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The CompTIA A+ certification has long been hailed as the perfect starting point for a career in the IT industry. With over a million certified professionals choosing to study with CompTIA, it is easy to see why it remains a dominating force in the IT certification field.

Upon gaining the A+ certification, the chances of bring hired into your first IT position will rise exponentially compared to that of an uncertified candidate, given that you will already possess a working knowledge of the material that was covered in the course.

With the retirement of the CompTIA A+ 220-801 and 220-802 (English language) exams on 30 June 2016, CompTIA launched the A+ 220-901 and 220-902 exams on 15 December 2015 – both of which must be passed in order to receive the CompTIA A+ certification. Below we will take a look at the changes that have been affected between the A+ 220-802 and 220-902 exams.
Why has the CompTIA 800 series been updated?
As technology has advanced, there is a need for professionals to further their technical knowledge in order for their skills to remain relevant. At the same time there will be certain technologies that are no longer relevant and including them in a certification would prove to be futile. This is how CompTIA ensures that the professionals who have gained their certification remain in demand and, in so doing, CompTIA certifications will retain their reputation of being sought after and prestigious.

What new topics are covered in the CompTIA 220-902 exam?
Where the 220-802 exam focussed on the installation and configuration of PCs, mobile operating systems such as Android and iOS, common networking functions and security, the 220-902 exam covers the installation and configuration of operating systems such as Windows, Linux and Apple OS X, Cloud computing fundamentals, security and operational procedures.

It is clear to see that CompTIA have endeavoured to cover a much wider scope of topics than in the old exam, making it a certification that will create IT professionals with a larger and wider skill set and knowledge base.

CompTIA 220-902 Exam Objective Differences
The first noticeable difference between the old and new domains is that there are now five domains instead of the four that were present exam. The domain “Mobile Devices”, which used to be the 4th domain of the 220-802 exam, has now been moved over to the 220-901 domain breakdown. Where the old exam used to cover operating systems under one domain, there is now a split where Windows operating systems is covered by it’s own domain and other operating systems and technologies is also covered by it’s own, separate domain.