Online Career Training Class

CompTIA™ A+ Certification Training

Santa Monica College

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Class ID: GES901
(New lessons are released at your own pace
in this 230 hour course.)
Tuition: $1,695.00


CompTIA™ is the Computing Technology Industry Association, and CompTIA™ A+ certification program is the industry standard for validating the skills expected of entry-level computer technicians. The CompTIA™ A+ program will prepare you for two CompTIA™ A+ certification exams: CompTIA A+ Exam 220-801 and CompTIA A+ Exam 220-802. Topics covered in the program include motherboards, memory, processors, video, storage media and devices, printers, operating systems, networking, virtualization, mobile devices, security, and more. Gaining CompTIA™ A+ certification assures employers and computer owners that a PC technician has the requisite knowledge to build, upgrade, optimize, troubleshoot, and repair personal computer (PC) systems. This online program will prepare you to take your A+ exams, but the exams or exam vouchers are not offered as a part of this online program. It will be your responsibility to set up exam dates and pay for exam fees independent of this online program. This online certificate program is offered in partnership with major colleges, universities, and other accredited education providers.


Upon successful completion of this program, you will:

  • Master hardware installation
  • Be able to perform routine computer troubleshooting, repair, and maintenance
  • Be familiar with various operating systems and software
  • Understand networking requirements and procedures
  • Implement effective security protocols
  • Understand operational procedures
  • Understand different mobile device operating system and management features
  • Be able to configure a virtualized environment using both VMware and Virtual PC

After successfully completing this program, you will also be prepared to sit for the CompTIA A+ 220-801 and 220-802 exams and earn your CompTIA A+ Certification. Please note that while we prepare you for these exams in this program, it is your responsibility to pay for and set up exam testing dates independent of your work in this program.


This program will prepare you for CompTIA A+ certification. You can earn this certification after you pass two exams. The CompTIA A+ Certification Exam 220-801, covers the foundational hardware knowledge a PC support technician should know. The CompTIA A+ Certification Exam 220-802 covers the operating system, virtualization, mobile device management¬ and hardware troubleshooting skills.

CT-007 CompTIA A+¬ Exam 220-801
This part of the program prepares you for the¬ CompTIA 220-801 certification exam and builds practical job skills for computer hardware and operating systems. These skills include the installation, maintenance, and troubleshooting of common devices such as desktops, laptops, network and wireless devices, printers, and monitors. You’ll master the installation and troubleshooting of common components such as CPUs, memory, disks, power supplies, and expansion cards, as well as gain valuable practical knowledge of security concepts, customer service, and business processes.

CT-007 CompTIA A+¬ Exam 220-802
This section of the program will prepare you for the CompTIA¬ 220-802 exam. You will learn to install, configure, and troubleshoot networks, troubleshoot security, configure and¬ manage a virtualized environment, manage mobile devices and¬ troubleshoot hardware. These are the skills expected of an entry-level IT technician who will have a high level of interaction with clients. Upon registering, you're given an initial six months to complete this program. Should you need more time beyond the six months, an extension of three months is available with a fee of $225.

About The Instructor

Tracey Rossi is the Director of Curriculum Services at a major education company. Prior to joining that team, Ms. Rossi served for six years as Director of Academics for TechSkills, a 30-campus national private postsecondary institution. She also worked as Director of Community Relations for Elmhurst Memorial Hospital and Senior Consultant at The Haymarket Group in Chicago, a Public Affairs and Community Relations firm. Ms. Rossi has a Bachelor of Arts in Communications from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

Laurel Eismann has a long history in IT, as an instructional designer, programmer, business analyst, and quality assurance analyst. She has years of teaching experience and a strong technical background. She has a B.B.A. of Computer Information Systems from Fort Hays State University in Hays, Kansas. According to Laurel, “My teaching philosophy is to help students transcend from basic knowledge into a comprehensive understanding of basic computer systems support.”