A+ Certification is a CompTIA-sponsored testing program that certifies the competency of entry-level computer service technicians. The A+ test contains situational, traditional, and identification types of questions. All of the questions are multiple choice with only one correct answer for each question. The test covers a broad range of hardware and software technologies, but is not bound to any vendor-specific products.
The program is backed by major computer hardware and software vendors, distributors, resellers and publications. A+ certification signifies that the certified individual possesses the knowledge and skills essential for a successful entry-level computer service technician, as defined by experts from companies across the industry.
Currently, over 260,000 people have obtained the A+ Certification worldwide.
Who may take the tests?
A+ Certification is open to anyone. The A+ exam is targeted for entry-level computer service technicians with at least 6 months on-the-job experience. No specific requirements are necessary, except payment of the testing fee.
The A+ test is available throughout the world in Spanish, French, German, and Japanese.
Certification shows competency in
troubleshooting hardware for IBM Compatibles and/or
Macintosh using MS-DOS, MS Windows, or Mac OS
software. The CompTIA A+ Certification used to be very
rare, but more employers are looking for people who
know hardware, as well as software, troubleshooting
The computer CompTIA A+ certification is the industry standard for validating vendor-neutral
skills expected of an entry-level computer technician.
Those holding the CompTIA A+ certification have a
broad base of knowledge and competency in core
hardware and operating system technologies including
installation, configuration, diagnosing, preventive
maintenance and basic networking.
CompTIA's A+ certification is one of
the most sought after credentials in the industry, and
you can accelerate your mastery with the most current
The CompTIA A+ Certification is sponsored by the
Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA),
and certifies the competency of entry-level service
technicians in the IT industry.
Anyone who wants an internationally-recognized
credential as a competent entry-level service
professional can take the A+ certification
The program is backed by major hardware and
software vendors, distributors, resellers and
Earning CompTIA A+ Certification means that the
individual possesses the knowledge, skills and
customer-relation skills essential for a successful
entry-level service technician, as defined by experts
from companies across the industry.
PC Technicians average $40,000 per year
salaries, but you can boost that to over $60,000 per
year just by getting CompTIA A+ certified.
Adaptive Format Computerized adaptive
testing (CAT) is a test format that determines the
test taker's ability to answer an item to the best of
their knowledge. If the item is incorrect, the next
question will be less difficult. If the item is
correct, the next question will be more difficult. The
adaptive methodology for how the selection of the
items that will be presented depend on the item
response theory (IRT) to adjust items and estimate the
candidate's ability to answer the items. The adaptive
test format may reduce the number of questions and
shorten the test without affecting the reliability of