CompTIA A+

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A+ Certification The CompTIA A+ certification is the first step of your professional IT journey. It’s the ideal foundational certification to get started on a career working with cutting-edge information technologies. It covers mobile, tablets, laptops, desktops and beyond. The exam verifies an individual can troubleshoot networking and security issues within operating systems such as Apple, Android, Windows and more.

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Why CompTIA A+?

This industry recognized certification is held by over 1,000,000 IT professionals. Moreover, it’s vendor neutral, which means the skills you develop here won’t be tied to a specific company or technology; keeping your horizons in IT broad and deep.

Jobs that use CompTIA A+

  • Technical support specialist
  • Field service technician
  • IT support technician
  • IT support administrator
  • IT support specialist
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A+ helps IT Professionals around the world boost their careers. Don't just take our word for it. See for yourself in this 2 minute video.


5 Reasons You Should Get CompTIA A+ Certified Today!

  1. You’ll Earn a Higher Salary
    On average, A+-certified IT pros earn over $60,000 per year; this according to the 2013 IT Skills and Salary Report by CompTIA authorized partner Global Knowledge.
  2. A+ is Globally Recognized
    Earning your A+ certification gives you an internationally recognized credential. This means wherever your career takes you around the world, you’ll be able to boast holding a certification employers recognize.
  3. It Gives You a Competitive Edge
    91% of hiring managers value IT certification, giving you the competitive edge to land the job; this according to the CompTIA Employer Perceptions of IT Training and Certification study.
  4. You’ll Get More Opportunities
    Your future of fulfilling IT job opportunities starts with A+ certification; this according to CompTIA’s 9th Annual Information Security Trends study. Labor estimates predict some technology fields will experience growth of over 20 percent by the year 2020.
  5. Your Skills Will be Universal
    CompTIA A+ is a vendor neutral certification, which means that A+ certified professionals can proficiently work with an extensive variety of hardware.

Certification Information

In order to receive the CompTIA A+ certification, you must pass two exams; 220-801 and 220-802.

CompTIA A+ certifications issued in 2011 or later are valid for three years. You can keep your certification current through the Continuing Education Program.

“I have had my A+ cert for about four years now and it has opened so many doors for me to get job after job in a very competitive market. I would advise anyone who can afford to take the test take it; you will not regret it. Your IT career will skyrocket.”
Paul Busby
IT Help Desk Analyst, UPS

“I have been around computers since an early age, and CompTIA A+ is a great way to quantify those skills. I chose A+ because it really is the standard for indicating basic proficiency in IT – perfect for the work I do every day on the service desk.”
Logan Murphy
IT Consultant, Long View Systems
CompTIA’s 1,000,000th A+ certified!

Test Details
Exam Codes
CompTIA A+ 220-801 and CompTIA A+ 220-802
CompTIA A+ JK0-801 and JK0-802 (for CompTIA Academy Partners Only) 
Number of Questions
Maximum of 90
Type of Questions
Multiple choice and performance-based
Length of Test
90 Minutes
Passing Score
CompTIA A+ 220-801: 675 (on a scale of 900)
CompTIA A+ 220-802: 700 (on a scale of 900)
Recommended Experience

Six to 12 months hands-on experience in the lab or field

Languages English, Japanese, German, Thai, Spanish, 
Simplified Chinese, French, Arabic, Brazilian Portuguese
  • Thanks to our CompTIA A+ Certification Advisory Committee [+]
    • CompTIA A+ Certification Advisory Committee
      Name Company
      William D. Barnett U.S. Air Force
      Gene Deel Dell Inc.
      Ian Frid Lenovo
      Stan Godard Ricoh Americas Corp.
      Mynul Khan Field Nation
      Angel L. Pineiro ASI System Integration Inc.
      Nancy Stanfield Hewlett-Packard
      Bill Woodard Sharp Electronics of Canada
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At the end of the day, it all boils down to certification being an internationally recognized credential. If you can put that on your resume, you'll have a competitive advantage over another individual who doesn't have it.
Mark Milton
Director of People Services/Career Academy, Goodwill Industries

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