In order to receive CompTIA A certification a candidate must pass two exams.
The first exam is CompTIA A Essentials. The CompTIA A Essentials Examination measures necessary competencies for an entry-level IT professional with the equivalent knowledge of at least 500 hours of hands-on experience in the lab or field. Hands-on experience or equivalent knowledge includes installing, building, upgrading, repairing, configuring, troubleshooting, optimizing, diagnosing, and performing preventive maintenance of basic personal computer hardware and operating systems.
CompTIA recently convened a core of CompTIA A subject matter experts representing a diverse group of employers, educators and IT professionals which resulted in the revised CompTIA A examinations objectives. The intent is to certify individuals in a body of knowledge that is identified and accepted as the baseline or foundation of an entry-level IT professional.