CompTIA A+ Certification

by Mirek Burnejko

CompTIA A+ CertificationThe CompTIA A+ certification is one of the most popular certifications on the world.

During the last few years almost one million people decided to start their career or prove their skills with the CompTIA A+ certification.

The certification measures necessary competencies for an entry-level IT professional. You must understand the fundamentals of computers, operating systems, networking and security.

The exams (two) measure the necessary competencies for an entry-level IT professional who has a hands-on experience in the IT industry.

The new versions (220-801 and 802) are on the horizon, but let’s look what you should do to achieve the actual CompTIA A+ certification.

Do not forget to read our QA session with Rick Bauer from CompTIA.

What Exams You Must Pass to Become a CompTIA A+ Certified

You must pass two exams 220-701 (CompTIA A+ Essentials) and 220-702 (CompTIA A+ Practical Application)

Format of the Exam

Both exams are computer-based tests. You must answer 100 questions during 90 minutes. All the questions have the single and multi-choice format. The passing score for Essentials is equal to 675/1000 and for Practical Application (700/1000). The exams are scored from 100 to 900.

You have a recommendation for CompTIA A+ Certification about 500 hours of hands-on experience in the lab or field, but you do not have any official prerequisites and you can pass the CompTIA A+ certification exams without trainings or experience.

Where You Can Pass the CompTIA A+ Certification

You can pass the exam in a Pearson VUE examination center. (You can pass the exams also in a Prometric center, but the exams will be available in the near future only in Pearson VUE).

  • Create an account on the Pearson VUE site
  • Go to the CompTIA page on the Pearson VUE website
  • Click “Locate a Test Center” and find the nearest office
  • Back to the CompTIA page and click “Schedule a Test”
  • Provide your login and password
  • Add CompTIA testing to your profile
  • When you receive an approval, choose the CompTIA A+ Essentials exam
  • If this is the CompTIA A+ Practical Application exam, do not forget to update your account with CompTIA ID
  • Provide a location, and date of an exam. Pay with a credit card or provide a voucher number
  • Wait for an email with all details about the exams

How Much Does the CompTIA A+ Exam Cost

The exams cost $178 each.

How To Renew your the CompTIA A+ Certification

The certification is valid for three years. During three years from the date of your Practical Application exam you must to participate in the continuing education program. More details in QA section on this page.

Scope of the CompTIA A+ Certification

How To Prepare to the CompTIA A+ Certification

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Success Story

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Questions and Answers

Q: Can you describe with more details the continuing education (CE) program? Where can I find any info about activities that qualify for continuing education units (CEUs)?
A: The best place with everything described as simple is possible is the Global Knowledge website.

  • Stephen Anderson

    Are you going to update this for the new 801 & 802 exams or is it all pretty much the same?