Tuesday, 1 September 2015

How to renew your CompTIA A+ certification

By Edward Jones 

The IT industry is in a constant state of evolution. Each day brings with it a new security patch, operating system upgrade or revolutionary technology. As an IT professional you need to show your skills and knowledge match the current industry developments. Launched in 2011, CompTIA's Continuing Education (CE) program was created to do just that, ensuring your certifications are kept up to date. 

If you have achieved the CompTIA A+ certification post January 1, 2011, you have a globally-recognized ISO/ANSI accredited certification. As part of the accreditation requirements, this certification expires every three years. 

How to renew you CompTIA A+ certification

You can renew your expiring A+ certification using the CE program in the following way:

  • Pass the most current version of the two CompTIA A+ exams:
    • Essentials (Exam 220-801)
    • Practical Application (Exam 220-802)
  • Complete CompTIA CE activities, which will allow you to keep your certification current without retesting
  • Achieve a higher-level CompTIA certification like the Network+, or a higher level industry certification

Your fastest route to CompTIA A+ recertification

The great thing about the CE program, as outlined above, is that you can renew your CompTIA certification by achieving additional industry related certifications. So, not only do you maintain your current certification, you have the opportunity to expand your skill set and certification into another area. 

To renew a certification, you are required to achieve Continuing Education Units. To renew the CompTIA A+ you'll need to acquire 20 . Below are a list of Firebrand's accelerated courses which meet this criteria, allowing you to renew your A+ certification in the shortest time frame possible:

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As part of Firebrand's global marketing team, Edward actively works to serve the IT community with news, reviews and technical how to guides. Edward is an active member of the IT community contributing to a variety of tech publications including Microsoft TechNet, Channel Pro and PC Advisor.