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CompTIA A+ Certification

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Perfect Entry-level certification to start your successful IT career!

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The CompTIA A+ certification demonstrates competency as a computer technician.  In 2010, the certification changed from being a lifetime certification to a certification that expires every three years.

The A+ certification is intended for IT professionals who have the equivalent of 500 hours of hands on experience.

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To earn an A+ certification you need to pass two exams: CompTIA A+ Essentials, exam 220-701 and a Practical Application, exam 220-702.

The exams are composed of multiple choice questions and are computer based.

I believe this certification is extremely important in starting your career in IT. It is an entry-level certification that is part of the certification track for companies like Microsoft, Cisco and HP. Companies like Dell, Ricoh and Intel have made this certification mandatory for their service technicians. Expect any employer to recognize this certification on your resume.

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This certification is well worth it!

I remember when I first started my IT career and I was uncertain of what to do next. I first learned about IT certifications after I started college and I studied hard for my A+. Since I was new to the IT world, everything seemed overwhelming. I just told myself to stick with it and build my career brick by brick. One certification at a time and not rush through it. The satisfaction of accomplishment meant so much more to me than the sleepless nights of studying. I knew the hard work was well worth!

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You can earn a job role without a college degree with this certification which includes computer technician, technical support specialist, field service technician at companies like Best Buy, Staples, and Ricoh etc.

I strongly recommend that you pursue a college degree because that would ensure greater success in your career as you move from computer technician to more advance roles like computer network technician, computer network administrator and computer network engineer.

By earning this certification you can confidently start a clientele around your neighborhood repairing computer hardware and software issues. This will allow you to earn extra money which can be used to pay for college and other expenses.

The following chart shows the certification details:

CompTIA A+ Certification Details
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Where to start?

1.) Buy study materials like books and e-courses

  • Study hard and consistently to retain the information
  • Practice what you learn at home or work
  • Complete numerous practice exams to simulate the real test day


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 2.) Use e-courses to learn the material fully! Examples are: TestOut, CBT Nuggets and .

3.) Buy a certification exam voucher.

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4.) Study some practice questions. Guarantee yourself that you will pass the exams by using Transcender.

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5.) Schedule your exam at your nearest location.

  • Set a date and schedule it, this way you will be motivated to study knowing you have a set date.

6.) Good Luck!


Become one of the 800,000 people who have earned the CompTIA A+ certification worldwide

In order to earn the CompTIA A+ certification a candidate must pass two exams.

A+ Essentials: Exam Number 220-701

The first exam is A+ essentials, exam number 220-701. You must have the knowledge required to understand the fundamentals of computer technology, networking and security.

You must have the skills required to identify:

  • Computer hardware components
  • Networking components
  • Peripheral components
  • Security components

You must understand the basic functionality of the operating system and basic troubleshooting methodology, practice proper safety procedures, and effectively interact with customers and peers.

Some of the example topics and concepts to expect on this exam include:

  • Categorize storage devices and backup media like HDD, optical drives and removable storage
  • Explain motherboard components
  • Given a scenario, determine the troubleshooting methods for common hardware, operating system, printer and laptop issues
  • Explain the process of installing an operating system and proper use of user interfaces
  • Understand basic networking fundamentals
  • Explain the principles of security concepts and technologies

Second exam is:

A+ Practical Application: Exam Number 220-702

The second exam is A+ Practical Application: Exam Number 220-702. You must have the skills required to install, configure, upgrade, and maintain PC workstations, the Windows OS and Small office Home Office networks. You should ideally have already passed the A+ Essentials exam.

Some of the example topics and concepts to expect on this exam include:

  • Given a scenario, install, configure and maintain personal computer and laptop components like HDD, motherboards, memory and adapter cards.
  • Given a scenario, detect problems, troubleshoot and repair/replace personal computer or laptop components.
  • Given a scenario, select and use the following tools: multimeter, power supply tester, cable testers and anti-static pad and wrist strap
  • Given a scenario, detect and resolve common printer issues
  • Troubleshoot and resolve Operating System common issues
  • Troubleshoot client-side connectivity issues using appropriate tools like: TCP/IP settings, network protocols and firewall settings.
  • Install and configure a small office home office (SOHO) network
  • Given a scenario, prevent, troubleshoot and remove viruses and malware
  • Implement security and troubleshoot common issues like: NTFS vs. share permissions, encryption, BIOS security and user authentication.

Along with the A+ certification, you should consider earning your CompTIA Network + Certification Next ==>



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