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CompTIA A+ Certification

The Computing Techology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a non-profit trade association with the mission of educating and certifying the IT workforce, as well as advocating for small and medium-sized businesses in Washington D.C.

CompTIA certifications have been around for over a decade, and are well recognized in the IT industry. The A+ certification is their most popular and desired by employers. Companies such as Dell and Intel require A+ certification for their service technicians. The knowledge tested on these exams provide a good base for entry-level technician/help-desk jobs, and are a good introduction to the world of certifications. After achieving an A+ certificate, candidates typically look into other CompTIA certifications such as Network+, or pursue more advanced certifications from Microsoft, Cisco, and other vendors.

The A+ certification consists of 2 exams. The first covers the fundamentals of computing technology, computer hardware components and installation, and basic networking. The second exam covers the installation and configuration of operating systems including mobile versions.

CompTIA certifications are vendor neutral and contain multiple choice, multiple answer, and performance based questions with 90 minutes to answer them. At the time of this writing, CompTIA charges $183 per A+ exam in their store. We would recommend getting discount vouchers from Getcertified4less. Once obtaining a voucher, visit Pearson VUE to locate a testing center and schedule an exam.

While the A+ certification is only valid for 3 years, CompTIA offers a continuing education program to help you keep your certification current. The way it works is that you receive credits for performing certain activities such as on-the-job experience, workshops, training classes, achieving other certifications, etc. You can even gain credits by writing articles for our any of our certification websites (please contact us if interested). If you do not participate in the continuing education program, you will need to retake the current version of the exam in order to remain A+ certified.

If you need more help, feel free to post any questions in the certification forums on our sister site. On that site, you will also find additional free training materials.

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