CompTIA is updating its CompTIA A+ certification, recognizing that today's professionals' skills must go beyond the traditional break/fix PC work to encompass a number of emerging technologies. Among the new technologies included in the CompTIA A+ exam and certification are mobility, wireless, security and virtualization.
"The IT technician's role is increasingly more complex and sophisticated than in the days of the break-fix PC repairman," said Terry Erdle, executive vice president, skills certification at CompTIA, in a statement. "Today they are responsible for a myriad of technologies, from mobile devices and wireless to security and virtualization. The new CompTIA A+ exams reflect this reality."
To earn CompTIA A+ certification, individuals must pass the first exam (220-801), which includes PC hardware, networking, laptops, printers, and operational procedures, and the second exam (220-802), which covers operating systems, security, mobile devices, troubleshooting, and integration of computing devices in a network. Multiple choice, multiple selection, and calculator-assisted questions are included in the updated examinations, as well as performance-based questions that require certification candidates to perform a task or solve a problem within a simulated IT environment.
The following CompTIA Authorized Partners are offering educational materials and training resources:
Certification also has a positive impact on workers' paychecks. A recent Northern Illinois University survey found that earnings for community college students with a CompTIA certification increased 12.26 percent within nine months of earning the credential, compared to a 2.71 percent earnings increase for students without a certification.