A+901: CompTIA A+ Certification (Exam 220-901)

The course will build on your existing user-level knowledge and experience with personal computer (PC) hardware to present fundamental skills and concepts that you will use on the job. In this course, you will acquire the essential skills and information you will need to install, configure, troubleshoot, upgrade, and perform preventive maintenance on PCs and mobile device hardware.

The CompTIA A+ (Exam 220-901) course can benefit you in two ways. Whether you work or plan to work in a mobile or corporate environment where you have a high level of face-to-face customer interaction, where client communication and client training are important, or in an environment with limited customer interaction and an emphasis on hardware activities, this course provides the background knowledge and skills you will require to be a successful A+ technician. It can also assist you if you are preparing to take the CompTIA A+ certification examination, 2016 objectives (exam number 220-901), in order to become a CompTIA A+ Certified Professional.

Course Outline

Lesson 1: Hardware Fundamentals

  • Topic A: Personal Computer Components

  • Topic B: Storage Devices

  • Topic C: Mobile Digital Devices

  • Topic D: Connection Interfaces

Lesson 2: Networking Fundamentals

  • Topic A: Network Types

  • Topic B: Network Components

Lesson 3: Supporting Display Devices 

  • Topic A: Install Display Devices

  • Topic B: Configure Display Devices

  • Topic C: Troubleshoot Video and Display Devices

Lesson 4: Installing and Configuring Peripheral Components

  • Topic A: Install and Configure Input Devices

  • Topic B: Install and Configure Output Devices

  • Topic C: Install and Configure Input/Output Devices

  • Topic D: Install and Configure Expansion Cards

Lesson 5: Managing System Components 

  • Topic A: Identify Motherboard Components and Features

  • Topic B: Install and Configure CPUs and Cooling Systems

  • Topic C: Install Power Supplies

  • Topic D: Troubleshoot System Components

Lesson 6: Managing Data Storage

  • Topic A: Identify RAM Types and Features

  • Topic B: Troubleshoot RAM Issues

  • Topic C: Install and Configure Storage Devices

  • Topic D: Configure the System Firmware

  • Topic E: Troubleshoot Hard Drives and RAID Arrays

Lesson 7: Customized Client Environments

  • Topic A: Types of Common Business Clients

  • Topic B: Custom Client Environments

Lesson 8: Networking Technologies

  • Topic A: TCP/IP Properties and Characteristics

  • Topic B: TCP/IP

  • Topic C: Internet Connections

  • Topic D: Ports and Protocols

  • Topic E: Networking Tools

Lesson 9: Installing and Configuring Networking Capabilities

  • Topic A: Configure Network Perimeters

  • Topic B: Install and Configure SOHO Networks

  • Topic C: Troubleshoot Wired and Wireless Networks

Lesson 10: Supporting Mobile Digital Devices

  • Topic A: Install and Configure Exterior Laptop Components

  • Topic B: Install and Configure Interior Laptop Components

  • Topic C: Other Mobile Devices

  • Topic D: Mobile Device Accessories and Ports

  • Topic E: Troubleshoot Mobile Device Hardware

Lesson 11: Supporting Printers and Multifunction Devices 

  • Topic A: Printer and Multifunction Technologies

  • Topic B: Install and Configure Printers

  • Topic C: Maintain Printers

  • Topic D: Troubleshoot Printers

Appendix A: Mapping Course Content to CompTIA A+ Certification Exam 220-901

Appendix B: A+ Command Reference


This course is designed for individuals who have basic computer user skills and who are interested in obtaining a job as an entry-level IT technician. This course is also designed for students who are seeking the CompTIA A+ certification and who want to prepare for the CompTIA A+ 220-901 Certification Exam.

To become CompTIA A+ certified, you need to take and pass both exam 220-901 and 220-902.