National Credential
Credential: CompTIA A+ ce  In-Demand resource  GI Bill resource  Army eLearning resource  ANSI resource
Credentialing Agency: Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)

The CompTIA A+ ce certification demonstrates competency as a computer support technician. The A+ ce certification is appropriate for entry-level technicians who perform tasks such as installation, configuration, diagnosing, preventive maintenance and basic networking. Security, safety and environmental issues, and communication and professionalism are also covered. It is recommended, although not required, that candidates have nine to twelve months of related hands-on experience as an IT professional.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: 3 years

CompTIA A+ ce

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 12Y Geospatial Engineer MOS some          
Enlisted 13J Fire Control Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 13R Field Artillery (FA) Firefinder Radar Operator MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 14E Patriot Fire Control Enhanced Operator/Maintainer MOS other          
Enlisted 14G Air Defense (AD) Battle Management System Operator MOS some          
Enlisted 14H Air Defense (AD) Enhanced Early Warning System Operator MOS some          
Enlisted 15P Aviation Operations Specialist MOS other          
Enlisted 17C Cyber Operations Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 17E Electronic Warfare Specialist MOS most   III      
Enlisted 1C Satellite Systems/Network Coordinator ASI some          
Enlisted 1D Digital Media Collector (DMC) ASI some          
Enlisted 1E Knowledge Management Professional ASI some          
Enlisted 1K Tactical Electronic Warfare Operations ASI most          
Enlisted 25B Information Technology Specialist MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I      
Enlisted 25C Radio Operator-Maintainer MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. II Star credentialStar    
Enlisted 25D Cyber Network Defender MOS some          
Enlisted 25E Electromagnetic Spectrum Manager MOS some          
Enlisted 25L Cable Systems Installer-Maintainer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 25M Multimedia Illustrator MOS other          
Enlisted 25N Nodal Network Systems Operator-Maintainer MOS other          
Enlisted 25P Microwave Systems Operator-Maintainer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 25Q Multichannel Transmission Systems Operator-Maintainer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 25R Visual Information Equipment Operator-Maintainer MOS other          
Enlisted 25S Satellite Communications Systems Operator-Maintainer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 25U Signal Support Systems Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 25W Telecommunications Operations Chief MOS other          
Enlisted 25Z Visual Information Operations Chief MOS other          
Enlisted 35F Intelligence Analyst MOS other          
Enlisted 35N Signals Intelligence Analyst MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 35P Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Voice Interceptor MOS other          
Enlisted 35Q Cryptologic Cyberspace Intelligence Collector - Analyst MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. I Star credentialStar    
Enlisted 35S Signals Collector/Analyst MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 35T Military Intelligence (MI) Systems Maintainer/Integrator MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 35V Chief Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Sergeant MOS some          
Enlisted 37F Psychological Operations Specialist MOS some          
Enlisted 68A Biomedical Equipment Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 6N THAAD Launching Control Station (LCS) Operator ASI some          
Enlisted 94E Radio Equipment Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 94F Computer/Detection Systems Repairer MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 94H Test, Measurement, and Diagnostic Equipment (TMDE) Maintenance Support Specialist MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 94W Electronic Maintenance Supervisor MOS some          
Enlisted 94Z Senior Electronic Maintenance Supervisor MOS some          
Enlisted E6 Interactive On-Net Operator ASI other          
Enlisted J2 Communications Cable and Antenna Systems Maintainer ASI other          
Enlisted K2 Advanced Communications Signals Analysis ASI some          
Enlisted L7 Joint Fires Observer ASI other          
Enlisted Q7 Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) Synchronization Manager ASI some          
Enlisted R3 Digital Network Exploitation Analyst (DNEA) ASI some          
Enlisted S1 Source Handler ASI other          
Enlisted Z8 Technical ELINT Collection and Analysis ASI some          
Warrant Officer 125D Geospatial Engineering Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 140A Command And Control Systems Integrator WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 140K Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Systems Tactician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 140L Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Systems Support Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 151A Aviation Maintenance Technician (Nonrated) WOMOS other        
Warrant Officer 170B Electronic Warfare Technician WOMOS most        
Warrant Officer 948B Electronic Systems Maintenance Warrant Officer WOMOS most     Proponent FundedFunded  
Warrant Officer 948D Electronic Missile Systems Maintenance Warrant Officer WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 948E Senior Electronics Maintenance Warrant Officer WOMOS some        

Army Table Legend


Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

Promotion Points Promotion Points icon

This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

Star Credential Star icon

Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

Proponent Funded Funded icon

This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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CompTIA A+ ce

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience: 9 months recommended
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: 3 years

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

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CompTIA A+ ce

A updated series of A+ exams (220-1001 and 220-1002) launched on January 15, 2019.  The 900 exam series is scheduled to retire on July 31, 2019. Candidates must pass exams from the same series to earn the A+ certification.

  • 1.0 Hardware (34%)
    • 1.1 Given a scenario, configure settings and use BIOS/UEFI tools on a PC.
    • 1.2 Explain the importance of motherboard components, their purpose, and properties.
    • 1.3 Compare and contrast various RAM types and their features.
    • 1.4 Install and configure PC expansion cards.
    • 1.5 Install and configure storage devices and use appropriate media.
    • 1.6 Install various types of CPUs and apply the appropriate cooling methods.
    • 1.7 Compare and contrast various PC connection interfaces, their characteristics, and purpose.
    • 1.8 Install a power supply based on given specifications.
    • 1.9 Given a scenario, select the appropriate components for a custom PC configuration to meet customer specifications or needs.
    • 1.10 Compare and contrast types of display devices and their features.
    • 1.11 Identify common PC connector types and associated cables.
    • 1.12 Install and configure common peripheral devices.
    • 1.13 Install SOHO multifunction device/printers and configure appropriate settings.
    • 1.14 Compare and contrast differences between the various print technologies and the associated imaging process.
    • 1.15 Given a scenario, perform appropriate printer maintenance.
  • 2.0 Networking (21%)
    • 2.1 Identify the various types of network cables and connectors.
    • 2.2 Compare and contrast the characteristics of connectors and cabling.
    • 2.3 Explain the properties and characteristics of TCP/IP.
    • 2.4 Explain common TCP and UDP ports, protocols, and their purpose.
    • 2.5 Compare and contrast various WiFi networking standards and encryption types.
    • 2.6 Given a scenario, install and configure SOHO wireless/wired router and apply appropriate settings.
    • 2.7 Compare and contrast Internet connection types, network types, and their features.
    • 2.8 Compare and contrast network architecture devices, their functions, and features.
    • 2.9 Given a scenario, use appropriate networking tools.
  • 3.0 Mobile Devices (17%)
    • 3.1 Install and configure laptop hardware and components.
    • 3.2 Explain the function of components within the display of a laptop.
    • 3.3 Given a scenario, use appropriate laptop features.
    • 3.4 Explain the characteristics of various types of other mobile devices.
    • 3.5 Compare and contrast accessories and ports of other mobile devices.
  • 4.0 Hardware and Network Troubleshooting (28%)
    • 4.1 Given a scenario, troubleshoot common problems related to motherboards, RAM, CPU, and power with appropriate tools.
    • 4.2 Given a scenario, troubleshoot hard drives and RAID arrays with appropriate tools.
    • 4.3 Given a scenario, troubleshoot common video, projector, and display issues.
    • 4.4 Given a scenario, troubleshoot wired and wireless networks with appropriate tools.
    • 4.5 Given a scenario, troubleshoot and repair common mobile device issues while adhering to the appropriate procedures.
    • 4.6 Given a scenario, troubleshoot printers with appropriate tools.
  • 1.0 Windows Operating Systems (29%)
    • 1.1 Compare and contrast various features and requirements of Microsoft Operating Systems (Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8, Windows 8.1).
    • 1.2 Given a scenario, install Windows PC operating systems using appropriate methods.
    • 1.3 Given a scenario, apply appropriate Microsoft command line tools.
    • 1.4 Given a scenario, use appropriate Microsoft operating system features and tools.
    • 1.5 Given a scenario, use Windows Control Panel utilities.
    • 1.6 Given a scenario, install and configure Windows networking on a client/desktop.
    • 1.7 Perform common preventive maintenance procedures using the appropriate Windows OS tools.
  • 2.0 Other Operating Systems and Technologies (12%)
    • 2.1 Identify common features and functionality of the MAC OS and Linux operating systems.
    • 2.2 Given a scenario, set up and use client-side virtualization.
    • 2.3 Identify basic cloud concepts.
    • 2.4 Summarize the properties and purpose of services provided by networked hosts.
    • 2.5 Identify basic features of mobile operating systems.
    • 2.6 Install and configure basic mobile device network connectivity and email.
    • 2.7 Summarize methods and data related to mobile device synchronization.
  • 3.0 Security (22%)
    • 3.1 Identify common security threats and vulnerabilities.
    • 3.2 Compare and contrast common prevention methods.
    • 3.3 Compare and contrast differences of basic Windows OS security settings.
    • 3.4 Given a scenario, deploy and enforce security best practices to secure a workstation.
    • 3.5 Compare and contrast various methods for securing mobile devices.
    • 3.6 Given a scenario, use appropriate data destruction and disposal methods.
    • 3.7 Given a scenario, secure SOHO wireless and wired networks.
  • 4.0 Software Troubleshooting (24%)
    • 4.1 Given a scenario, troubleshoot PC operating system problems with appropriate tools.
    • 4.2 Given a scenario, troubleshoot common PC security issues with appropriate tools and best practices.
    • 4.3 Given a scenario, troubleshoot common mobile OS and application issues with appropriate tools.
    • 4.4 Given a scenario, troubleshoot common mobile OS and application security issues with appropriate tools.
  • 5.0 Operational Procedures (13%)
    • 5.1 Given a scenario, use appropriate safety procedures.
    • 5.2 Given a scenario with potential environmental impacts, apply the appropriate controls.
    • 5.3 Summarize the process of addressing prohibited content/activity, and explain privacy licensing and policy concepts.
    • 5.4 Demonstrate proper communication techniques and professionalism.
    • 5.5 Given a scenario, explain the troubleshooting theory.
  • Mobile Devices (14%)
  • Networking (20%)
  • Hardware (27%)
  • Virtualization and Cloud Computing (12%)
  • Hardware and Network Troubleshooting (27%)
  • Operating Systems (27%)
  • Security (24%)
  • Software Troubleshooting (26%)
  • Operational Procedures (23%)

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the CompTIA A+ ce examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing for this credential is handled by Pearson VUE. The test centers are located in the U.S. They also have some test centers on military bases.

To find out more, use the following links on the Pearson VUE website:

For more information on the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) testing process, visit the agency website.

CompTIA A+ ce

Renewal Period: 3 years

The CompTIA A+ ce credential has the following recertification information:

  • Beginning January 1, 2011, CompTIA A+ ce, CompTIA Network+ ce and CompTIA Security+ ce certifications are valid for three years from the date the candidate becomes certified. After January 2011, certified individuals will need to enroll in the CompTIA Continuing Education program and will have three years from the date certified to successfully complete the required CE units, earn a higher level CompTIA certification, or pass the Recertification Exam.

    Individuals certified on or before December 31, 2010 in CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+ will retain their "certified for life" status. More information on the renewal requirements can be found on the CompTIA website.

CompTIA A+ ce

Additional considerations for the CompTIA A+ ce include:

  • The CompTIA A+ ce exams measure necessary competencies for an entry-level IT professional with the equivalent knowledge of nine to twelve months of hands-on experience in the lab or field. This level of experience is recommended but not required. Successful candidates will have the knowledge required to understand the fundamentals of computer technology, networking, and security, and will have the skills required to identify hardware, peripheral, networking, and security components.