Certification in A+ is offered by CompTIA. It's a popular and widely accepted certification that certifies a computer technician's expert knowledge of hardware and software. People with little or no experience in technical support can take the tests as a way to gain entry to the field. Certification requires passing two exams -- one that covers essentials and a second that is geared toward a specific support role.

Get some hands-on experience working with PC hardware, operating systems (DOS and Windows) and basic networking. The A+ exam does not require experience, but the exams are very practical. Familiarity with computers is helpful.

Find training materials or classes. CompTIA's website lists approved training courses. Also find other free sample A+ exam questions online.

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Decide which test to take. A+ certification requires two exams: A+ Essentials, plus another test geared toward a specific technical role -- IT technician, Remote Support Technician and Depot Technician. Read more about each test on the CompTIA website. Enter your name and email address to get a copy of the A+ objectives document.

Locate a testing center. The CompTIA A+ exam is given at Pearson VUE testing facilities. Visit the Pearson VUE website or the CompTIA website to find a testing center in your area.

Purchase a voucher from CompTIA. The test must be taken before the voucher expires.

Register to take the test.

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