CompTIA A+ 2019 is the industry standard for establishing a career in IT.

CompTIA A+ 2019 is the foundation of your IT career

CompTIA A+ is the preferred qualifying credential for technical support and IT operational roles. It is about much more than PC repair.

  • Candidates are better prepared to troubleshoot and problem solve.
  • Technicians understand a wide variety of issues ranging from networking and operating systems to mobile devices and security.
  • A+ supports the ability to connect users to the data they need to do their jobs regardless of the devices being used.

Now Available – The New CompTIA A+

CompTIA is constantly reviewing and updating the items on our certification exams with major revisions every three years. The CompTIA A+ Core Series is the latest version with expanded content on growing parts of the IT support role including an expansion of baseline security topics and a different approach to defining competency in operational procedures. Click here to learn about how this exciting new version of A+ is helping develop proven problem solvers for today's digital world.

The English version of the 900 series exams will retire July 31, 2019. Other languages will retire October 1, 2019. Candidates must pass both exams in the same series to earn certification.

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Identifying, using, and connecting hardware components and devices



Install and support Windows OS including command line & client support



Troubleshoot PC and mobile device issues including application security support



Explain types of networks and connections including TCP/IP, WIFI and SOHO



Troubleshoot device and network issues



Identify and protect against security vulnerabilities for devices and their network connections



Install & configure laptops and other mobile devices



Understand Mac OS, Linux and mobile OS



Follow best practices for safety, environmental impacts, and communication and professionalism 

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Support Specialist


Field Service Technician


Desktop Support Analyst


Help Desk Tier 2 Support


Exam Details

Exam Codes CompTIA A+ 220-901 and 220-902
(Academy customers use the same codes)

Candidates must complete both 901 and 902 to earn certification. Exams cannot be combined across the series.
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.
Launch Date December 15, 2015 January 15, 2019 
Exam Description CompTIA A+ 220-901 covers PC hardware and peripherals, mobile device hardware, networking and troubleshooting hardware and network connectivity issues.

CompTIA A+ 220-902 covers installing and configuring operating systems including Windows, iOS, Android, Apple OS X and Linux. It also addresses security, the fundamentals of cloud computing and operational procedures.
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.  
Number of Questions Maximum of 90 questions per exam Maximum of 90 questions per exam 
Type of Questions Multiple choice questions (single and multiple response), drag and drops and performance-based Multiple choice questions (single and multiple response), drag and drops and performance-based 
Length of Test 90 Minutes per exam 90 Minutes per exam 
Passing Score 220-901: 675 (on a scale of 100-900)
220-902: 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 9 to 12 months hands-on experience in the lab or field 
Languages English, German, Japanese, Portuguese, French, Spanish (Modern), Simplified Chinese and Thai English at launch​. German, Japanese, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese and Spanish in 2019 

English will retire July 31, 2019

Other languages will retire October 1, 2019
TBD - Usually three years after launch 
Price $219 USD per exam (See all pricing) $219 USD per exam (See all pricing
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A+ 900-Series:
What’s in this version

The 900 series address the increased diversity of technologies in today's IT environments, from cloud computing and Linux to iOS and Android adding the following topics:

  • Expanded coverage of mobile devices and operating systems
  • Fundamental cloud concepts
  • More security problem solving
  • Significant increase in troubleshooting

A+ 1000-Series:
What’s in this version

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

How does CompTIA A+ Compare?

Microsoft MTA Infrast Cisco CCENT
Performance Based Questions
Exam Length 2 exams, 90 min. each 2-3 exams 4 exams 1 exam, 90 min.
Experience Level Entry Entry Entry Entry
Exam Focus Technical and professional skills Tied to specific products such as MCSA Windows 8 Broad-based intro to IT Entry-level networking for CISCO solutions
Pre-requisites None. 9-12 months experience recommended None. Prior experience recommended. None None

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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.

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* CompTIA A+ certification consists of 2 separate exams, 220-901 and 220-902 or 220-1001 and 220-1002. In order to take both exams, you need to purchase 2 vouchers. Vouchers can be used for any of the exams.

I got my A+ and it is the best thing I ever did.

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Computer ​Systems ​Analyst, Chugach Alaska Corporation

A+ is a system check for yourself. Are you good enough for the job you want? With A+ you are.

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IT Specialist, American Society of Health-Systems Pharmacists

I am proud of what I have achieved. I could not have done it without A+.

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Systems Analyst III, Sourcebooks

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