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Basic CompTIA A+ Certification Prep

Time to roll up those sleeves and dive inside the personal computer! The Basic CompTIA A+ Certification Prep course teaches you about the hardware common to virtually every personal computer, including microprocessors, RAM, power supplies, motherboards, UEFI/BIOS, the system setup utility, the expansion bus, and input/output devices.

You'll learn how things work, how to configure everything, and how to troubleshoot in real-world environments. This course gives you the knowledge upon which you'll base the rest of your CompTIA A+ certification studies for the 220-901 and 220-902 exams. Plus it helps you take that first step to becoming an excellent PC technician!

6 Weeks / 24 Course Hrs
Starting October 18, 2017

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Basic CompTIA A+ Certification Prep

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Basic CompTIA A+ Certification Prep Details + Objective

Course Code: ac1

You Will Learn
  • Learn proper tech terminology and how all the components of the PC work together
  • Discover important safety techniques that every good tech needs to know
  • Gain practical information and advice on installing and troubleshooting CPUs
  • Learn about the different varieties of RAM and proper techniques for installing it
  • Learn everything you need to know about motherboard form factors, types of expansion slots, and installation steps for expansion cards
  • Gain knowledge of hard drive technologies and the fundamentals of protecting data with RAID technology
How the course is taught
  • Instructor-led course
  • 6 weeks in duration
  • Courses begin each month
  • 2 lessons released each week
  • 24 course hours
How you will benefit
  • Learn the skills you need to promote yourself as a PC hardware technician capable of solving various computer issues
  • Gain the confidence you need to successfully perform integral computer support in the workplace
  • Become an indispensable part of any organization that uses computers on a daily basis
Basic CompTIA A+ Certification Prep Outline
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Week 1

Get the scoop on how the many components of the personal computer work together, how professional techs behave and interact with clients, and learn a tried-and-true troubleshooting methodology that will apply to all tech situations. Then, begin learning proper tech terminology and familiarize yourself with standard computer components.

Week 2

Dive into the important safety techniques that every good tech absolutely needs to know. Then, learn all about central processing units, the core processing component in every PC, and gain practical information and advice on installing and troubleshooting CPUs.

Week 3

Learn about the different varieties of RAM and proper techniques for installing it as well as troubleshooting RAM and memory problems. Then, learn about the essential programming that makes computers function, what's called the BIOS or UEFI.

Week 4

Learn everything you need to know about motherboard form factors, types of expansion slots, and installation steps for expansion cards as well as upgrading, installing, and troubleshooting. Then, get an introduction to power supplies and the basics of powering a PC including power supply standards and how to install one in your PC.

Week 5

Learn about devices that enable you to input data into your computer such as keyboards, mice, and multimedia devices. Then, dig into hard drive technologies, including traditional hard disk drives and modern solid-state drives and the fundamentals of protecting data with RAID technology.

Week 6

Learn how to prepare a hard drive for use by an operating system. Finally, you'll learn about the various forms of removable media including flash media like USB thumb drives and memory cards and optical media like DVDs and Blu-ray Discs, as well as external drives.

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Basic CompTIA A+ Certification Prep Instructors
Scott Jernigan

With a Master of Arts degree in Medieval History, Scott Jernigan feels as much at home in the musty archives of London as he does in the warm glow of a computer monitor. Scott teaches A+ Certification and PC hardware classes around the country, including several stints at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA, Lucent Technologies in Baltimore, MD, and the United Nations in New York City. Scott has also edited numerous computer books, including the best-selling "All in One A+ Certification Exam Guide" and the "Network+ Certification Exam Guide" from McGraw-Hill. Practicing what he teaches, Scott is an A+ and Network+ Certified Technician.

Basic CompTIA A+ Certification Prep Requirements / Prerequisites

A solid conceptual and practical knowledge of Windows (Vista, 7, or 8/8.1/10).

It's also recommended that you have a PC that you can take apart and put back together again. This can be anything from an ancient Intel 286 to a newer 486 or beyond. Because of the dangers of electro-static discharge (to the machine, not the student), we do not require you to tear apart your own primary computer. This is, however, a class that trains you to be a hardware technician - having a machine to play with greatly helps your learning.

Basic CompTIA A+ Certification Prep Frequently Asked Questions
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When can I get started?

A new session of each course opens each month, allowing you to enroll whenever your busy schedule permits!

How does it work?

Once a session starts, two lessons will be released each week, for the six-week duration of your course. You will have access to all previously released lessons until the course ends.

How long do I have to complete each lesson?

Keep in mind that the interactive discussion area for each lesson automatically closes 2 weeks after each lesson is released, so you’re encouraged to complete each lesson within two weeks of its release.

What if I need an extension?

The Final Exam will be released on the same day as the last lesson. Once the Final Exam has been released, you will have 2 weeks plus 10 days to complete the Final and finish any remaining lessons in your course. No further extensions can be provided beyond these 10 days.

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