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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
|CompTIA A+ Essentials Exam Objectives | 220-901|
|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.
|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
Seminar 1. CompTIA A+ 220-901 PART ONE SEMINAR: CompTIA A+ 220-901 covers PC hardware and peripherals, mobile device hardware, networking and troubleshooting hardware and network connectivity issues.
Seminar 1. CompTIA A+ 220-901 PART TWO SEMINAR: CompTIA A+ 220-901 covers PC hardware and peripherals, mobile device hardware, networking and troubleshooting hardware and network connectivity issues.
- Lesson 1. Network connectors
- Lesson 2. Network cabling
- Lesson 3. Calculatiing signal loss
- Lesson 4. An overview of IPv4 and IPv6
- Lesson 5. Understanding TCP-IP Addressing
- Lesson 6. Common TCP and UDP Ports
- Lesson 7. Common Network Protocols
- Lesson 8. Wireless Standards
- Lesson 9. Wireless Encryption
- Lesson 10. Configuring a SOHO wireless router
- Lesson 11. Internet connection types
- Lesson 12. Network types
- Lesson 13. Network devices
- Lesson 14. Using Networking Tools
- Lesson 1. Troubleshooting common hardware problems
- Lesson 2. Understanding hardware troubleshooting tools
- Lesson 3. Troubleshooting hard drives
- Lesson 4. Understanding hard drive troubleshooting tools
- Lesson 5. Troubleshooting the Boot Process
- Lesson 6. Troubleshooting video and display issues
- Lesson 7. An overview of network troubleshooting
- Lesson 8. Understanding network troubleshooting tools
- Lesson 9. Network troubleshooting at the command line
- Lesson 11. Troubleshooting Laptops
- Lesson 12. Troubleshooting mobile devices
- Lesson 13. Best practices for Device Disassembly
- Lesson 14. Troubleshooting printer problems
- Lesson 15. Understanding printer troubleshooting tools