Yes, the CompTIA A+ Core 1 is definitely worth it. The entire A+ certification has two required exams -- the Core 1 is worth it because it covers the basics of working with system and network hardware. For new IT professionals, the Core 1 portion of the A+ certification is worth it because it familiarizes you with all the technology, hardware and software you’ll run into throughout your career. Not only that, but even experienced systems administrators will find the A+ Core 1 worth it for proving their experience and knowledge.
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CompTIA A+ Core 1 (220-1001) FAQs: Cost, Training, Value
The CompTIA A+ Core 1 costs $232. Both of the exams for the CompTIA A+ -- the Core 1 and Core 2 -- cost $232. That means that earning the entire CompTIA A+ will cost at least $464, but only taking the A+ Core will cost half that. In addition to the exam itself, the A+ Core 1 could cost as much as $649 if you want to pay CompTIA for study and exam prep materials although there are cheaper alternatives.
The CompTIA+ A+ Core 1 is actually fairly easy, but it’s hard if you don’t prepare properly. The thing that makes the A+ Core 1 difficult is that it’s intentionally designed to be vendor-agnostic. That means that even if you’re already familiar with specific system or network hardware, you could find the A+ Core 1 difficult because it’s about general facts, not specific ones. But all things considered, with good preparation, the CompTIA A+ Core 1 is pretty easy.
The A+ Core 1 doesn’t technically expire, but the A+ certification does. The Core 1 is only one half of the A+ certification, and once you pass both the Core 1 and the Core 2, your A+ certification expires three years later. If you attend CompTIA training, earn a higher certification, or complete continuing education activities within those three years, you can recertify the CompTIA A+ Core 1 before it expires.
The CompTIA A+ Core 1 is one of the two necessary exams for earning the CompTIA A+, one of the world’s leading entry-level IT certifications. The CompTIA A+ Core 1 covers the portion of the certification that deals with mobile devices, networking technology, hardware, virtualization and cloud computing, and network troubleshooting. The A+ Core 1 is vendor-agnostic, which means it focuses on IT knowledge and skills regardless of the hardware or software manufacturer.