5 Reasons Why You Should Get IT Certified

You can begin building a career that promises better pay and benefits than you may have now with a certification in Information Technology Systems. It’s a fantastic way to get into an IT career and grow. Here’s why.

  • Certifications are the Key to Your IT Career: Being CompTIA, CISSP, or CISCO certified means that you understand the cutting-edge fundamentals of computer hardware and software.
  • IT Allows You to Go Anywhere: Information technology security is needed world-wide, and allows you to go virtually anywhere! 
  • IT Security is a Great Work-From-Home Career:: Many jobs in IT today do not require employees to work at an office or another specific location anymore.
  • Certification Can Open the Door to Better Pay: Jobs in IT are among the best paying in our time, and there are plenty available, with new ones being created every day.
  • IT Security Leads the Way to a Better Work–Life Balance: Moving from a stressful, physically demanding or unsatisfying career into IT could give your life new meaning.

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5 Reasons Why You Should Get IT Certified

You can begin building a career that promises better pay and benefits than you may have now with a certification in Information Technology Systems. It’s a fantastic way to get into an IT career and grow. Here’s why.

  • Certifications are the Key to Your IT Career: Being CompTIA, CISSP, or CISCO certified means that you understand the cutting-edge fundamentals of computer hardware and software.
  • IT Allows You to Go Anywhere: Information technology security is needed world-wide, and allows you to go virtually anywhere! 
  • IT Security is a Great Work-From-Home Career:: Many jobs in IT today do not require employees to work at an office or another specific location anymore.
  • Certification Can Open the Door to Better Pay: Jobs in IT are among the best paying in our time, and there are plenty available, with new ones being created every day.
  • IT Security Leads the Way to a Better Work–Life Balance: Moving from a stressful, physically demanding or unsatisfying career into IT could give your life new meaning.

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Cannot find the course you are looking for?

Browse Catalog

Financial Assistance

Our Online Career Training Programs are competitively priced and offer you an exceptional value as you train for your new career.

Explore Financial Aid

Military Spouse?

We know balancing a family is challenging and we want to help you focus on your career too. Webster University is committed to empowering the spouses of those serving our country.

Check out MyCAA and whether you qualify for up to $4000 in tution assistance!

Get More Information

CompTIA™ A+ Training

Prepare for the CompTIA A+ Certification Exam

CompTIA's A+ certification is the top credential for associate-level IT professionals. This 100% online course will prepare you for CompTIA A+ certification exams 220-1001 and 220-1002. You’ll learn how to install and configure operating systems, expand IT security, troubleshoot software and other common operational procedures.

6 months / 290 Course Hours

Includes Certificate of Completion from Webster University

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CompTIA A+ Training Course

Self-Paced - Instructor Led

Study on your own schedule
Includes CompTia Exam Voucher

Job Outlook for CompTIA A+ Certified IT Professionals

According to PayScale.com, certified IT and computer support specialists can earn around $44,970 per year on average. 

 Earning CompTIA A+ certification expands job opportunities for computer and IT support specialists because it focuses on knowledge that can be applied across computer systems and networks. 

The Bureau of Labor Statistics also lists "Computer Support Specialist" among its most promising career areas, expecting 10 percent annual growth in job opportunities over the coming decade.

CompTIA A+ FAQs

Why Should I Get Comptia A+ Certified?

The CompTIA A+ certification addresses performance-based topics and questions that prove you can think on your feet and solve systems, software and network problems in real-time.

Why Does Comptia A+ Certification Matter For It Support Specialists?

As the most respected associate-level IT certification in the industry, CompTIA A+ certification verifies that you have passed a standard that is supported by companies like Intel, Dell and HP.

Why Does Comptia A+ Certification Matter For It Support Specialists?

Support specialists install and support hardware, including computers, accessories, mobile devices and network equipment. They also monitor, maintain and troubleshoot hardware, networks, operating systems and applications.

Which Job Titles Is The Comptia A+ Certification Associated With?

Every organization creates its own job titles. CompTIA A+ certified professionals could work as a service desk analyst, technical support specialist, desktop support administrator, help desk technician or system support specialist.

Course Objectives

  • Learn the installation, maintenance and troubleshooting processes for most devices.
  • Be fully prepared to sit for the CompTIA 220-1001 and 220-1002 certification exams.

CompTIA™ A+ Training

Prerequisites

There are no prerequisites to enroll in this course, however you should have basic knowledge of computer hardware and operating systems—for example, how to power up and log on to a machine, how to use a mouse and keyboard, and basic Microsoft Windows navigation skills.

This course is for you if you're interested in pursuing a career in information technology, specifically related to PC technology. This course will prepare you obtain a CompTIA A+ Certification designation.

Curriculum

  • HARDWARE
    Desktop and laptop assembly, motherboards, BIOS and Processors
  • HARDWARE PART II
    Troubleshooting cooling and power issues, maintaining and install hard drives and storage
  • NETWORKING
    Common approaches to network connections, router setup, TCP/IP and local networking
  • MOBILE AND MORE
    Mobile device security and virtualization

COMPTIA A+ (220-1002)
Introduction to the 220-1002 section of the CompTIA A+ exam

  • WINDOWS
    Tools for installing and maintaining Windows interfaces, command lines and remote desktops
  • TROUBLESHOOTING
    Solving problems with boot process, startup and re-installation
  • SECURITY
    Best practices for securing Windows from malicious software
  • MAC & LINUX
    Troubleshooting and maintaining MacOS and Linux operating systems

Instructor

David Grimes
David Grimes has more than 10 years of management and leadership experience in the private and non-profit sectors. Grimes is passionate about technology and education, having worked as academic dean, student services director, technology coordinator, teacher, consultant, and technology columnist. He holds a Master of Education and a Bachelor of Science from Ohio State University, both in Technology Education.

Registration and Enrollment

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Reviews

  • I would recommend the CompTIA A+ course to someone in my position. If you need to get this type of IT information quickly all in one place and for a good price, the class is great for that.

    D.P.

  • I liked the variety of instruction materials; it wasn't just text or reading. The lectures and worksheets and labs were good reinforcement of the topics. I liked having a course syllabus and daily schedule to follow. It kept me motivated and on task.

    K.S

    Blackhawk Technical College

  • I loved the Flexibility of the course, because as an older person and disable it was manageable.

    O.N.

    University of Hawaii-Manoa

  • I would recommend the CompTIA A+ course to someone in my position. If you need to get this type of IT information quickly all in one place and for a good price, the class is great for that.

    D.P.

  • I liked the variety of instruction materials; it wasn't just text or reading. The lectures and worksheets and labs were good reinforcement of the topics. I liked having a course syllabus and daily schedule to follow. It kept me motivated and on task.

    K.S

    Blackhawk Technical College

  • I loved the Flexibility of the course, because as an older person and disable it was manageable.

    O.N.

    University of Hawaii-Manoa

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