Many people in Colorado Springs and Pueblo don’t realize the importance of ensuring their computer repair technician is A+ Certified. A+ Certification is a testing program sponsored by CompTIA that certifies the competency of service and repair technicians in the computer industry. Anyone who wants an internationally recognized credential as a competent computer service professional can take the A+ examination. The program is backed by major computer hardware and software vendors, distributors, resellers and publications. Earning A+ certification means that the individual possesses the knowledge, skills, and customer relations skills essential for a successful computer service and repair technician, as defined by experts from companies across the industry. The test covers a broad range of computer hardware and software technologies, but are not related to any vendor-specific products. When both the Core and the DOS/Windows portions are passed, the candidate receives the A+ designation.

Other important items to note about the A+ Certification:

  • The 2003 cert comprised of the A+ Core Hardware Exam and the A+ Core Operating System Technologies Exam
  • The 2006 cert requires that a candidate successfully pass the A+ Essentials and one elective: IT technician, remote support technician, or depot technician
  • The A+ exam is intended for information technology professionals who have the equivalent of 500 hours of hands‐on experience
  • The focus of the exam is not theory, but practice; topics of the Core examination include IRQs, direct memory access, and practical computer repair, including the installation and repair of hard drives, modems, network cards, CPUs, power supplies, printers, and so forth

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