Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)

CompTIA A+ ce


Credential: CompTIA A+ ce  In-Demand resource  GI Bill resource  ANAB (ANSI) resource
Credentialing Agency: Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)

Renewal Period: 3 years

The CompTIA A+ ce certification demonstrates competency as a computer support technician. The A+ ce certification is appropriate for entry-level technicians who perform tasks such as installation, configuration, diagnosing, preventive maintenance and basic networking. Security, safety and environmental issues, and communication and professionalism are also covered. It is recommended, although not required, that candidates have nine to twelve months of related hands-on experience as an IT professional.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

CompTIA A+ ce

MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS

Attainability:    high

Eligibility Requirements (View Details)

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 9 months recommended
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Note: This credential may have multiple options for a Service member to meet eligibility requirements. Requirements listed here are based on the minimum degree required.

Exam Requirements (View Details)

  • Exam
  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Exam Administration (View Details)

  • In-person exam
  • Remote proctored on-line exam
  • Third-party test vendor

RECERTIFICATION SUMMARY

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

AGENCY CONTACT INFORMATION

Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)

3500 Lacey Road
Suite 100
Downers Grove, IL  60515

Phone: 866.835.8020

Fax: 630.678.8384
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  • Mobile Devices (14%)
    • Given a scenario, install and configure laptop hardware and components.
    • Given a scenario, install components within the display of a laptop.
    • Given a scenario, use appropriate laptop features.
    • Compare and contrast characteristics of various types of other mobile devices.
    • Given a scenario, connect and configure accessories and ports of other mobile devices.
    • Given a scenario, configure basic mobile device network connectivity and application support.
    • Given a scenario, use methods to perform mobile device synchronization.
  • Networking (20%)
    • Compare and contrast TCP and UDP ports, protocols, and their purposes.
    • Compare and contrast common networking hardware devices.
    • Given a scenario, install and configure a basic wired/wireless SOHO network.
    • Compare and contrast wireless networking protocols.
    • Summarize the properties and purposes of services provided by networked hosts.
    • Explain common network configuration concepts.
    • Compare and contrast Internet connection types, network types, and their features.
    • Given a scenario, use appropriate networking tools.
  • Hardware (27%)
    • Explain basic cable types, features, and their purposes.
    • Identify common connector types.
    • Given a scenario, install RAM types.
    • Given a scenario, select, install and configure storage devices.
    • Given a scenario, install and configure motherboards, CPUs, and add-on cards.
    • Explain the purposes and uses of various peripheral types.
    • Summarize power supply types and features.
    • Given a scenario, select and configure appropriate components for a custom PC configuration to meet customer specifications or needs.
    • Given a scenario, install and configure common devices.
    • Given a scenario, configure SOHO multifunction devices/printers and settings.
    • Given a scenario, install and maintain various print technologies.
  • Virtualization and Cloud Computing (12%)
    • Compare and contrast cloud computing concepts.
    • Given a scenario, set up and configure client-side virtualization.
  • Hardware and Network Troubleshooting (27%)
    • Given a scenario, use the best practice methodology to resolve problems.
    • Given a scenario, troubleshoot problems related to motherboards, RAM, CPUs, and power.
    • Given a scenario, troubleshoot hard drives and RAID arrays.
    • Given a scenario, troubleshoot video, projector, and display issues.
    • Given a scenario, troubleshoot common mobile device issues while adhering to the appropriate procedures.
    • Given a scenario, troubleshoot printers.
    • Given a scenario, troubleshoot common wired and wireless network problems.

  • Operating Systems (27%)
    • Compare and contrast common operating system types and their purposes.
    • Compare and contrast features of Microsoft Windows versions.
    • Summarize general OS installation considerations and upgrade methods.
    • Given a scenario, use appropriate Microsoft command line tools.
    • Given a scenario, use Microsoft operating system features and tools.
    • Given a scenario, use Microsoft Windows Control Panel utilities.
    • Summarize application installation and configuration concepts.
    • Given a scenario, configure Microsoft Windows networking on a client/desktop.
    • Given a scenario, use features and tools of the Mac OS and Linux client/desktop operating systems.
  • Security (24%)
    • Summarize the importance of physical security measures.
    • Explain logical security concepts.
    • Compare and contrast wireless security protocols and authentication methods.
    • Given a scenario, detect, remove, and prevent malware using appropriate tools and methods.
    • Compare and contrast social engineering, threats, and vulnerabilities.
    • Compare and contrast the differences of basic Microsoft Windows OS security settings.
    • Given a scenario, implement security best practices to secure a workstation.
    • Given a scenario, implement methods for securing mobile devices.
    • Given a scenario, implement appropriate data destruction and disposal methods.
    • Given a scenario, configure security on SOHO wireless and wired networks.
  • Software Troubleshooting (26%)
    • Given a scenario, troubleshoot Microsoft Windows OS problems.
    • Given a scenario, troubleshoot and resolve PC security issues.
    • Given a scenario, use best practice procedures for malware removal.
    • Given a scenario, troubleshoot mobile OS and application issues.
    • Explain common safety procedures.
    • Given a scenario, troubleshoot mobile OS and application security issues.
  • Operational Procedures (23%)
    • Compare and contrast best practices associated with types of documentation.
    • Given a scenario, implement basic change management best practices.
    • Given a scenario, implement basic disaster prevention and recovery methods.
    • Explain environmental impacts and appropriate controls.
    • Explain the processes for addressing prohibited content/ activity, and privacy, licensing, and policy concepts.
    • Given a scenario, use proper communication techniques and professionalism.
    • Identify the basics of scripting.
    • Given a scenario, use remote access technologies.

Exam Preparation Resources

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the CompTIA A+ ce examination:

An additional resource is O'Reilly Learning Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources section on the Related Sites page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing Information

  • Exam Administration

    Credential exams may be administered in-person at a testing site, proctored on-line remotely, or have options for both. If an exam is administered through a test vendor, the third-party test vendor box will be checked. The following test administration options apply to the CompTIA A+ ce credential where checked:

    • In-person exam
    • Remote proctored on-line exam
    • Third-party test vendor

For more information on the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) testing process, visit the agency website.

RECERTIFICATION

CompTIA A+ ce

Renewal Period: 3 years

The CompTIA A+ ce credential has the following recertification information:

  • Beginning January 1, 2011, CompTIA A+ ce, CompTIA Network+ ce and CompTIA Security+ ce certifications are valid for three years from the date the candidate becomes certified. After January 2011, certified individuals will need to enroll in the CompTIA Continuing Education program and will have three years from the date certified to successfully complete the required CE units, earn a higher level CompTIA certification, or pass the Recertification Exam.

    Individuals certified on or before December 31, 2010 in CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+ will retain their "certified for life" status. More information on the renewal requirements can be found on the CompTIA website.

  • Note: Marine Corps COOL will only pay recertification fees for the current billing cycle. Voucher requests for recertification fees must be submitted with proof of the current status of the certification (for example, a screen shot of your credentialing agency dashboard or a copy of a current fee receipt).

Additional considerations for the CompTIA A+ ce include:

  • The CompTIA A+ ce exams measure necessary competencies for an entry-level IT professional with the equivalent knowledge of nine to twelve months of hands-on experience in the lab or field. This level of experience is recommended but not required. Successful candidates will have the knowledge required to understand the fundamentals of computer technology, networking, and security, and will have the skills required to identify hardware, peripheral, networking, and security components.

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Most

Credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%)

Other

Credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience

CA Eligible

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1-3 years experience; Enlisted E1 through E4

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E5 through E6

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E7 through E9

Early Career

1-3 years experience; Enlisted “A” School through E5

Mid Career

4-10 years experience; Enlisted E6 through E7

Late Career

10+ years experience; Enlisted E8 through E9

Early Career

1-6 years experience; Officer O1 through O2

Mid Career

6-12 years experience; Officer O3 through O5

Late Career

12+ years experience; Officer O6 and Above

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Low

May be difficult to attain: minimum education requirement is a Bachelor's degree, and/or minimum experience is 10 or more years.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

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Moderate ease of attainment: minimum education requirement = Associate's and/or prerequisite and/or minimum experience = more than 2 years and less than 10 years of experience.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

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Highly attainable: minimum education requirement = HS or less and/or minimum experience = 2 years or less experience and no additional requirements.

Note: In some cases “years of experience” refers to time actively on duty or while holding a certain occupation or prior certification and not always in consecutive calendar years. Additional years required for certain preliminary stages may not be included in this classification. For requirements measured in hours, 1080 hours was considered a year. For days, 365 days was considered a year. Please review all prerequisites and requirements for eligibility, and additional information for details.

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ASI is Additional Skill Identifier
WOMOS is Warrant Officer Military Occupational Specialty
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