Started on October 24, 2021

Textbook: All in One, CompTIA A+ Certification Exam Guide, 9th Edition by Mike Meyers

This course is designed to provide participants with the fundamentals of building a workstation and installing and configuring various operating systems. Participants learn the foundation-level of understanding basic computer systems and common internet technologies and to install and troubleshoot a user’s desktop system. Participants will also learn the fundamentals of installing and configuring Windows operating systems on a desktop and a laptop.Completing this course and getting an A+ certification affords a wealth of advantages. First of all, it’s ideal for those interested in getting straight into the workforce with minimal time spent on education. It provides you with very intensive training over a short-term period, giving you a broad base of knowledge upon which to start building your career as a computer technician. Another advantage is that it is one of the most inexpensive ways for you to get your foot in the door of this particular field. Information Technology (IT) can be a very competitive industry, so becoming adept at the hardware and software aspects can often pave the way to becoming adept at other challenging careers within the IT industry. It can allow you to qualify for corporate training programs, internships or apprenticeships because it shows employers that you are willing and eager to learn. In an industry that changes on a daily basis, proving yourself willing to grow with it is often the best way for you to achieve success.

Course Topics

Hardware: The Hardware Section provides participants with a detailed overview on various aspects of personal computer hardware. Participants will receive instruction on computer components, including bus architecture, motherboards, CPU/RAM, chipsets, peripherals, I/O-data transfers, portable computing devices, with hands-on experience and practice components. Participants learn to disassemble and reassemble an actual computer. Participants will install various peripheral devices, including optical drives (CD/DVD-ROM), hard drives, video cards and network interface cards. Participants with also learn to build, install, configure, implement, troubleshoot, support, administer, test and maintain a user’s desktop system. Course topics include:

• Fundamentals of Computer
• Computer Components, Disassembly, & Reassembly
• Hardware Installation; Understanding Operating System configuration
• Installing and Upgrading Client Systems
• Managing Applications, Files and Folders, Devices
• Understanding Operating System Maintenance

Software: The Software Section of this course provides participants with the fundamentals to install, configure, implement, troubleshoot, support, administer, test and maintain Windows operating systems on a desktop and laptop computers. Participants will receive instruction on Windows operating system installation and configuration, networking, upgrading Windows, NTFS security, creating users and group accounts, maintaining and optimizing Windows, working with the command-line interface, troubleshooting Windows, LAN and WAN basic, wireless networking, Internet, multimedia, computer security, and virtualization. Course topics include:

• Visible Windows & Networks, Installing and Upgrading Windows
• Windows Under the Hood, NTFS, Users, and Groups
• Maintaining and Optimizing Windows, Working with the Command-Line Interface
• Troubleshooting Windows, Local Area Networking & Wireless Networking
• The Internet, Multimedia, Securing Computers, Virtualization


This is a lecture-hands-on course in which topics are presented by the instructor, practice hands- on labs are explained and assigned by the instructor and are completed by participants during lab periods. Participants are encouraged to read assigned chapters prior to attending class. Participants are divided into groups for optimum lab-work execution and completion. Objectives and quizzes are given daily, and there is a mid-term exam and a comprehensive final exam. This course requires a total of 108 in-class hours.

There are no prerequisites for this course. However, it’s a policy of the school that all participants have a high school diploma or GED certificate and with a minimum 9th grade math and reading comprehension level. It is also advised that participants possess the below listed skills prior to taking this course.
• Basic Computer Assessment Test & Computer Literacy
• Basic Microsoft Windows Navigation Skills
• Basic Internet Usage Skills
Certification Exam Prep: CompTIA A+ This course will also prepare participants for the CompTIA A+ (A Plus) certification exam that is an entry-level computer certification for PC computer service technicians. The exam is designed to certify the competency of entry-level PC computer service professionals in installing, maintaining, customizing, and operating personal computers.
CompTIA A+ certification validates the latest foundation-level knowledge and skills needed by today’s computer support professionals. It is the starting point for a career in the Information Technology industry. CompTIA A+ certification proves competence in a technician’s ability to perform essential IT tasks such as installation, configuration, diagnosing, preventative maintenance, basic networking and security. It also confirms a technician’s understanding of customer service and communication skills needed to work with clients. In addition to granting you competency in computer hardware and software use, A plus certification is a natural lead-in to other certification programs and will help make you more competitive in the workforce by granting you credentialing that will assure employers of your technological expertise. The A+ exam is open to anybody, although it is designed to be taken by those with at least six months of job experience as service technicians or for persons who have successfully completed a course of study for CompTIA A+. Participants are encouraged to take the CompTIA A+: 220-1001 & 220-1002 examinations immediately upon completion of this course.

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