New A+ certification exam objectives will be released in 2019
It is that time in the CompTIA certification cycle where it is time to update the A+ 220-901 and 220-902 exams. We are looking at a release early 2019 possibly in January for the new A+ certification exam.
It will be interesting to see what happens to the numbering now that we are running out of three-digit X01. Will it be 220-1001 and 220-1002 or will CompTIA go for 903 & 904 or something along those lines to preserve the three-digit scheme?
What does that mean for my current certification status?
Nothing in the short term. If you are A+ certified today (and you passed the exam post-2011) then you are certified for three years from your exam date. This is true even if those three years takes you past the introduction of the new A+ exam.
Should I wait for the new A+ exam or just take the A+ 220-901 or 220-902 now?
If you are ready to take the exam in 2018 then, of course, there is no question that you should pick 220-901 or 220-902 if for no other reason that it is the only one available and there is no benefit in pushing this back to next year if you need it now. It becomes more of an issue next year. Say CompTIA releases the new exam in January 2019, then the 220-901 & 220-902 will still be available into the summer of 2019. This is the “grace period” that CompTIA offers for each new release and that means that for about six months or so you can actually choose which version of the exam to take. The choice will then hinge more on what your knowledge base/training looks like at that time. If you, at that time, have trained for A+ 220-901 or 220-902, then, no question, you will want to sit for that test. If its 2019 and you will start training for A+, then you will want to train on the new exam because you won’t be facing a hard deadline in the summer when the 220-901 and 220-902 will be retired. Its always nice to know that if you miss on the first try, that you still have a lot of time left to try again. In any case, whichever exam you sit fir in early 2019, you will be certified for three years from the exam date.
Did you know that CompTIA is certified too?
Just as CompTIA offers you an A+ certification process, CompTIA is also submitting itself to certification. A few years ago, CompTIA got approved for the International Standards Organization – ISO – quality certification. It is a process through which the ISO verifies that the organization that controls our certification process, CompTIA, does itself have a process in place that ensures the proper quality of the program. One of the things the ISO certification requires is that CompTIA updates its exam objectives (and so the exam itself) every three years.