CompTIA A+ Certification Essentials

Duration: 5 days


This 5-day practical “hands-on” course is the essential foundation for newcomers to PC support. It provides students with the necessary training to ensure proficiency in PC installation and troubleshooting skills. The course has been developed to produce competent PC support engineers who are capable of taking and passing CompTIA‚Äôs A+ Certification exams or other similar qualifications. Students will learn the fundamental principles of supporting desktop and portable computers and operating systems plus network and print devices and applications.


Students should have successfully completed the gtslearning course “PC Fundamentals” or have equivalent experience of using a PC, Windows and browsing the Web. The following key skills are recommended:

  • Use a keyboard and mouse.
  • Recognize the main components of a PC (such as case, monitor, mouse, and keyboard) and different data media such as floppy disks or CD-ROMs.
  • Start the computer and navigate the Desktop.
  • Use Windows Explorer to create directories and subdirectories; and move, copy, or rename files and directories.
  • Use Internet Explorer to view websites.*If you have questions or concerns about these prerequisites, please contact us at 801-561-8511 or

Course Outline

Module 1 – PC Components

The Visible PC

  • Introduction to the PC
  • Key Functions of a PC
  • The System Case
  • I/O Ports and Cables
  • PS2 Ports
  • Parallel Ports
  • Serial Ports
  • USB Ports
  • SCSI
  • IEEE 1394 (Firewire)
  • Modem and Network Ports
  • Audio Ports
  • Joystick/MIDI Ports
  • Adding and Removing Peripherals


  • Motherboard Layout
  • System Clock
  • Bus Architecture
  • Motherboard Components
  • Expansion Bus and Adapter Cards
  • Motherboard Form Factors
  • Power Supply Unit (PSU)


  • Central Processing Unit (CPU)
  • Processor Terminology
  • Multitasking, Multiprocessing, and Multithreading
  • Intel Processors
  • AMD Processors
  • Processor Sockets and Chipsets


  • Memory Types
  • Memory Packaging
  • Memory Characteristics

Storage Devices

  • Storage Devices
  • Hard Drives
  • Installing a Storage Device
  • Preparing a Hard Disk
  • Floppy Drives
  • Optical Disk Storage
  • Flash Memory
  • Tape Drives

Peripheral Devices

  • PC Display Screens
  • Graphics Adapter
  • Installing a Graphics Adapter and Display
  • TV Tuners
  • Sound Cards
  • I/O and Communications Adapters

Module 2 – Portable Computers

Portable Computers

  • Portable and Desktop Computers
  • Notebooks
  • Tablet PC
  • Personal Digital Assistants (PDAs)

Module 3 – Operating Systems

Features of Operating Systems

  • Microsoft Operating Systems
  • Overview of Windows 2000
  • Overview of Windows XP
  • Workgroups and Domains
  • UNIX and Linux
  • Apple Mac OS X
  • Novell NetWare

Installing and Upgrading Windows

  • Overview of OS Installations
  • Preparing the Hard Disk
  • Domain or Workgroup Selection
  • Installation Methods
  • Setup Failure and Recovery
  • Upgrading the OS
  • Options for Deploying Windows

The Windows Boot Process

  • Windows Boot Files
  • Initial Startup Process
  • The BOOT.INI File

Managing Windows

  • Features of the Desktop
  • Windows Administrative Tools
  • Changing System Settings
  • Configuring Hardware
  • Optimizing Windows Performance Options
  • Screen Savers and Power Management
  • Managing Software
  • Managing Services

Windows Storage Management

  • Disk Management
  • Navigating Windows
  • Working with Folders
  • Working with Files
  • Searching For Files
  • The Recycle Bin
  • My Network Places

Module 4 – PC Support

Hardware Maintenance and Troubleshooting

  • Troubleshooting Techniques
  • Troubleshooting Power Problems
  • Troubleshooting POST
  • Troubleshooting Internal Devices
  • Troubleshooting Peripherals
  • Notebook Troubleshooting
  • Preventative Maintenance

Troubleshooting the Operating System

  • Error Categories
  • Advanced Startup Options
  • Diagnosing Problems
  • Troubleshooting Applications
  • Remote Features


  • Security Fundamentals
  • Windows Security Overview
  • Internet Security
  • Malware
  • Data Security

Safety and Environmental Issues

  • Health and Safety
  • Static Electricity and ESD
  • Materials Handling
  • Storage of Components for Future Use
  • Disposal of Consumables and Computer Equipment

Professionalism and Communication

  • Customer Service Skills
  • Basic Troubleshooting Approach
  • Giving Feedback

Communication with a Customer

  • Professionalism
  • Handling Customer Complaints

Module 5 – Printers and Scanners

Printers and Scanners

  • The Print Process
  • Installing and Configuring a Printer
  • Operating and Troubleshooting Printers
  • Scanners
  • Installing and Using a Scanner

Module 6 – Networking

Network Concepts

  • What is a Network?
  • Network Components
  • Network Topologies
  • The OSI Model
  • IEEE 802 Standards
  • Network Devices
  • Network Transport Protocols

Implementing a LAN

  • Server and Peer-to-Peer Networks
  • Network Components
  • Implementing a LAN
  • Network Troubleshooting Basics

WAN and Internet Connectivity

  • Wide Area Networks and the Internet
  • Accessing the Internet
  • Cellular Devices
  • Voice-over-IP

Additional information


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