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A+ Essentials Certificate (C25590IA)


This certificate introduces students to essential skills needed to install, upgrade, repair, configure, troubleshoot, optimize, and perform preventative maintenance of basic personal computer hardware and operating systems. Upon completion, students will be prepared for the CompTIA A+ certification exam. Courses within this certificate may be applied to the Associate in Applied Science degree in Information Technology.

Course Sequence

Fall Semester Course List
Course Course Name Class Lab Credit
CTI 120 Network and Security Foundation 2 2 3
CTS 120 Hardware and Software Support 2 3 3
Total 4 5 6
Spring Semester Course List
Course Course Name Class Lab Credit
NOS 110 Operating Systems Concepts 2 3 3
NOS 130 Windows Single User 2 2 3
Total 4 5 6

Employment Outlook

For IT jobs, companies go for high-quality candidates with credentials. Many companies and organizations have made CompTIA certifications mandatory for certain positions, and many job ads list the certifications as basic requirements. Surveys also show that certified professionals earn more on average than non-certified IT pros in the same roles.

General Education Outcomes

Rockingham Community College has three general education outcomes:

Communication: Students will communicate using the conventions appropriate for the intended academic or professional audience.

Information Literacy: Students will locate, evaluate, and use appropriate information for academic and professional tasks.

Critical Thinking: Students will analyze information and ideas and develop reasoned solutions to academic or professional problems. 

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