On its founding in 1982, the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) stood as one of the first organizations to legitimize the technology industry in terms of business ethics and professionalism, as it dealt with a multitude of concerns that were “new” for the time, from warranty claims to product returns to price protection.
Today, CompTIA continues its effort to keep the now-booming industry in check; most notably in its A+ certification program, one that the industry collectively recognizes as part of the voluntary guidelines it has set, and one that certifies the competency of entry-level PC computer service professionals.
Much like the licensing/certification procedures in various professional fields (such as law and medicine), the CompTIA A+ exam serves as the standard method in confirming a worker’s proficiency in installing, maintaining, customizing, and operating personal computers. Professionals from CertBlaster mention CompTIA’s Security+ (SY0-401), Mobility+ (MB0-001), and Cloud+ (CV0-001) exams as just some of the specialized certifications IT professionals may pursue after completing A+.
With the current pace of technological advancement, CompTIA has recently changed the validity of its A+ certifications from a lifetime duration down to three years. This ensures the consistent efforts of IT professionals in improving their system knowledge, and with it, the systems of the companies they serve. CompTIA also offers IT technicians the option to pay Continuing Education Units (CEUs) to maintain their certification without retaking the exam.
The industry-supported, employer-trusted, and globally recognized A+ certification is not an exam to take lightly. It consists of situational, traditional, and identification-type questions, all in multiple-choice format. Although the A+ exam is open to anybody, its contents are intended for those with at least six months of job experience as service technicians.
With the number of companies starting to include A+ certification in their basis for hiring, candidates applying for jobs involving computing systems—even those in help desk positions or service centers— would do well to try and receive A+ certification. It will raise not only their chances of landing a job but validate their ability to do stellar work in their chosen profession as well.