What is A+ certification?
CompTIA A+ certification exam is an industry-wide, vendor neutral competency test validating understanding of the most common hardware and software technologies in business gained by passing the following two exams:
- CompTIA A+ 220-901 covers PC and mobile device hardware and peripherals. The exam also tests networking and troubleshooting hardware and network connectivity issues.
- CompTIA A+ 220-902 covers security, cloud computing fundamentals and operational procedures. The exam also covers the installation and configuration of the following operating systems:
- OS X
What course will I take?
The training can be taken in a face-to-face format. Students with little or no PC technician experience are encouraged to enroll in the following face-to-face course (67.5 hours total). This comprehensive hands-on coursework prepares students for both CompTIA A+ exams and real-world work as a PC technician.
NTW 541 - CompTIA A+ Certification Prep
Prices are for Anne Arundel County residents and subject to change. What are the requirements?
Students must be at least 16 years old. Students with no prior computer experience must complete CPT 363 Computer Fundamentals before enrolling in NTW 541 CompTIA A+ Certification Prep.
Why is A+ certification important?
Technology companies regard A+ certification as an important measure of a prospective employee’s knowledge and skill level. Tested at the level of six months hands-on experience, job candidates with this certification demonstrate specific skills that most employers consider critical to the job function.
What types of jobs are available with A+ certification?
A partial list includes: PC repair technician, help desk analyst, desktop support specialist, computer specialist. Additionally many non-IT companies require A+ certification for such jobs as cable installers, postal equipment installation and repair and telecommunications installers.
What credentials can I earn?
Upon successful completion, paired with individual study, students will be prepared to take the CompTIA A+ certification exams which can be taken at an AACC testing center. Exam vouchers are included in the cost of the course. Continuing education units are awarded for completion of this course. For more information regarding the A+ certification exams please visit CompTIA's website.
Students will also earn an AACC CEWD Program Certificate for the successful completion of NTW-541 CompTIA A+ Certification Prep. To receive the certificate, visit www.aacc.edu/coned/certificates and submit the completed certificate form according to the directions on the website.
What courses should I take next?
Gain a competitive advantage by increasing your knowledge, skills and abilities by taking the courses included in the IT Support Specialist Track. This training will help you to distinguish yourself from fellow entry-level job seekers. These courses also serve as a starting point for more advanced career opportunities which may become available with experience and additional education. The following courses are recommended after CompTIA A+ certification.
- NTW 567 - IT Help Desk Principles
- NTW 568 - IT Help Desk Ticketing
- CTU 336 - MOS 2016 Certification Exam Preparation
Students already working as a PC technician but who are seeking to take the CompTIA A+ certification exams may prefer our online preparation courses. Note: These courses are not part of the A+ PC Repair Technician CEWD Certificate Program.
Students must have access to a computer that can be used for repair exercises.
OLN 378 - A+ Certification Basic: Hardware 1
OLN 379 - A+ Certification Intermediate: Operating System 1
OLN 380 - A+ Certification Advanced: Hardware and Operating
How do I enroll?
Register online, in person, by fax, or by mail. Use certificate code CE.PC.TECH. Visit www.aacc.edu/noncredit for details.