CompTIA A+ certification validates foundation-level knowledge and skills necessary for a career in IT support. It is the starting point for a career. The international, vendor-neutral certification proves competence in areas such as installation, preventative maintenance, networking, security and troubleshooting.
Advance Your Career
- Qualify for jobs, promotions and increased compensation - CompTIA A+ proves in-demand knowledge, skill set and qualifications that can enable individuals to land a great job, get a more challenging assignment, gain a key promotion and continue to strengthen their IT career path.
- Prove competence - in the fundamentals of hardware, software and operating systems; system troubleshooting and repair; networking; and security and operational procedures including communication skills that a helpdesk or remote support employee should have.
- Retain a job - by making your expertise stand out.
- Change jobs - get the credentials to prove you have the skills and qualifications.
- Increase creditability - job satisfaction and ranking by continuing to grow your career portfolio.
- Provides a Competitive Edge - and helps it stand out from the competition.
- Part of the certification track - for corporations such as Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco, and Novell.
- Technology companies, including Cisco and HP and Ricoh - have made CompTIA A+ certification mandatory for their service technicians.
- Three CompTIA certifications - fulfill the U.S. Department of Defense Directive 8570.1: CompTIA +, Network+®, and Security+™.v
- More than 800,000 people - worldwide have become CompTIA + certified since the program’s inception.
- CompTIA certifications are developed - with the support of leading technology organizations and validated by field experts from around the world.
- CompTIA A+ certification is certified - by ISO and accredited by the American National Standards Institute (NSI).
In order to receive CompTIA A+ certification, a candidate must pass two exams.
The first exam is CompTIA A+ Essentials. Successful candidates will have the knowledge required to understand the fundamentals of computer technology, networking, and security; and will have the skills required to identify hardware, peripheral, networking, and security components. Successful candidates will understand the basic functionality of the operating system and basic troubleshooting methodology, practice proper safety procedures, and will effectively interact with customers and peers.
The second exam is CompTIA A+ Practical Application. It measures the necessary competencies for an entry-level IT professional who has hands-on experience in the lab or the field. Successful candidates will have the skills required to install, configure, upgrade, and maintain PC workstations, the Windows OS and SOHO networks. The successful candidate will utilize troubleshooting techniques and tools to effectively and efficiently resolve PC, OS, and network connectivity issues and implement security practices.