Computer Technician (6 month program access)
CompTIA A+ certification validates foundation-level knowledge and skills necessary for a career in IT support. It is the starting point for a career. The international, vendor-neutral certification proves competence in areas such as installation, preventative maintenance, networking, security and troubleshooting.
CompTIA A+ certified technicians also have excellent customer service and communication skills to work with clients.
Two exams are necessary to be certified: CompTIA A+ exam code 220-801; and CompTIA A+ exam code 220-802.
CompTIA A+ Essentials measures the necessary competencies of an entry-level IT professional with a recommended 500 hours of hands-on experience in the lab or field. It tests for technical understanding of computer technology, networking and security, as well as the communication skills and professionalism now required of all entry-level IT professionals.
CompTIA A+ Practical Application is an extension of the knowledge and skills identified in CompTIA A+ Essentials, with more of a "hands-on" orientation focused on scenarios in which troubleshooting and tools must be applied to resolve problems.
Candidate job roles include technical support specialist, field service technician, IT support technician, IT support administrator and IT support specialist. CompTIA A+ is part of the certification track for corporations such as Microsoft, HP and Cisco. Other technology companies, including Dell, Intel, Lenovo and Ricoh, have made CompTIA A+ certification mandatory for their service technicians. The U.S. Department of Defense recognizes CompTIA A+ and the Department of Homeland Security requires it as part of their computer forensics program.
Computer Technician FAQs (PDF)
Computer Technician Competencies (Word Document)
Computer Technician Program Syllabus (Word Document)
The CompTIA A+ certification is accredited by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). The CompTIA A+ certification may be kept current through the CompTIA Continuing Education program.
|Number of Questions||
90 for each exam
|Length of test||
90 minutes each
675 for CompTIA A+ Essentials
700 for CompTIA A+ Practical Applicaitons
(On a scale of 100 - 900)
English, Spanish, German, Turkish, Japanese, Traditional Chinese (Taiwan), Simplified Chinese, Portuguese, Korean, Arabic
CompTIA A+220 - 801 675 (on a scale of 900)
CompTIA A+220 - 802 700 (on a scale of 900)
Taking the Test
You can purchase a voucher for your exam or you can pay with a credit card when you register to take the test at one of CompTIA's testing partners. Vouchers are available from the CompTIA Marketplace. Please ask us about CompTIA Authorized Partner Program - we may be able to sell you a voucher!
Please visit the Pearson VUE website's testing center locator page to locate a testing center nearest to you. St. Cloud State University is a testing site.
Program Flyer (PDF)
Program Cost: $1895
Includes course materials, program access, textbooks, and shipping
Enroll by February 28 and get a free *Laptop, *iPad or **Kindle with electronic text, or $300 off (*$300 value **$100 value)
To Enroll please call: (877) 225-7151
Please mention you are enrolling through St. Cloud State University. This will ensure you receive a certificate from SCSU upon successful completion of the program.
Please contact Tammy at 320.308.4252 or Tammy@SCSUTraining.com if you have any questions.
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