CompTIA A+

IT success stories start with CompTIA A+ certification. It validates understanding of the most common hardware and software technologies in business and certifies the skills necessary to support complex IT infrastructures. CompTIA A+ is a powerful credential that helps IT professionals worldwide ignite their IT career.

Overview

Held by over 1 million IT professionals worldwide, CompTIA A+ is the most essential IT certification for establishing an IT career. If you’re new to the IT industry, this will help you put your best foot forward. And if you’re already an IT professional, the CompTIA A+ certification validates your skills and can boost your career.

If you are currently training for A+ 220-801 & 802 you must take the exam by June 30, 2016. If you do not take the 800 series exams by June 30, you can earn your certification by taking A+ 220- 901 & 902.

A+ is comprehensive and vendor-neutral
A+ certified professionals have mastered the technologies found in today’s extensive and varied IT environments, from mobile to traditional devices and operating systems. They can confidently handle the most challenging technology problems more efficiently.

A+ validates foundational skills
A+ establishes best practices in troubleshooting, networking and security across a variety of devices to set the stage for IT careers. The certification also matches professional tech skills with communication skills.

A+ is trusted by employers
As businesses and governments worldwide continue to adopt mobile and cloud technology, they trust A+ certified professionals to keep their devices running and organizations working smoothly.

A+ is globally recognized and accredited
CompTIA A+ is compliant with ISO 17024 standards and is approved by the U.S. Department of Defense to meet directive 8570.01-M requirements.

A+ is industry supported
A+ is developed and maintained by leading IT experts. Content for the exams stems from a combination of industry-wide survey feedback and contributions from our team of subject matter experts. Learn more about the people behind the CompTIA A+ exam development and the CompTIA A+ Advisory Committee.

Exam Details

If you are currently training for A+ 220-801 & 802 you must take the exam by June 30, 2016. If you do not take the 800 series exams by June 30, you can earn your certification by taking A+ 220-901 & 902.

Exam Codes CompTIA A+ 220-801 and CompTIA A+ 220-802 CompTIA A+ 220-901 and 220-902
(Academy customers use the same codes)
You must take (and pass) exams from the same series, either 801 and 802 OR 901 and 902. Mixing exams from different series will NOT earn you the CompTIA A+ certification.
Launch Date December 2012 December 15, 2015
Exam Description CompTIA A+ 220-801 covers computer technology fundamentals, such as PC installation, configuration, mobile devices, and networking as well as safety procedures and prohibited content.

CompTIA A+ 220-802 covers installing and configuring PC and mobile operating systems, as well as common functions in networking, email and security.

CompTIA A+ 220-901 covers PC hardware and peripherals, mobile device hardware, networking and troubleshooting hardware and network connectivity issues.

CompTIA A+ 220-902 covers installing and configuring operating systems including Windows, iOS, Android, Apple OS X and Linux. It also addresses security, the fundamentals of cloud computing and operational procedures.
View the CompTIA A+ 900 FAQ page.

Number of Questions Maximum of 90 questions
Type of Questions Multiple choice questions (single and multiple response), drag and drops and performance-based
Length of Test 90 Minutes
Passing Score 220-801: 675 (on a scale of 900)
220-802: 700 (on a scale of 900)
220-901: 675 (on a scale of 900)
220-902: 700 (on a scale of 900)
Recommended Experience 6 to 12 months hands-on experience in the lab or field
Languages English, Japanese, German, Thai, Spanish, Simplified Chinese, French, Arabic, Brazilian, Portuguese English at Launch. Japanese, Spanish, German and French availability dates TBD
Retirement English Language – June 30, 2016, Other Languages – December 31, 2016 TBD – Usually three years after launch
Price $199 USD per exam (See all pricing)

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