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CompTIA A+ (Core 220-1002) Online Training


Garth Schulte

Knox Hutchinson

Keith Barker


CompTIA A+ (Core 220-1002) Online Training

In this foundational CompTIA A+ training, Keith Barker, Knox Hutchinson, and Garth Schulte prepare learners to take the Core 220-1002 exam, which is one of two exams required to earn the CompTIA A+ certification.

While the first exam is mostly hardware and networking, the Core 220-1002 exam primarily covers software, security, troubleshooting, and operational procedures like backup, recovery, safety, and documentation.

CompTIA A+ is a common entry point into IT certification. That’s because the two A+ exams validate a wide range of hardware, software, security and even cloud topics. In this latest update to the Core curriculum, CompTIA broadened the A+ curriculum to include cloud services, advanced networking, and virtualization — essential skill sets from day one in most IT jobs.

With at least 6 to 12 months of desktop or hardware experience, IT professionals who complete this Core 220-1002 training will be better prepared to step into more senior support roles while laying the groundwork to step up as a junior system or network administrator.

For anyone who manages a help desk or IT team, this A+ training can be used for exam prep, on-boarding new support techs or sysadmins, or selectively curated for any training plan.

Core 220-1002: What You Need to Know

This CompTIA A+ training maps to the CompTIA Core 220-1002 exams objectives, and covers topics such as:

  • Software, including scripting languages and files, data types and variables, arrays and loops, and comments
  • Hardware components and how they work
  • Different networking types and protocols and how to configure networking connections
  • How to properly care for data, including backups and sensitive data, and dispose of it when needed
  • Troubleshooting for common mobile issues
  • Unix, macOS, and Linux maintenance, tools, and features
  • How to deal with modern-day threats such as malware

Who Should Take CompTIA A+ 220-1002 Training?

This A+ training is considered foundational-level CompTIA training, which means it was designed for technical support specialists with 6 to 12 months of experience - or no experience at all. This Core 220-1002 course is valuable for new or aspiring IT professionals, experienced technical support specialists looking to validate foundational skills and non-technical professionals.

Desktop hardware user training. This CompTIA A+ training is designed for someone with little to no technical experience, so CompTIA training is ideal for training non-technical professionals who would benefit from a basic knowledge of hardware, software, cloud computing, and even troubleshooting. CompTIA A+ training is the gold standard for teaching new IT professionals the ropes — and you can use it to train your entire team.

New or aspiring IT professionals. This CompTIA A+ training is the perfect first step for anyone who just landed their first IT job — or those thinking about getting into the IT field. Anthony teaches the basics including backups, security, operating systems, hardware, configuring network connectivity, disposing of old devices and data, and more in this introductory technical support course. This Core 220-1002 course can help prepare you for the A+ certification exam as well, which can open up new opportunities, such as a career in desktop or technical support or even as a junior system administration.

Experienced IT professionals. CompTIA A+ training might be foundational, but even experienced technical support specialists can use a refresher from time to time. That’s particularly true with the skills relating to the care and management of computers and networks. (Everyone can use those.) Particularly with the updates from the 900-series A+ series, every network tech or systems administrator should crack open this course even if they don’t plan to get certified.

Skills You'll Learn in this Course

  • Operating System Basics

    Entry 31 mins7 videos
  • Features of Microsoft Windows Versions

    Entry 40 mins7 videos
  • Operating System Installation

    Entry 35 mins7 videos
  • Use Microsoft Command-Line Tools

    Entry 47 mins6 videos
  • Use Microsoft Operating System Features and Tools

    Entry 36 mins6 videos
  • Use Microsoft Windows Control Panel Utilities

    Entry 36 mins7 videos
  • Application Installation and Configuration

    Entry 16 mins4 videos
  • Configure Client-Side Windows Networking

    Entry 39 mins7 videos
  • Features and Tools of MacOS and Linux Client/Desktop OS

    Entry 33 mins6 videos
  • Physical Security Measures

    Entry 21 mins4 videos
  • Logical Security Concepts

    Entry 36 mins6 videos
  • Wireless Security Protocols and Authentication Methods

    Entry 35 mins5 videos
  • Malware Fundamentals

    Entry 29 mins4 videos
  • Social Engineering, Threats, and Vulnerabilities

    31 mins4 videos
  • Windows Operating System Security Settings

    Entry 29 mins5 videos
  • Best Practices for Securing a Workstation

    Entry 24 mins4 videos
  • Mobile Device Security

    Entry 23 mins4 videos
  • Data Destruction and Disposal

    Entry 7 mins2 videos
  • WiFi Protocols and Security Fundamentals

    Entry 27 mins5 videos
  • Configure Wired and Wireless Security

    Entry 18 mins3 videos
  • Troubleshoot Operating Systems

    Entry 34 mins6 videos
  • Troubleshoot PC Security Issues

    Entry 20 mins5 videos
  • Malware Removal

    Entry 14 mins7 videos
  • Troubleshoot Mobile OSs and Apps

    Entry 18 mins4 videos
  • Troubleshoot Mobile Device Security

    Entry 20 mins4 videos
  • Documentation Best Practices

    Entry 27 mins6 videos
  • Change Management Best Practices

    Entry 15 mins4 videos
  • Implement Basic Disaster Prevention and Recovery

    Entry 28 mins6 videos
  • Common Safety Procedures

    Entry 22 mins6 videos
  • Environmental Impacts and Controls

    Entry 13 mins4 videos
  • Regulatory and Policy-Based Incident Response

    Entry 23 mins5 videos
  • Scripting Basics

    Entry 17 mins4 videos
  • Remote Access Technologies

    Entry 13 mins4 videos
  • Demonstrate Professionalism

    Entry 20 mins4 videos
  • Core 220-1002 Learning Resources

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