How to Obtain A+ Certification in Computer Repair

by Duane Plaskett

Earning an A+ Certification is not as daunting a task as it may seem. Becoming certified projects an image knowledgeable of basic computer functions and hardware; multiple operating systems such as Microsoft, Linux and IBM; and a general knowledge of maintenance and networking with a minimum of 2 months of field experience. To become A+ Certified, there are two exams that must be passed according to CompTIA standards: 2009 A+ Essentials (220-601) and Practical Applications (220-702). Depending on the source used to become certified (online course, technical college, etc.), the 2006 test may still be available for certification, which includes different electives such as (220-602) IT Tech., (220-603) Remote Support or (220-604) Depot Tech.

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Contact people for guidance. Talk to a guidance counselor or an instructor at a computer lab. Contact a friend or associate who is A+ Certified, or call a computer company and ask to speak with an IT technician who is A+ Certified. Before making contact with these people, prepare a list of questions about how they entered the field, including formal and informal education, on-the-job training, etc.

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Research education resources online. Use Google, Yahoo, Bing or any other search engine to find sites that can provide study aids, certification courses, or related information. Many online services and technical colleges offer training and study classes. Visit the CompTIA website to determine the best method for preparing to take the required exams.

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Arrange financing for your education. Investigate financing through school or government grants and loans. Contact local banks about school loans or savings programs. Find out if any internship programs are available that would provide training and study while subsidizing certification costs.

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Set aside time to study. Develop a schedule and stick to it. Online there are many study sites such as proprofs.com and intelligentedu.com, which offer free study aids, and comptia.org, which is the non-profit vendor-neutral organization that issues the certifications.

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Get a PC that you can work on and take apart outside of a class. Check with local computer stores or labs at schools.

About the Author

Duane Plaskett grew up in the South. He has written articles and reviews for "Creative Loafing" in Atlanta, Ga., "Trazzler.com" and Demand Studios.

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