CompTIA A+ Certification

IT LEVEL:
Beginner

YEARS OF EXPERIENCE:
6 Months

PRIOR CERTS:
ITF+

EXAM LENGTH:
90 mins

CompTIA A+ Certification Exam Training - Frequently Asked Questions

The CompTIA A+ exam is designed for early stage IT professionals or career changers looking to start a new IT career. A+ exam validates your skills in mastering hardware, installing and configuring mobile devices, identifying and protecting against security vulnerabilities, and troubleshooting wire and wireless network devices.

You can earn your CompTIA A+ exam by passing two separate exams, Core 1 (220-1001) and Core 2 (220-1002). If you’ve already successfully passed the CompTIA ITF+, you’re ready to start preparing for your A+ certification exam. Register for our CompTIA A+ certification training course.

The CompTIA A+ exam is designed for early stage IT professionals or career changers looking to start a new IT career. A+ exam validates your skills in mastering hardware, installing and configuring mobile devices, identifying and protecting against security vulnerabilities, and troubleshooting wire and wireless network devices.

You can earn your CompTIA A+ exam by passing two separate exams, Core 1 (220-1001) and Core 2 (220-1002). If you’ve already successfully passed the CompTIA ITF+, you’re ready to start preparing for your A+ certification exam.

  • The CompTIA A+ exam covers a high-level range of topics that help demonstrate competency in IT including:
  • Demonstrating baseline security skills for IT support professionals
  • Configuring device operating systems, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS, Android and iOS and administer client-based as well as cloud-based (SaaS) software
  • Troubleshooting and problem-solving core service and support challenges while applying best practices for documentation, change management, and scripting
  • Supporting basic IT infrastructure and networking
  • Configuring and supporting PC, mobile and IoT device hardware
  • Implementing basic data backup and recovery methods and applying data storage and management best practices

Before taking the CompTIA A+ certification exam, you should feel confident in demonstrating your knowledge across these 9 core areas:

    • Hardware

      Identifying, using, and connecting hardware components and devices.

    • Networking

       Explain types of networks and connections including TCP/IP, WIFI and SOHO.

    • Mobile Devices

      Install & configure laptops and other mobile devices.

    • Operating Systems

      Install and support Windows OS including command line & client support. Understand Mac OS, Linux and mobile OS.

    • Hardware & Network Troubleshooting

      Troubleshoot device and network issues

    • Virtualization & Cloud Computing

      Compare & contrast cloud computing concepts &set up client-side virtualization.

    • Software Troubleshooting

      Troubleshoot PC and mobile device issues including application security support.

    • Security

      Identify and protect against security vulnerabilities for devices and their network connections.

    • Operational Procedures

      Follow best practices for safety, environmental impacts, and communication and professionalism. 

Maybe you’ve started some DIY studying on your own, but you’re not feeling quite confident enough to pass the exam. Join CIAT students and IT community members for some extra one-on-one help from our certified instructors in our complimentary online workshops.

The technical skills validated through the CompTIA A+ certification exam will help prepare you for early stage IT career opportunities such as:

  • Service Desk Analyst
  • Desktop Support Administrator
  • Field Service / HelpDesk Technician

If you’re looking to launch or advance your career in cybersecurity, A+ is a stepping stone to building your career. We recommend you successfully pass the CompTIA A+ exam before attempting more advanced certifications, such as CISSP.

CIAT Career Services team provides personalized career transition support to ensure you translate your technical training and industry certifications into viable career opportunities. Our full suite of career services support includes resume building, LinkedIn profile optimization, mock interview support, career coaching, and job placement support, and specialty workshops, to help ensure you’re positioned for success.

Students enrolled in our Computer Technician CertificateComputer Information Systems Certificate, or Computer Information Systems Degree programs feel confident taking the CompTIA A+ exam after 10 weeks of technical training and exam preparation. 

CompTIA A+ is a beginner level certification that can serve as a launchpad for numerous IT certification and career pathways. The more certs you earn, the more skills you acquire, the more career opportunities will be available. Prepare for the exam by taking our CompTIA A+ certification training course.

Your CompTIA A+ exam voucher, retake costs, and exam prep software, are included in the cost of your tuition for all Certificate and Degree programs. CIAT provides unlimited attempts at passing the CompTIA Net+ to ensure you start your exam calm and confident, without worrying about what will happen if you don’t pass.

You save hundreds of dollars in out-of-pocket expenses over a DIY studying approach.

Both CIAT Mission Valley and National City campuses include secure and authorized testing center facilities, available to local San Diego students and alumni. For our online students, we work closely with you to help locate and facilitate an authorized testing center near you. CIAT Mission Valley and National City campuses include secure and authorized testing center facilities, available to CIAT students and alumni.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, CIAT has enabled students to take the CompTIA A+ certification exam remotely from the comfort of your own home through CompTIA’s new “Test Anywhere” process. Don’t put your goals on hold or push off until normalcy returns.

Studying for the CompTIA Network+ certification on your own is doable, but often leaves you without the required technical skills in your background, or the necessary resources to translate your exam score into an IT career. 

Join over 2,000 students who have enrolled in CIAT accredited Certificate and Degree programs and are on their path to launching or advancing their IT careers. Our extensive, custom designed IT curriculum provides training for up to 14 industry certifications, including CompTIA A+.

  • No exam fees
  • Unlimited exam attempts*
  • Hands-on training through on-campus and virtual online classes
  • Online test preparation workshops
  • Test preparation software
  • Complimentary week-long IT bootcamps
  • One-on-one support from certified instructors
  • Accredited Certificate and Degree programs to beef up your resume
  • Personalized career services support including resume building and job placement support

*Students are encouraged to take certification exams while actively enrolled in the degree program. Unlimited certification exam attempts expire 90 days after graduation. The following are single attempt exams and are not eligible for a retake voucher: CEH, CASP, CISSP, DevNet & CCNP. See certification exam policy for more details.

Questions About Getting Certified?

Whether you’re just entering the workforce or trying to take your career to the next level, CIAT offers the certifications needed to prove your expertise to current and future employers. Navigating the IT certification landscape by yourself can be challenging. If you’re wondering which certification path is right for you or how to get started, we’re here to help.

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FULLY ACCREDITED

We have high standards and we believe you should too. CIAT has proudly earned accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET) listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

2021 BEST CYBERSECURITY PROGRAMS

CIAT has been awarded top ranking status in Intelligent.com’s Best Cybersecurity Program review, highlighted as “Best For Industry Certifications”. Evaluated based on curriculum quality, graduation rate, reputation, and post-graduate employment.

CIRCLE OF EXCELLENCE AWARD

EC Council, the world's largest cybersecurity technical certification organization, awarded CIAT the Circle of Excellence Award two years in a row for our Certified Ethical Hacker certification training courses and career-ready curriculum.

MILITARY-FRIENDLY

We believe you deserve an education worthy of your service. CIAT welcomes military veterans, active duty service members, and spouses using the Post 9/11 GI Bill®, Veteran Readiness & Employment (VR&E), Active Duty Tuition Assistance, and MyCAA.

FULLY ACCREDITED

We have high standards and we believe you should too. CIAT has proudly earned accreditation from the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education & Training (ACCET) listed by the U.S. Department of Education as a nationally recognized accrediting agency.

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Next Enrollment Deadline is November 1st, 2021!

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