CompTIA A+ certification validates foundation-level knowledge and skills necessary for a career in PC support.
It is the starting point for a career. The international, vendor-neutral certification proves competence in areas such as installation, preventive maintenance, networking, security and troubleshooting. CompTIA A+ certified technicians also have excellent customer service and communication skills to work with clients.
Two exams are necessary to be completed: CompTIA A+ Essentials, exam code 220-701 and CompTIA A+ Practical Application, exam code 220-702
CompTIA A+ Essentials measures the necessary competencies of an entry-level IT professional with a recommended 500 hours of hands-on experience in the lab or the field. It tests for technical understanding of computer technology, networking and security, as well as the communication skills and professionalism now required of all entry-level IT professionals.
CompTIA A+ Practical Application is an extension of the knowledge and skills identified in CompTIA A+ Essentials, with more of a hands-on orientation focused on scenarios in which troubleshooting and tools must be applied to resolve problems.
- Installation, Configuration and Upgrading
- Diagnosing and Troubleshooting
- PC Preventive Maintenance, Safety and Environmental Issues
- Motherboard, Processors and Memory
- Basic Networking