CompTIA A+ Certification Preparation Intermediate

CompTIA A+ Certification Preparation Intermediate

Take the second step toward becoming a CompTIA A+ certified tech by mastering virtualization, multifunction devices, three flavors of Windows, plus macOS and Linux operating systems.
6 weeks / 24 Course Hrs
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The Intermediate CompTIA A+ Certification Prep course teaches you how to install, organize, maintain, and troubleshoot three different versions of Windows, plus explore similar features in macOS and Linux. You will examine and compare the features and structures of Windows 7, 8/8.1, and 10. Toward the end of the course you will get a deeper understanding of virtualization and virtual machines in modern networks. Plus, you will learn about printers and multifunction devices, from the various technologies in use to installing and troubleshooting. This course takes you through the second of three steps you need to become both a highly-competent PC tech and a CompTIA A+ certified technician, using the 1001 and 1002 competencies.

Enrollment Options:
Instructor-Led
6 weeks Access Course Code: ac2
Start Dates*Dec 11 | Jan 15 | Feb 12 | Mar 18
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$179.00

Syllabus

In this lesson, you'll learn basic operating system concepts and the various operating systems (and versions) covered on the CompTIA A+ exams. You'll explore common OS functions that enable users, software, and hardware to interact with each other. We'll also look at the primary user interfaces—the graphic user interface and the command line interface—and how the GUI manifests in recent versions of Windows, mac OS, and Linux. We'll also look at basic OS security features that protect the system by authenticating users and requiring proper authorization to take certain actions.

Today, this lesson is all about Windows. You'll learn the final preparation steps for installing or upgrading Windows, how to install the OS, what to do when you're done, and how to troubleshoot any problems that occur. Finally, we'll walk through the boot process for each version of Windows.
Get ready to explore the structures that power Windows. You'll learn about the Registry, a database that stores everything about your PC. I'll teach you how Windows uses processes and services, the building blocks for everything running in Windows. Finally, you'll learn about special Windows tools for programmers.
Today's lesson explores macOS and Linux systems in depth, analyzing key components and features. You’ll learn how to accomplish essential tasks in both OS families, plus master best practices and utilities needed by every competent tech.
In today's lesson, you'll learn how to use the text-based command-line interface. You'll explore the command prompt and find out how to use it to navigate the folder structure. You'll learn about basic commands for listing files and creating new directories, and we'll discuss advanced commands for moving and copying files.
Techs spend a lot of time and energy maintaining operating systems. This lesson explores essential maintenance tools in Windows, macOS, and Linux, from a right-click for a context menu to the taskbar, Settings app Control Panel, and Administrative Tools (all Windows); from System Settings (macOS) to Utilities (macOS and Linux). We’ll manage temporary files and users and groups in all three OSes, plus delve into Windows’ Active Directory.

You will learn about how to improve the performance of your system by optimizing your hardware and software. Additionally, you will learn how to install and remove applications and features, as well as updating and rolling back hardware drivers using Device Manager. You will also learn how to prepare your system for any future problems using the various backup and restore tools.

This lesson focuses on troubleshooting the boot process. You will explore some problems you may encounter and how to deal with them. You will also learn how to use specific utilities like the Windows Recovery Environment. Finally, this explores using command-line commands to fix boot errors.

A necessary skill every tech needs is to know how to troubleshoot an OS from multiple perspectives. Lesson 9 focuses on what to do when the GUI fails to load normally, and several troubleshooting tools and the scenarios that are most useful.

This lesson explores virtualization—using special software to run a second operating system within your real OS. In addition, you will learn what virtualization is and explain its many benefits. Finally, explore the different types of virtualization and popular virtualization software.

The CompTIA A+ certification strongly stresses the area of multifunction devices (MFDs) and printing, so you will need a high degree of technical knowledge about all types of printers. This lesson starts your exploration of printers and MFDs. You will learn about the types of printers and scanners in common use today. You will also learn how printers connect to PCs and networks, plus how they communicate with computers. Finally, you'll look at the laser printing process in detail so that you can troubleshoot like a printer technician.

The final lesson will introduce you to installing and troubleshooting multifunction devices and printers. First, you will learn installation, setup, and optimization techniques for all kinds of printers. Lastly, you will learn troubleshooting techniques for impact, thermal, inkjet, and laser printers.

Requirements

Requirements:

Hardware Requirements:

  • Access to a PC running Windows is required.
  • Access to a Mac running macOS (in addition to the PC) is recommended.
  • 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 XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge is also compatible.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Click here to download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Click here to download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other:

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

Prerequisites:

Successful completion of the Basic CompTIA A+ Certification Prep course.

Instructional Material Requirements:

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

Instructor

Scott Jernigan, an A+ and Network+ Certified Technician, holds a Master of Arts degree in Medieval History. He teaches A+ Certification and PC hardware classes. He has taught at the FBI Academy in Quantico, VA, Lucent Technologies in Baltimore, MD, and at the United Nations in New York City. Jernigan has also edited numerous computer books, including the best-selling All in One A+ Certification Exam Guide and the Network+ Certification Exam Guide.

Reviews

A job well done, informative and rewarding. Looking forward to more.

Fabulous course-- can't wait for Class 3!!!

I feel this course gave me a great base knowledge for taking the CompTia A+ tests. I plan on taking the hardware class next.

Love the course, things come to light after repetitive reading and the deeper one delves into the lessons and other materials, I'm sure to be a decent tech.

The Intermediate A+ Certification broadened my understanding of how operating systems work. I suggest that people who are interested in becoming A+ Certified take all three courses.

This course is very well organized and has the necessary structure to keep "independent study" students progressing steadily. This course, like the basic course, achieves the impossible by making it possible for students of many different computer backgrounds and experience to have both a uniform standard of computer technical knowledge and still be able to pursue those areas of computer knowledge particular to their own interests. I think this course and the basic course are most useful to those students who understand that they must invest some of their resources in both hardware and operating system software to gain the practical knowledge essential to be a computer technician. I look forward to the advanced course.

This has been a great experience for me! I can't sit in a classroom anymore, so this is perfect for me.

This was an excellent course! As are all of the courses I have taken with Prof. Jernigan.