In order to receive CompTIA A+ certification a candidate must pass two exams. The first exam is the CompTIA A+ 220-801 Certification Exam. The CompTIA A+ 220-802 Certification Exam is the second exam required in order for CompTIA A+ certification candidates to complete their certification.

The CompTIA A+ 220-802 examination measures necessary competencies for an entry-level IT professional with the equivalent knowledge of at least 12 months of hands-on experience in the lab or field. Successful candidates will have the knowledge required to assemble components based on customer requirements, install, configure and maintain devices, PCs and software for end users, understand the basics of networking and security/forensics, properly and safely diagnose, resolve and document common hardware and software issues while applying troubleshooting skills. Successful candidates will also provide appropriate customer support; understand the basics of virtualization, desktop imaging, and deployment.

CompTIA A+ is accredited by ANSI to show compliance with the IS017024 Standard and, as such, undergoes regular reviews and updates to the exam objectives. The following CompTIA A+ 220-802 certification exam objectives result from subject matter expert workshops and industry-wide survey results regarding the skills and knowledge required of an entry-level IT professional. The percentages in this document represent the relative importance of the subject areas (domains) in the associated body of knowledge, and together establish the foundation of an entry-level IT professional.

This examination blueprint includes domain weighting, test objectives, and example content. Example topics and concepts are included to clarify the test objectives and should not be construed as a comprehensive listing of all the content of this examination.

Candidates are encouraged to use this document to guide their studies. The table below lists the domains measured by this examination and the extent to which they are represented. The CompTIA A+ 220-802 certification exam is based on these objectives.

Al+ Proposed Horduuare and Software List

  • CompTIA has included this sample list of hardware and software to assist candidates as they prepare for the A+ exam. This list may also be helpful for training companies who wish to create a lab component to their training offering. The bulleted lists below each topic are a sample list and not exhaustive.


  • iPad tablet
  • Android tablet
  • Laptop
  • Desktop
  • Monitors
  • SOHO Router/switch
  • Access point
  • Printer (laser/wireless)
  • Power strips
  • Surge suppressor
  • UPS

Spare parts/hardware

  • Motherboards
  • RAM
  • Hard drives
  • Power supplies
  • Video cards
  • Sounds cards
  • Network cards
  • Wireless NICs
  • Fans/cooling devices
  • CPUs
  • Connectors/cables
  • Adapters
  • Network cables/connectors
  • AC adapters
  • Optical drives
  • Jumpers/screws/stand-offs
  • Cases
  • Bulk cable
  • Maintenance kit


  • Screw drivers
  • Multimeter
  • Wire cutters
  • Punchdown tool
  • Crimper
  • Power supply tester
  • Cable stripper
  • POST cards
  • Standard technician toolkit
  • ESD strap


  • Operating system disks (WinXP, Vista, Windows 7)
  • Antivirus software
  • Virtualization software
  • Anti-malware
  • Driver software
  • Anti-spyware

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