TOTAL: CompTIA A+ Certification (220-1001).

Course 1: Everything you need to pass the A+ Certification Core 1 (220-1001) Exam, from Mike Meyers and Total Seminars.

4.73 (50699 reviews)
IT Certification
17.5 hours
Mar 2021
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What you will learn

How to pass the CompTIA A+ Certification Core 1 (220-1001) exam

The skills to be a great IT and computer tech

How to repair and configure mobile devices

How to set up and configure basic networks

All about hardware: monitors, CPUs, motherboards, hard drives, RAM, and more

How to build everything from a basic workstation to an awesome gaming system

Understand what the cloud is and how virtualization works

How to troubleshoot hardware and network issues


Hey, Mike Meyers here. The Team at Total Seminars and I are excited to bring you this video series to help you pass the CompTIA A+ Certification Core 1 (220-1001) 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,

Total Seminars is the #1 name in CompTIA Certification training for over 25 years. We've taught more students than there are CompTIA certified techs (not everyone takes the exams). We can prepare you to take and pass the exam and make you a better IT tech in the process.

This is the first of a two-course series and is designed to prepare you to take and pass the CompTIA A+ 2019 Core 1 (220-1001) 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). (this course)

  • Course 2: TOTAL: CompTIA A+ Certification (220-1002).

To become fully A+ certified you will need to pass both the 220-1001 and 220-1002 exams.


★★★★★ OVER 25,000 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.

★★★★★ “Mike is an incredible instructor and very engaging. Actually teaches you about technologies and how they work rather than just what you need to know to pass an exam. Can't recommend highly enough.” - Dylan T.

★★★★★ 'First impressions - Blown away by the quality of the material! Especially the live demonstrations with real components really give one a far superior learning experience compared to ppt slides. I hope this style of teaching becomes the norm.' -Krishnamohan C.

★★★★★ “Awesome! As an IT student, I already knew about PCs & related hardware and so on...this is an awesome course & Mike described everything nicely. If you are new to IT industry (less than 5 years) this is a must course for you!” – Muhammad T.

★★★★★ “[Mike] Meyers is amazing when it comes to explaining. His fun little bits, such as when he explains common problems and how to troubleshoot them, keep you engaged and help it stick so much better. I went from barely understanding little bits here and there to passing the 1001 on my first try with the help of this course. …If you have tried reading the books and listening to lectures from people who sound like the teacher from Ferris Bueller then I would highly recommend this course paired with his practice tests.” – Robert F.

★★★★★ “This course was above my expectations! 1/2 way through and it is NOT boring, drilling information AT ALL!!! A positive, knowledgeable instructor who clearly speaks. Not only is the instructor positive, but fun and engaging. Very easily relays information in an easy to understand and easy to remember format. Perfect category breakdowns and great resources available too!!! THANK YOU (and your team) SO MUCH for all your hard work putting this course together!!! Looking forward to passing my CompTIA A+ with ease!!!” – Kerri O.


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+ Cert with no other certifications = $47,500/yr.

  • A+ Cert with 1 or 2 other active certs. = $84,250/yr.

  • A+ Cert with 3 or 4 other active certs. = $92,080/yr.

  • A+ Cert with 5 or 6 other active certs. = $97,310/yr.

  • A+ Cert with 7 or 8 other active certs. = $105,150/yr.

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 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:

  • 17 hours of video

  • PDFs that detail all the exam objectives covered in each episode (valuable studying tool)

  • PDFs of the CompTIA A+ Core 1 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

  • Lifetime access

  • Certificate of completion


Exam Domain 1.0 Mobile Devices - 14%

  • Laptop hardware components

  • Mobile device types (tables, smart phones, VR headsets, etc)

  • Set up mobile devices (syncing and networking)

Exam Domain 2.0 Networking - 20%

  • Networking hardware devices (routers, switches, firewalls, etc)

  • Configure a basic SOHO network (wireless access points, IP addressing, IoT devices, etc)

  • Networking configuration concepts (IPv4 vs. IPv6, DNS, VPNs, etc)

  • Internet connections and network types (cable, DSL, Fiber, LANs, etc)

Exam Domain 3.0 Hardware - 27%

  • Cables and connectors (USB, Ethernet, HDMI, Lightning, Thunderbolt, etc)

  • Motherboards, CPUs, power supplies, RAM, hard drives and SSDs

  • Peripherals (printers, monitors, keyboards, microphones, etc)

  • Given a scenario, exploit local host vulnerabilities

  • Summarize physical security attacks related to facilities

  • Given a scenario, perform post-exploitation techniques

Exam Domain 4.0 Virtualization and Cloud Computing - 12%

  • Cloud computing (IaaS, SaaS, PaaS, elasticity, on-demand cloud services, cloud file storage, etc)

  • Client-side virtualization (virtual machines, emulators, hypervisors)

Exam Domain 5.0 Hardware and Network Troubleshooting - 27%

  • Resolve problems with best practices and industry standards

  • Troubleshoot RAM, motherboards, CPUs, power supplies, hard drives, display issues

  • Troubleshoot mobile device issues, printers, wired/wireless networks


Exam code: 220-1001

Max. 90 questions (multiple choice, drag-and-drop, and performance-based)

Length of exam: 90 minutes

Passing score: 675 (on a scale of 100-900)

Exam cost: $232 (get discount vouchers and save go to Total Seminars web site)

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


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.

*https://certification.comptia. org/docs/default-source/downloadablefiles/02032-you-can-do-it-infographic-online_final.pdf?sfvrsn=2

**https://certification.comptia. org/certifications/a

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All About the CompTIA A+
CompTIA A+ 2019 Core 1 (220-1001) Course Introduction
What is the CompTIA A+?
Why Get A+ Certified?
What is on the CompTIA A+ Core 1 (220-1001) Exam?
How to Pass the A+ Exam
How to Use This Video Course
Book Chapter 1 - Safety and Professionalism
Tools of the Trade
Troubleshooting Theory
Chapter 1 - Safety and Professionalism Quiz
Book Chapter 2: The Visible Computer
Primary PC Connections
External Connections
Inside the PC
What is a Computer?
Chapter 2: The Visible Computer Quiz
Book Chapter 3 - CPUs
What is a CPU?
CPU Speeds and Cores
CPU Sockets
Installing a CPU
Liquid Cooling
Chapter 3 - CPUs Quiz
Book Chapter 4 - RAM
RAM Technology
RAM Capacity
RAM Features
Installing RAM
Chapter 4 - RAM Quiz
Book Chapter 5 - Firmware
What is the BIOS?
System Setup
Troubleshooting Firmware
Chapter 5 - Firmware Quiz
Book Chapter 6 - Motherboards
Form Factors
Touring the Motherboard
Touring the Case
Installing a Motherboard
Chapter 6 - Motherboards Quiz
Book Chapter 7 - Power Supplies
The Power Supply
Mounting a Power Supply
Choosing a Power Supply
Cooling Your PC
Troubleshooting Power Supplies
Troubleshooting Core Components
Chapter 7 - Power Supply Quiz
Book Chapter 8 - Mass Storage Technologies
Introduction to Mass Storage
Magnetic Disk Drives
Solid State Drives
Boot Order
Chapter 8 - Mass Storage Technologies Quiz
Book Chapter 9 - Implementing Mass Storage
New Installation - First Drive
Hardware RAID
Mass Storage Troubleshooting
Chapter 9 - Implementing Mass Storage Quiz
Book Chapter 10 - Essential Peripherals
Optical Media
USB Standards
Understanding USB
Configuring USB
Thunder and Lightning
Keyboards and Mice
Sight and Sound
Readers and Scanners
Using Expansion Cards
Chapter 10 - Essential Peripherals Quiz
Book Chapter 11 - Building a PC
The Right PC for the Job
Chapter 11 - Building a PC Quiz
Book Chapter 17 - Display Technologies
Monitor Technologies
LCD Breakdown
Graphics Cards and Connections
Installing a Graphics Card
Troubleshooting Monitors
Chapter 17 - Display Technologies Quiz
Book Chapter 18 - Essentials of Networking
Introduction to Networking
Hubs vs. Switches
WANs and Routers
Cables and Connectors
Crimping Cables
Structured Cabling
Chapter 18 - Essentials of Networking Quiz
Book Chapter 19 - Local Area Networking
Introduction to TCP/IP
Network IDs and Subnet Masks
Special IP Addresses
Dynamic IP Addressing
Port Numbers
Understanding DNS
Working with DNS
Windows Naming
Basic Router Configuration
Advanced Router Configuration
Network Troubleshooting
Chapter 19 - Local Area Networking Quiz
Book Chapter 20 - Wireless Networking
Wireless Network Hardware
Wi-Fi Standards
Basic WAP Setup
Connecting to a Wi-Fi Network
It's a Huge Mesh
Beyond Wi-Fi
Troubleshooting Wireless Connections
Chapter 20 - Wireless Networking Quiz
Book Chapter 21 - The Internet
Beyond the LAN
Internet Tiers
Dial-up Connections
Broadband Connections
Firewalls and Servers
Proxy Servers
Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)
Internet of Things (IoT)
Chapter 21 - The Internet Quiz
Book Chapter 22 - Virtualization
Understanding Virtualization
Your First Virtual Machine
Advanced Virtualization Setup
Cloud Computing
Cloud Ownership
Cloud-Based Applications
Chapter 22 - Virtualization Quiz
Book Chapter 23 - Portable Computing
Laptop Features
Laptop Hardware Troubleshooting - The Tools
Laptop Hardware - Core Hardware
Laptop Hardware - CPU and Motherboard
Touring Your Laptop Display
Chapter 23 - Portable Computing Quiz
Book Chapter 24 - Understanding Mobile Devices
What is a Mobile Device?
Mobile Connections
Touring Android
Touring iOS
Virtual Reality
Chapter 24 - Understanding Mobile Devices Quiz
Book Chapter 25 - Care and Feeding of Mobile Devices
Maintaining Mobile Devices
Mobile Devices and E-mail
Mobile Synchronization
Chapter 25 - Care and Feeding of Mobile Devices Quiz
Book Chapter 26 - Printers and Multifunction Devices
Laser Printers
Inkjet Printers
Impact Printers
Thermal Printers
Installing a Local Printer
Sharing Printers
Installing Wireless and Cloud Printers
Troubleshooting Printers
3D Printing
Chapter 26 - Printers and Multifunction Devices
Book Chapter 27 - Securing Computers
Dealing with Threats
Chapter 27 - Securing Computers Quiz
15 November 2021
Mike Myers is amazing at breaking down the material and explaining properly for the uninitiated. I do wish there is an abridged version for those including myself that went ahead and built their own PCs before actually knowing what you are doing lol so that i can review and realize what I did.
15 November 2021
This course has been very helpful, I have learned so much and Mike does a great job breaking things down. Great purchase, really worth the buy.
12 November 2021
what I found is in the quizzes there were questions mentioned that mike never went over. It would throw me off from time to time. There is also no transcript for cellular devices. But other than that Mike is great. I’m glad I chose this course.
11 November 2021
Have just started this series but I have heard great things about it. First impression is that it is easy to follow and not monotone so it is very engaging
9 November 2021
Fantastic! Love Mike's way of explaining things, I have completed plenty of certifications watching his videos, my go-to always.
9 November 2021
Taught me everything I needed to know to pass on my first try, while being entertaining. Would definitely recommend practice tests as well, but this will give you the knowledge you need. Will probably use his courses for future certifications
9 November 2021
perfectly explained with perfect humour and serious ! just a perfect course that really help me ty :)
8 November 2021
The instructor is top notch! I love his style so far and he bring high energy and is excited about his craft.
8 November 2021
This course is definitely a great way to get prepared for the exam and he does a great job at clearly explaining all the different terms!!
8 November 2021
Love this study program. Very down to earth, no extra non sense. Very specific to what you will be tested on the CompTIA A+ exam. Love it.
6 November 2021
I enjoyed taking this course. Mike helped me understand a lot of the material and he even help me understand some terms i wouldn't usually understand. Him and the tech support team in the Q&A are some awesome instructors.
5 November 2021
This course is awesome I can say I didn’t even get to learn like this at the university. Great teaching techniques
5 November 2021
I like his energy and personality. The videos could use a bit of a refresh but they’re great overall. Love the music and graphics. I like how Udemy makes it easy to access the training right away. The course catalog isn’t intimidating either. The price was awesome too. ($30? I’ll take it.)
5 November 2021
This is definitely a Hugh help. I'm relearning my basics, I've had the A+ sense 2010 but trying to transition from network back to desktop in order to move my career in a different direction. This course is great help.
5 November 2021
Resource pages at the beginning of sections list nothing but what the chapter is about (briefly) but have no specific info that was shown. Absolutely useless as a resource.


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