A+ certificate programs are commonly offered by community colleges and vocational/technical schools. Students can usually earn these certificates in less than one year. While no prior coursework is required to enroll in an A+ training program, knowledge of basic electrical theory and general computer operations is recommended.
A+ Certificate Programs
Some programs are designed as one single course that progresses through a series of topics. Other programs allow students to select and register for a series of courses that address separate components of the certification exams. Topics of study include:
- Power supplies
- Hard drives
- Wireless networks
- Input and output devices
Employment Outlook and Salary Information
Students with A+ certification are prepared for entry-level careers in computer support. The demand for computer support specialists continues to grow as businesses and other organizations increase their dependence on computers and information technology. The U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (www.bls.gov) expects employment for computer support specialists to grow at an above average rate (12%) from 2014-2024. The median annual salary for computer support specialists was $51,470 in 2015.
Certification and Continuing Education
To obtain A+ certification, students must pass the A+ Essentials and the A+ Practical Application exams developed by CompTIA. Exams are provided through two testing services: Pearson VUE and Prometric. While A+ certification is often considered the industry-standard requirement, many computer support professionals may wish to consider earning additional certifications. Pursuing a degree in a related area may improve employment prospects for those who are A+ certified.
A+ certification, developed by Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), demonstrates an individual's ability to install and maintain computer systems. Earning your certification can set you on the path for a computer support career, as well as additional certification.