CompTIA A+

CompTIA A+

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We offer you the most effective way to earn your CompTIA A+ certification. CompTIA A+ is the starting point for a career in IT. The exam covers maintenance of PCs, mobile devices, laptops, operating systems and printers. Two exams are necessary to be certified: CompTIA A+ Essentials, exam code 220-901; and CompTIA A+ Practical Application, exam code 220-902.

CompTIA A+ 220-901 covers the fundamentals of computer technology, installation and configuration of PCs, laptops and related hardware, and basic networking. CompTIA A+ 220-902 covers the skills required to install and configure PC operating systems, as well as configuring common features (e.g. network connectivity and email) for mobile operating systems Android and Apple iOS.

This course includes access to a hands-on Practice-Lab for 220-902, which will allow candidates to have training in the practical application of the course concepts without having to buy any additional software and will prepare them for success on the certification exam.

Prerequisite(s): Students should have basic keyboarding and computer skills, and be comfortable navigating the internet.


By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the basics of PC Hardware, configurations and wireless networks
  • Recall the steps for troubleshooting hardware, including mobile devices, printers and networking
  • Recognize the steps for installing and configuring operating systems and software
  • List ways to work with network services and operational procedures
  • Identify security concepts and technologies

CompTIA A+ 220-901 Module 1
PC Hardware

  • Motherboards, Processors, and Memory
  • Identifying Motherboard Components
  • Purposes of Processors
  • Memory Terms
  • Storage Devices
  • Power Supplies
  • Hard Disk Drive Systems
  • Removable Storage
  • Installing, Removing and Configuring Storage Devices
  • Identifying Characteristics of Power Supplies

CompTIA A+ 220-901 Module 2
Peripherals, Expansion and Display Devices

  • Peripherals and Expansions
  • Installing and Configuring Expansion Cards
  • Connectors and Cables
  • Input Devices
  • Multimedia Input Devices
  • Output Devices
  • Understanding Display Types
  • Videos Standards
  • Understanding Video Standards and Technologies

CompTIA A+ 220-901 Module 3
Custom Configurations and Networking Fundamentals

  • Standard Thick Clients
  • Audio/Video Editing Workstations
  • Virtualization Workstations
  • Gaming PCs
  • Home Theater PCs
  • Home Server PCs
  • Understanding Networking Principles
  • Identifying Common Network Hardware
  • Network Interface Cards (NICs)

CompTIA A+ 220-901 Module 4
TCP/IP, Wireless and SOHO Networks

  • Understanding TCP/IP
  • TCP/IP Structure
  • IP Addressing
  • Understanding Wireless Networks
  • 802.11 Networking Standards
  • 802.11 Devices
  • Wireless Encryption Methods
  • Installing and Configuring SOHO Networks
  • Configuring a Wireless Router

CompTIA A+ 220-901 Module 5
Laptops and Mobile Devices

  • Understanding Laptop Architecture
  • Laptops vs. Desktops
  • Disassembling and Reassembling Laptops
  • Understanding Mobile Devices
  • Tablets and Smartphones
  • GPS
  • Wearable Technology Devices

CompTIA A+ 220-901 Module 6
Printers and Hardware Troubleshooting

  • Understanding Print Technologies and Imaging Processes
  • Impact Printers
  • Installing and Configuring Printers
  • Printer Interface Components
  • Troubleshooting Core Hardware Issues
  • Troubleshooting Mobile Devices, Printers and Networking

Outline: A+ 220-902

CompTIA A+ 220-902 Module 7
Operating System Administration

  • Understanding Operating Systems
  • Operating System Terms and Concepts
  • Going Virtual
  • Control Panel
  • Computer Management
  • Window System Configuration Tools
  • Administration Tools
  • Disk Management

CompTIA A+ 220-902 Module 8
Working with Windows 7 and 8/8.1

  • Installing Windows 8
  • Windows 8 Boot Methods
  • Windows 7 Edition
  • Upgrading Editions
  • Windows 7 Administrative Tools
  • Unique Control Panel Utilities
  • Networking and Windows 7

CompTIA A+ 220-902 Module 9
Working with Windows Vista and Mac OS and Linux

  • Installing Windows Vista
  • The Windows Vista Boot Sequences
  • Windows Vista Administrative Tools
  • Distinctive Utilities
  • Networking and Windows Vista
  • Best Practices with Mac OS and Linux
  • Basic Linux Commands

CompTIA A+ 220-902 Module 10
Security, Network Services, Cloud Computing and Virtualization

  • Common Prevention Methods
  • Common Security Threats
  • Workstation Security Best Practices
  • Working with Windows OS Security Settings
  • Mobile Device Security
  • Destruction and Disposal Methods
  • Securing a SOHO Network (Wireless & Wired)
  • Internet Appliances

CompTIA A+ 220-902 Module 11
Mobile Operating Systems and Connectivity

  • Understanding Mobile Operating Systems
  • Sensors and Calibration
  • Network Connectivity and Email
  • Cellular Data Connections
  • Wi-Fi and Bluetooth Connectivity
  • Mobile Device Synchronization
  • Synching Apple IOS and Android Devices
  • Software Installation

CompTIA A+ 220-902 Module 12
Troubleshooting Theory, OSs, Security and Operational Procedures

  • Establishing a Theory
  • Troubleshooting Operating Systems
  • Troubleshooting Mobile Issues
  • Troubleshooting Mobile Security Issues
  • Understanding Safety Procedures
  • Understanding Environmental Controls
  • Understanding Policies, Licensing and Privacy
  • Demonstrating Professionalism

**Outlines are subject to change, as courses and materials are updated.**

Ed4Career is committed to being both environmentally conscious and making it easier for you to study! We’re making your education mobile! All of our textbooks are now provided as eTextbooks. You can access them on your laptop, tablet, or mobile device and can study anytime, anywhere.

The move away from physical books to eTextbooks means you get the latest, most up-to-date version available. This also makes your training more accessible, so you can study anywhere you have your phone or tablet. The best part is that all materials are included in your training cost so there are NO extra fees for books!

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be prepared to sit for the CompTIA A+ 220-901 & 220-902 certification exams.

**Certification exams are not included in the cost of the course.**

 International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET)

Ed4Career has been approved as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this accreditation, Ed4Career has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is recognized internationally as a standard of good practice. As a result of the Accredited Provider status, Ed4Career is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for courses and programs that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.

The Continuing Education Unit (CEU) was created by IACET as a measurement of continuing education. One (1) IACET CEU is equal to ten (10) contact hours of participation in an organized continuing education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction, and qualified instruction. Under IACET's care, the IACET CEU has evolved from a quantitative measure to a hallmark of quality training and instruction. For more information on IACET, visit

Internet Connection

  • Broadband or High-Speed - DSL, Cable, and Wireless Connections

*Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Classroom pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.


Hardware Requirements

  • Processor - 2GHz Processor or Higher
  • Memory - 1 GB RAM Minimum Recommended

While our courses are accessible through multiple mobile learning platforms, some courses may include a CD or DVD with the Textbook, so you may need access to a computer with CD-ROM or DVD Drive.


PC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Windows 7 or higher
  • Microsoft Office 2007 or higher. Also, you could use a general Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers - Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • QuickTime, Windows Media Player &/or Real Player


MAC Software Requirements

  • Operating Systems - Mac OS x 10 or higher with Windows
  • Mac office programs or a Word Processing application to save and open Microsoft Office formats (.doc, .docx, .xls, .xlsx, .ppt, .pptx)
  • Internet Browsers- Google Chrome is highly recommended
    • Cookies MUST be enabled
    • Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
  • Kindle Reader App is needed for many of our courses (No special equipment needed. This can be downloaded for FREE onto your computer.)
  • PowerPoint Viewer (if you do not have PowerPoint)
  • Adobe PDF Reader
  • Apple QuickTime Media Player
  • Courses that include a CD-ROM or DVD may require an external drive and Parallels software to view.