How Much Does the CompTIA A+ Certification Cost?

It's a simple question, but there can be multiple answers based on your situation and the options you choose. Of course, the quick answer is that each exam voucher you’ll need to acquire to take your test is $219. You will need two vouchers to pass two exams to certify.

However, you may qualify for discounts that can decrease this price, and you may want to consider additional learning and training that can change the bottom line as well. Read on to find out more.

The Basics: CompTIA A+ Exam Voucher Only

In order to take the certification test, you’ll need to buy an exam voucher. A voucher represents a unique code that you can buy at the CompTIA Store and use to take your test at a Pearson VUE testing center. If a voucher is all you need, then the cost is $219 per exam. Find more details about the exam on the CompTIA A+ product page and information on how to buy a voucher on our testing pages. If you’re ready to buy, head over to the store.

If you don’t pass an exam, you’ll need to purchase another voucher to take another test. We recommend that you go into your exam well-prepared to minimize the chance of not passing the test and having to purchase an additional voucher. Read on to find out about training and test preparation options.

Training and Exam Preparation

Our CompTIA Learning and Training offering is a set of comprehensive learning resources to support our certifications like CompTIA A+. This suite of products includes books, eLearning, labs and exam prep software and is developed in house by CompTIA, based on feedback we hear from learners like you. These resources provide you with a variety of ways to acquire all or some of the knowledge that is outlined in the CompTIA A+ exam objectives.

  • Self-Study

    The self-study guide will teach you the fundamental principles of installing, configuring and troubleshooting PC, mobile, printer and networking device hardware and help you to advance a career in PC support. It will prepare you to take the CompTIA A+ exam by providing 100 percent coverage of the objectives and content examples listed on the syllabus. Browse our store or visit the Official CompTIA A+ Study Guide page to learn more.

    Another great way to get an idea of what questions you can expect is to download a set of practice questions. Keep in mind that these practice questions are not the exact questions that will be on the actual test and that there will be different kinds of questions.

  • Self-Study and Test Preparation

    The CompTIA CertMaster suite of products helps candidates learn the skills needed for a career in technology, and to prepare for their exam with confidence.

    The following CertMaster products are now available for CompTIA A+:

CompTIA A+ Core 1 (220-1001) Purchase Options

 
CompTIA A+ Exam Voucher
CompTIA A+ Exam Voucher Retake
CompTIA A+ Core 1 (220-1001) eBook
CompTIA CertMaster Practice for A+ Core 1 (220-1001)
CompTIA A+ Exam Voucher Retake
CompTIA CertMaster Learn for A+ Core 1 (220-1001)
 
Voucher

$219.00

 
 
 
 
 
Basic Bundle

$349.00

 
 
 
Exam Prep Bundle

$449.00

 
 
eLearning Bundle

$649.00

 
 

* CompTIA A+ certification consists of 2 separate exams, 220-1001 and 220-1002. In order to take both exams, you need to purchase 2 vouchers. Vouchers can be used for any of the exams.

Don't see a bundle you like, click here to see all our bundle offers. Shown prices apply to US store only. Prices in other regions may vary.

  • Classroom training

    For some, self-study isn’t the way to go, and classroom training is either available to them or simply the better choice for them to learn. CompTIA A+ certification training is offered by many public academic institutions, such as colleges, as well as private academic institutions such as professional training centers.

    The cost of classroom training depends on your choice and can range from a few hundred to several thousands of dollars. You can find classroom training in your area on our classroom training page. For organizations looking for instructor-led training, CompTIA offers classroom training for organizations.

Free and Almost Free CompTIA A+ Certification (Seriously!)

Depending on where you live and what sponsorships you qualify for, special programs may be available to help you get trained and certified for free (or nearly free). Such programs are usually geared toward one or more of the following groups:

  • Unemployed or under-employed individuals
  • Displaced workers
  • Military veterans
  • Ethnic minorities
  • Women

Typically, such free training programs fall into one of two categories: government-sponsored programs and nonprofit charitable programs.

Government-Sponsored IT Training

These are programs that are typically funded with federal dollars and advertised through your county’s workforce investment board or your local American Jobs Center. To search for local training programs, go to Career One Stop.

Nonprofit Charitable Programs

These programs are scattered throughout the United States and may be a bit harder to locate. Here are a few on our radar (and if you learn of others, please let us know):

  • Per Scholas: Locations in New York City, National Capital Region, Cincinnati, Columbus, Atlanta and Dallas.
  • IT-Ready from Creating IT Futures: Locations in Minneapolis-St. Paul and varying cities. Visit the location page for a list of current training sites that are accepting applications.
  • Stride Center: Located in the San Francisco Bay Area.
  • Tech901: Located exclusively in Memphis.

Because these programs typically exist to prepare people for entry-level IT jobs (such as help desk and technical support) they typically reject applicants who already have such a job and are just looking to add a certification to their resume.

As you can imagine, competition for such programs is often fierce. But, if you live in one of the areas where free training is offered and fall into a group that such programs are trying to help, it may be worth applying

Available Student Discount

If you are a student in the United States and have a valid student ID and .edu email address, you can take advantage of CompTIA's student discounts. Certification vouchers and training materials are offered at considerable discounts at the CompTIA Academic Marketplace. At this time, a single CompTIA A+ certification voucher is offered to students for $97.