CompTIA has announced an update to its flagship certification CompTIA A+ with new content that reflects changing job requirements for tech support workers. The updated version of CompTIA A+ consists of two tests: CompTIA A+ Essentials (220-701) and CompTIA A+ Practical Applications (220-702). The new exams are now available worldwide.
“The new exams are streamlined, yet still deliver a comprehensive measurement of the core skills and knowledge required of all entry-level IT professionals regardless of their job role or responsibility,” said Terry Erdle, senior vice president, skills development, CompTIA.
“CompTIA A+ remains the best credential candidates can have to launch a career an IT,” Erdle added. “It validates skills that are universal and should be a part of any IT professional’s skill set in today’s market, regardless of job function.”
Approximately 725,000 individuals around the world are CompTIA A+ certified.
CompTIA A+ has achieved the ISO 17024 Personnel Certification Accreditation. To maintain this accreditation, the certification exam undergoes regular review and updates to maintain its currency and relevance to the IT community.
The new CompTIA A+ Essentials exam measures the competencies required of an entry-level IT professional with a minimum of 500 hours of hands-on work experience in the lab or field. The exam covers the fundamentals of computer technology, operating systems, networking and security, as well as communication skills and professionalism.
The CompTIA A+ Practical Applications exam focuses on scenarios in which troubleshooting and tools must be applied to resolve problems, with more of a “hands-on” orientation.
Candidates must pass both exams to become CompTIA A+ certified.
Prior versions of the CompTIA A+ exams (200-601, 220-602, 220-603, and 220-604) are available until July 31, 2010, to allow candidates who are training or studying with current materials to complete their course of study and sit for the exams.