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The Definitive Guide to A+ Certification

Training, books, practice tests, and more.


What is A+ Certification?

The A+ certification is vendor-neutral and consists of two exams. To pass, you must demonstrate knowledge of installing, configuring, upgrading, troubleshooting and repairing desktop systems. Updated in 2006 is the ability to choose the second exam from a list of three specialist exams that highlight one of the following roles: IT Technician, Depot Technician, or Help Desk Technician.

Why Should I Get an A+ Certification?

Possibly the most popular entry-level certification, the A+ is for people with some experience (6 months or less) in computer service. Once completed, this is a widely accepted certification that demonstrates expert knowledge of hardware and software technologies. This is an excellent certification for anyone looking to enter into the world of information technology.

What is the average salary of A+ certified professionals?

According to the About.com 2005 Certification Salary Survey, an A+ certification will earn you around $31,000 per year. This is from a pool of 59 respondents. A new salary survey will be out in summer 2008. Until then, check out the 2005 survey for more results or click here to find more certification salary surveys on the web.

A+ Training Reviews - Software and Online

Some of these reviews highlight topics other than A+, but the quality and interface of the software remains consistent across exams. You'll find features and costs for each product.

    SelfTest Software
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    Top Ten Picks for A+ Training . . .

If you are looking for classroom training try the Training Locators page or go directly to Prometric to find a training center in your area.

A+ Book Reviews

Most A+ candidates prefer self-study. A+ is a very hands-on certification and a book is a great way to prepare for the exams. I have reviewed the following books and recommend each highly. The first two are great for the beginner and the third is great for experienced technicians who need the quick and dirty for the exams.

    The A+ Certification and PC Repair Handbook
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    A+ Certification: All-in-One Exam Guide
    By: Michael Meyers
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    A+ Adaptive Exams
    By: Christopher A. Crayton
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    Top Ten Picks for A+ Books . . .

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