New CompTIA A+ certification exams

New programme is a problem-solving solution for technology professionals and employers alike

Stanger says new content included in the CompTIA A+ 1000 series exams reflects the impact of new and emerging technologies.
Stanger says new content included in the CompTIA A+ 1000 series exams reflects the impact of new and emerging technologies.

CompTIA, a technology industry association, has launched a new version of its flagship CompTIA A+ certification, featuring a greater emphasis on the problem-solving and critical thinking skills necessary to operate today’s enterprise networks.

Technology professionals from around the world shared their expertise during the development of the new CompTIA A+ exams, ensuring that the new tests validate the core skills in areas such as cloud computing, cybersecurity, the Internet of Things (IoT) and virtualisation.

 “New content included in the CompTIA A+ 1000 series exams reflects the impact of new and emerging technologies,” said Dr. James Stanger, chief technology evangelist for CompTIA. “Workplace technology continues to change, sometimes radically. CompTIA A+ captures the critical skills that IT professionals need to support and secure today’s end points, from traditional and mobile platforms to cloud-enabled IoT devices. No other certification in the marketplace offers this combination of skills assessment and validation.”

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CompTIA A+ stands out from other credentials through its use of performance-based exam items. To become certified tech professionals must be able to think on their feet and perform critical IT support tasks in complex IT environments.

“This becomes a clear differentiator in the hiring, upskilling and promotion process,” Stanger said. “IT pros who demonstrate these abilities are, from day one on the job, prepared to be contributing members of critical-path teams, from security operations to cloud and network administration to platform support.”

That level of readiness is critical for employers.

“An entry-level worker who has earned CompTIA A+ is a proven problem-solver, someone who’s able to address complicated IT issues,” noted Teresa Sears, senior director, certification product management, at CompTIA. “That frees up senior-level employees to work on strategic, higher-level projects that enable a business to operate more efficiently and impact a company’s bottom line in a positive way.”

 For individual IT professionals achieving CompTIA A+ certification validates their knowledge and abilities in several areas, including creative problem-solving; resolving cybersecurity issues; knowledge of cloud and virtualisation; and exposure to a variety of IT functions.

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