CompTIA announced today an update to its certification CompTIA A+ with new content that reflects changing job requirements for tech support workers. Approximately 725,000 individuals around the world are CompTIA A+ certified.
The updated version 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 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.