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PC Technician - A+ Certification

Advance your career in technology with CompTIA's A+ industry certification.  Anne Arundel Community College's Cyber and Technology Training department offers preparation classes to help prepare individuals for success on the CompTIA A+ exams.

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What is A+ certification?
CompTIA A+ certification is an industry-wide, vendor neutral competency test validating understanding of the most common hardware and software technologies in business.  To become certified, you must pass two exams:  Update to exams 901 & 902 SPRING 2016

CompTIA A+ 220-801 covers the fundamentals of computer technology, installation and configuration of PCs, laptops and related hardware, and basic networking.

CompTIA A+ 220-802 covers the skills required to install and configure PC operating systems, as well as configuring common features (e.g. network connectivity and email) for mobile operating systems Android and Apple iOS.

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 course will I take? 
A+ certification/PC technician training can be taken in a face-to-face or online format.

Face-to-Face Format
Students with little or no PC technician experience are encouraged to enroll in the following face-to-face course (68.5 hours total).  This comprehensive coursework prepares students for both CompTIA exams and real-world work as a PC technician.
NTW 541 - CompTIA A+ Certification Prep

Online Format
Students already working as a PC technician but are seeking certification may prefer our online perparation courses.
Students will need to 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
                  System 2 

Prices are for Anne Arundel County residents and subject to change. 

What credentials can I earn?
Upon successful completion, paired with individual study, students will be prepared to take the CompTIA A+ certification exam 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 exam please visit CompTIA's website.

Students will also earn an AACC continuing education certificate. To receive the certificate, complete and submit the certificate form to the Technology Training office. The form and instructions can be found at www.aacc.edu/coned/certificates.

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.

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.

Related Training
Visit www.aacc.edu/it for more information about noncredit computer technology courses.

Questions?
For more information, contact Cyber and Technology Training at  technologytraining@aacc.edu or 410-777-1353.