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

  • Mobile Devices (14%)
    • Given a scenario, install and configure laptop hardware and components.
    • Given a scenario, install components within the display of a laptop.
    • Given a scenario, use appropriate laptop features.
    • Compare and contrast characteristics of various types of other mobile devices.
    • Given a scenario, connect and configure accessories and ports of other mobile devices.
    • Given a scenario, configure basic mobile device network connectivity and application support.
    • Given a scenario, use methods to perform mobile device synchronization.
  • Networking (20%)
    • Compare and contrast TCP and UDP ports, protocols, and their purposes.
    • Compare and contrast common networking hardware devices.
    • Given a scenario, install and configure a basic wired/wireless SOHO network.
    • Compare and contrast wireless networking protocols.
    • Summarize the properties and purposes of services provided by networked hosts.
    • Explain common network configuration concepts.
    • Compare and contrast Internet connection types, network types, and their features.
    • Given a scenario, use appropriate networking tools.
  • Hardware (27%)
    • Explain basic cable types, features, and their purposes.
    • Identify common connector types.
    • Given a scenario, install RAM types.
    • Given a scenario, select, install and configure storage devices.
    • Given a scenario, install and configure motherboards, CPUs, and add-on cards.
    • Explain the purposes and uses of various peripheral types.
    • Summarize power supply types and features.
    • Given a scenario, select and configure appropriate components for a custom PC configuration to meet customer specifications or needs.
    • Given a scenario, install and configure common devices.
    • Given a scenario, configure SOHO multifunction devices/printers and settings.
    • Given a scenario, install and maintain various print technologies.
  • Virtualization and Cloud Computing (12%)
    • Compare and contrast cloud computing concepts.
    • Given a scenario, set up and configure client-side virtualization.
  • Hardware and Network Troubleshooting (27%)
    • Given a scenario, use the best practice methodology to resolve problems.
    • Given a scenario, troubleshoot problems related to motherboards, RAM, CPUs, and power.
    • Given a scenario, troubleshoot hard drives and RAID arrays.
    • Given a scenario, troubleshoot video, projector, and display issues.
    • Given a scenario, troubleshoot common mobile device issues while adhering to the appropriate procedures.
    • Given a scenario, troubleshoot printers.
    • Given a scenario, troubleshoot common wired and wireless network problems.
  • Operating Systems (27%)
    • Compare and contrast common operating system types and their purposes.
    • Compare and contrast features of Microsoft Windows versions.
    • Summarize general OS installation considerations and upgrade methods.
    • Given a scenario, use appropriate Microsoft command line tools.
    • Given a scenario, use Microsoft operating system features and tools.
    • Given a scenario, use Microsoft Windows Control Panel utilities.
    • Summarize application installation and configuration concepts.
    • Given a scenario, configure Microsoft Windows networking on a client/desktop.
    • Given a scenario, use features and tools of the Mac OS and Linux client/desktop operating systems.
  • Security (24%)
    • Summarize the importance of physical security measures.
    • Explain logical security concepts.
    • Compare and contrast wireless security protocols and authentication methods.
    • Given a scenario, detect, remove, and prevent malware using appropriate tools and methods.
    • Compare and contrast social engineering, threats, and vulnerabilities.
    • Compare and contrast the differences of basic Microsoft Windows OS security settings.
    • Given a scenario, implement security best practices to secure a workstation.
    • Given a scenario, implement methods for securing mobile devices.
    • Given a scenario, implement appropriate data destruction and disposal methods.
    • Given a scenario, configure security on SOHO wireless and wired networks.
  • Software Troubleshooting (26%)
    • Given a scenario, troubleshoot Microsoft Windows OS problems.
    • Given a scenario, troubleshoot and resolve PC security issues.
    • Given a scenario, use best practice procedures for malware removal.
    • Given a scenario, troubleshoot mobile OS and application issues.
    • Explain common safety procedures.
    • Given a scenario, troubleshoot mobile OS and application security issues.
  • Operational Procedures (23%)
    • Compare and contrast best practices associated with types of documentation.
    • Given a scenario, implement basic change management best practices.
    • Given a scenario, implement basic disaster prevention and recovery methods.
    • Explain environmental impacts and appropriate controls.
    • Explain the processes for addressing prohibited content/ activity, and privacy, licensing, and policy concepts.
    • Given a scenario, use proper communication techniques and professionalism.
    • Identify the basics of scripting.
    • Given a scenario, use remote access technologies.

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.