This vendor-neutral Certification is Offered By:
Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)
Oakbrook Terrace, IL USA
Skill Level: Foundation Status: Active
Low Cost: $366 (shortest track)
For entry-level IT technical support technicians who perform tasks such as installation, configuration, diagnosing, preventive maintenance and basic networking. Security, safety and environmental issues, and communication and professionalism are also covered.
You must pass two exams: CompTIA A+ Essentials and CompTIA A+ Practical Application (220-801 and 220-802). These are known as the exams for the 2011 objectives. The previous set of exams (2009 objectives: exams 220-701 and 220-702) will remain available until August 31, 2013. You cannot mix and match the exams - you must pass both exams from the same set (i.e. 800 series or 700 series). CompTIA A+ exams. Exams are $178 each, consist of up to 100 question, and have a 90 minute time limit. The exams cost $183 each.
Certifications earned on or after January 1, 2011, are valid for 3 years. To renew your certification, you must earn 20 CEUs and paying an annual fee of $25.
Certifications earned before 2011 are considered valid for life.