CompTIA Certification Training: ITF+ and A+ (Vouchers Included)

Tailored for those without prior experience, this comprehensive CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+) certification program covers essential areas of information technology, including PC hardware, operating systems, applications, networking, programming, databases, and security. This foundational knowledge is necessary to develop your IT skill set and prepare for a successful start in IT.

To further enhance your resume and career, you will also be prepared to pass the CompTIA A+ exams (220-1101 & 220-...

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Course code: GES3017

What you will learn

  • Understand how to define IT-related terminology and concepts
  • Learn and explain about the tools and constructs that enable programmers to create software
  • Describe how databases store and report structured data
  • Master fundamental concepts of multiple operating systems to maintain and support them effectively
  • Develop troubleshooting skills for software, hardware, and connectivity issues
  • Acquire knowledge of network fundamentals, protocols, and troubleshooting techniques
  • Gain in-depth experience in assembling and disassembling computer parts to expand your IT expertise

How you will benefit

  • Ensure your preparation for CompTIA ITF+ and A+ certification exams (220-1101 and 220-1102)
  • Engage with a variety of interactive learning materials, assignments, and assessments that will deepen your understanding and help with exam preparation
  • Boost your employability by jump-starting your IT career with a highly respected and recognized certification that demonstrates your proficiency in essential IT skills

How the course is taught

  • Self-paced, online course
  • 9 Months to complete
  • Open enrollment, begin anytime
  • 240 course hours
  1. CompTIA ITF+ Certification Training
    1. Introduction to CompTIA Certification
    2. IT Concepts and Terminology
    3. Understanding Computer Hardware
    4. Data Storage
    5. Operating Systems
    6. Networking Basics
    7. Managing Applications
    8. Troubleshooting Basics
    9. Database Fundamentals
    10. Security Basics
    11. Authentication, Authorization, and Accounting
    12. Protecting Data and Ensuring Business Continuity
    13. Software Development Fundamentals
    14. Preparing for a Certification Exam
  2. CompTIA A+
    1. Taking a Computer Apart and Putting It Back Together
    2. All About Cases and Motherboards
    3. Supporting Processors and Upgrading Memory
    4. Power Supplies and Troubleshooting Computer Problems
    5. Supporting Hard Drives and Other Storage Devices
    6. Supporting Input/Output Devices
    7. Networking Fundamentals
    8. Network Infrastructure and Cloud Computing
    9. Supporting Mobile Devices
    10. Supporting Printers
    11. The Complex World of IT Professionals
    12. Installing Windows
    13. Maintaining Windows
    14. Troubleshooting Windows After Startup
    15. Troubleshooting Windows Startup
    16. Security Strategies
    17. Securing and Sharing Windows Resources
    18. Mobile Device Security
    19. Network Security and Troubleshooting
    20. Supporting macOS
    21. Linux and Scripting
    22. Preparing for a Certification Exam

The CompTIA ITF+ Certification Training course is designed for self-paced learning and does not feature a designated instructor.

Linda Matthews

Linda Matthews has years of experience both in the classroom teaching technical material and, in the field, solving a myriad of technical issues.

Linda possesses the background to engage deeply with cybersecurity through teaching and intellectual focus. For the past eight years, she has lived with this vast and fascinating body of knowledge. Now, she regularly trains individuals in several of the most popular security courses from CompTIA and Microsoft. CompTIA's Security+ is the foundational course students need to begin an incredible journey into cybersecurity.

Linda has a strong love for teaching and igniting the spark that can set students on a most worthwhile and fulfilling path.

Sara Perrott

Sara Perrott has been working in the information technology field for 20+ years and has devoted the last 10 of those to focusing on cybersecurity. She is a published author and a former college professor, and she is passionate about teaching the next generation of cybersecurity professionals. Sara has a Master of Science in Cybersecurity and Information Assurance from Western Governors University Washington and a Bachelor of Science in Information Systems Security from the University of Phoenix.

Paula Woodall

Paula Woodall began her technical career as a network and computer consultant 30 years ago. She first taught at a local university before taking the CompTIA and Microsoft exams to teach certified courses. Paula has been fortunate to teach these classes worldwide for companies such as HP and Microsoft. Paula enjoys teaching classes regarding computers and networking and talking to students about how their companies put these technologies to work for them.

Instructor Interaction: The instructor looks forward to interacting with learners in the online moderated discussion area to share their expertise and answer any questions you may have on the course content.

Prerequisites:

There are no prerequisites to enroll in this course. However, you should have basic knowledge of computer hardware and operating systems—for example, how to power up and log on to a machine, how to use a mouse and keyboard, and basic Microsoft Windows navigation skills.

This course is for you if you're interested in pursuing a career in information technology, specifically related to PC technology. This course will prepare you to obtain a CompTIA A+ Certification designation.

Certification Requirements:

Although there are no prerequisites to enroll in the course, CompTIA recommends all A+ exam applicants have up to 12 months of hands-on experience in the lab or field before taking the certification exam.

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.
  • Labs included in this program are not supported on mobile devices (i.e., phones and tablets).
  • Note: A Windows environment is required to complete some course assignments.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later. Access to Windows 11 is needed for the textbook module "Installing Windows"
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Chromebook 113 or later
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word. To complete your assignments, you may need Microsoft Word 2003 or higher, or an equivalent word-processing program, such as LibreOffice, which is available to download for free.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. (Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.)

Other:

  • A reliable high-speed Internet connection
  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment. The textbook will be shipped to you approximately 7-10 business days after enrollment in the ITF+ course.

  • CompTIA® ITF+ Cert Mike: Prepare. Practice. Pass the Test! Get Certified! Exam FC0-U61, by Mike Chapple

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online. The textbook for the A+ course is accessed via links in the course lessons.

  • CompTIA A+ Guide to IT Technical Support, 11th ed (eBook)

According to Cisco, the field of information technology (IT) is typically associated with computer systems, hardware, software, and networks used to process and distribute data—including networking hardware such as servers and routers and applications that facilitate communication across various networks and the internet. Over the years, IT technicians' primary focus has been designing, installing, managing, and troubleshooting computers and network components.

However, in recent times, IT encompasses a diverse collection of connected user devices and IoT devices, such as LED lighting, cameras, door locks, thermostats, machine monitoring controls, TVs, and even air conditioners. Cybersecurity specialists play a crucial role in securing information systems. They work towards protecting the integrity of organizations' networks and data.

Computer and information technology (IT) professionals in the U.S. made a median salary of $97,430 in May 2021, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). That is significantly more than the $45,760 average salary for all occupations. Many factors can influence your salary, including your experience level, skill set, the cost of living in your location, your education level, and your certifications.

The CompTIA A+ certification exam costs $492. The cost of the exam is covered in the overall cost of this course.

The CompTIA A+ certification is an entry-level qualification created for individuals interested in the field of information technology (IT). CompTIA states that the A+ certification is the only industry-recognized credential that involves performance testing to verify that professionals can quickly solve critical IT support tasks. Employers worldwide need these trained professionals for endpoint management and technical support roles. Obtaining this highly sought-after certification demonstrates the fundamental technical and soft skills that a field service technician must possess, making it an excellent starting point for acquiring entry-level to intermediate IT positions.

According to the Certification Magazine 2023 Salary Survey, the average CompTIA A+ salary is $108,170 in the U.S. and $99,980 worldwide. Pay depends on several factors, including years of experience, the city where you are employed, and more. To have a better understanding of the average salary for specific job titles, Glassdoor reported in November 2023 the following figures: IT support specialist ($56,564), network engineer ($100,385), IT specialist ($77,439), network administrator ($85,628), and field service technician ($55,214).

While there is never a guarantee of a specific position, you will qualify for several jobs once you earn your CompTIA A+ certification. Some of the roles you will be prepared for with an A+ certification include an IT support specialist, help desk technician, desktop support analyst, field service technician, and more.

If you are interested in pursuing a career in the IT industry, obtaining your A+ certification is a worthwhile investment, according to CompTIA. This certification demonstrates that you possess the foundational knowledge required to start a career in this high-demand field. The A+ certification can help you secure an entry-level position in IT, and as you gain experience, you can specialize and grow in other areas within the field. Having a CompTIA, A+ certification allows for career advancement and offers greater job opportunities as organizations are increasingly in need of skilled tech professionals. In fact, according to the 2022 Dice Tech Salary Report, the average tech salary has increased by 6.9% from 2021 to 2022, with average tech salaries now breaking the six-figure mark for the first time in the 17 years of the report's existence.

Yes. This course helps you prepare for the CompTIA A+ credential by passing both required certification exams (220-1101 & 220-1102). You will receive an exam voucher for the certification exams, which covers the cost to sit for the certifying exams upon eligibility.

This course is open enrollment, so you can register and start the course whenever you are ready. Access to your course can take 24-48 business hours.

Yes, ed2go courses are completely online. However, keep in mind that not all certifying bodies or industry-specific certifications are recognized internationally. Please review your country's regulations prior to enrolling in courses that prepare for certification.

After you register, you will receive 9 months to complete the course. The time allotted for completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours.

The time allotted for course completion has been calculated based on the number of course hours. However, if you are unable to complete the course, contact the student advising team to see what options you may have available to work out a suitable completion date. Please note that an extension fee may be charged.

The course instructor will be available by email to answer any questions and provide feedback on your performance. You will also receive support from the student advising team. (The CompTIA ITF+ course is self-paced and does not include a specific instructor.)

Upon successfully passing the final exam, you will be awarded a certificate of completion from the school or organization that you registered through.

ed2go courses will help you gain the skills you need to obtain an entry-level position in most cases. However, you should always research the job market in your area before enrolling.

ed2go courses are non-credit, so they do not qualify for federal aid, FAFSA, and Pell Grant. In some states, vocational rehab or workforce development boards may provide funding to take our courses. Additionally, you may qualify for financial assistance if you meet certain requirements. Learn more about financial assistance.

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