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A+ Prep Certificate

The A+ Certification offers students the opportunity to earn a credential demonstrating basic competency in the area of computer hardware and software. The certificate consists of one course the prepares students for the CompTIA A+ certification exams which are recognized by the computer industry around the world. It gives those who are unable, or do not need, to complete a degree a way of demonstrating their level of proficiency.

4 Credit Hours

Upon completion of this program, the graduate can:

  1. Identify and explain motherboard components.
  2. Identify, install, configure, and upgrade personal computer components.
  3. Perform device driver installation, scheduled maintenance, and memory and firmware updates.
  4. Identify common tools, basic diagnostic procedures, troubleshooting techniques, and preventive maintenance methods.
  5. Explain and apply the troubleshooting process to diagnose and repair common hardware and software problems.
  6. Demonstrate an understanding of conversion between binary, decimal, hexadecimal number systems.
  7. Compare and contrast client operating systems and their features.
  8. Use multiple user interfaces, including command-line, to perform operating system management tasks; to configure, optimize, and upgrade the current client operating systems; and to diagnose network connection issues.
  9. Use and manage file systems, operating system utilities, backup programs, and optimization tools.
  10. Describe the process to install, configure, secure, and troubleshoot a basic small or home office network.
  11. Identify the fundamental principles of networking and security.
  12. Describe and apply appropriate operational procedures including safety, environmental procedures, good communication skills, and professional behavior.

Required Course

  • CIT 111 - Computer Hardware and Software

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