CompTIA A+ Textbook CompTIA Accredited Course CMT01A - Academy of York

CompTIA A+ Textbook CompTIA Accredited Course CMT01A


CompTIA A+

The CompTIA A+ certification is the industry standard for computer support technicians. This international certification proves competence in areas such as installation, preventative maintenance, networking, security and troubleshooting. CompTIA A+ certified technicians will understand the basic functionality of the operating system and basic troubleshooting methodology, practice proper safety procedures and will effectively learn how to interact with customers and peers.

Two exams are necessary to be certified:

  • CompTIA A+ Essentials, exam code 220-901
  • CompTIA A+ Practical Application, exam code 220-902

CompTIA A+ Essentials measures the necessary competencies of an entry-level IT professional with a recommended 500 hours of hands-on experience in the lab or field. Successful students will have the knowledge required to understand the fundamentals of computer technology, networking and security, as well as the communication skills and professionalism now required of all entry level IT professionals.

CompTIA A+ Practical Application is an extension of the knowledge and skills identified in CompTIA A+ Essentials, with more of a “hands-on” orientation focused on scenarios in which troubleshooting and tools must be applied to resolve problems

Course Overview

  • Troubleshooting Methodology
  • Operating Systems
  • Electricity and Power Supplies
  • CPUs and Motherboards
  • The Basic Input and Output System
  • Memory Systems
  • Bus Structures
  • Expansion Cards
  • Peripheral Connection Types
  • Data Storage Devices
  • Video Output and Image Input Devices
  • Connection Computers
  • Networking Computers
  • Portable Computers
  • Monitoring and Management
  • Operating System Troubleshooting
  • Security
  • Windows installation and Upgrades
  • Safety and Maintenance
  • Troubleshooting Hardware

CompTIA A+ Certification: Practical Application

  • CPUs and Motherboards
  • Memory Systems
  • Expansion Cards
  • Data Storage Devices
  • Printers and Scanners
  • Mobile Computing
  • Windows Management
  • Windows Maintenance
  • Networking Troubleshooting
  • Security

Entry Requirements

Students taking this course should have user-level skills and knowledge of personal computers.

Study period: up to 6 months

Additional Requirements

We recommend the following requirements for a standard PC setup:

  • Personal computer with minimum 1GHz (x86) or 1.4GHz (x64) processor (2GHz or faster recommended).
  • 1 GB of RAM or more (4 GB recommended; 8 GB enables you to host all the virtual machines specified for all the practical exercises in the book).
  • 15 GB free hard disk space (60 GB recommended; 80 GB enables you to host all the virtual machines specified for all the practical exercises in the book).
  • DVD-ROM drive or DVD-Writer drive.
  • Super VGA (1,024 x 768) or higher resolution video adapter and monitor.
  • Keyboard and Microsoft mouse or compatible pointing device

CompTIA Assessment and Certification

The CompTIA A+ Course is externally examined at a Pearson VUE Testing Centre. You will need to contact your nearest testing Centre two weeks in advance, before writing the external exams. Please note that your exam fees are not included in your tuition fee. Exams can be booked online at

On successful completion of your external exams you will receive the internationally recognised CompTIA A+ Certificate.

AOY Accreditation

Academy of York is accredited by FASSET SETA, SAIOSH, HWSETA, SABPP, PMSA, CompTIA, COMENSA and the Institute of Certified Bookkeepers (ICB), and is registered with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a Private College.

This course is accredited by CompTIA.

Course Name: CompTIA A+(CMT01A)
Price Before bursary R15,000
Price after bursary R9,000*
Once off payment price R8,100
Payment Plan R600 over 15 months
Study period: 12 months Registration fee: R1000
Course Name: CompTIA A+ & N+(CMTAN1)
Price Before bursary R20,000
Price after bursary R12,000*
Once off payment price R11,000
Payment Plan R750 over 16 months
Study period: 18 months Registration fee: R1,300
Course Name: CompTIA A+, N+, S+
Price Before bursary R26,667
Price after bursary R16,000*
Once off payment price R14,500
Payment Plan R800 over 20 months
Study period: 18 months Registration fee: R1,500

*Prospective students need to contact Academy of York to determine if they qualify for a bursary

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