CompTIA A+

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CompTIA A+

To earn this certification, you will need to pass two exams: 220-801 exam focuses on PC hardware, laptops, printers, and networks; 220-802 exam covers operating systems, security, mobile devices and troubleshooting.

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Instructor: Paul Otto
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Discounted Fee: $650

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Course Structure

Exam Number: 220-801

This preparatory course covers the following topics:

  • PC Hardware
  • Networking
  • Laptops
  • Printers
  • Operational Procedures

PC Hardware

  • Configure and apply BIOS settings
  • Differentiate between motherboard components, their purposes, and properties
  • Compare and contrast RAM types and features
  • Install and configure expansion cards
  • Install and configure storage devices and use appropriate media
  • Differentiate among various CPU types and features and select the appropriate cooling method
  • Compare and contrast various connection interfaces and explain their purpose
  • Install an appropriate power supply based on a given scenario
  • Evaluate and select appropriate components for a custom configuration, to meet customer specifications or needs
  • Given a scenario, evaluate types and features of display devices
  • Identify connector types and associated cables
  • Install and configure various peripheral devices .

Networking

  • Identify types of network cables and connectors
  • Categorize characteristics of connectors and cabling
  • Explain properties and characteristics of TCP/IP
  • Explain common TCP and UDP ports, protocols, and their purpose
  • Compare and contrast wireless networking standards and encryption types
  • Install, configure, and deploy a SOHO wireless/wired router using appropriate settings
  • Compare and contrast Internet connection types and features
  • Identify various types of networks
  • Compare and contrast network devices, their functions, and features
  • Given a scenario, use appropriate networking tools
  • Laptops
  • Install and configure laptop hardware and components
  • Compare and contrast the components within the display of a laptop
  • Compare and contrast laptop features

Printers

  • Explain the differences between the various printer types and summarize the associated imaging process
  • Given a scenario, install, and configure printers
  • Given a scenario, perform printer maintenance

Operational Procedures

  • Given a scenario, use appropriate safety procedures
  • Explain environmental impacts and the purpose of environmental controls
  • Given a scenario, demonstrate proper communication and professionalism
  • Explain the fundamentals of dealing with prohibited content/activity

Exam Number: 220-802

This preparatory course covers the following topics:

  • Operating Systems
  • Security
  • Mobile Devices
  • Troubleshooting

Operating Systems

  • Compare and contrast the features and requirements of various Microsoft Operating Systems
  • Given a scenario, install, and configure the operating system using the most appropriate method
  • Given a scenario, use appropriate command line tools
  • Given a scenario, use appropriate operating system features and tools
  • Given a scenario, use Control Panel utilities
  • Setup and configure Windows networking on a client/desktop
  • Perform preventive maintenance procedures using appropriate tools
  • Explain the differences among basic OS security settings
  • Explain the basics of client-side virtualization

Security

  • Apply and use common prevention methods
  • Compare and contrast common security threats
  • Implement security best practices to secure a workstation
  • Given a scenario, use the appropriate data destruction/disposal method
  • Given a scenario, secure a SOHO wireless network
  • Given a scenario, secure a SOHO wired network

Mobile Devices

  • Explain the basic features of mobile operating systems
  • Establish basic network connectivity and configure email
  • Compare and contrast methods for securing mobile devices
  • Compare and contrast hardware differences in regards to tablets and laptops
  • Execute and configure mobile device synchronization

Troubleshooting

  • Given a scenario, explain the troubleshooting theory
  • Given a scenario, troubleshoot common problems related to motherboards, RAM, CPU and power with appropriate tools.
  • Given a scenario, troubleshoot hard drives and RAID arrays with appropriate tools
  • Given a scenario, troubleshoot common video and display issues
  • Given a scenario, troubleshoot wired and wireless networks with appropriate tools
  • Given a scenario, troubleshoot operating system problems with appropriate tools
  • Given a scenario, troubleshoot common security issues with appropriate tools and best practices
  • Given a scenario, troubleshoot, and repair common laptop issues while adhering to the appropriate procedures
  • Given a scenario, troubleshoot printers with appropriate tools