5 Reasons You Should Care About CompTIA A+

by Debra B. McCraw | Aug 16, 2019

If you’re not already convinced that CompTIA A+ is a great way to launch your IT career, listen to what Zach Hill of I.T. Career Questions has to say. When the CompTIA A+ Core Series (220-1001/220-1002) launched earlier this year, he identified five things that excite him about the certification and why he thinks it’s relevant to today’s entry-level IT jobs, like help desk technician and technical support specialist.

"In my opinion, CompTIA has really raised the bar with the new A+ certification,” Hill said in his video. “They have set a new standard while still keeping in mind that this exam is designed and developed for those who are seeking entry-level job roles.”


5 Highlights of the CompTIA A+ Core Series

  1. Scripting: You won’t need to become a programmer or know coding inside and out, but you’ll need to understand the basics of how scripting works and the principles of scripting language.
  2. Cybersecurity: The CompTIA A+ Core Series has increased its coverage of cybersecurity, including topics like privacy, GDPR and malware.
  3. Cloud and Virtualization: As more organizations adopt cloud computing, everyone in IT, from the help desk on up, needs to understand how to manage and troubleshoot these environments. The CompTIA A+ Core Series has an increased emphasis on cloud computing and virtualization.
  4. Networking: Similar to cloud computing, as IoT devices make their way into the workplace, IT pros need to understand how to connect them securely. The CompTIA A+ Core Series also includes more about network protocols than past versions of the exam.
  5. Hardware Requirements: About 20% of the hardware requirements in the 900 series have been removed from the CompTIA A+ Core Series, making it even more relevant to what IT pros do everyday.

“Even more so now, the A+ certification shows you have proven problem-solving and troubleshooting skills that can help you get into this field,” Hill said.

Want to learn more about CompTIA A+? Download the exam objectives to see what’s covered.


  • Ramon Magsaysay

    Wednesday, August 21, 2019

    Does it require me to take both 900 series exam as well as CompTIA A+ Core Series (220-1001/220-1002) ?

  • Wednesday, August 21, 2019

    Hi, Ramon! Thanks for your question. No, you do not need to take both the 900 and Core Series exams. In fact, the 900 series exams are no longer available. Passing both Core Series exams will earn you CompTIA A+. Learn more here: https://certification.comptia.org/it-career-news/post/view/2019/01/18/the-new-comptia-a-your-questions-answered Good luck!

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