The A+ certification demonstrates competency as a computer technician. The certification is vendor neutral. Meaning it covers several technologies in general. For example it covers vendors like Linux, Apple, and Microsoft. The exam covers maintenance of PCs, mobile devices, laptops, operating systems and printers.
To obtain A+ Certification, one must have knowledge in many areas of Microsoft Windows, and the IBM style of personal computer. In this course the student will take apart a computer, identify parts, be able to assemble a computer, and practice using different operating systems.
In order to receive the CompTIA A+ certification, you must pass two exams. The following exam numbers are the current exams that are available but in the future these will change roughly every 3 years as technology changes.
- CompTIA A+ 220-801
- CompTIA A+ 220-802
While the 802 covers the skills required to install and configure PC operating systems, as well as configuring common features for mobile operating systems.
**On a side note the previous version of the CompTIA A+ certification 220-701 and 220-702, will be available through Aug. 31, 2013 (according to http://certification.comptia.org/getCertified/certifications/a.aspx).
The exam contains about 90 to 100 questions which are either multiple choice or performance-based questions. Also you need to be aware that when you do go take the test it is timed. You will have 90 minutes to answer the questions. Now you might be saying that you may not be able to handle being timed. Relax as long as you grab a do it yourself study guide, or pay someone to teach you, you will do fine.
One great thing about the test is either you passed or failed. Meaning you get certified or not. On the 801 exam you must get a 675 out of 900 points or more to pass. On the 802 exam you must get a 700 out of 900 to pass.
On getting prepared for the test there are great books available in your library or book store or there are several places (like tech schools) that can prepare you for the test.