CompTIA A+ Certification Prep Series

This CompTIA A+ prep bundle includes three essential courses that will equip you for the prestigious CompTIA A+ Certification. Explore the inner workings of computers, gain hands-on experience with real-world hardware configurations, and master the art of troubleshooting in the first course.

Prepare yourself for the A+ certification exam by diving deep into virtualization, multifunction devices, and various operating systems, including Windows, macOS, and Linux. Take your knowledge to the next...

72 Course Hrs
Starting  October 18, 2023
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Course code: B14570

Throughout this three-part online CompTIA A+ course, you will learn everything you need to prepare for the 220-1101/1102 exams and launch your career as a certified technician. From techniques taught by tech masters for understanding and troubleshooting all sorts of computers to learning about operating systems from installation to operations, maintenance to troubleshooting, and virtualization and virtual machines.

You will also explore the many aspects of PC and network security and discover how to configure and troubleshoot tablets and smartphones.

The CompTIA A+ Certification Prep 1: Hardware course teaches you about the hardware common to nearly every personal computer, including microprocessors, RAM, power supplies, motherboards, UEFI/BIOS, the system setup utility, the expansion bus, and input/output devices.

The CompTIA A+ Certification Prep 2: Software course picks up where the CompTIA® A+ Certification Prep 1: Hardware course left off and dives into Windows, macOS, and Linux.

The CompTIA A+ Certification Prep 3: Networking/Security course focuses on fun and practical technology. You will learn how to select, install, and service sound and display components, and how to set up, maintain, and troubleshoot wired and wireless networks.

Note: Students need to complete CompTIA A+ Certification Prep 1: Hardware, CompTIA A+ Certification Prep 2: Software, and CompTIA A+ Certification Prep 3: Networking/Security to properly prepare to sit for the A+ certification exam.

Series bundles are not eligible for partial drops or refunds. Transfers to other open sessions of the same course are available. Please refer to your school for additional details regarding drops, transfers, and refunds on Series bundles.


What 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
  • Obtain 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
  • Learn how to install, organize, maintain, and troubleshoot three different versions of Windows (explore similar features in MacOS and Linux)
  • Examine and compare the features and structures of Windows Vista, 7, and 8/8.1
  • Get a deeper understanding of how we use virtualization and virtual machines in modern networks
  • Learn about printers and multifunction devices, from the various technologies in use to installing and troubleshooting
  • Learn how to install and troubleshoot video technologies properly
  • Understand how to upgrade, manage, maintain, and repair portable computing devices
  • Learn the essentials of networking, including local area networking and wireless networking
  • Discover the best ways to keep your network secure
  • Understand how to work with mobile devices

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 daily
  • Master many of the techniques covered on the certification exam and feel confident on test day
  • Become an integral part of any organization as you learn to install and troubleshoot new hardware, software, and MFDs
  • Open the door to new opportunities as a technician once certification is achieved
  • Prepare for both the 1101/1102 CompTIA A+ Certification Exams

How the course is taught

  • Instructor-led online course
  • 72 course hours
  1. CompTIA® A+ Certification Prep 1: Hardware
    1. The Art of the Tech
    2. Desktop PC Basics
    3. Laptop PC Basics
    4. Maintenance and Safety Precautions
    5. Central Processing Units and RAM
    6. Motherboards and Cases
    7. Powering the PC
    8. Input Devices
    9. Storage Technologies
    10. Working with Storage Devices
    11. Removable Media and RAID
    12. Operational Procedures
  2. CompTIA® A+ Certification Prep 2: Software
    1. Understanding Operating Systems
    2. Installing Windows
    3. Starting Windows and Managing User Accounts
    4. Customizing and Configuring Windows
    5. Using Windows Utilities
    6. Exploring macOS and Linux
    7. Working at a Command Prompt
    8. Troubleshooting Windows Startup and System Issues
    9. Troubleshooting Windows Performance and Application Issues
    10. Virtual Machines and Remote Access
    11. Printers and Multifunction Devices
    12. Installing and Troubleshooting Printers and Multifunction Devices
  3. CompTIA® A+ Certification Prep 3: Networking/Security
    1. Video Technologies
    2. Multimedia
    3. Essentials of Networking
    4. Local Area Networking
    5. Wireless Networking
    6. Internet Connections and Cloud Computing
    7. Internet Protocols and Troubleshooting
    8. Facility and Workstation Security
    9. Authentication and Data Security
    10. Network Security
    11. Understanding Mobile Devices
    12. Care and Feeding of Mobile Devices

David Rush

David Rush has been an IT instructor and expert for over 35 years, with degrees in physics and electrical engineering. He has been the senior instructor for the industry leader in CompTIA certification books, videos, and learning tools for the past 11 years.

Dave has taught computer technology, A+, and Network+ to the FBI, DEA, CIA, and other federal law enforcement agencies. He creates train-the-trainer courses and materials for educational institutions. He also conducts weekly, live, online seminars on using Raspberry Pi computers and Linux as tools to foster studies toward CompTIA certifications.

In addition to his involvement in IT instruction, Dave has had a wide and varied career, including time as an airline pilot with U.S. and international airlines.

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.


There are no prerequisites to take this course series.

Note: Students need to complete CompTIA A+ Certification Prep 1: Hardware, CompTIA A+ Certification Prep 2: Software, and CompTIA A+ Certification Prep 3: Networking/Security to properly prepare to sit for the A+ certification exam.


Hardware Requirements:

  • This course can be taken on either a PC, Mac, or Chromebook.

You should have access to a hard drive that you can install, format, and partition, and to a couple of Plug and Play devices that you can practice installing. Because of the dangers of electro-static discharge (to the machine), you are not required to tear apart your own primary computer.

Software Requirements:

  • PC: Windows 10 or later.
  • Mac: macOS 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox is preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word Online
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Instructional Material Requirements:

The instructional materials required for this course are included in enrollment and will be available online.

According to CompTIA, getting your A+ certification can lead to a rewarding IT career—with average salaries ranging from $45,000-$60,000, depending on the role you pursue.