Identifying, using, and connecting hardware components and devices
Install and support Windows OS including command line & client support. Understand Mac OS, Linux and mobile OS
Troubleshoot PC and mobile device issues including application security support
Explain types of networks and connections including TCP/IP, WIFI and SOHO
Troubleshoot device and network issues
Identify and protect against security vulnerabilities for devices and their network connections
Install & configure laptops and other mobile devices
Compare & contrast cloud computing concepts &set up client-side virtualization
Follow best practices for safety, environmental impacts, and communication and professionalism
Service Desk Analyst
Data Support Technician
Help Desk Tech
Desktop Support Administrator
Technical Support Specialist
End User Computing Technician
Field Service Technician
Help Desk Technician
Associate Network Engineer
System Support Specialist
|Exam Codes||CompTIA A+ 220-901 and 220-902
(Academy customers use the same codes)
Candidates must complete both 901 and 902 to earn certification. Exams cannot be combined across the series.
| CompTIA A+ 220-1001 (Core 1) and 220-1002 (Core 2)|
Candidates must complete both 1001 and 1002 to earn certification. Exams cannot be combined across the series.
|Launch Date||December 15, 2015||January 15, 2019|
|Exam Description||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.
| CompTIA A+ 220-1001 covers mobile devices, networking technology, hardware, virtualization and cloud computing and network troubleshooting. |
CompTIA A+ 220-1002 covers installing and configuring operating systems, expanded security, software troubleshooting and operational procedures.
|Number of Questions||Maximum of 90 questions per exam||Maximum of 90 questions per exam|
|Type of Questions||Multiple choice questions (single and multiple response), drag and drops and performance-based||Multiple choice questions (single and multiple response), drag and drops and performance-based|
|Length of Test||90 Minutes per exam||90 Minutes per exam|
|Passing Score||220-901: 675 (on a scale of 100-900)
220-902: 700 (on a scale of 100-900)
220-1001: 675 (on a scale of 100-900)
|Recommended Experience||9 to 12 months hands-on experience in the lab or field||9 to 12 months hands-on experience in the lab or field|
|Languages||English, German, Japanese, Portuguese, French, Spanish (Modern), Simplified Chinese and Thai||English at launch. German, Japanese, Portuguese, Thai and Spanish|
English at launch. German, Japanese, Portuguese, Thai anEnglish retired July 31, 2019 German will retire October 25, 2019. Japanese will retire January 31, 2020. Other languages will retire October 1, 2019
|TBD - Usually three years after launch|
|Price||$219 USD per exam (See all pricing)||$219 USD per exam (See all pricing)|
The new CompTIA A+ Core Series includes expanded content on these growing parts of the IT support role:
|Microsoft MTA Infrast||Cisco CCENT|
|Performance Based Questions||✔||✔||✔|
|Exam Length||2 exams, 90 min. each||2-3 exams||4 exams||1 exam, 90 min.|
|Exam Focus||Technical and professional skills||Tied to specific products such as MCSA Windows 8||Broad-based intro to IT||Entry-level networking for CISCO solutions|
|Pre-requisites||None. 9-12 months experience recommended||None. Prior experience recommended.||None||None|
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