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

CompTIA A+ is the foundation of your IT career

CompTIA A+ is the preferred qualifying credential for technical support and IT operational roles. It is about much more than PC repair.

  • Candidates are better prepared to troubleshoot and problem solve.
  • Technicians understand a wide variety of issues ranging from networking and operating systems to mobile devices and security.
  • A+ supports the ability to connect users to the data they need to do their jobs regardless of the devices being used.

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9 skills that you master and validate with CompTIA A+

HARDWARE

HARDWARE

Identifying, using, and connecting hardware components and devices

WINDOWS ​OPERATING SYSTEMS

WINDOWS ​OPERATING SYSTEMS

Install and support Windows OS including command line & client support

SOFTWARE TROUBLESHOOTING

SOFTWARE TROUBLESHOOTING

Troubleshoot PC and mobile device issues including application security support

NETWORKING

NETWORKING

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

HARDWARE & NETWORK TROUBLESHOOTING

HARDWARE & NETWORK TROUBLESHOOTING

Troubleshoot device and network issues

SECURITY

SECURITY

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

MOBILE DEVICES

MOBILE DEVICES

Install & configure laptops and other mobile devices

OTHER OS & TECHNOLOGIES

OTHER OS & TECHNOLOGIES

Understand Mac OS, Linux and mobile OS

OTHER OS & TECHNOLOGIES

OPERATIONAL PROCEDURES

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

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Jobs that use A+ and their average salaries*

Support Specialist

$54,500*

Field Service Technician

$46,​000*

Desktop Support Analyst

$60,000*

Help Desk Tier 2 Support

$45,​000​*

Exam Details

Exam Codes CompTIA A+ 220-901 and 220-902
(Academy customers use the same codes)
Launch Date December 15, 2015
Exam Description 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 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 220-901: 675 (on a scale of 900)
220-902: 700 (on a scale of 900)
Recommended Experience 9 to 12 months hands-on experience in the lab or field
Languages English, German, Japanese, Portuguese, French and Spanish (Modern)
Retirement TBD - Usually three years after launch
Price $211 USD per exam (See all pricing)
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A+ 900-Series:
What’s in this version

The 900 series address the increased diversity of technologies in today's IT environments, from cloud computing and Linux to iOS and Android adding the following topics:

  • Expanded coverage of mobile devices and operating systems
  • Fundamental cloud concepts
  • More security problem solving
  • Significant increase in troubleshooting

How does CompTIA A+ Compare?

Microsoft
MCSA
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

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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 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.

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CompTIA A+ Purchase Options

CompTIA A+ Voucher

$211.00

CompTIA A+ Deluxe Bundle

$309.00

CompTIA A+ Premier Bundle

$399.00

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* CompTIA A+ certification consists of 2 separate exams, 220-901 and 220-902. In order to take both exams, you need to purchase 2 vouchers.

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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