CompTIA has announced the launch of the 2009 Edition of the CompTIA A+ Certification exams expected to be released sometime in August. The 2009 Edition will consist of two exams, CompTIA A+ Essentials (220-701) and CompTIA A+ Practical Application (220-702).

The new version of CompTIA A+ Essentials is intended for the entry-level IT professional with at least 500 hours of hands-on experience in the lab or field. It tests for the fundamentals of computer technology, networking and security, as well as the communication skills and professionalism previously included in the 603 and 604 exams.

Exam 220-702, Practical Application, is an extension of the knowledge and skills identified in CompTIA A+ Essentials, but the focus is on scenarios in which troubleshooting and tools must be applied to resolve problems, with more of a “hands-on” orientation.

The current CompTIA A+ exams (220-601, 220-602, 220-603, and 220-604) remain relevant and are expected to remain available until July 31, 2010.

More information is available here.

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