CompTIA Certifications

CompTIA A+

CompTIA A+

CompTIA A+ is the industry standard for establishing a career in IT

Now Available – The New CompTIA A+ 1100 Series

Overview

CompTIA A+ certified professionals are proven problem solvers. They support today’s core technologies from security to networking to virtualization and more. CompTIA A+ is the industry standard for launching IT careers into today’s digital world.

CompTIA A+ is the only industry recognized credential with performance testing to prove professionals can think on their feet to perform critical IT support tasks. It is trusted by employers around the world to identify the go-to person in end point management & technical support roles. CompTIA A+ appears in more tech support job listings than any other IT credential.

The CompTIA A+ Core Series requires candidates to pass two exams: Core 1 (220-1101) and Core 2 (220-1102) covering the following new content, emphasizing the technologies and skills IT pros need to support a hybrid workforce.

  • Increased reliance on SaaS applications for remote work
  • More on troubleshooting and how to remotely diagnose and correct common software, hardware, or connectivity problems
  • Changing core technologies from cloud virtualization and IoT device security to data management and scripting
  • Multiple operating systems now encountered by technicians on a regular basis, including the major systems, their use cases, and how to keep them running properly
  • Reflects the changing nature of the job role, where many tasks are sent to specialized providers as certified personnel need to assess whether it’s best to fix something on site, or to save time and money by sending proprietary technologies directly to vendors

Exam Domains

A+ Core 1 (220-1101)
% of Exam
Mobile Devices
15%
Networking
20%
Hardware
25%
Virtualization and Cloud Computing
11%
Hardware and Network Troubleshooting
29%
Total
100%
A+ Core 1 (220-1102)
% of Exam
Operating Systems
31%
Security
25%
Software Troubleshooting
22%
Operational Procedures
22%
Total
100%

What’s New with the A+ 1100 Series

In order to receive CompTIA A+ certification, a candidate must pass both the CompTIA A+ 220-1101 & 220-1102 (Core 1 & Core 2) exams.

Popular Job Roles

  • Help Desk Tech
  • Desktop Support Specialist
  • Field Service Technician
  • Help Desk Technician
  • Associate Network Engineer
  • System Support Technician
  • Junior Systems Administrator

Organizations that Recommend or Teach A+

  • Blue Cross Blue Shield
  • Dell
  • HP
  • Intel
  • Nissan
  • Ricoh

Exam Details

Exam Codes CompTIA A+ 220-1001 (Core 1) and 220-1002 (Core 2) CompTIA A+ 220-1101 (Core 1) and 220-1102 (Core 2)
Launch Date January 15, 2019 April 20, 2022
Exam Description CompTIA A+ 220-1001 covers mobile devices, networking technology, hardware, virtualization and cloud computing and network troubleshooting.

CompTIA A+ 220-1002 covers installing and configuring operating systems, expanded security, software troubleshooting and operational procedures.
CompTIA A+ 220-1101 covers mobile devices, networking technology, hardware, virtualization and cloud computing and network troubleshooting.

CompTIA A+ 220-1102 covers installing and configuring operating systems, expanded security, software troubleshooting and operational procedures.
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
Length of Test 90 Minutes per exam
Passing Score 220-1001: 675 (on a scale of 100-900)
220-1002: 700 (on a scale of 100-900)
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
Languages English at launch. German, Japanese, Portuguese, Thai and Spanish English at launch. German, Japanese, Portuguese, Thai and Spanish
Retirement October 20, 2022 TBD - Usually three years after launch
Testing Provider

Pearson VUE