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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.
The new CompTIA A+ Core Series includes expanded content on these growing parts of the IT support role:
- A general expansion of baseline security topics core to the IT support role, including physical versus logical security concepts and measures, malware and more
- A dramatically different approach in defining competency in operational procedures including basic disaster prevention and recovery and scripting basics
- A greater dependency on networking and device connectivity
||CompTIA A+ 220-1001 (Core 1) and 220-1002 (Core 2)
Candidates must complete both 1001 and 1002 to earn certification. Exams cannot be combined across the series.
|CompTIA A+ 220-1101 (Core 1) and 220-1102 (Core 2)
Candidates must complete both 1101 and 1102 to earn certification. Exams cannot be combined across the series.
||January 15, 2019
||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.
CompTIA A+ 220-1102 covers operating systems, security, software 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
220-1001: 675 (on a scale of 100-900)
220-1002: 700 (on a scale of 100-900)
|220-1101: 675 (on a scale of 900)
220-1102: 700 (on a scale of 900)
||9 to 12 months hands-on experience in the lab or field
Keep your certification up to date with CompTIA’s Continuing Education (CE) program. It’s designed to be a continued validation of your expertise and a tool to expand your skillset. It’s also the ace up your sleeve when you’re ready to take the next step in your career.
Get the most out of your certification
Information technology is an incredibly dynamic field, creating new opportunities and challenges every day. Participating in our Continuing Education program will enable you to stay current with new and evolving technologies and remain a sought-after IT expert.
The CompTIA Continuing Education program
Your CompTIA A+ certification is good for three years from the day of your exam. The CE program allows you to extend your certification in three-year intervals through activities and training that relate to the content of your certification. Like A+ itself, CompTIA A+ ce also carries globally-recognized ISO/ANSI accreditation status.
It’s easy to renew
You can participate in a number of activities and training programs, including higher certifications, to renew your CompTIA A+ certification. Complete CertMaster CE, an online, self-paced CE course, or collect at least 20 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) in three years, upload them to your certification account, and A+ will automatically renew.