A+ Exam objectives
A+ certification is the vendor-neutral dominant entry-level IT certification – one million+ are already A+ certified. It is an ideal starting point for new career entrants, career changers but also existing PC Support technicians that want more credibility in order to achieve better employability and higher pay.
Download the official CompTIA Exam Objectives below:
To become an A+ Certified PC support technician between January and July 2019, you will have a choice between passing:
The two A+ Exams 220-901 (that covers mainly PC hardware knowledge) and A+ Exam 220-902 (that covers mainly PC software knowledge, mostly Windows OS but not exclusively).
The two A+ Exams: A+ 220-1001 – Core 1 that still covers mainly PC hardware knowledge and A+ Exam 220-1002 still covers mainly OS software knowledge. Compared to 220-802 Exam 220-901 is dropping Windows XP and adds Linux (including some 20 commands) MacOS and Windows Phone. Click on the exam number for more details on the differences between the two versions of the exam for A+ 220-901 and 220-1001 on the one hand and A+ 220-902 and 220-1002 on the other.
Past July 2019 only A+ 220-1001 and 220-1002 will be available.
The exams have through the years seen official as well as unofficial naming:
|A+220-801/A+ 220-901||A+ Hardware||A+ Core|
|A+220-802/A+ 220-902||A+ Software||A+ Essentials|
So what’s on the exam? Two ways to find out: Download below A+ exam objectives and practice with the CertBlaster for A+.
Download the official CompTIA Exam Objectives for A+ 220-901 & 220-902 below:
NOTE: The new and updated A+ certification exams 220-1001 & 220-1002 were released on January 15, 2019 at the testing centers. The current 220-901 & 220-902 will, over an approximately six months “grace period”, remain available. So until July of 2019 you will have a choice of taking the one or the other.
A+ Certification and Pay
Although the average annual salary for an A+ certified technician is well over $50,000 the amount is determined mostly be the candidate’s experience. You do get a “certification bump” for being A+ certified but if you are a freshly certified new entrant in the field then your pay is more likely to be in the $30,000 to $40,000 range. However, if you stick with it you will very likely end up well north of $50,000. Our research indicates that as an A+ certified individual you can expect to earn about 12% more than the average wage for the profession.
The Sponsor: CompTIA
This certification is sponsored by the Computing Technology Industry Association – CompTIA. By number of certified individuals this is by far the most successful IT Certification ever: In February of 2015, the one-millionths A+ certification was awarded to Logan Murphy, a PC Support technician from Fort Collins, CO. No other IT certification has come anywhere near that number.
Other popular CompTIA Certifications
Other exceptionally successful certification tracks by CompTIA are Network+ and Security+. These are more advanced than A+ but just like A+, they are also vendor neutral meaning that they apply industry wide not just to on company’s brand or product.