CompTIA recently revised their popular A+ exams, updating the certification series to 220-901 and 220-902 (previously 220-801 and 220-802). Trainer Anthony Sequeira completed his CompTIA A+ 220-901 course for the updated exam, with his follow-up course for the 220-902 coming soon. Anthony’s entry-level, 10-hour course focuses on the topics covered by the updated exam objectives, including motherboards, storage, CPUs, networking, WiFi, mobile devices, and more. Anthony’s course also includes a variety of hands-on labs, giving learners the chance to practice what they learn.
We caught up with Anthony to ask him about his new course.
Q: Why should companies train their IT professionals in this technology? What value does it bring? This course is one of the two courses/exams required for the CompTIA A+ certification. This certification is the perfect first step into the world of Information Technology. From the hardware used today, to the software that powers it, this certification covers it all! New and important topics have been added in this latest version including virtualization, security, and data center technologies.
Q: From a student perspective, what did you keep in mind when creating this course? Fun, fun and more fun! When learning topics like computer networking and the various hardware components that can exist in these devices, it can be easy for an instructor to get very dry, very quickly. I work hard to make sure this never happens! Also, it can be easy to “over teach” this course; going much farther into details that are not required for this exam and this level. I made sure not to make this mistake. Finally, I addressed the exam head on for learners with Hands-on Lab Nuggets and 385 electronic Flash Cards (included in the NuggetLab materials) to drill the material home.
Q: Any out-of-the-box tips for students to get the most out of your course? Watch the videos more than once; take notes; and use the Flash Cards!
Q: What’s one real-world application someone can expect to use, thanks to this course? A student will leave this course ready to install and troubleshoot the hardware common in Small Office/Home Office networks of today. They will also understand many of the concepts involved in much larger networks.
Q: What was your favorite Nugget to create? My favorite Nugget was probably the RAM Nugget. I used video to really spice it up and my 14-year-old daughter was the assistant in the video!
Q: What’s the ONE thing you hope learners take away from this training? The Information Technology field is incredibly interesting and rewarding!