CompTIA upgrades its A+ Certification Exam for 2009

CompTIA has not updated its A+ certification exam requirements since way back in 2006 and they are currently reviewing if they should update the list. They recently sent out surveys that are supposed to help in the exam development process by providing a clear picture of the skills and knowledge required to perform the job duties of an entry-level PC support and service technician, meaning they are hoping to change the list of requirements for their A+ 2009 certification exam. Since CompTIA is thinking about changing the list of requirements for the new version of the exam, taking some A+ training would definitely be a good idea if you want to successfully pass it to become the IT professional you have always wanted to become.
The surveys that were sent out are about two of the four available CompTIA A+ exams: CompTIA A+ Essentials and CompTIA IT Technician. CompTIA A+ Essentials validates knowledge of basic computer hardware and operating systems. The CompTIA IT Technician exam is targeted for individuals who work or intend to work in a mobile or corporate technical environment with a high level of face-to-face client interaction. Individuals were asked participate in both surveys, so to better help with the process. While the purpose of the surveys was to define the content for the CompTIA A+ Essentials Exam, some noticed some major changes. There was also a survey for the proposed "Technician" exam requirements. Both surveys discussed the current draft of the exam requirements and asked for feedback on how important each topic was, and how often a borderline qualified candidate would perform each task. While the draft for the new requirements list was just that, a draft, nothing is yet set in stone as far as the changes for the 2009 version of the exam, which means some CompTIA training is still always a good idea when preparing for the A+ certification exam. Although there were no surprises on the survey, there were a few things that stood out about where the exam focus was heading for the 2009 version. As a note, there were not many dramatic differences from the he existing major category domain structure, but there were quite a few relatively new technologies listed in the survey, such as Blu-ray, SD cards, DDR3, TV tuner cards, and Bluetooth, to name a few.
Windows 2000, Windows XP and Windows Vista were all listed as components, as well as a number of the latest Vista technologies were also included in the surveys. With the addition of Vista, it was also necessary to include some of the tools for migrating users and their data from Windows XP to Vista. Some of the older networking technologies were dropped and the latest cabling standards were added, while Cellular networking was mentioned often. The security section was updated to include encryption, authentication technologies, and updated biometric technologies. The survey also asked to add any categories they missed and left plenty of room for comments, but there were no online surveys offered to me for Remote Support Technician or Depot Technician, and there were no mentions of either of those designations. There's a lot of time between now and the introduction of an updated A+ certification exam requirement list, so you do not have to panic since there was not a ton of dramatic changes from what you are supposed to know for the current version of the exam. If you would like to get a head start trying to prepare for the new requirements list, you should definitely familiar with some of the latest technologies. Blurb: There might be new requirements for the 2009 CompTIA A+ certification exam, so some A+ training will help you learn the new material.

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