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CompTIA A+

time43 Hours
ceu45 CEU/CPE
Anthony Harriss profile image
System Analyst and Administrator at SAIC

CompTIA A+
Course Intro
The current information technology industry is booming – there is no better time to start your new IT career. Our free CompTIA A+ online course will help you put your best foot forward in the IT industry.
Instructor Background
A+ 900 Series Updates
Module 1.1 - Configure and apply BIOS Settings
Module 1.2 - Differentiate Between Motherboards
Module 1.3 - Compare and Contrast RAM
Module 1.4 - Install and Configure Expansion Cards
Module 1.5 - Install and Configure Storage Devices
Module 1.6 - Differentiate CPU Types
Module 1.7 - Compare Connection Interfaces
Module 1.8 - Install Appropriate Power Supply
Module 1.9 - Custom Configurations
Module 1.10 - Evaluate Display Devices
Module 1.11 - Identify Connectors & Cables
Module 1.12 - Install Peripheral Devices
Module 2.1 - Network Cables and Connectors
Module 2.2 - Characteristics or Connectors / Cables
Module 2.3 - TCP/IP
Module 2.4 - Common TCP and UDP
Module 2.5 - Wireless Standards / Encryption
Module 2.6 - Install and Configure a SOHO Router
Module 2.7 - Internet Connection Types / Features
Module 2.8 - Identify Network Types
Module 2.9 - Compare Network Devices
Module 2.10 - Use Appropriate Networking Tools
Module 3.1 - Laptop Hardware and Components
Module 3.2 - Compare Laptop Display Types
Module 3.3 - Compare Laptop Features
Module 4.1 - Printer Imaging Processes
Module 4.2 - Install / Configure Printers
Module 4.3 - Printer Maintenance
Module 5.1 - Appropriate Safety Procedures
Module 5.2 - Environmental Impacts / Controls
Module 5.3 - Communication & Professionalism
Module 5.4 - Dealing with Prohibited Content
Exam Module
Module 1.1 - Windows Operating Systems
Module 1.2 - Installing & Configuring Operating Systems
Module 1.3 - Screen Capture Labs
Net Lab
Sfc Lab
Module 1.4 - OS Features - Administrative Tools
Module 1.5 - Control Panel
Module 1.6 - Network Connections on Client Desktop
Module 1.7 - Preventative Maintenance Tools
Module 1.8 - OS Security Settings
Module 1.9 - Virtualization
Module 2.1 - Security
Module 2.2 - Security Threats
Module 2.3 - Securing A Work Station Best Practices
Module 2.4 - Data Destruction Methods
Module 2.5 - Securing a Wireless Network
Module 2.6 - Securing Home Office Wired Network
Module 3.1 - Mobile Operating Systems
Module 3.2 - Configuring Network Connectivity and Email on Mobile
Module 3.3 - Securing Mobile Devices
Module 3.4 - Tablets vs Laptops
Module 3.5 - Mobile Device Synchronization
Module 4.1 - Troubleshooting Theory
Module 4.2 - Motherboard, RAM, CPU and Power Issues
Module 4.3 - Troubleshooting Hard Drives and RAID Arrays
Module 4.4 - Troubleshooting Display Issues
Module 4.5 - Troubleshooting Wireless and Wired Connections
Module 4.6 - Troubleshooting Operating System Problems
Module 4.7 - Troubleshooting Security Issues
Module 4.8 - Troubleshooting Laptop Issues
Module 4.9 - Troubleshooting Printers
Exam Module
Course Description

Knowledge is power. Information is liberating. Education is the premise of progress, in every society, in every family.”
– Kofi Annan

Information Technology is a burgeoning industry—and it shouldn’t be limited to those who have the money to take training classes so they can achieve industry certifications. No longer are there obstacles to learning—fundamental IT learning shouldn’t be high-priced. That’s why we provide the CompTIA A+ training class, completely free. Anyone can begin their IT career here, for free, forever. This is the way it should be.

Beginning a Career in IT Starts Here
CompTIA A+ is the best class to start with if you are looking to begin a career in IT. A+ provides a fundamental knowledge that is necessary to move up or advance in the field. This is the perfect opportunity to figure out whether or not you’re interested in getting further trained in the industry. The fundamentals taught in this class will prepare you with what you need to know to make an informed decision on which direction you would like to go, in IT, next. In other words, you’ll know enough after this class to know what a career in Systems Administration is and how it is different from Network Administration, and how and why those are different from a career in Cyber Security. Plus, if you have been considering entering the field, but you aren’t sure if it is right for you, this class will definitely help you to figure that out.


Do you want to become a SOC analyst? This class is one step toward that goal, thanks to Cybrary’s Career Path program. 


About the Online CompTIA A+ Certification Training Class

The current information technology industry is booming – there is no better time to start your new IT career. Our free CompTIA A+ online course will help you put your best foot forward in the IT industry. And if you are already an IT professional, this course will validate your knowledge and enhance your livelihood.

In our CompTIA A+ online training course, you will learn the basics of computer technology and repair, networking, installation of PCs, laptops, and other hardware, and configuration of PCs, laptops, and mobile operating systems for Android and Apple iOS devices.

The CompTIA A+ course is the best beginner class of all the courses we offer, and it’s designed for anyone looking to begin an IT or Cyber Security career. Not only will it provide you with much needed fundamentals of computer repair, maintenance, and technology, it will also provide you with enough knowledge that you are able to make informed decisions about your IT career path. You will learn the difference between careers in systems administration, network administration, cyber security, and many other specialized IT fields. That will make your next career step easy and enjoyable for you.

This A+ certification training will prepare you to take the certification exams in which you will earn the highly reliable and trustworthy credentials that are recognized all over the world.

What are the Benefits of Completing CompTIA A+ Online Training?

Completing Cybrary’s CompTIA A+ online course will not only prepare you for getting your foot in the door of nearly any IT position, it also has many other benefits – especially when you go on to receive your A+ certification. Some of those benefits include:

  • Comprehensive and Vendor-Neutral Knowledge – IT professionals who are A+ certified will have a mastery in the technologies that are found in many IT environments. The knowledge extends from traditional machines to mobile devices and the operating systems that are commonly used for both.
  • Trusted by Hiring Employers – Perhaps the most beneficial aspect associated with CompTIA A+ certification is its hiring power. Employers of all types need IT professionals within their companies, and they trust A+ certified professionals to maintain the operations of their computer systems.
  • Global Recognition – A+ certification is recognized internationally and is compliant with standards that are approved by the U.S. Department of Defense.
  • Validation of Fundamental Skills – A+ certified professionals are well-versed in the troubleshooting, security, and networking skills that prepare them for many IT professions.

For Which Careers Does CompTIA A+ Certification Prepare Someone?

CompTIA A+ certification ensures that you are ready to work in a number of IT services positions for many companies and organizations. It’s a reliable way that potential employers can assess the knowledge and skill levels of prospective employees. In fact, organizations like Lenovo, Dell, Canon, Hewlett Packard, Intel, and the United States Department of Defense all look to CompTIA A+ certified candidates for their IT needs. They understand that this certification means that they are looking at a candidate who is competent to succeed in a host of IT roles for their business.

Receiving CompTIA A+ certification will prepare you for general IT entry-level positions, such as technical support specialist, field service ​technician, IT ​support technician, IT support ​administrator, and many others. Some positions may require that you obtain further training or certifications, especially those that involve proprietary or vendor-specific hardware, software, and applications. Becoming certified will allow you to work in your desired industry while you gain the experience and knowledge that you need to decide on the next step on your career path, whether it be specialized or in project management roles.

Additionally, employees who have earned their CompTIA A+ certification are frequently paid higher salaries – up to 15 percent more than non-certified employees in the U.S.

What Does the CompTIA A+ Certification Process Entail?

Once you have completed your CompTIA A+ certification preparation with our free online course, you are ready to proceed to your exams. For a small fee ($205 per exam) you will take two separate exams for your CompTIA A+ certification, given by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA).

The first exam, CompTIA A+ 220-901, includes questions regarding PC and mobile device hardware and peripherals, CompTIA network maintenance and installation, troubleshooting hardware, and connectivity.

The second exam, CompTIA A+ 220-902, includes the installation and configuration of operating systems like Microsoft Windows, Android, iOS, Apple OS X, and Linux. The test also covers CompTIA security and the basics of cloud computing and operation.

Each exam consists of about 90 multiple choice, drag and drop, and performance-based questions which you have 90 minutes to complete. On the 220-901 exam you are required to answer 675 questions correctly while the 220-902 requires 700 correct answers.

You can take the certification exam at any Pearson VUE testing center around the world, and once completed, your certification will be good for three years.

What’s so great about CompTIA A+? To start, it is a highly credible certification that carries a great deal of trust globally. Organizations such as the U.S. Department of Defense, Dell, Intel and Lenovo recognize this entry-level certification as validation that an employee is competent to fulfill the roles of a support tech, service technician and support specialist. Additionally, those who possess this certification are more likely to receive higher salaries (for example, on average, certified professionals make five to 15% more than their non-certified counterparts in the USA).

CEU / CPE: 45
Total Clock Hours: 43 hrs
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If you enjoy this course, you should consider taking the FREE CompTIA Network+ class next!

This course sponsored by:
TrainACE – Classroom based IT and Cyber Security training.

About the CompTIA A+ Certification Exam

In order to earn the official certification for CompTIA A+, you must take two required exams. Test-takers must score a 675/900 on the first exam, and 700/900 on the second exam in order to earn the A+ certifications. Each test is approximately 90 minutes. The exam may be taken at any Pearson VUE testing center globally.

Certifications are valid for three years. Reestablishing your certification status requires certain guidelines be met. For more information on maintaining the CompTIA A+ certification, visit CompTIA’s website

Career Value of the A+ Certification

The CompTIA A+ certification is typically recognized as a certification for those looking to get their foot in the door of IT. Jobs consistent with this certification are typically call center, help desk and computer repair type jobs. In a large organization or enterprise, the A+ certification would have one answering and responding to general computer help tickets, doing basic computer maintenance, or performing basic account unlock functions. This is typically the “starting point” for most careers in general IT and allows you to get a better idea on what you may want to specialize in. Certain jobs may require additional training or certifications, particularly for vendor specific hardware or applications (i.e. Dell Hardware, Microsoft Office Specialist, etc.). Jobs in smaller companies may have you stretching your limits and actually performing basic systems administrator type functions. Generally, in larger environments you will be more specialized and restricted in what you can do before you “escalate” the issue. In a smaller environment you will be responsible for more types of equipment; however, the total amount of equipment will be less.

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