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CIT CompTIA A+ Essentials & Technician Overview

The Computing Technology Industry Association has been dedicated to advancing the growth of the Information Technology (IT) industry and those working in it. With more than 19,000 members in 89 countries, CompTIA is the leading Global IT Trade Association with influence in all areas of the IT industry worldwide.

CIT became the first CompTIA CAPP (CompTIA Authorized Partner Programme) to be set up in Ireland in 2004. Its most popular accreditations that may be attained from CompTIA are CompTIA A+, Network +, Security+ and Linux+. These courses are delivered under the CIT Cloud Professional Academy, which is focused on delivering courses to Industry in areas of software, infrastructure and big data.

Cork Institute of Technology (Computer Trade & industry Association) Academy Partner Programme:

The CIT CompTIA A+ certified programme validates the latest skills needed by today’s computer support professionals. It is an international, vendor-neutral certification recognised by major hardware and software vendors, distributors and resellers. CompTIA A+ confirms a technician’s ability to perform tasks such as installation, configuration, diagnosing, preventive maintenance and basic networking.

The CompTIA A+ exams (IT Essentials and PC Technician) also cover domains such as security, safety and environmental issues and communication and professionalism. CompTIA A+ certified technicians also have excellent customer service and communication skills to work with clients. The course will achieve its aim by transferring knowledge and skills to the participants in a dynamic and exciting way, making the best use of instructor- led tuition, practical skills sessions, project work and the most up-to-date on-line learning materials.

This part-time CompTIA A+ course is aimed at Entry-level Service Technicians or those wishing to validate their knowledge and experience by obtaining A+ Certification.

This course is the ideal starting point for anyone interested in working in IT configuring, upgrading and supporting PCs in the workplace

Two exams are necessary to be CompTIA A+ certified:

  • CompTIA A+ Essentials, exam code JKO-901;
  • CompTIA A+ IT Technician, exam code JKO-902.

CompTIA A+ Essentials measures the necessary competencies of an entry-level IT professional with a recommended 500 hours of hands-on experience in the lab or field. It tests for technical understanding of computer technology, networking and security, as well as the communication skills and professionalism now required of all entry level IT professionals.

CompTIA A+ IT Technician is an extension of the knowledge and skills identified in CompTIA A+ Essentials, with more of a “hands-on” orientation focused on scenarios in which troubleshooting and tools must be applied to resolve problems.

Course Delivery

This course is delivered over 12 weeks (Two evenings a week usually Tuesday & Thursday 6:30pm – 9:30pm); during the academic year at the following times;

  • Semester 1: September 2016
  • Semester 2: February 2017

The course can be delivered full contact (on campus) or blended (mixture of online lectures and classroom based labs).

Course Content

  • Installing and Configuring PC Components
  • Troubleshooting and Preventive Maintenance
  • Advanced PC Troubleshooting
  • Portable Computer Fundamentals
  • Maintaining and Repairing Portable Computers
  • Major Windows Structures (OS Windows 7/Linux)
  • Optimizing Operating Systems
  • Safety, Environment, and Customer Issues
  • Basic OS Troubleshooting and Maintenance
  • Printers and Scanners
  • Troubleshooting Printer Problems
  • Wide Area Networking
  • Network Troubleshooting
  • Security
  • Safety and Environmental Issues
  • Professionalism and Communication

Course Costing

The cost of the CompTIA A+ is €1450 per student, this includes course notes, lab manuals, online materials and the cost of both exams are included as part of the price.


Computer Trade and Industry Association and Cork Institute of Technology.

Course Dates

The next session of CompTIA A+ Essentials and Technician will begin in Feburary 2017.


Pat McCarthy
Department of Computer Science
T: +353 (21) 433 6015

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