CompTIA A+ certification validates the latest foundation-level knowledge and skills needed by today’s computer support professionals. It is the starting point for a career in the Information Technology industry. This international, vendor-neutral certification is accredited by the International Organization for Standards (ISO) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). CompTIA A+ certification proves competence in a technician’s ability to perform essential IT tasks such as installation, configuration, diagnosing, preventative maintenance, basic networking and security. It also confirms a technician’s understanding of customer service and communication skills needed to work with clients.
Two exams are necessary to be certified: CompTIA A+ 220-801; and CompTIA 220-802.
CompTIA A+ 220-801 covers the fundamentals of computer technology, installation and configuration of PCs, laptops and related hardware, and basic networking.
CompTIA A+ 220-802 covers the skills required to install and configure PC operating systems, as well as configuring common features (e.g. network connectivity and email) for mobile operating systems Android and Apple iOS.
This certification would be beneficial for individuals looking for IT employment in positions such as technical support specialist, field service technician, IT support technician, IT support administrator and IT support specialist. CompTIA A+ is part of the certification track for corporations sch as Microsoft, HP and Cisco. Other technology companies, including Dell, Intel, Lenovo and Ricoh, have made CompTAI + certification mandatory for their service technicians. The U.S. Department of Defense recognizes CompTIA A+ and the Department of Homeland Security requires it as part of their computer forensics program.
The CompTIA A+ certification may be kept current through the CompTIA Continuing Education program.
|Required exams||Exam # 220-801 + Exam # 220-802
Exam # 220-901 + Exam # 220-902
|Number of questions||90 for each exam|
|Length of test||90 minutes each|
|Passing score||220-801: 675 220-802: 700
220-901: 675 220-902: 700
(on a scale of 900)
Candidate ID Policy for Minors
ID Exception for Minors:
- Pertains to students who only have one form of photo ID (School ID is okay)
- Student needs to be accompanies by an adult who has proper government issued ID
- The adult needs to sign next to the minor on the log in sheet to verify the student’s identity
- One time exception ONLY
Age Requirements and Policies Concerning Minors
- Underage Minors are children under 13 who may not test or receive certification even with parental consent
- Minors are individuals between 13-17 years of age who may test and receive certification with parental consent on all exams excluding CCIE and CCDE written, and CCIE labs and CCDE practical. For any person participating in a location that requires by law a lower minimum age for entry into such programs, then the minimum age limit for that person will be the stated minimum required age.
- Individuals 18 years or older are eligible for certification without any age-related restriction
During the registration process, Minors must agree to their Cisco Certification and Confidentiality Agreement. At that time, online consent forms may be downloaded for signature and submission by the Minor’s parent or legal guardian. Minor’s certifications and fulfillment packages may only be processed after Cisco receives signed Minor’s consent forms.