CompTIA A+

NEW EXAM CODES 220-1101 & 220-1102

CompTIA A+ is the industry standard for launching IT careers into today’s digital world.

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CompTIA A+ is the industry standard.
Support core technologies from security to networking to virtualization and more

CompTIA A+ Is the Industry Standard for Establishing a Career in IT.

Only Industry-Recognized Credential
Performance testing proves pros can think on their feet to perform critical IT support tasks.
Trusted by Employers
CompTIA A+ identifies the go-to person in end point management and technical support roles.
Your IT Journey Starts Here
CompTIA A+ appears in more tech support job listings than any other IT credential.
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The CompTIA A+ Core Series requires candidates to pass two exams: Core 1 (220-1101) and Core 2 (220-1102) covering the following new content, emphasizing the technologies and skills IT pros need to support a hybrid workforce:

  • Increased reliance on SaaS applications for remote work
  • How to remotely diagnose and correct common software, hardware or connectivity problems
  • Evolving core technologies from cloud virtualization and IoT device security to data management and scripting
  • Multiple operating systems, when to use them and how to keep them running properly
  • Reflects the changing nature of the job, including how to assess if it’s best to fix something on site, or send it to a specialized provider
CompTIA A+ validates certified professionals have the skills required to support today’s digital world

What Skills Will You Learn?


Identifying, using and connecting hardware components and devices, including the broad knowledge about different devices that is now necessary to support the remote workforce

Operating Systems

Install and support Windows OS including command line and client support, system configuration imaging and troubleshooting for Mac OS, Chrome OS, Android and Linux OS

Software Troubleshooting

Troubleshoot PC and mobile device issues including common OS, malware and security issues


Explain types of networks and connections including TCP/IP, WIFI and SOHO


Troubleshoot real-world device and network issues quickly and efficiently


Identify and protect against security vulnerabilities for devices and their network connections

Mobile Devices

Install and configure laptops and other mobile devices and support applications to ensure connectivity for end users

Virtualization and Cloud Computing

Compare and contrast cloud computing concepts and set up client-side virtualization

Operational Procedures

Follow best practices for safety, environmental impacts, and communication and professionalism 

Organizations That Recommend or Require  CompTIA A+

Blue Cross Blue Shield

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Drew Richards
Drew Richards
Service desk senior core engineer

“I decided to study for my CompTIA A+ certification. I bought a book, studied the material, took the tests and got a job. It was the best thing I’ve ever done. This job gives me stability and the chance to work with cool people in a field that keeps me thinking and problem-solving. I thoroughly enjoy it.”

Richards’ research showed him that CompTIA was the gold standard for certifications and that getting CompTIA A+-certified was his first step – and so he did it.

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Scott Krager
Scott Krager
Information security analyst

"Exploring different topics and keeping an open mind, especially early on, is huge. And it will open your eyes to more and more that's out there that you probably don't know about."

Scott previously worked as a personal trainer and now works in IT with the help of CompTIA A+ and Security+.

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Vernon Clifton
Vernon Clifton
Cybersecurity analyst

“Maybe that's how we as a society become more effective, by having people that have had different experiences break into [new] fields.”

Vernon, a Chicago salesman, found satisfaction and fulfilment in a cybersecurity career despite lack of experience with the help of CompTIA A+.

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Drew Richards
Scott Krager
Vernon Clifton

Prove you have the skills to support technology, and start your journey with confidence

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How Does CompTIA A+ Compare?

Microsoft MTA InfrastCisco CCENT
Performance-based questions 
Exam Length2 exams, 90 min. each2-3 exams 4 exams1 exam, 90 min.
Experience LevelEntryEntryEntryEntry
Exam FocusTechnical and professional skillsTied to specific products such as MCSA Windows 8Broad-based intro to ITEntry-level networking for CISCO solutions
Pre-requisitesNone. 9-12 months experience recommended None. Prior experience recommendedNone None
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Keep your certification up to date with CompTIA’s Continuing Education (CE) program

Certification Renewal

Keep your certification up to date with CompTIA’s Continuing Education (CE) program. It’s designed to be a continued validation of your expertise and a tool to expand your skill set. It’s also the ace up your sleeve when you’re ready to take the next step in your career.

Get the most out of your certification
Information technology is an incredibly dynamic field, creating new opportunities and challenges every day. Participating in our Continuing Education program will enable you to stay current with new and evolving technologies and remain a sought-after IT expert.

The CompTIA Continuing Education program
Your CompTIA A+ certification is good for three years from the day of your exam. The CE program allows you to extend your certification in three-year intervals through activities and training that relate to the content of your certification. Like A+ itself, CompTIA A+ CE also carries globally-recognized ISO/ANSI accreditation status.

It’s easy to renew
You can participate in a number of activities and training programs, including higher certifications, to renew your CompTIA A+ certification. Complete CertMaster CE, an online, self-paced CE course, or collect at least 20 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in three years, upload them to your certification account, and A+ will automatically renew.

Want more details? Learn more about the CompTIA Continuing Education program.

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