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.
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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.
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
A+ carries ISO/ANSI accreditation status. You can trust that the rigorous development process of the A+ certification objectives and exams follows international standards of quality assurance.
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 Codes||CompTIA A+ 220-801 and CompTIA A+ 220-802|
CompTIA A+ JK0-801 and JK0-802 (for CompTIA Academy Partners Only)
|CompTIA A+ 220-901 and 220-902|
(Academy customers will 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.
|Number of Questions||Maximum of 90 questions|
|Type of Questions||Performance-based and multiple choice.|
|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|