.
Passing Grade: 675 out of 900 for A+ Essentials | 700 out of 900 for the Practical Application

The life-cycle of CompTIA A+ exams usually lasts around 3 years from launch. Here are the [past and upcoming] retirement dates of recent A+ certification exams:

  • A+ Essentials (220-701) and A+ Practical Exam (220-702) | Retirement date: August 2013
  • A+ Essentials (220-801) and A+ Practical Exam (220-802) | Retirement date: June 2016

     Exam Codes CompTIA A+ 220-901 and 220-902
(Academy customers use the same codes)
Launch Date December 15, 2015
Exam Description CompTIA A+ 220-901 covers PC hardware and peripherals, mobile device hardware, networking and troubleshooting hardware and network connectivity issues.

CompTIA A+ 220-902 covers installing and configuring operating systems including Windows, iOS, Android, Apple OS X and Linux. It also addresses security, the fundamentals of cloud computing and operational procedures.
View the CompTIA A+ 900 FAQ page.

Number of Questions Maximum of 90 questions per exam
Type of Questions Multiple choice questions (single and multiple response), drag and drops and performance-based
Length of Test 90 Minutes per exam
Passing Score 220-901: 675 (on a scale of 900)
220-902: 700 (on a scale of 900)
Recommended Experience 9 to 12 months hands-on experience in the lab or field
Languages English, German, Japanese, Portuguese, French and Spanish (Modern)
Retirement TBD – Usually three years after launch
Price $211 USD per exam (See all pricing)

CompTIA A+ Certification Prerequisites

  • Required: No required prerequisites for A+ certification exam
  • Recommended: No recommended prerequisites for A+ certification exam

A+ Certification Salary

Average salary for A+ certified professionals† and other CompTIA certification holders:

  • CompTIA A+ salary: $72,546
  • CompTIA Network+: $74,828
  • CompTIA Project+: $76,279
  • CompTIA Security+: $81,467
  • CompTIA Server+: $82,918
  • CompTIA Linux+: $85,863
  • CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP): $90,579
  • CompTIA Storage+: $92,823
  • CompTIA Cloud Essentials: $102,568

Course Content

Total learning: 77 lessons Time: 52 weeks

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