A+ Certification (Glossary Definition)
The A+ certification, CompTIA’s entry-level certification, is a great way for recent IT graduates to show that they are serious about professional development and staying at the front of a changing field. Mid-career professionals who have never formalized their skills might also find this to be a strong addition to their resume.
The CompTIA A+ certification measures your competence in areas such as hardware troubleshooting, repair, maintenance, operating systems, software, networking, security, and operational procedures. These skills are tested in two different exams, A+ Essentials and A+ Practical Applications.
Anyone who received the A+ certification prior to 2011 is not required to renew the credential, but starting in 2012 certificate holders will be required to retest every 3 years to prove they have kept their knowledge up to date.
While the exams for the A+ certification only cost $178, you will need to do some studying before test day. Studying with CompTIA currently runs $449, but you can probably buy all the books you need to study on your own for $250. Some third-party courses cost thousands of dollars, but they won’t prepare you better than CompTIA’s own class.
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