CompTIA A+ is the industry standard for establishing a career in IT.

CompTIA A+ certified professionals are proven problem solvers. They support today’s core technologies from security to cloud to data management and more. CompTIA A+ is the industry standard for launching IT careers into today’s digital world. 

  • The only credential with performance-based items to prove pros can think on their feet to perform critical IT support tasks in the moment
  • Trusted by employers around the world to identify the go-to person in end point management & technical support roles
  • Regularly re-invented by IT experts to ensure that it validates core skills and abilities demanded in the workplace

The CompTIA A+ Core Series requires candidates to pass two exams: Core 1 (220-1001) and Core 2 (220-1002) covering the following new content:

  • Demonstrate baseline security skills for IT support professionals
  • Configure device operating systems, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS, Android and iOS and administer client-based as well as cloud-based (SaaS) software
  • Troubleshoot and problem solve core service and support challenges while applying best practices for documentation, change management, and scripting
  • Support basic IT infrastructure and networking
  • Configure and support PC, mobile and IoT device hardware
  • Implement basic data backup and recovery methods and apply data storage and management best practices
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9 skills that you master and validate with CompTIA A+



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 

Companies that use A+


Jobs that use A+

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 Details

Exam Codes 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 January 15, 2019 
Exam Description 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 
Type of Questions Multiple choice questions (single and multiple response), drag and drops and performance-based 
Length of Test 90 Minutes per exam 
Passing Score

220-1001: 675 (on a scale of 100-900)
220-1002: 700 (on a scale of 100-900)

Recommended Experience 9 to 12 months hands-on experience in the lab or field 
Languages English at launch. German, Japanese, Portuguese, Thai and Spanish
Retirement TBD - Usually three years after launch 
Testing Provider  Pearson VUE
Price $239 USD per exam (See all pricing)
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What’s in this version

The new CompTIA A+ Core Series includes expanded content on these growing parts of the IT support role:

  • A general expansion of baseline security topics core to the IT support role, including physical versus logical security concepts and measures, malware and more
  • A dramatically different approach in defining competency in operational procedures including basic disaster prevention and recovery and scripting basics
  • A greater dependency on networking and device connectivity

How does CompTIA A+ Compare?


Microsoft MTA Infrast Cisco CCENT
Performance Based Questions
Exam Length 2 exams, 90 min. each 2-3 exams 4 exams 1 exam, 90 min.
Experience Level Entry Entry Entry Entry
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

Exam Preparation

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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 skillset. 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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I got my A+ and it is the best thing I ever did.

Andy MacLeod,
Computer Systems Analyst, Chugach Alaska Corporation

A+ is a system check for yourself. Are you good enough for the job you want? With A+ you are.

Darius Peterson,
IT Specialist, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists

I am proud of what I have achieved. I could not have done it without A+.

Phil Norton,
Systems Analyst III, Sourcebooks