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- How to pass the CompTIA A+ Certification Core 2 (220-1002) exam
- The skills to be a great IT and computer tech
- All about operating systems: Windows, Mac, Linux, iOS, Android
- How to secure your computer, mobile device, and network
- Security concepts like malware, antivirus, anti-malware, and networking security protocols
- How to troubleshoot software and mobile issues
- How to use command-line tools in Windows, Mac, and Linux
- Industry standards and best practices for documentation, change management, disaster prevention and recovery, procedures and policies
- There are no specific prerequisites as the course covers all the topics in detail.
- A basic familiarity with computers and networks is helpful.
- CompTIA recommends having 9-12 months of on-the-job experience before taking the A+ exam. This is recommended but not required.
Hey, Mike Meyers here. The Team at Total Seminars and I are excited to bring you this updated video series to help you pass the CompTIA A+ Certification Core 2 (220-1002) certification exam.
Between my bestselling A+, Network+, and Security+ books and my video courses, I've taught over 2 million people how to take and pass these CompTIA IT industry certification exams. I've got an easy-going, approachable, and funny teaching style that has helped newbies and experienced techs alike learn valuable IT skills. I've taught in-person seminars for the DEA and the FBI, and now I'm going to teach you, yes YOU, staring at the screen there, everything I know about the CompTIA A+ certification.
This is the second of a two-course series and is designed to prepare you to take and pass the CompTIA A+ 2019 Core 2 (220-1002) exam. It's an internationally-recognized, fundamental IT training certification. Not interested in certification? No problem! Even if you just want to learn about the basics of IT and computers, I've got you covered.
Course 1: TOTAL: CompTIA A+ Certification (220-1001).
Course 2: TOTAL: CompTIA A+ Certification (220-1002). (this course)
To become fully A+ certified you will need to pass both the 220-1001 and 220-1002 exams.
WHAT OUR STUDENTS ARE SAYING:
★★★★★ OVER 1,000 5-STAR REVIEWS! ★★★★★
★★★★★ "I used these courses to pass the A+, Security+, and Network+ in a span of 2.5 months. I had no IT experience 4 months ago. Now I am a network engineer at a managed service provider with a great salary and solid upward mobility." - Ryan D.
★★★★★ “Absolutely loved this course! Thank you Mike Myers for having an effective and fun teaching style! I highly recommend this course for anyone interested in getting A+ certified!” - Rebecca M.
★★★★★ “I have not taken the exam yet but the course felt very informative and well laid out. Mike…structures his teaching around like concepts. It helps ensure that you learn about the topic conceptually and technically. I have already begun to use many of lessons in my current professional role and have seen improvement in my ability to troubleshoot and diagnose computer related issues. Thanks Mike!” - Joe M.
★★★★★ “This course has helped me though all the old CompTIA content and has continued to help[ me progress though the new CompTIA 1001 -1002. Thanks MIKE!!! Your videos are awesome especially for this visual learner!” – Antwon S.
WHY SHOULD I TAKE THIS COURSE?
Technology is ranked as the #1 source of U.S. jobs. Are you looking to kickstart your career, improve your existing IT skills, or increase your chances of getting that IT job? Did you know 96% of HR managers use IT certifications as screening or hiring criteria during recruitment?*
Some jobs that use A+ certifications are Support Specialists (avg. $54,500/yr), Field Service Technicians (avg. $46,000/yr.), and Desktop Support Analysts (avg. $60,000/yr.)**.
More Certifications = More $$
A+ Certification with no other certifications = $47,500 / year
A+ Certification with 1 or 2 other active certs. = $84,250 / year
A+ Certification with 3 or 4 other active certs. = $92,080 / year
A+ Certification with 5 or 6 other active certs. = $97,310 / year
A+ Certification with 7 or 8 other active certs. = $105,150 / year
Not looking for a cert? Maybe you're just interested in how to keep your home network router from constantly doing that annoying red-blinky-light thing. Or be the family hero and set up that awesome smart thermostat you've had in your Amazon cart for a year! Or perhaps you want to learn to how to get your iPhone to work so you don't have to keep asking your friend's brother's aunt's niece for help. Whatever your motivation, this course is perfect to help give you a robust IT foundational knowledge in a way that's easy-to-understand. And, hopefully, you'll have a few laughs with me along the way.
SOOOOO much! This course is a great deal, check it out:
16 hours of video
PDFs that detail all the exam objectives covered in each episode (valuable studying tool)
PDFs of the CompTIA A+ 2019 Core 2 exam objectives
End-of-chapter quizzes to test your knowledge
Q&A section where you have access to me and my team of teaching assistants to answer any questions you might have
Bonus videos launched from time-to-time with updated information, exam tips, study tools, and more
30-day money-back guarantee
Certificate of completion
Exam Domain 1.0 Operating Systems - 27%
Operating system types and purposes (Windows, MacOS, iOS, Android, Linux, etc)
Exam Domain 2.0 Security - 24%
Physical security (locks, badge readers, guards, etc)
Logical security concepts (Active Directory, antivirus/anti-malware, firewalls, certificates, etc)
Wireless security protocols (WPA, WPA2, RADIUS, etc)
Detect and prevent malware
Social engineering threats, attacks, and vulnerabilities (hackers, phishing, DDoS, brute force, man-in-the-middle, etc)
Secure workstations and mobile devices
Exam Domain 3.0 Software Troubleshooting - 26%
Troubleshoot Microsoft OS, PC security, mobile OS, and application issues
Exam Domain 4.0 Operational Procedures - 23%
Best practices for documentation, change management, disaster prevention and recovery, safety procedures, and more
Different types of licenses and policies
Remote access technologies
Exam code: 220-1002
Max. 90 questions (multiple choice, drag-and-drop, and performance-based)
Length of exam: 90 minutes
Passing score: 700 (on a scale of 100-900)
Exam cost: $219
Languages: English at launch. German, Japanese, Portuguese, Simplified Chinese and Spanish in 2019.
Recommended experience: 9-12 months' hands-on experience in a lab or in the field
HOW DO I TAKE THE COMPTIA A+ 2019 EXAM?
Buy an exam voucher (get your discount voucher at Total Seminars' website), schedule your exam on the Pearson VUE website, then take the exam at a qualifying Pearson VUE testing center. You can take one exam at a time, or schedule to take both exams at the same time.
To become fully A+ certified you will need to pass both the 220-1001 and 220-1002 exams.
- Anyone looking to take and pass the CompTIA A+ Certification Core 2 (220-1002) certification exam
- Anyone who wants to improve their skills as a computer or IT technician
- Anyone who wants to learn awesome stuff about Windows, MacOS, Linux, mobile, IT security, scripting and more
In this episode, Mike explores the A+ Core 2 exam objectives, providing a brief overview of what to expect on the CompTIA A+ 220-1002 exam. See the Resources tab (below the link to this video in the menu on the right) to download a copy of the CompTIA A+ 2019 Core 2 (220-1002) exam objectives to use throughout the rest of this course.
CompTIA creates IT certifications that cover topics such as how to build and fix computers or how to secure businesses from internal and external threats. Every major IT manufacturer is part of CompTIA. The CompTIA A+ certification is a popular entry point for people looking to work in IT. The certification requires you to pass two exams, the 220-1001 (Core 1) and 220-1002 (Core 2), but requires no experience or study (though, as Mike points out, study is good!)
Certifications power the IT industry. CompTIA A+ is the de facto entry point for IT techs, the first certification you should get. It provides a common language for people in IT, and prepares you for work in the industry.
The 220-1002 Core 2 exam covers four big subject areas: operating systems, security, software troubleshooting, and operational procedures. Mike dives into the sub-objectives in this episode, providing an overview of what you need to know for success on the Core 2 exam.
In this episode, Mike describes the CompTIA A+ exam process, plus explores a good strategy for prepping for the exam. Schedule the exam first! The pressure will have you hitting the books or videos in no time!
In this episode, Mike points out some interesting features of the video series, such as the use of great shareware and freeware tools—Mike’s Cool Tools—for troubleshooting. The series tracks closely with the book (either the All-in-One and the school-oriented Managing and Troubleshooting Guide) so you can follow along in print and video.
Technical skills are only part of what makes a great tech. Techs must also possess professional communication skills to ensure users get the support they need to use their systems to get their work done. This is the first of two parts that cover the communication skills every tech needs to provide this level of support.
Knowing what to say and how to say it is a start, but good communication takes practice. Until you get a chance to try this out in the real world, the next best thing is seeing these skills in action.
As much as we need to protect our computers, we must also protect ourselves in the work environment. Good techs understand how to use anti-ESD tools, protect our fingers, and employ proper lifting technique.
We organize physical storage into logical subdivisions called partitions. Partitions serve several critical functions beyond just storing our data. Specialized partitions support virtual memory, boot, and recovery functions.
Book Chapter 8 is covered in the 1001 CompTIA A+ video course
A PC can only boot from a bootable drive. A mass storage device with a working OS installed on it is one kind of bootable drive. But what if there’s no OS installed, or the installation is broken? No problem! Just pop in a bootable device such as the OS installation media, or a bootable diagnostic toolkit. If you don’t have one, you can make your own with a spare optical disc or thumb drive, an ISO image file of the bootable media, and a program to burn the ISO file to your media.
Book Chapter 10 is covered in the 1001 CompTIA A+ video course
The typical Windows system runs over a hundred services or more. It’s important for a tech to understand how to inspect running services as well as start and stop them as needed. Traditionally this is done with the Services application, but modern versions of Task Manager also provide an interface to manage services.
The Task Manager that came with Windows 7 has important features that allow techs to inspect the status of processes. These processes are divided into services and applications. Additionally, Windows 7 Task Manager has solid basic tools to determine the overall performance of your system’s resources (RAM, CPU, Disk and Networking).
The CompTIA A+ objectives list two Control Panel tools used exclusively for applications. The Open Database Connectedly (ODBC) app gives programmers the ability to locate shared databases. The Component Object Model (COM+) gives applications the ability to connect to other COM+ compliant applications.
The Microsoft NT File System (NTFS) enables fine control of multiple users accessing resources on a single computer. To do this, every person accessing a single computer must have their own user account. Windows also has groups which combine users with common resource needs.