A+ Exam objectives for 220-901 and 220-902
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.
To become an A+ Certified PC support technician between January 2015 and June/July 2015, you will have a choice between passing:
The two A+ Exams 220-801 (that covers mainly PC hardware knowledge) and A+ Exam 220-802 (that covers mainly PC software knowledge, mostly Windows OS but not exclusively).
The two A+ Exams: A+ 220-901 still covers mainly PC hardware knowledge and A+ Exam 220-902 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 diferences between the two versions of the exam for A+ 220-901 and A+ 220-902.
Passt June/July 2015 only A+ 220-901 and 220-902 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+.
NOTE: The new and updated A+ certification exams 220-901 & 220-902 are released on December 15, 2015 at the testing centers. The current 220-801 & 220-802 will, over an approximately six months “grace period”, remain available. So until June or July of 2016 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 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 earnvabout 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 have come anywhere near that number.
Other popular CompTIA Certifications
Other exceptionally successful certification tracks by CompTIA are Network+ and Security+. These are a 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.