I am now Comp­TIA A+ cer­ti­fied! Not that this is much to brag about. It is most­ly rote-learn­ing and is heav­i­ly Win­dows-focused. In fact, a major part of it is know­ing how to per­form tasks like set up a modem or print­er in Win­dows, right down to mem­o­ris­ing exact­ly what you need to click on and how the pro­ce­dures dif­fer across Win­dows versions. 

There are two com­po­nents, each with its own exam: Core Hard­ware and Oper­at­ing Sys­tem Tech­nolo­gies. You are sup­posed to do them in that order, but I decid­ed to do it the oth­er way round (fight­ing with DOS/Windows prob­lems over many years made me feel more con­fi­dent with the OS mod­ule). They cov­er a lot of lega­cy mate­r­i­al, like daisy-wheel print­ers, EISA and MCA bus­es and Token Ring net­works. Hav­ing been involved with PCs since the IBM PC XT, I could relate to much of it. Over­all I would say that it was quite easy. 

I did my A+ Core Hard­ware exam on Thurs­day March 31 (10 days ago) and since then I’ve been work­ing towards the Comp­TIA Net­work+ certification.