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CompTIA A+


Certification Industry: IT (Developer, Data, Architect)

Certificate Name: CompTIA A+

Certificate Issuing Authority: CompTIA

Certification Price: 226 USD/Exam

Certificate Validity: 3 years

Certification Details:

CompTIA A+ is a credential to standardize IT careers in the digital workplace. It enables professionals to be a pro by attaining technical competency and supporting end-point management. This certification is meticulously created by industry experts to ensure that the core skills are instilled well in the upcoming professionals so that they can validate their expertise.

Average Salary Range of CompTIA A+

USA : $61,000/annum (Source)

India : 3,17,000 INR/annum (Source)

Who Should Apply For CompTIA A+?

CompTIA A+ is considered to be pretty significant when it comes to IT fundamentals as it is the pathway to developing a career in the IT industry. Data Support Technicians, Service Desk Analysts, Help Desk Tech, Desktop Support  Administrators, Field Service Technicians, System Support Specialists, and other related professionals should apply for CompTIA A+ certification.

Benefits of CompTIA A+

  1. Job Requirement: Certain job profiles specify this certification as a prerequisite for an allied IT job. This is the case for a variety of entry-level IT jobs as this certification is a credential for performance analysis and shapes individuals who can perform critical IT support tasks.
  2. Credibility: In comparison to CompTIA IT Fundamentals, a CompTIA A+ certification is a globally recognized mark of skill for entry-level technicians. It receives the respect of all the employers, peers as well as the subordinates.

Exam Topics

DOMAIN
% OF EXAMINATION
HARDWARE34%
NETWORKING21%
MOBILE DEVICES17%
HARDWARE AND NETWORKING TROUBLESHOOTING28%

Exam Details:

CompTIA A+ 220-1001 (Core 1) and  CompTIA A+ 220-1002 (Core 2) are two exams required to be cleared for earning the CompTIA A+ certification. CompTIA offers a variety of training bundles to help the test-takers with their preparation according to their pace and timeline. 

Number of Questions: Maximum of 90 questions per exam

Type of Questions: Multiple choice questions (single and multiple response), drag and drops and performance-based

Duration: 90 Minutes per exam

Passing Score 

220-1001: 675 (on a scale of 100-900)

220-1002: 700 (on a scale of 100-900)

Recommended Experience: 9 to 12 months hands-on experience in the lab or field                                                              

The credential can be renewed by earning 20 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) over a period of three years. Another route for renewal can be to undertake the most current version of the certification and update the skills.

An applicant is required to create a Pearson VUE testing account after which it will be allotted a test center or online through the OnVUE platform. Register for the exam here.

Time Taken To Prepare For CompTIA A+

CompTIA A+  takes about 10-12 weeks for beginners to prepare for the exam. IT pros take less time. Surveys also report that the first exam i.e CompTIA A+ 220-1001 (Core 1) takes a longer time as compared to CompTIA A+ 220-1002 (Core 2). Each of the exams takes about two months of preparation time.

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    Ryan Turner