CompTIA A+ Certification Training

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This course provides students with a CompTIA certification path designed to help them prepare for and pass the CompTIA A+ 220-901 and 220-902 exams in order to become CompTIA A+ certified. The course assignments, including readings, quizzes, practice lab exercises, and exams, align to CompTIA A+ certification competencies, including those related to hardware, networking, mobile devices, hardware and network troubleshooting, Windows operating systems, other operating systems and technologies, security, software troubleshooting, and operational procedures. Additionally, the course offers students CompTIA A+ practice exams and a CompTIA A+ exam discount for students who complete the course.

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Course Objectives

After completing this course, you will be able to:

  • Work with CPUs, RAM, microprocessors, BIOS, motherboards, power supplies, and other PC components
  • Install, configure, and troubleshoot hard drives
  • Manage peripheral devices and removable media
  • Install, upgrade, and maintain operating systems, including Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux
  • Troubleshoot common computer problems
  • Establish users and groups
  • Set up video and multimedia cards
  • Administer smartphones, tablets, and other mobile devices
  • Install and configure wired and wireless networks
  • Connect to the Internet
  • Secure your PC and your network
  • Install, configure, and manage printers and multifunction devices
  • Work with the latest virtualization technologies
  • Understand safety and environmental issues
Topic Topic Title Subtopics Objectives
PART I: CompTIA A+ 202-901 Exam Objectives
1 Understanding A+ Certification (Part 1)
  • Introduction to the Class
  • Who is CompTIA?
  • CompTIA A+ Objectives
  • Path to Certification
  • Explain the importance of CompTIA A+ certification
  • Detail the CompTIA A+ certification objectives
  • Describe how to become CompTIA A+ certified
2 Computer Hardware and Software Basics (Part 1)
  • The Computing Process
  • Computing Hardware
  • Computing Software
  • Describe how computing devices work
  • Identify common connectors and devices on a typical computer system
  • Discuss features common to operating system software
3 Microprocessors
  • How CPUs and Memory Work
  • Modern CPUs
  • Selecting and Installing CPUs
  • Troubleshooting CPUs
  • Identify the core components of a CPU
  • Describe the relationship of CPUs and memory
  • Explain the varieties of modern CPUs
  • Select and install a CPU
  • Troubleshoot CPUs
4 RAM
  • Understanding DRAM
  • Types of RAM
  • Working with RAM
  • Troubleshooting RAM
  • Identify the different types of DRAM packaging
  • Explain the varieties of RAM
  • Select and install RAM
  • Perform basic RAM troubleshooting
5 BIOS
  • Understanding the BIOS
  • CMOS
  • Option ROM and Device Drivers
  • Power-On Self Test (POST)
  • Modifying BIOS and CMOS Settings
  • Troubleshooting BIOS-related Boot Issues
  • Explain the function of BIOS
  • Distinguish among various CMOS setup utilities
  • Describe option ROM and device drivers
  • Troubleshoot the power-on self test (POST)
  • Maintain BIOS and CMOS properly
6 Motherboards
  • Form Factors and Chip Sets
  • Motherboard Components
  • Expansion Bus Types and Slots
  • Installing and Motherboard
  • Troubleshooting Motherboards
  • Explain how motherboards work
  • Recognize modern expansion buses
  • Upgrade and install motherboards
  • Troubleshoot motherboard problems
7 Power Supplies
  • Understanding Electricity
  • Supplying AC and DC Power
  • Installation and Maintenance
  • Explain the basics of electricity
  • Describe the details of powering the PC
  • Install and maintain power supplies
  • Understand power supply troubleshooting and fire safety
8 Hard Drive Technologies
  • Types of Hard Drives
  • Parallel and Serial ATA
  • RAID
  • Installing Drives
  • Maintaining and Troubleshooting Hard Drives
  • Bootrec and Diskpart
  • File Recovery Software
  • Explain how hard drives work
  • Identify and explain the PATA and SATA interfaces
  • Describe how to protect data with RAID
  • Describe hard drive installation
9 Essential Peripherals and Their Ports
  • Supporting Common Ports and Interfaces
  • Common Peripherals
  • Storage Devices
  • Explain how to support multi-purpose connectors
  • Identify and install standard peripherals on a computer
  • Identify and install standard storage devices (that aren't SSDs or HDDs) and their media
10 Display Technologies
  • Display Technologies
  • Display Adaptors
  • Installing Video
  • Troubleshooting Vide
  • Explain how video displays work
  • Select the proper video card
  • Install and configure video
  • Troubleshoot basic video problems
11 Specialized PC Types
  • Evaluating Parts
  • Workstation PC Types
  • Specialized Consumer PC Types
  • Research and spec out specialized PCs
  • Install and upgrade Windows
  • Describe Windows post-installation best practices
12 Printers and Multi-function Devices
  • Printer and MFD Components and Technologies
  • The Laser Printing Process
  • Installing a Multifunction Device
  • Troubleshooting Printers
  • Describe current printer and multi-function device technologies
  • Explain the laser printing process
  • Install and configure a printer or multifunction device
  • Recognize and fix basic printer device malfunctions
13 Essentials of Networking
  • Networking Technologies
  • Implementing Ethernet
  • Describe the basic roles of various networked computers
  • Discuss network technologies and Ethernet
  • Describe a typical Ethernet implementation
14 Local Area Networking (Part 1)
  • TCP/IP
  • Installing and Configuring and Wired Network
  • Troubleshooting Networks
  • Describe the installation of a wired network
  • Recognize typical network issues and their solutions
15 Wireless Networking
  • Wireless Networking Components
  • Wireless Networking Standards
  • Installing and Configuring Wireless Networking
  • Troubleshooting Wi-Fi
  • Describe wireless networking components
  • Analyze and explain wireless networking standards
  • Install and configure wireless networks
  • Troubleshoot wireless networks
16 The Internet (Part 1)
  • How the Internet Works
  • Connecting to the Internet
  • Internet Application Protocols
  • Internet Troubleshooting
  • Explain how the Internet works
  • Connect to the Internet
  • Use Internet application protocols
  • Troubleshoot an Internet connection
17 Portable Computing
  • Types of Portable Computing Devices
  • Extending Portable Computers
  • Managing and Maintaining Portable Computers
  • Upgrading and Repairing Laptop Computers
  • Troubleshooting Portable Computers
  • Describe the many types of portable computers available
  • Explain ways to expand portable computers
  • Manage and maintain portable computers
  • Upgrade and repair portable computers
  • Troubleshoot portable computers
18 Understanding Mobile Devices (Part 1)
  • Types of Mobile Computing Devices
  • The Big Three Mobile OSes
  • Configuring a Mobile Device
  • Explain the features and capacities of mobile devices
  • Describe the three major operating systems
  • Describe how to configure mobile devices
CompTIA A+ Exam I Register for your 220-901 Exam Schedule Your Exam
PART II: CompTIA A+ 901-202 Exam Objectives
19 Understanding A+ Certification (Part 2) (Review of Topic 1)
  • Introduction to the Class
  • Who is CompTIA?
  • CompTIA A+ Objectives
  • Path to Certification
  • Explain the importance of CompTIA A+ certification
  • Detail the CompTIA A+ certification objectives
  • Describe how to become CompTIA A+ certified
20 Computer Hardware and Software Basics (Part 2) (Review of Topic 2)
  • The Computing Process
  • Computing Hardware
  • Computing Software
  • Describe how computing devices work
  • Identify common connectors and devices on a typical computer system
  • Discuss features common to operating system software
21 Operational Procedures
  • The Professional Tech
  • Effective Communication
  • Tools of the Trade and Personal Safety
  • Present yourself with a proper appearance and professional manner
  • Talk to customers in a professional, productive manner
  • Discuss the tools of the trade
22 Installing and Upgrading Windows
  • Installing and Upgrading Windows
  • Post-Installation Tasks
  • Configuring Sound in Windows (also in 901)
  • Install and upgrade Windows
  • Describe Windows post-installation best practices
23 Windows Under the Hood
  • The Registry
  • The Boot Process
  • Processes, Services, and Threads
  • Tools for Programmers
  • Work with the registry
  • Understand and observe the Windows boot process in detail
  • Manage processes, services, and threads
  • Explore Windows tools for programmers
24 Users, Groups, and Permissions
  • Authentication with Users and Groups
  • Authorization through NTFS
  • Sharing Resources Securely
  • Beyond Sharing Users and Groups
  • Create and administer Windows users and groups
  • Define and use NTFS permissions for authorization
  • Share a Windows computer securely
  • Secure PCs with User Account Control
25 Maintaining and Optimizing Operating Systems
  • Maintaining Operating Systems
  • Optimizing Operating Systems
  • Preparing for Problems
  • Perform operating system maintenance tasks
  • Optimize operating systems
  • Prepare for problems
26 Preparing and Maintaining Hard Drives
  • Partitioning and Formatting Hard Drives
  • CDFS
  • Remote Disk
  • Maintaining and Troubleshooting Hard Drives
  • Partition and format hard drives
  • Maintain and troubleshoot hard drives
27 Working with the Command Line Interface
  • Deciphering the Command-Line Interface
  • Mastering Fundamental Commands
  • Working with Files
  • Assorted Windows Commands
  • Assorted MAC OS X and Linux Commands
  • Explain the operation of the command-line interface
  • Describe fundamental commands
  • Explain file manipulation
  • Describe additional useful Windows commands
  • Describe additional helpful MAC OS X and Linux commands
28 Troubleshooting Operating Systems
  • Failure to Boot
  • Failure to Start Normally
  • Troubleshoot boot problems
  • Troubleshoot GUI problems
  • Troubleshoot application problems
29 Virtualization
  • Benefits of Virtualization
  • Implementing Virtualization
  • To the Cloud
  • Explain why virtualization is so highly adopted
  • Create and use a virtual machine
  • Describe the service layers and architecture that make up cloud computing
30 Local Area Networking (Part 2)
  • TCP/IP
  • Installing and Configuring and Wired Network
  • Troubleshooting Networks
  • Describe the installation of a wired network
  • Recognize typical network issues and their solutions
31 The Internet (Part 2)
  • Connecting to the Internet
  • Internet Application Protocols
  • Explain how the Internet works
  • Connect to the Internet
  • Use Internet application protocols
  • Troubleshoot an Internet connection
32 Securing Computers
  • Analyzing Threats
  • Security Concepts and Technologies
  • Network Security
  • Explain the threats to your computers and data
  • Describe key security concepts and technologies
  • Explain how to protect computers from network threats
33 Understanding Mobile Devices (Part 2)
  • Types of Mobile Computing Devices
  • The Big Three Mobile OSes
  • Configuring a Mobile Device
  • Explain the features and capacities of mobile devices
  • Describe the three major operating systems
  • Describe how to configure mobile devices
34 Care and Feeding of Mobile Devices
  • Troubleshooting Mobile Device Issues
  • Securing Mobile Devices
  • Mobile OS and Application Security Issues
  • Troubleshoot common mobile device and application issues
  • Explain basic mobile device security
  • Describe typical mobile OS and application security issues
35 Course Final Exam and Certification Submission
  • Practice Certification Exam
  • Course Final Exam
  • Schedule Your Exam (220-902)
  • Upload Certification

*This course covers content for both the 220-901 and 220-902 certification exams; however, the first 18 topics focus primarily on the 220-901 exam and topics 19-34 focus on 220-902. There is some overlap in CompTIA A+ Exam topics, so there will be some overlap in reading assignments. If you feel comfortable with any duplicated material, you may wish to continue to the next topic.

There are no prerequisites to take CompTIA A+ Certification Training.

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Written by the leading authority on CompTIA A+ certification and training, this four-co lor guide will help you become a certified IT professional with proven expertise in hardware and software, and help you pass CompTIA A+ exams 220-901 and 220-902. Mike Meyers' CompTIA A+ Guide to Managing and Troubleshooting PCs, Fifth Edition offers complete coverage of the latest exam objectives. You'll get on-the-job tips, end-of-chapter review questions, and hundreds of color photographs and illustrations.
Mike Meyers' CompTIA A+ Guide to Managing and Troubleshooting PCs, Fifth Edition and the supplemental lab manual cover a range of topic in preparation for the CompTIA A+ exams 220-901 and 220-902.

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This practical workbook contains more than 130 labs that challenge you to solve real-world problems by applying key concepts. Thoroughly revised for the 2015 exam objectives, the book maps directly to Mike Meyers' CompTIA A+® Guide to Managing and Troubleshooting PCs, Fifth Edition. You will get complete materials lists, setup instructions, and start-to-finish lab scenarios. "Hint" and "Warning" icons guide you through tricky situations, and post-lab questions measure your knowledge.

130+ video lectures from best-selling author and trainer Mike Meyers and his team at Total Seminars, who have developed educational and entertaining video training. The Total Seminars videos cover important course concepts, exam objectives, and tips and tricks for preparing for the CompTIA A+ certification exam.

NOTE: CompTIA certification exam or exam voucher is not included in the course and must be completed at a Pearson|Vue Test Center.

StraighterLine provides a percentage score and letter grade for each course. See Academic Questions section in FAQ for further details on percentage scores and grading scale. A passing percentage is 70% or higher.

If you have chosen a Partner College to award credit for this course, your final grade will be based upon that college's grading scale. Only passing scores will be considered by Partner Colleges for an award of credit.

There are a total of 1000 points in the course:

Topic Assessment Points Available
3 Graded Exam 1 50
6 Graded Exam 2 50
9 Graded Exam 3 50
12 Graded Exam 4 50
15 Graded Exam 5 50
18
Graded Exam 6 50
18 Graded Midterm 140
21 Graded Exam 7 50
24 Graded Exam 8 50
27 Graded Exam 9 50
30 Graded Exam 10 50
34 Graded Exam 11 50
35 Graded Final Exam 300
35 Certification Attempt Submission 10
Total   1000

This course provides students with a CompTIA certification path designed to help them prepare for and pass the CompTIA A+ 220-901 and 220-902 exams in order to become CompTIA A+ certified. The course assignments, including readings, quizzes, practice lab exercises, and exams, align to CompTIA A+ certification competencies, including those related to hardware, networking, mobile devices, hardware and network troubleshooting, Windows operating systems, other operating systems and technologies, security, software troubleshooting, and operational procedures. Additionally, the course offers students CompTIA A+ practice exams and a CompTIA A+ exam discount for students who complete the course.

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