For anyone wanting to enter the IT world, the CompTIA A+ certification is a great start! CompTIA recognizes A+ as one of the top entry-level certifications in the industry. It provides you with a solid foundation in hardware, software, and troubleshooting skills in order to build or supplement your technical knowledge. This online course will prepare you for the CompTIA A+ 220-901 and 220-902 exams (CompTIA A+ 900 Series).
We updated this course to align with the new CompTIA A+ certification objectives in 2019. The new course is CompTIA A+ 220-1001 (Core 1) and CompTIA A+ 220-1002 (Core 2). For more information on CompTIA A+ plus certification, visit the CompTIA.org site.
IT professionals widely recognize and respect CompTIA A+ as an entry-level certification. As of my last knowledge update in September 2021, CompTIA A+ consisted of two exams, 220-901 and 220-902. However, please note that certification details and exam numbers may have changed after that date, so I recommend checking the official CompTIA website or a current study guide for the most up-to-date information. Here is a general overview of what CompTIA A+ typically entails:
Purpose: CompTIA A+ validates your foundational IT skills and knowledge. Individuals seeking to begin a career in IT, especially in roles like IT support, helpdesk, and technical support, often seek this entry-level certification.
220-901: This exam focuses on hardware and networking topics. It covers areas such as PC hardware, mobile devices, networking, hardware and network troubleshooting, and more.
220-902: This exam focuses on software and operating systems. It covers areas such as software troubleshooting, operating systems (Windows, macOS, Linux), security, and operational procedures.
Hardware components: CPUs, motherboards, RAM, storage devices, and peripherals.
Networking fundamentals: Network types, protocols, IP addressing, and troubleshooting.
Operating systems: Installation, configuration, and management of various operating systems.
Security: Basic security principles, malware removal, and best practices.
Mobile devices: Smartphone and tablet hardware and operating systems.
Software troubleshooting: Identifying and resolving software-related issues.
Operational procedures: Professionalism, communication skills, and best practices in the workplace.
Passing Score and Duration: Each of the 220-901 and 220-902 exams typically requires a passing score of 675 (on a scale of 100-900). The duration of each exam is typically 90 minutes.
Certification Renewal: CompTIA A+ certification is valid for three years. To maintain your certification, you need to earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) by participating in training and educational activities or by taking the latest version of the A+ exam before your certification expires.
Career Benefits: CompTIA A+ is recognized by employers as a valuable certification for IT support roles. It can open doors to entry-level IT positions and serve as a foundation for more advanced certifications. It demonstrates your commitment to a career in IT and your ability to troubleshoot and solve IT-related problems.
To get the most current and detailed information about CompTIA A+ and its exams, including any updates or changes that may have occurred since my last knowledge update, I recommend visiting the official CompTIA website or consulting the latest study materials and resources.