Online CompTIA ITF+ & A+ Course

Earn your CompTIA ITF+ and A+ certifications at Towson University.

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CompTIA’s IT Fundamentals (ITF+) certification provides an introduction to IT concepts and skills and is intended as a “pre-career” certification that organizes basic IT knowledge. After mastering the fundamentals, CompTIA recommends moving on to the A+ certification, the industry’s first performance-based curriculum designed for starting IT professionals. This 100% online course will help you will master core concepts that directly apply to the ITF+ and A+ certification exams.

Total Hours: 390

Tuition: $2,499 includes all instructional materials and a voucher for both Core 1 and Core 2 exams.

Location: Online

This course is delivered by our education partners at ed2go.

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  • Identify the purpose and function of software, hardware, and security components
  • Analyze, manage, and troubleshoot mobile devices, networking technologies, hardware, virtualization and cloud computing, and network systems
  • Install, configure, and troubleshoot operating systems, expanded security, software, and operational items
  • Prepare to take and pass CompTIA A+ Core 1 (220-1001) and Core 2 (220-1002) exams

IT Fundamentals Preparation

IT foundations, framework, programs, programming, databases and security

A+ Preparation

Core 1: hardware, networking and mobile; Core 2: troubleshooting and security for Windows, Mac and Linux

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By course completion, you will be fully prepared to take and pass CompTIA A+ Core 1 (220-1001) and Core 2 (220-1002) exams.

CompTIA A+ Core exams require candidates to demonstrate skills in:

  • Baseline security skills for IT support professionals
  • Configuring device operating systems, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS, Android and iOS Administering client-based as well as cloud-based (SaaS) software
  • Troubleshooting and problem-solving service and support challenges, applying best practices for documentation, change management, and scripting
  • Supporting basic IT infrastructure and networking
  • Configuring and supporting PC, mobile and IoT device hardware
  • Implementing data backup and recovery methods, applying best practices for data storage and management

Is the CompTIA A+ certification good for an entry level job?

According to the CompTIA, the A+ certification is the industry-leading credential for support specialists, field service, desktop support and help desk support jobs.

What jobs can I get with a CompTIA A+ certification?

Although job titles may vary by organization and department, the following job titles feature duties covered by the CompTIA A+ certification:

  • Service and user help desk support
  • Technical support specialist
  • Associate network engineer
  • Data support technician
  • Desktop support administrator
  • Help desk technician
  • System support specialist

Is ITF+ certification required for A+ certification?

Although the ITF+ certification is not listed as a formal prerequisite for the A+ exam, CompTIA highly recommends ITF+ for those embarking on their first formal training for a career in IT. It is designed to provide a framework in IT skills that can lead to a wide variety of specialized areas or can lead a prospective employee to another area outside the formal IT domain.

How does ITF+ prepare for A+ certification?

ITF+ is an ideal introduction to the IT concepts addressed in the more advanced A+ certification process. A+ preparation courses can be expected to address:

  • Hardware, including networking and troubleshooting
  • Mobile devices
  • Operating systems
  • Software troubleshooting
  • Networking, including virtualization, cloud computing and security
  • Professionals with computer support skills are in high demand. Data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) indicates that computer support specialist jobs will enjoy 10% growth between now and 2028. This is a rate of approximately double that expected for overall job growth.
  • In addition to this strong job growth, the BLS notes that growth in IT areas such as networking, security and device management means that the field also holds strong advancement opportunities.
  • Salaries among IT support specialists generally reflect this high demand. The BLS notes that salaries for computer support specialists average $63,460 per year. The Bureau notes that lower salaries, such as those offered to inexperienced professionals, average $38,990, or around $19-20 per hour.

Hardware Requirements

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.
  • Webcams are strongly recommended.

Software Requirements

  • PC: Windows XP or later.
  • Mac: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6 or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.
  • Microsoft Word (not included in enrollment).
  • Windows Media Player.
  • Adobe Flash Player. Download the Flash Player.
  • Adobe Acrobat Reader. Download the Acrobat Reader.
  • Software must be installed and fully operational before the course begins.

Other

  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

There are no prerequisites to take the course. However, CompTIA recommends having up to one year of hands on experience before taking the A+ exam.

*NOTE: WIOA, G.I. Bill®, and other specialized workforce assistance programs are not eligible for discounts.

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