CompTIA A+ Course

About the A+ Course and Exam

 

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Other courses include:
Project Management Professional (PMP)
IT Project Management (P+)
Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM)
International Computer Driving License (ICDL)
Computer Service Support (A+)
Network Support and Administration (N+)

CompTIA A+ certification validates the latest skills needed by today's computer support professionals. It is an international, vendor-neutral certification recognized by major hardware and software vendors, distributors and resellers. CompTIA A+ confirms a technician's ability to perform tasks such as installation, configuration, diagnosing, preventive maintenance and basic networking. The exams also cover domains such as security, safety and environmental issues and communication and professionalism.

CompTIA A+ ensures the right people have the right skills. While many of the essential skills are universal, there are additional skills required to support the needs of businesses. By offering certification options for specific job scenarios, CompTIA A+ gives individuals the ability to grow their careers in a certain area, and employers the flexibility to choose the exam combination that best fits their needs.

The role of the Computer Support Professional.

Technology and the role of the computer support professional are always changing. CompTIA recognizes this evolution by continually reviewing the content of the credentials to ensure they retain their currency to meet the needs of your business and evolving role of the IT worker.

The role of the IT worker and the expectations for the entry level technician has grown beyond base technical aptitude. For example, the ability to provide superior customer service and communicate effectively has become critical as they are often the first point of customer contact in an organisation. In addition, IT workers must have an increased awareness of and ability to address security issues.

At the same time, there has been a refinement of IT technician roles, such as remote/call centre technicians and bench/depot technicians. While IT technician roles share a common core of required skills and knowledge, there is enough uniqueness that a “one size fits all” credential is no longer the most appropriate way to validate skills.

As a result, CompTIA A+ has been updated to reflect both the changes in technology since the last update in 2003 and the unique requirements of evolved IT worker job roles. The goal is to ensure that this benchmark credential remains current and relevant, offering the most value to the candidate, employer and overall market.

CompTIA A+ formerly consisted of one exam focused on hardware technologies and concepts and another on operating systems technologies and concepts. These two skill categories remain the foundation for the technical skills and knowledge needed by entry-level IT workers. However, as technologies, businesses, working environments and customers have evolved, so have the necessary skills of the IT worker. The exam updates reflect the demand for IT workers with a well rounded skill set.

The updated offering still consists of two tests. However both include hardware and operating system concepts along with additional domains such as security, safety and environmental issues and communication and professionalism. This structure validates both the knowledge and application of concepts and skills identified by subject matter experts as necessary for entry-level IT workers. The updated core offering fits most, but some job environments may require validation of a different set of skills. In recognition of the evolution of the entry – level IT professional, the updated CompTIA A+ now offers validation paths (Shown in the downloadable diagram) for specific job Scenarios.

Who should apply?

Anyone with at list a Matric Qualification and interested in taking up a career in Information Technology (I.T.) or in acquiring essential IT skills for any other profession.

Pre- requisite learning

Entry-level.

Benefits

According to CompTIA; CompTIA A+ ensures the right people have the right skills. While many of the essential skills are universal, there are additional skills required to support the needs of businesses. By offering certification options for specific job scenarios, CompTIA A+ gives individuals the ability to grow their careers in a certain area, and employers the flexibility to choose the exam combination that best fits their needs.

CompTIA A+ is part of the certification track for corporations such as Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, Cisco and Novell. Other technology companies, including CompuCom and Ricoh, have made CompTIA A+ certification mandatory for their service technicians. The table below clearly indicates the Features and Benefits of the course. Alternatively you can visit http://certification.comptia.org/instructors/docs/featurebenefit.pdf for more benefits of taking the CompTIA A+ examination.

CompTIA A+ Features

CompTIA A+ Benefits

Covers multiple Windows operating systems
and hardware platforms

Provides entry-level professionals with a
broad base of IT knowledge

Vendor-neutral

Ensures individuals gain comprehensive,
unbiased, expertise across all PC hardware
and operating systems

Exam developed jointly by major IT industry
leaders and manufacturers

Ensures successful candidates
obtain the industry standard credential

Maps to the following vendor-specific training paths: Microsoft, Cisco, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Novell, Certiport

Allows certification holders to
leverage their A+ knowledge and pursue
additional training tracks / certifications

Developed in 1993 and regularly updated to keep pace with technology. Over 500,000 people throughout the world are A+ certified

Ensures candidates that the CompTIA A+
certification is highly credible
and widely recognized

Following are some of the companies that
recommend / mandate their employees be A+ certified: IBM, CompuCom, Konica/Minolta, Best Buy, Sears, Hewlett-Packard, U.S. Navy, CompUSA, CDW Computer Centers, Xerox, Radio Shack and many others

Increases job opportunities:
A+ certified individuals are sought
after by numerous companies including
many Fortune 500 corporations

Career Opportunities include: On-site Support Technician, Help Desk Support Specialist, Hardware Repair Technician

Prepares job seekers for a variety of careers

Numerous colleges give credit for A+ certification. A listing of these colleges can be found at www.comptia.org/collegecredit

Offers students college credits/advanced college standing

Curriculum

CompTIA A+ Essentials
+
CompTIA A+ 220-602
OR
CompTIA A+ 220-603
OR
CompTIA A+ 220-604

1. Personal Computer Components
2. Laptop and Portable Devices
3. Operating Systems
4. Printers and Scanners
5. Networks
6. Security
7. Safety and Environmental Issues
8. Communication and Professionalism

Learning Methodology

Simlau Biztech Academy endeavors to ensure that delegates undergoing the training are prepared enough for international exams by the time they finish the course. This is made possible by our training methodology anchored on the 'Learning by Doing' philosophy. The 'Doing' part is concerned with the physical building repairing and configuration of computers in the college lab. At Simlau Biztech Academy our intention is to groom our students as much as possible with sufficient practical skills and knowledge for the achievement of our target result of 100 percent in certification exams.

Course Features

  • We have allocated more than essential training hours so that our delegates can master their work as much that any aspect of failing the exam will be unlikely.
  • Class sizes are limited to a maximum of 12 students.
  • Practicals are done during all sessions.
  • Exam Practice questions are done during all sessions.
  • Mock exams are administered before a candidate tales the actual exam.
  • Hundreds of Exam Practice questions are made available for self practice. 
  • Each registered delegate is entitled to a Starter Pack which includes the ALL.IN.ONE CompTIA A+ Certification Exam Guide (Sixth Edition by Mike Meyers) at the start of the course
  • Our trainers have multiple skill sets encompassing Information Technology, Training, General Management and Education.
  • All our trainers are involved with multiple real life projects from complex organisations.  

Course duration

We hold a 4 - 5 hour training session per week on Saturdays from 08:30hrs to 13:00hrs for a period of 3 months (30 minutes break)

Classes During the week will be done upon arrangements with the lecturers.