Join Steve Fullmer for an in-depth discussion in this video CompTIA?, part of CompTIA A+ Exam Prep (220-802).
- You're about to watch the CompTIA A+ course. Now, interface technical training, and I personally, love to do knowledge transfers, so that we're helping you understand how to take the knowledge and apply it to your every day job. And that's typically what we put together in our video series. But, this particular series focuses on certification. So although I am going to focus on knowledge transfer throughout this video series, I also wanna point out that this is about helping you prepare for CompTIA A+ certification. Well, who or what is CompTIA, and why do you care? Let's get that introduction in first, because a lot of the questions I get asked in the classroom when teaching for this certification is, "What's CompTIA, how do I get the test materials, "how do I study for the exam and what are my alternatives? "Why the A+ certification first?" Well, it doesn't have to be the first certification you take, but it is the industry's baseline or basic PC certification exam.
One of the first things you're gonna wanna do is actually go out to the CompTIA website. So I'm gonna bring it up here, already went to it, so I've been waiting for the page to load, here we go. They're the industry standard organization. They are not vendor-specific, they are not even nation-specific, although they do focus on meeting the requirements of some of their large customer constituencies across the world. But this is an international certification, truly recognized internationally. What you wanna do is you get started just click on the Certification link, and that will show you the different certification tracks that are available to you.
One of the things that you're gonna really wanna look into kind of quickly is to take a look at the, and this is a certification CompTIA, that go explore careers. So what I'm gonna do to find that page here, is search "Explore careers", and let's see how quickly I can find it, didn't bookmark this specific page, but when you go to look for "Explore careers," it's gonna show you all the different careers that are available to you in the IT industry, and if we click the Career Road-map here, you'll see the picture that I have up on the screen, and the important part of this to you as you prepare to consider or take CompTIA A+ certification, is this complete track that's available to you.
So, if we look at the track right here, this is CompTIA A+, and so I can actually hover on that and get information about the CompTIA A+ certification. A+ is just the foundational certification, along with Network+, the Linux+, and SMSP, those are kind of tracks that we move on, and then you can move into Security+, and be on that Server, Storage, Cloud, and Mobility Technologies. But these are showing you paths to different IT career paths, so if you're on a Project Management, they have Project+ and the CDIA+, those are basic Project terminology courses, that might be an intro to you considering getting a Project Management professional certification from PMI, or there's IT Skills and Software Architecture, Help Desk, Database and Network, Security Networking and Training.
CompTIA's keeping the standards from several different organizations together to allow individuals to get an IT career path. So, the course that we're putting together here for A+ is about helping you get an introduction to becoming a great PC analyst, a help desk analyst, a database administrator, it's the foundation for lots of different IT careers. Consequently, a lot of what this exam is preparing you to do is to pick one of several career paths as you move forward, so it's very foundational in terms of the vocabulary and the context that we will be providing throughout this entire video series.
Go take a look and see what your options are. But really this course is about the CompTIA A+ certification so what you're gonna want to do is to go back to the homepage where it says, Get Certified, scroll down to click CompTIA A+, and after you click CompTIA A+ you're going to get to this information that's all about, specifically, the A+ exam. Now I've got a special video that just focuses on helping you prepare for the exam. I want to give you an introduction that you need to navigate a little bit around CompTIA's site, there's a lot of information about this exam, preparation for the exam, and for instance, some of your different options to see what the exam covers, reviewing your training options, looking for study materials, taking practice tests, paying for the tests, etcetera.
And so, the site is so full of information, and so full of pop-ups that will ask you if you want more information emailed to you, navigate it a little bit, so that you understand what kind of questions you might be looking to answer as you watch our video series. And so, why pay attention to CompTIA, again? Well because CompTIA's doing the work for you. Two of the major standards organizations that are influencing the current flavor of the CompTIA tests, the 801 and 802 series exams, effectively that are offered here, you'll note they call them 220-801 and 220-802, there's two exams you have to take, to get the A+ credential or certification.
They're pooling standards from other bodies or organizations, one of them is ISO 9000, that's the international standards organization, and particularly ISO 9000 is about quality management, it's about consistent standards, consistent terminology, consistent methodology, to make sure that you are doing the right thing from a security perspective, a maintenance perspective, and if you're helping with IT processes, that you're able to communicate with the same vocabulary as other IT personnel, literally all over the world.
So CompTIA's done the work of looking for the terminology and standards. They're not making up their own terminology, they're using the standards by large standards bodies. Another very important element is this Department of Defense, at least in the United States, North America, perhaps the world if you're going to be a contractor that's going to be providing support to the US government, not just military. This DoD 8570.01-M is the Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program. Now, at least in North America, this is a mandate, effective, effectively enforced at the end of 2012, so there's a foreword, and if you start scrolling down through the table of contents, you see all the red marks, because it undergoes constant edit, and so if you take a look at this, it's the standards for report of different kinds of technology services, and look at all these acronyms or terms that are here, that you need to know.
Well, you don't need to know all of those, specifically for the PC or Personal Computing arena, but many of them are important standards for communication, vocabulary, documentation. If you were to learn a foreign language, I'll pick French just cos I took some of that in high school and college, if you're trying to take a French exam, the first level exams are to learn the vocabulary, even before you have the structure, or the way to put it together. That's a lot of what this exam is. It's about terminology. But look at all the changes that are new, well CompTIA's taken the time to go down through this entire document, these requirements, and I pulled this one image from it and dumped it here.
The image is talking about, essentially, categorization of certifications that help you move through government careers or requirements, for instance, the military and US, large government organizations are not going to allow people to maintain or manage government-supported, government-funded efforts using personal computers, without the A+ certification, because CompTIA's made sure, that the Level 1 requirements for the computing environment and computing knowledge, are covered by anybody who has the A+ certification exam.
So rather than your having to go through and read documents like this, and glean the kind of requirements you've got, CompTIA made sure that their certification, their credential, is compliant with these kinds of standards organizations. That's why you wanna pay attention to the CompTIA standards, and if we take it a level further, from another source I pulled this graph. And what it says here, is IAT Level 1 technicians, and IAT category right here, Level 1, the computing environment right here, in order to be qualified to work in that particular environment, the A+ continuing education certification, which is what we'll cover in this course, is provided, okay, as one of the foundational requirements that will qualify you to be doing IAT Level 1 work, according to this DoD document.
So CompTIA's made the effort to make sure that, they have an entire credential path, that helps you move forward in your PC career, whether you're government-based or not, the standards are international, and that's why we care about CompTIA, that's why we refer back to CompTIA terms, CompTIA documents and objectives, as we go through this video series.
- Install and configure Microsoft Windows XP, Windows Vista, and Windows 7
- Manage and optimize Windows using command-line tools and administrative consoles
- Configure and manage users, groups, and shared resources in a typical small home/small office (SOHO) network
- Use antivirus tools to prevent and recover from malware infections
- Configure access control measures, such as authentication, security policy, encryption, and firewalls
- Diagnose and resolve Windows, PC hardware, network, and printer problems
- Configure mobile devices, such as smartphones and tablet
By the end of the course, you'll be better prepared to take the A+ Practical Application exam.
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