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CompTIA A+ Certified Service Technician

Posted by imateski on February 4, 2010

If you want to get a foothold in the IT industry, please read on. This text is tailored for you.

The Computing Technology Industry Association is a non profit association of over 20.000 members in over 100 countries. Virtually every major company in the IT industry is a member of the. Some of them are: Microsoft, Cisco Systems, Intel, AMD, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Siemens, Symantec, Novell and thousands more. With over 25 years of tradition, the CompTIA A+ Certified Service Technician has become the stepping stone for a successful career in the IT field.
The CompTIA A+ Certified Service Technician is vendor neutral, general certification that allows you to prove your knowledge in basically all of the general fields of computing, covering hardware, software and networking. But this is not all. There are many vendor specific certificates that prepare the IT Technician to manage networks, troubleshoot PCs, tweak operating systems and so on. But none, NONE of them addresses the key areas of professionalism: Human relations, and Environmentalism. None of the IT certificates ever bothers to tell you that aside of being an IT Technician, you will need to know how to manage people’s emotions, and how to manage outdated or malfunctioned equipment. The CompTIA A+ Certified Service Technician gives you the edge by directing up to 30% studying time to learn these critical skills. By earning your CompTIA A+ Certified Service Technician certification, you become a full fledged member of the IT community, and being very desirable for any employer as you also have the soft skills.
The CompTIA A+ Certified Service Technician is a certification that consists of two exams, the first one is the CompTIA 220-601 Essentials, and the second exam can be either one of the following three options: the broad-range CompTIA 220-602 IT Technician, and the subject focused CompTIA 220-603 Remote Support Technician or CompTIA 220-604 Depot Technician. The most popular and sought after is the CompTIA 220-602 IT Technician, which covers eight different subjects, just like the CompTIA 220-601 Essentials. Unless your employer insists on one of the subject specific certification routes, go for the CompTIA 220-602 IT Technician exam as it covers a wide area of expertise. If you work as a Remote Support Technician, or your employer wants you to become one, then you can opt for the optional CompTIA 220-603 Remote Support Technician exam. The same applies for the CompTIA 220-604 Depot Technician. These certification routes focus on some areas, while ignoring others. As the name signifies, the CompTIA 220-603 Remote Support Technician and the CompTIA 220-604 Depot Technician focus on specific skills that are most useful in the corresponding job positions. On the other hand, the CompTIA 220-602 IT Technician, covers all the crucial subjects, and tests for knowledge in these areas. This route also prepares you for a wider job field. You can easily fill in a position of a Remote Support Technician, or a Depot Technician by taking the CompTIA 220-602 IT Technician, but you will not be the best candidate for a Remote Support job if you take the CopmTIA 220-604 Depot Technician exam because this exam does not have any interest in Laptops and portable devices, nor does it cover Communication and Professionalism which is one of the key aspects of being a front desk IT technician who is constantly interacting with clients. Similarly, if you choose the rouge of the CompTIA 220-603 Remote Support Technician, you will not be able to get a Depot Technician job as you have not demonstrated proficiency in Operating Systems, Networks or Safety and Environmental Issues.
The table below gives the official percentages and objectives for every exam. Review the percentages and see what the best track is for you.

CompTIA A+
220-601 Essentials (%)
220-602 IT Technician(%)
220-603 Remote Support Technician(%)
220-604 Depot Technician(%)
Objectives
1. PC Components
21
18
15
45
2. Laptop and portable devices
11
9
20
3. Operating Systems
21
20
29
4. Printers and Scanners
9
14
10
20
5. Networks
12
11
11
6. Security
11
8
15
5
7. Safety and Environmental Issues
10
5
20
8. Communication and Professionalism
5
15
10



The CompTIA A+ Certified Service Technician is a part of several other curriculums including Cisco’s Network Academy and Microsoft-based certification programs.

If you are the practical type of learner, you can try the set of test simulators that are designed to mimic the actual experience of taking the A+ exams. Each test consists of 90 questions and the time is set to 90 minutes, and at the end you will receive a scoring percentage so you’ll know when you’re ready to take the official exam. The material in these test simulators will prepare you for the exam, and most importantly, you’ll learn from real life scenarios as most of the questions (over 500) are actual repair technician interventions. So you will get the theory, and you’ll also get the hands-on experience covering everything you’ll bump into as a CompTIA A+ Service Technician. These simulators offer FOUR TIMES more material than competitors because here you will get detailed explanations for all of the offered answers. So, you’ll learn why a certain answer is correct, but you will also get explanations why the other options are not correct. The content packed in the simulators is more useful than reading a book, it’s much more fun and you will learn a lot more because the high quality of the explanations.

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2 Responses to “CompTIA A+ Certified Service Technician”

  1. There is plain a lot for me to learn outside of my books. Thanks for the fantastic read,

  2. Zonalibre said

    I usually don’t post on many Blogs, nevertheless I just has to say thank you… keep up the amazing work. Ok regrettably its time to get to school.

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