IT Certification


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.

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17.5 hours


Aug 2020

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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, yes YOU, staring at the screen there, everything I know about the CompTIA A+ certification.

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 5,000 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 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 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: $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


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


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


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


Trish9 October 2020

This is a great resource for learning at your own pace. Mike makes the information interesting and pretty easy to understand.

Katrina9 October 2020

I LOVE Mike! I got a job that requires A+ cert within 60 days. I have never worked in IT, but have skills, desire and motivation to do so. This course is filled with knowledge, hands-on tips and everything I need to know. Mike is so energetic and passionate that time flies by. I get everything he says and shows. Amazing! I study hard but it is so well-delivered. Thums up!

cCoop3129 October 2020

Was a great, and honestly fun experience of learning. Definitely going to go through the textbook (feel like it's very beneficial to do so). I will be spending a lot of time studying though, so praying all goes well for whenever I take the exam. Thanks totalsem :)

Daniel9 October 2020

Mike Meyers really makes the subject easy to understand. He's a regular guy and he makes you feel like the subject is not intimidating.

Sanket7 October 2020

I love the presentation of Mike Mayres. He never lets the energy level go down, even if you are not feeling to study, he keeps you engaged with his energy. Very good knowledge and he knows what he is talking about. I can tell because this is the fourth course I have from Mike.

Zachary27 February 2020

Very informative so far. I have close to zero knowledge of all of this and the instructor is starting by explaining objectives rather than jumping right in so beginners such as myself aren't immediately scared off. Haha

Jeramiah26 February 2020

I think this is going to be a good course I can understand what he's talking about and I have no prior knowledge on this course.

Marcel26 February 2020

Great course! Mike explains things very well and even though i was already familiar with most of the material, his way of teaching kept me interested and watching. i highly recommend this course to anyone who wants to get their A+ or the knowledge required.

Himanshu26 February 2020

Absolutely brilliant way of teaching. I learned a lot although some of the topics are missing but it gave a good impetus.

Avinesh24 February 2020

The course was excellent. Mike's delivery is worthy of mention. For a person (me) with zero experience in the industry, he made me understand with ease. I did have to replay certain videos to really grasp the lecture. Much appreciated and thanks. I will enrol for other courses soon.

Eddie24 February 2020

So far I like the way the training is going...it's catching my attention and I am excited to see what's Mike is going to say next!

Richard24 February 2020

Part way through. Great refresher for a GFL A+ I got 18 years ago. Hopefully I'll put it to use this time!

Marius22 February 2020

the course was practical and explanatory. very good quiz at the end of each section. if there was a test at the end of the course to evaluate one-self, it could be a further + toward perfection.

Sean22 February 2020

Mike is a very passionate and engaging teacher in this format. His knowledge is obviously very deep and wide, and he has a great ability to convey info in an easy to follow and engaging way. The humor and the quality in the videos are exceptional. You can tell that they have a great team.

Kyle21 February 2020

Mike is an incredible instructor! I already have my security + and now I’m going back for my A+ and Net+!


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