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A+ Certification: An Overview

CompTIA’s A+ certification is meant for entry-level computer technicians. The A+ certification is a vendor-neutral certification that was introduced in 1993 and is now held by over 600,000 people. It has no prerequisites but is widely used as a starting point for various system administration and network administration certifications. For the best free A+ Certification study guide, check out our free A+ 15-Minute Guides. Get your free A+ Study Guide now.

The exams and requirements for A+ certification are revised and updated by CompTIA approximately every three years. When revisions are made, the tests are released with new exam numbers and the old versions of the test are phased out. Generally, there is a short period of time where both the new version and older version are available for test takers.This is done to accommodate people who have been training for the older exam.However, once that grace period is over, the older exam is retired.

CompTIA A+ Certification: 2009 Edition

The most recent version of the CompTIA A+ certification is the "700 series" which was released in 2009. The new series is CompTIA's preferred path for A+ candidates, and represents the most up-to-date information that an A+ certified technician should know. Candidates who wish to earn the 2009 version of the A+ certification must pass two exams. Here are the two exams that a candidate must pass to earn the A+ certification

  • CompTIA A+ Essentials (220-701)
  • CompTIA A+ Practical Applications (220-702)

In order to learn the materials and pass the exams for the CompTIA A+ certification, individuals need to undergo training. LearnSmart offers a variety of training materials that work together cohesively to provide a well-rounded and successful training experience for the A+ candidate.

CompTIA A+ 2009 LearnSmart Video Training

LearnSmart’s A+ 2009 LearnSmart Video Training provides a unique approach to IT instruction. The new A+ video training takes certification training in a new direction with IT training veteran Mike Meyers. The course is designed to be entertaining as well as instructional by mixing in clever skits, videos and humorous segments along with the IT training. The CompTIA A+ 2009 LearnSmart Video Training course is over 25 hours long, providing complete training for both the A+ Essentials (220-701) and A+ Practical Applications (220-702) exams.

CompTIA A+ Essentials (220-701) Practice Exam

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CompTIA A+ Practical Application (220-702) Practice Exam

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CompTIA A+ Certification Renewal

People who earn the A+ certification before 2011 will hold the certification for life, with no recertification necessary. In order to comply with international standards and to People who earn the A+ certification after January 1, 2011 will need to renew the A+ certification every three years. This excerpt from CompTIA's official press release further explains the A+ certification renewal policy:

"For candidates currently preparing to sit for a CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ or CompTIA Security+ exam, if you pass an exam and become certified by December 31, 2010, you too will have a lifetime certification with no requirements for recertification or retesting.

Effective January 1, 2011, all new CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ or CompTIA Security+ certifications will be valid for three years from the date the candidate is certified. After three years, the certification must be renewed. This can be done by passing the most current exam for a respective certification or by participating in CompTIA’s upcoming new continuing education program, which will allow individuals to keep their skills current and their certification up to date without retesting."

ISO 17024 Accreditation

The CompTIA A+ certification is an ISO 17024 accredited certification. This means that the A+ conforms to the general international standards of excellence for individual certification.

CompTIA A+ Certification: 2006 Edition

The A+ certification has been renewed and repurposed for 2009; however the 600 series will still be applicable until 2010. The English language version of these exams will retire in the United States, Canada and South Africa on February 28, 2010. International versions will remain active longer. German, Korean, Arabic, Chinese and Japanese translations of the "600 series" CompTIA A+ exams will remain in the market until August 31, 2010.

Candidates seeking certification in the 600 series A+ exam will require two exams: the 220-601 A+ Essentials and one from the three different elective paths. These paths are the A+ Certified IT, Remote Support, and Depot Technician. In total, there are four exams available, but only two are required for each of the three paths.

For the 2006 edition of the A+ certification, CompTIA offered candidates a choice of specialized A+ certifications. Each of the specialized A+ certifications focused on an area of interest that was relevant to entry-level IT professionals. The format has been abandoned for the 2009 version of the CompTIA A+ certification, but the exams will still be available until 2010.

In order to earn any of the 2006 CompTIA A+ certification categories, a student must pass the CompTIA A+ Essentials (220-601) exam. From there, the candidate has a choice of three elective exams that can be passed to complete the CompTIA A+ certification. The three elective exams are A+ IT Technician (220-602), A+ Remote Support Technician (220-603) or the A+ Depot Technician (220-604). Here’s a breakdown of the requirement to earn each of the three CompTIA A+ certifications.

CompTIA A+ IT Technician Certification

This is the most popular of the A+ series of certifications. In order to obtain the IT Technician Path, you must pass the following exams:

  • CompTIA A+ Essentials (220-601)
  • CompTIA IT Technician (220-602)

CompTIA A+ Remote Support Technician Certification

For entry-level "call center" and "help desk" technicians, CompTIA offered the CompTIA A+ Remote Support Technician certification. In order to obtain the Remote Support Technician Path, you must pass the following exams:

  • CompTIA A+ Essentials (220-601)
  • CompTIA Remote Support Technician (220-603)

CompTIA A+ Depot Technician Certification

To give an individual validation of their hardware/software skills in a depot environment, CompTIA developed the CompTIA A+ Depot Technician certification. In order to obtain the Depot Technician Path, you must pass the following exams:

  • CompTIA A+ Essentials (220-601)
  • CompTIA Depot Technician (220-604)

CompTIA A+ Certification Training

CompTIA A+ Certification LearnSmart Video Training

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Mike Meyers, the world’s foremost A+ expert, shows you how hardware components and operating systems work together for optimum functionality, installing, configuring, upgrading, and troubleshooting Windows operating systems and hardware components. Using a variety of visual resources, such as diagrams and animations, Mike is able to clearly communicate information to you in a way that’s easy to understand. When you’ve completed this LearnSmart Video Training, you’ll have the knowledge needed to successfully pass the 4 CompTIA A+ exams.

LearnSmart A+ Practice Exams

A+ Essentials (220-601) Practice Exam

LearnSmart's A+ Essentials (220-601) Practice Exam is the best way to master the skills you need to pass. Get complete, thorough and authentic coverage (220-601) exam, including; personal computer components (73 questions), laptops and portable devices (32 questions), operating systems (137 questions), printers and scanners (34 questions), networks (76 questions), security (34 questions), safety and environmental issues (20 questions) and communication and professionalism (16 questions).

A+ IT Technician (220-602) Practice Exam

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A+ Remote Support Technician (220-603) Practice Exam

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A+ Depot Technician (220-604) Practice Exam

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2009 A+ Certification Exams

A+ Essentials (220-701)

The CompTIA A+ (220-701) Essentials Exam is one of two exams required to achieve the A+ 2009 certification as PC Support Technician. The exam is meant for entry-level computer professionals, such as desktop support specialists, remote administrators, and depot assemblers. This exam has no prerequisites and is designed for individuals with at least 500 hours in computer technology support. Users that attain the A+ 2009 Certification are usually referred to as a helpdesk technician, computer support professional, or IT technician. The official domains of the exam are:

  • Hardware
  • Troubleshooting, Repair and Maintenance
  • Operating Systems and Software
  • Networking
  • Security
  • Operational Procedure

Successful candidates will understand computer technology fundamentals, as well as networking and security basics. CompTIA A+ Exam (220-701) focuses more heavily on hardware support and troubleshooting than previous iterations of the A+ Essentials exam. Additionally, the previous exam’s focus on soft skills and environmental concerns have been deemphasized and rolled into the single Operational Procedure domain. However, the exam will still ask 100 questions in traditional multiple choice and multiple answer format. The passing score for this exam is a 675 or better on a scale of 900.

A+ Practical Applications (220-702)

The CompTIA A+ (220-702) Practical Application Exam is one of two exams required to achieve the A+ 2009 certification as a PC Support Technician. The exam is meant for entry-level computer professionals, such as desktop support specialists, remote administrators, and depot assemblers. This exam has no prerequisites and is designed for individuals with at least 500 hours in computer technology support. Users that attain the A+ 2009 Certification are usually referred to as a helpdesk technician, computer support professional, or IT technician. The official domains of the exam are:

  • Hardware
  • Operating Systems
  • Networking
  • Security

Successful candidates will not only understand computer technology fundamentals, but will be able to apply that theory in a practical, working environment. CompTIA A+ Exam (220-702) lends equal weight to the hardware and software support, eliminating soft skills completely for a focus on actually servicing computers and their operating systems. The exam will ask 100 questions in traditional multiple choice and multiple answer format. The passing score for this exam is a 675 or better on a scale of 900.