HARDWARE

Identifying, using, and connecting hardware components and devices

NETWORKING

Explain types of networks and connections including TCP/IP, WIFI and SOHO

MOBILE DEVICES

Install & configure laptops and other mobile devices

OPERATING SYSTEMS

Install and support Windows OS including command line & client support. Understand Mac OS, Linux and mobile OS

HARDWARE & NETWORK TROUBLESHOOTING

Troubleshoot device and network issues

VIRTUALIZATION & CLOUD COMPUTING

Compare & contrast cloud computing concepts &set up client-side virtualization

SOFTWARE TROUBLESHOOTING

Troubleshoot PC and mobile device issues including application security support

SECURITY

Identify and protect against security vulnerabilities for devices and their network connections

OPERATIONAL PROCEDURES

Follow best practices for safety, environmental impacts, and communication and professionalism 

What Job Roles Should Take the CompTIA A+ Exams

CompTIA A+ is for professionals looking to start a career in IT and have 9 to 12 months of hands-on experience in the lab or field or equivalent training. CompTIA A+ prepares candidates for the following job roles:

  • Service desk analyst

  • Help desk tech

  • Technical support specialist

  • Field service technician

  • Associate network engineer

  • Data support technician

  • Desktop support administrator

  • End-user computing technician

  • Help desk technician

  • System support specialist

How Much Can I Make with CompTIA A+ Certification?

Here are a few CompTIA A+ jobs and their average salaries:

  • Support specialist: $54,500

  • Field service technician: $46,000

  • Desktop support analyst: $60,000

  • Help desk tier 2 support: $45,000

What Is on the CompTIA A+ Exam?

CompTIA A+ is a performance-based certification that supports the ability to connect users to the data they need to do their jobs regardless of the devices being used. Successful candidates will have the following skills to:

  • Configure, install and upgrade operating systems, including: Windows, Apple OS X, Linux, iOS, Android and Windows Mobile

  • Install and image virtual machines

  • Set up and troubleshoot peripheral devices

  • Assemble and disassemble computing hardware

  • Set up and support basic home and small office networks

  • Implement cybersecurity controls appropriate to helpdesk and technical support roles

  • Troubleshoot and support end-user access to applications and data

The CompTIA A+ exam covers the following domains and topics:

  • Hardware: Identify, use and connect hardware components and devices

  • Networking: Explain types of networks and connections including transmission control protocol/internet protocol (TCP/IP), Wi-Fi and small office/home office (SOHO)

  • Mobile Devices: Install and configure laptops and other mobile devices

  • Network and Hardware Troubleshooting: Troubleshoot device and network issues

  • Security: Identify and protect against security vulnerabilities for devices and their network connections

  • Windows Operating System: Install and support Windows OS, including command line and client support

  • Other OS Technologies: Understand Mac OS, Linux and mobile OS

  • Software Troubleshooting: Troubleshoot PC and mobile device issues, including application security support

  • Operational Procedures: Follow best practices for safety, environme