CompTIA A+ Core 1 (220-1001) Training Course

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Overview

Launch your IT career with this expert-led online training course designed to help you master the broad range of knowledge required of technicians today. Prepare for the CompTIA A+ Core 1 (220-1001) exam, the preferred credential for technical support and IT operational roles, and become qualified for more senior support roles, while laying the foundation to advance your role to junior system or network administrator.

The expert-led certification prep course provides a solid understanding of practical A+ skills and how to apply them. The course is full of hands-on demos, so you’ll see real hardware and software presentations, and be better equipped to troubleshoot and problem solve a wider range of issues concerning networking and operating systems, as well as mobile devices and security.

Who should take this course

Skill level | Beginner

This course is appropriate for anyone entering the IT field, current computer technicians, help desk technicians, and LAN support specialists. To become A+ certified you will need to pass the CompTIA A+ Core 1 (220-1001) and Core 2 (220-1002) exams. This course will prepare you for what’s covered in the CompTIA A+ Core 1 (220-1001) exam.

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Course includes

  • 21 hours of targeted lessons from industry leaders on how to implement and administer A+ solutions to meet today’s technology challenges
  • Lessons organized to cover all five domains on the test, so you can take the CompTIA A+ Core 1 (220-1001) exam with confidence
  • Hands-on labs to simulate real-world experience (e.g., hardware and software installation and configuration)
  • Self-study tools, such as quizzes, flash cards and exclusive practice exams to ensure readiness
  • 1 year of access*

What you'll learn

This Pearson IT Training Course covers the following skills tested within the five domains on the CompTIA A+ Core 1 (220-1001) exam, including:

  • Mobile Devices - Install and configure laptops and other mobile devices
  • Networking - Explain types of networks and connections including TCP/IP, WIFI and SOHO
  • Hardware - Identify, use, and connect hardware components and devices
  • Virtualization and Cloud Computing - Compare and contrast cloud computing concepts, and set up client-side virtualization
  • Hardware and Network Troubleshooting - Troubleshoot device and network issues

Course requirements

  • At least two computer systems, preferably one PC and one laptop, each running Windows (the more the better)
  • Virtualization software and at least one Linux OS (for example, Ubuntu Linux)
  • At least one smartphone or tablet computer
  • A printer
  • A SOHO wireless router
  • A USB flash drive
  • A basic PC toolkit
  • A basic mobile device toolkit

*Retake guarantee

Retake guaranteeDidn't pass your certification exam on your first try? We'll give you six months of additional access at no cost.

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From learning to hands-on practice and application, our comprehensive certification prep courses ensure you are ready for exam success.

Course expert

  • David L. Prowse - Author, computer specialist, and technical trainer

    David L. Prowse

    David L. Prowse is an author, a computer specialist, and a technical trainer. Over the past decade, he has authored more than a dozen titles for Pearson. He has more than 20 years of technology experience spanning a variety of roles and has taught many computer courses including CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+ to more than 2,000 students, both in the classroom and via the Internet. Visit his website at davidlprowse.com.

Course outline

  1. Overview
  1. Domain 1: Introduction
  2. Lesson 1: Installing & Configuring Laptop Hardware
    1. Lesson 1 Learning Objectives
    2. 1.1 Hard Drive Replacement
    3. 1.2 SO-DIMM Memory Upgrade and Analysis
    4. 1.3 Power and Speakers
    5. 1.4 Keyboard & Touchpad
    6. 1.5 Screen and Frames
    7. 1.6 CPU, System Board, and Mini PCIe
    8. 1.7 Cellular Cards
    9. 1.8 Wi-Fi & Bluetooth
    10. 1.9 More Laptop Components & Peripherals
  3. Lesson 1: Review
    1. Lesson 1 Flashcards
    2. Lesson 1 Quiz
  4. Lesson 1: Interactive Labs
  5. Lesson 2: Laptop Display Types and Associated Components
    1. Lesson 2 Learning Objectives
    2. 2.1 Types of Laptop Displays
    3. 2.2 Display Functionality
    4. 2.3 Inverter
    5. 2.4 Digitizers & Touchscreens
    6. 2.5 Webcams and Microphones & Laptop Re-assembly
  6. Lesson 2: Review
    1. Lesson 2 Flashcards
    2. Lesson 2 Quiz
  7. Lesson 2: Interactive Labs
  8. Lesson 3: Laptop Features
    1. Lesson 3 Learning Objectives
    2. 3.1 Keyboard and Touchpad Functionality
    3. 3.2 Ports & Adapters
    4. 3.3 Docking Stations and Port Replicators
    5. 3.4 Laptop Security
  9. Lesson 3: Review
    1. Lesson 3 Flashcards
    2. Lesson 3 Quiz
  10. Lesson 3: Interactive Labs
  11. Lesson 4: Compare & Contrast Mobile Devices
    1. Lesson 4 Learning Objectives
    2. 4.1 Tablets
    3. 4.2 Smartphones
    4. 4.3 Wearable Technology
    5. 4.4 E-readers, Smart Cameras, and GPS
  12. Lesson 4: Review
    1. Lesson 4 Flashcards
    2. Lesson 4 Quiz
  13. Lesson 4: Interactive Labs
  14. Lesson 5: Connect & Configure Mobile Devices
    1. Lesson 5 Learning Objectives
    2. 5.1 USB and Vendor-Specific Ports
    3. 5.2 Wireless Connections
    4. 5.3 Memory Upgrade
    5. 5.4 Protecting a Smartphone
    6. 5.5 Mobile Accessories
  15. Lesson 5: Review
    1. Lesson 5 Flashcards
    2. Lesson 5 Quiz
  16. Lesson 5: Interactive Labs
  17. Lesson 6: Mobile Device Networking
    1. Lesson 6 Learning Objectives
    2. 6.1 Enabling and Disabling Wireless Technologies
    3. 6.2 Mobile Hotspot
    4. 6.3 USB Tethering
    5. 6.4 Bluetooth
    6. 6.5 Mobile E-mail
    7. 6.6 Radio and ID
  18. Lesson 6: Review
    1. Lesson 6 Flashcards
    2. Lesson 6 Quiz
  19. Lesson 6: Interactive Labs
  20. Lesson 7: Mobile Device Synchronization
    1. Lesson 7 Learning Objectives
    2. 7.1 Data Synchronization
    3. 7.2 Synchronization Methods
    4. 7.3 Synchronizing to the Automobile
  21. Lesson 7: Review
    1. Lesson 7 Quiz
  22. Lesson 7: Interactive Labs
  23. Domain 1: Review
    1. Domain 1 Quiz
  1. Domain 2: Introduction
  2. Lesson 1: Ports & Protocols
    1. Lesson 1 Learning Objectives
    2. 1.1 TCP Vs. UDP
    3. 1.2 HTTP & HTTPS
    4. 1.3 E-mail Protocols
    5. 1.4 FTP, SSH, and Telnet
    6. 1.5 DHCP Part 1
    7. 1.6 DHCP Part 2
    8. 1.7 DNS
    9. 1.8 LDAP & RDP
    10. 1.9 SMB, CIFS, AFP, and SNMP
  3. Lesson 1: Review
    1. Lesson 1 Flashcards
    2. Lesson 1 Quiz
  4. Lesson 1: Interactive Labs
  5. Lesson 2: Network Devices
    1. Lesson 2 Learning Objectives
    2. 2.1 Switches
    3. 2.2 Routers
    4. 2.3 Access Points
    5. 2.4 Firewalls
    6. 2.5 Ethernet-based Devices
    7. 2.6 Patch Panel to RJ45 Jack Connections
  6. Lesson 2: Review
    1. Lesson 2 Flashcards
    2. Lesson 2 Quiz
  7. Lesson 2: Interactive Labs
  8. Lesson 3: SOHO Network Configurations
    1. Lesson 3 Learning Objectives
    2. 3.1 SOHO Router/Access Point Configuration
    3. 3.2 Encryption Types
    4. 3.3 NIC Configuration
    5. 3.4 IoT Devices
    6. 3.5 NAT and Port Forwarding
    7. 3.6 DMZ
    8. 3.7 More SOHO Router Configurations
  9. Lesson 3: Review
    1. Lesson 3 Flashcards
    2. Lesson 3 Quiz
  10. Lesson 3: Interactive Labs
  11. Lesson 4: Wireless Networking Protocols
    1. Lesson 4 Learning Objectives
    2. 4.1 Wireless Standards
    3. 4.2 Wireless Channels
    4. 4.3 Z-Wave & Zigbee
    5. 4.4 Cellular Internet Protocols
  12. Lesson 4: Review
    1. Lesson 4 Flashcards
    2. Lesson 4 Quiz
  13. Lesson 4: Interactive Labs
  14. Lesson 5: Networked Hosts
    1. Lesson 5 Learning Objectives
    2. 5.1 Servers Part 1:File, Web, and Print Servers
    3. 5.2 Servers Part 2: Mail and Proxy Servers
    4. 5.3 Servers Part 3: DHCP and DNS Servers
    5. 5.4 Servers Part 4: Authentication Servers
    6. 5.5 Syslog
    7. 5.6 Internet Appliances
    8. 5.7 Embedded Systems and Legacy Devices
  15. Lesson 5: Review
    1. Lesson 5 Flashcards
    2. Lesson 5 Quiz
  16. Lesson 5: Interactive Labs
  17. Lesson 6: Network Configuration
    1. Lesson 6 Learning Objectives
    2. 6.1 Static versus Dynamic Addresses
    3. 6.2 Public versus Private Addresses
    4. 6.3 IPv4
    5. 6.4 Subnet Masks
    6. 6.5 Classful versus Classless IP Networks
    7. 6.6 IPv6
    8. 6.7 Client IP Settings
    9. 6.8 VLAN
  18. Lesson 6: Review
    1. Lesson 6 Flashcards
    2. Lesson 6 Quiz
  19. Lesson 6: Interactive Labs
  20. Lesson 7: Internet and Network Types
    1. Lesson 7 Learning Objectives
    2. 7.1 Network Types
    3. 7.2 Cable Internet, DSL, and Fiber Optic Internet Services
    4. 7.3 Dial-up and ISDN
    5. 7.4 Satellite Internet
    6. 7.5 Line-of-sight Wireless Internet Services
  21. Lesson 7: Review
    1. Lesson 7 Flashcards
    2. Lesson 7 Quiz
  22. Lesson 7: Interactive Labs
  23. Lesson 8: Networking Tools
    1. Lesson 8 Learning Objectives
    2. 8.1 Twisted Pair Cabling and Testing Tools
    3. 8.2 Building Patch Cables
    4. 8.3 Loopback Plugs
    5. 8.4 Wi-Fi Analyzers
  24. Lesson 8: Review
    1. Lesson 8 Flashcards
    2. Lesson 8 Quiz
  25. Lesson 8: Interactive Labs
  26. Domain 2: Review
    1. Domain 2 Quiz
  1. Domain 3: Introduction
  2. Lesson 1: Cable Types
    1. Lesson 1 Learning Objectives
    2. 1.1 Twisted Pair Cable and Connectors
    3. 1.2 568A versus 568B
    4. 1.3 Coaxial and Fiber Optic Types and Connectors
    5. 1.4 Video Connections
    6. 1.5 Audio Connections
    7. 1.6 Multipurpose Connections
    8. 1.7 Hard Drive Cables
  3. Lesson 1: Review
    1. Lesson 1 Flashcards
    2. Lesson 1 Quiz
  4. Lesson 1: Interactive Labs
  5. Lesson 2: Adapter and Connector Types
    1. Lesson 2 Learning Objectives
    2. 2.1 Adapters and Connectors Review
  6. Lesson 3: RAM
    1. Lesson 3 Learning Objectives
    2. 3.1 RAM Basics
    3. 3.2 DDR Types
    4. 3.3 RAM Upgrade & Analysis
    5. 3.4 Calculating the Data Transfer Rate of RAM
    6. 3.5 RAM Features
    7. 3.6 SODIMMs
  7. Lesson 3: Review
    1. Lesson 3 Flashcards
    2. Lesson 3 Quiz
  8. Lesson 3: Interactive Labs
  9. Lesson 4: Storage Devices
    1. Lesson 4 Learning Objectives
    2. 4.1 Storage 101
    3. 4.2 SATA
    4. 4.3 Magnetic Hard Drives
    5. 4.4 Solid-State Drives
    6. 4.5 M.2 Installation
    7. 4.6 Hard Drive Capacity
    8. 4.7 Flash-based Drives
    9. 4.8 RAID Configurations
    10. 4.9 Optical Drives
  10. Lesson 4: Review
    1. Lesson 4 Flashcards
    2. Lesson 4 Quiz
  11. Lesson 4: Interactive Labs
  12. Lesson 5: CPUs, Motherboards, and Add-on Cards
    1. Lesson 5 Learning Objectives
    2. 5.1 CPU 101
    3. 5.2 Hyper-Threading, Multicore, and CPU Cache
    4. 5.3 Intel Versus AMD
    5. 5.4 TDP and Overclocking
    6. 5.5 Cooling
    7. 5.6 Form Factors
    8. 5.7 Motherboard Components and Connectors
    9. 5.8 The BIOS and Lithium Battery
    10. 5.9 Video Card Upgrade
  13. Lesson 5: Review
    1. Lesson 5 Flashcards
    2. Lesson 5 Quiz
  14. Lesson 5: Interactive Labs
  15. Lesson 6: Peripherals
    1. Lesson 6 Learning Objectives
    2. 6.1 Input Devices
    3. 6.2 Output and Hybrid Devices
  16. Lesson 6: Review
    1. Lesson 6 Flashcards
    2. Lesson 6 Quiz
  17. Lesson 6: Interactive Labs
  18. Lesson 7: Power
    1. Lesson 7 Learning Objectives
    2. 7.1 Power 101
    3. 7.2 Introduction to Power Supplies
    4. 7.3 Power Supply Connectors
    5. 7.4 Power Calculations
  19. Lesson 7: Review
    1. Lesson 7 Flashcards
    2. Lesson 7 Quiz
  20. Lesson 7: Interactive Labs
  21. Lesson 8: Custom PC Configurations
    1. Lesson 8 Learning Objectives
    2. 8.1 Design, Virtualization, and Gaming Workstations
    3. 8.2 Audio/Video Workstations
    4. 8.3 Thick Clients Versus Thin Clients
    5. 8.4 Network Attached Storage (NAS)
    6. 8.5 NAS Box & RAID 1 Installation
  22. Lesson 8: Review
    1. Lesson 8 Quiz
  23. Lesson 8: Interactive Labs
  24. Lesson 9: Install & Configure Common Devices
    1. Lesson 9 Learning Objectives
    2. 9.1 Basic Setup of a Laptop with Windows
    3. 9.2 Basic Setup of a Chromebook
  25. Lesson 9: Review
    1. Lesson 9 Quiz
  26. Lesson 9: Interactive Labs
  27. Lesson 10: SOHO Multifunction Devices
    1. Lesson 10 Learning Objectives
    2. 10.1 Device Sharing
    3. 10.2 Configuration Settings
  28. Lesson 10: Review
    1. Lesson 10 Flashcards
    2. Lesson 10 Quiz
  29. Lesson 10: Interactive Labs
  30. Lesson 11: Printers
    1. Lesson 11 Learning Objectives
    2. 11.1 Types of Printers & Maintenance
    3. 11.2 The Laser Print Process
    4. 11.3 Virtual Printing
    5. 11.4 3D Printing
  31. Lesson 11: Review
    1. Lesson 11 Flashcards
    2. Lesson 11 Quiz
  32. Lesson 11: Interactive Labs
  33. Lesson 12: PC Build - 2015: Audio/Video Editing Machine
    1. Lesson 12 Learning Objectives
    2. 12.1 PC Build - 2015: The Motherboard
    3. 12.2 PC Build - 2015: The CPU
    4. 12.3 PC Build - 2015: The RAM
    5. 12.4 PC Build - 2015: Expansion Cards
    6. 12.5 PC Build - 2015: Power
    7. 12.6 PC Build - 2015: Storage
    8. 12.7 PC Build - 2015: Accessing the BIOS
    9. 12.8 PC Build - 2015: BIOS Component Information
    10. 12.9 PC Build - 2015: BIOS Configurations
    11. 12.1 PC Build - 2015: Diagnostics and Monitoring
    12. 12.11 PC Build - 2015: Flashing the BIOS
    13. 12.12 PC Build - 2015: Connecting Equipment
    14. 12.13 PC Build - 2015: The Monitors
    15. 12.14 PC Build - 2015: The Input Devices
  34. Lesson 12: Review
    1. Lesson 12 Flashcards
    2. Lesson 12 Quiz
  35. Lesson 12: Interactive Labs
  36. Lesson 13: PC Build - 2018: Virtualization Server
    1. Lesson 13 Learning Objectives
    2. 13.1 PC Build - 2018: Planning the Virtualization Server
    3. 13.2 PC Build - 2018: The Computer Build
    4. 13.3 PC Build - 2018: Configuring the BIOS and Wrap-up
  37. Lesson 13: Review
    1. Lesson 13 Quiz
  38. Lesson 13: Interactive Labs
  39. Domain 3: Review
    1. Domain 3 Quiz
  1. Domain 4: Introduction
  2. Lesson 1: Cloud Computing Concepts
    1. Lesson 1 Learning Objectives
    2. 1.1 SaaS, IaaS, and PaaS
    3. 1.2 Types of Clouds
    4. 1.3 Cloud Computing Concerns
  3. Lesson 1: Review
    1. Lesson 1 Flashcards
    2. Lesson 1 Quiz
  4. Lesson 1: Interactive Labs
  5. Lesson 2: Client-side Virtualization
    1. Lesson 2 Learning Objectives
    2. 2.1 Virtualization Basics
    3. 2.2 Hypervisor
    4. 2.3 Virtualization Software Part 1
    5. 2.4 Virtualization Software Part 2
    6. 2.5 CPU and RAM Analysis of Virtualization Host
  6. Lesson 2: Review
    1. Lesson 2 Flashcards
    2. Lesson 2 Quiz
  7. Lesson 2: Interactive Labs
  8. Domain 4: Review
    1. Domain 4 Quiz
  1. Domain 5: Introduction
  2. Lesson 1: Computer Troubleshooting 101
    1. Lesson 1 Learning Objectives
    2. 1.1 Introduction to Troubleshooting
    3. 1.2 Computer Troubleshooting 101
    4. 1.3 Power Supply Tester
    5. 1.4 Multimeter and Voltage Tester
    6. 1.5 POST Devices
    7. 1.6 Loopback Plugs
  3. Lesson 1: Review
    1. Lesson 1 Flashcards
    2. Lesson 1 Quiz
  4. Lesson 1: Interactive Labs
  5. Lesson 2: Troubleshoot Motherboards, CPUs, RAM, and Power
    1. Lesson 2 Learning Objectives
    2. 2.1 Troubleshooting Boot Issues
    3. 2.2 Troubleshooting other Common Desktop Symptoms
    4. 2.3 Troubleshooting CPUs and RAM
    5. 2.4 Troubleshooting Power Issues
  6. Lesson 2: Review
    1. Lesson 2 Flashcards
    2. Lesson 2 Quiz
  7. Lesson 2: Interactive Labs
  8. Lesson 3: Troubleshoot Hard Drives and RAID Arrays
    1. Lesson 3 Learning Objectives
    2. 3.1 Troubleshooting Hard Drives
    3. 3.2 Hard Drive Issues
    4. 3.3 Laptop HDD Recovery
    5. 3.4 BSOD
    6. 3.5 S.M.A.R.T. Analysis
    7. 3.6 RAID Errors
  9. Lesson 3: Review
    1. Lesson 3 Flashcards
    2. Lesson 3 Quiz
  10. Lesson 3: Interactive Labs
  11. Lesson 4: Troubleshoot Video Issues
    1. Lesson 4 Learning Objectives
    2. 4.1 Video Troubleshooting Part 1
    3. 4.2 Video Troubleshooting Part 2
  12. Lesson 4: Review
    1. Lesson 4 Flashcards
    2. Lesson 4 Quiz
  13. Lesson 4: Interactive Labs
  14. Lesson 5: Troubleshoot Mobile Devices
    1. Lesson 5 Learning Objectives
    2. 5.1 Troubleshooting Common Mobile Device Issues Part 1
    3. 5.2 Troubleshooting Common Mobile Device Issues Part 2
    4. 5.3 Troubleshooting Common Mobile Device Issues Part 3
    5. 5.4 Troubleshooting Common Mobile Device Issues Part 4
    6. 5.5 Mobile Device Disassembling Processes
  15. Lesson 5: Review
    1. Lesson 5 Flashcards
    2. Lesson 5 Quiz
  16. Lesson 5: Interactive Labs
  17. Lesson 6: Troubleshoot Printers
    1. Lesson 6 Learning Objectives
    2. 6.1 Troubleshooting Common Printer Issues Part 1
    3. 6.2 Troubleshooting Common Printer Issues Part 2
    4. 6.3 Troubleshooting Common Printer Issues Part 3
    5. 6.4 Troubleshooting Common Printer Issues Part 4
    6. 6.5 Printer Troubleshooting Tools
  18. Lesson 6: Review
    1. Lesson 6 Flashcards
    2. Lesson 6 Quiz
  19. Lesson 6: Interactive Labs
  20. Lesson 7: Troubleshoot Wired and Wireless Network Problems
    1. Lesson 7 Learning Objectives
    2. 7.1 Connectivity Problems
    3. 7.2 APIPA
    4. 7.3 IP Conflicts
    5. 7.4 Slow Transfer Speeds
    6. 7.5 Low RF Signal Problem
    7. 7.6 SSID Not Found Issue
  21. Lesson 7: Review
    1. Lesson 7 Flashcards
    2. Lesson 7 Quiz
  22. Lesson 7: Interactive Labs
  23. Domain 5: Review
    1. Domain 5 Quiz
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