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. Learn more with this infographic.

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.

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Exam Details

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)
Launch Date December 201​2 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.
View the CompTIA A+ 900 FAQ page.
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
Price $194 USD per exam (See all pricing)
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Training Materials

There’s a wealth of training materials available that match your learning needs and learning style. Whether you are studying on your own, or in a classroom environment, we recommend CompTIA Authorized Quality Curriculum (CAQC) training materials that will help you get ready for your certification exam and pass the test.

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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. Collect at least 20 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in three years, upload them to your certification account, and A+ will automatically renew.

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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

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