Who Is CompTIA?
CompTIA (The Computing Technology Industry Association) is the leading provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications in the world. With more than 2 million IT certifications issued worldwide, CompTIA is dedicated to helping IT professionals lead the charge in our digitally connected world.
CompTIA has developed training and certification exams for computing support, networking, security, Linux development, and cloud . Their regular review and updates of exams ensure that CompTIA certifications continue to address the needs of today’s technology.
CompTIA A+ certification
When we hear the words CompTIA certification, we often think of various computer-related certifications because CompTIA offers various certifications. The CompTIA A+ is a certification generally earned by computer service technicians. To obtain the A+ certification, an individual must pass an exam that demonstrates the individual’s knowledge and skill in operating, installing, customizing and maintaining computers.
The A+ exam, which is aimed at individuals with at least six months of computer service technician experience, contains up to 90 multiple-choice questions and must be completed in 90 minutes. Once earned, the CompTIA A+ certification is good for three years. To maintain A+ certification, the individual must complete continuing education credits or retake the exam. U.S. News & World Report recommends taking the A+ exam as part of the required education to work as a computer support specialist.
What Is on the CompTIA A+ Exam?
CompTIA A+ is a performance-based certification that supports the ability to connect users to the data they need to do their jobs regardless of the devices being used. Successful candidates will have the following skills to:
Configure, install and upgrade operating systems, including: Windows, Apple OS X, Linux, iOS, Android and Windows Mobile Install and image virtual machines Set up and troubleshoot peripheral devices Assemble and disassemble computing hardware Set up and support basic home and small office networks Implement cybersecurity controls appropriate to helpdesk and technical support roles Troubleshoot and support end-user access to applications and data
The CompTIA A+ exam covers the following domains and topics:
Hardware: Identity, use and connect hardware components and devices Networking: Explain types of networks and connections including transmission control protocol/internet protocol (TCP/IP), Wi-Fi and small office/home office (SOHO) Mobile Devices: Install and configure laptops and other mobile devices Network and Hardware Troubleshooting: Troubleshoot device and network issues Security: Identify and protect against security vulnerabilities for devices and their network connections Windows Operating System: Install and support Windows OS, including command line and client support Other OS Technologies: Understand Mac OS, Linux and mobile OS Software Troubleshooting: Troubleshoot PC and mobile device issues, including application security support Operational Procedures: Follow best practices for safety, environmental impacts and communication and professionalism