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CompTIA A+

What is the CompTIA A+ Certification?

The CompTIA A+ certification is an entry-level credential recognised globally as a standard for foundation-level IT knowledge and skills and is designed for individuals looking to start a career in IT support and technical roles. The certification validates proficiency in areas such as hardware and software troubleshooting, networking, operating systems, mobile devices, security, and operational procedures.

In Australia, the CompTIA A+ certification is highly regarded by employers in the IT industry, particularly for roles such as technical support specialist, help desk technician, and desktop support technician. It provides a solid foundation for further career advancement in IT.

How much does the CompTIA A+ Certification exam cost?

As of the latest information, the cost of the CompTIA A+ certification exams in Australia typically ranges from $300 – $400 AUD per exam attempt. The certification consists of two exams: Core 1 (220-1001) and Core 2 (220-1002). Each exam focuses on different aspects of IT support, including hardware, software, networking, security, and troubleshooting.

Candidates can register for the exams through Pearson VUE, an authorized testing provider for CompTIA. It’s recommended to check the official CompTIA website or Pearson VUE for the most current pricing and exam details.

What is on the CompTIA A+ exam?

The CompTIA A+ exam is divided into two parts:

  1. Core 1 (220-1001):
    • Hardware: Identification, installation, configuration, and troubleshooting of PC hardware components and peripherals.
    • Networking: Basics of networking technologies, protocols, and troubleshooting network connectivity issues.
    • Mobile Devices: Configuration and troubleshooting of mobile devices and other portable devices.
    • Hardware and Network Troubleshooting: Methodologies and tools for troubleshooting hardware and network issues.
  2. Core 2 (220-1002):
    • Operating Systems: Installation, configuration, and troubleshooting of Windows, macOS, Linux, iOS, and Android operating systems.
    • Security: Fundamentals of security concepts, threats, and best practices for securing devices and data.
    • Software Troubleshooting: Troubleshooting software issues, including applications, malware, and operating system errors.
    • Operational Procedures: Best practices for safety, environmental impacts, and communication techniques.

The exams include multiple-choice and performance-based questions that simulate real-world scenarios to assess practical skills and knowledge relevant to IT support roles.

How and where do I get CompTIA A+ certified?

To obtain CompTIA A+ certification:

  1. Exam Preparation: Study resources such as CompTIA official study guides, practice exams, and training courses offered by accredited training providers.
  2. Exam Registration: Register for the Core 1 (220-1001) and Core 2 (220-1002) exams through Pearson VUE’s website. Choose a convenient exam location and schedule your exam dates.
  3. Exam Day: Arrive at the testing center on the scheduled date with valid identification. The exams are conducted under proctored conditions to ensure integrity.
  4. Passing the Exams: Achieve a passing score on both Core 1 and Core 2 exams. The passing score for CompTIA A+ exams is typically scaled based on the difficulty of the questions.
  5. Certification Award: Upon successfully passing both exams, CompTIA will award you with the CompTIA A+ certification. This credential is valid for three years, after which you can renew it by completing continuing education activities or retaking the latest version of the exams.

What salary could I earn with a CompTIA A+ Certification?

In Australia, salaries for individuals holding CompTIA A+ certification can vary based on factors such as geographic location, level of experience, specific job role, and additional skills or certifications. Generally, entry-level positions such as IT support technician or help desk analyst may offer salaries ranging from $45,000 – $65,000 AUD per year.

As you gain experience and additional certifications, such as CompTIA Network+ or CompTIA Security+, your earning potential can increase. Senior technical roles or positions requiring specialized skills in IT infrastructure support or network administration may offer salaries upwards of AUD 80,000 per year or more, depending on demand and industry sector.

Position Salary Rate
Network Administrator $102,500 / annum $650 / day
Network Engineer $142,500 / annum $765 / day
Systems Engineer $125,000 / annum $750 / day
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