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TOTAL: CompTIA A+ Core 1 (220-1101) Course + Practice Test
Everything you need to pass A+ Certification Core 1 (220-1101) Exam, Mike Meyers and Total Seminars with practice test

What you will learn

How to pass the CompTIA A+ Certification Core 1 (220-1101) exam

The skills to be a great IT and computer tech

How to repair and configure mobile devices

How to set up and configure basic networks

All about hardware: monitors, CPUs, motherboards, hard drives, RAM, and more

How to build a PC from the ground up

Understand what the cloud is and how virtualization works

How to troubleshoot hardware and network issues


Hey, Mike Meyers here. The Team at Total Seminars and I are excited to bring you this video series to help you pass the CompTIA A+ Certification Core 1 (220-1101) exam.

Between my bestselling A+, Network+, and Security+ books and my video courses, I’ve taught over 2 million people how to take and pass these CompTIA IT industry certification exams. I’ve got an easy-going, approachable, and funny teaching style that has helped newbies and experienced techs alike learn valuable IT skills. I’ve taught in-person seminars for the DEA and the FBI, and now I’m going to teach you.

I’m joined by my buddy, Steve Nicholson, who brings a ton of knowledge and experience to this course. He’s taught thousands of college students, worked as a Chief Technical Officer, and even had a stint in the Marine Corps. Oh, and don’t forget to ask him about the chickens at his house!

This is the first of a two-course series and is designed to prepare you to take and pass the CompTIA A+ Core 1 (220-1101) exam. It’s an internationally-recognized, fundamental IT training certification. Not interested in certification? No problem! Even if you just want to learn about the basics of IT and computers, I’ve got you covered.

  • Course 1: TOTAL: CompTIA A+ Certification (220-1101) (this course)
  • Course 2: TOTAL: CompTIA A+ Certification (220-1102)

To become fully A+ certified you will need to pass both the 220-1101 and 220-1102 exams.



“I used these courses to pass the A+, Security+, and Network+ in a span of 2.5 months. I had no IT experience 4 months ago. Now I am a network engineer at a managed service provider with a great salary and solid upward mobility.” – Ryan D.

“Mike is an incredible instructor and very engaging. Actually teaches you about technologies and how they work rather than just what you need to know to pass an exam. Can’t recommend highly enough.” – Dylan T.

‘First impressions – Blown away by the quality of the material! Especially the live demonstrations with real components really give one a far superior learning experience compared to ppt slides. I hope this style of teaching becomes the norm.’ -Krishnamohan C.

“Awesome! As an IT student, I already knew about PCs & related hardware and so on…this is an awesome course & Mike described everything nicely. If you are new to IT industry (less than 5 years) this is a must course for you!” – Muhammad T.

“[Mike] Meyers is amazing when it comes to explaining. His fun little bits, such as when he explains common problems and how to troubleshoot them, keep you engaged and help it stick so much better. I went from barely understanding little bits here and there to passing the 1001 on my first try with the help of this course. …If you have tried reading the books and listening to lectures from people who sound like the teacher from Ferris Bueller then I would highly recommend this course paired with his practice tests.” – Robert F.

“This course was above my expectations! 1/2 way through and it is NOT boring, drilling information AT ALL!!! A positive, knowledgeable instructor who clearly speaks. Not only is the instructor positive, but fun and engaging. Very easily relays information in an easy to understand and easy to remember format. Perfect category breakdowns and great resources available too!!! THANK YOU (and your team) SO MUCH for all your hard work putting this course together!!! Looking forward to passing my CompTIA A+ with ease!!!” – Kerri O.


Technology is ranked as the #1 source of U.S. jobs. Are you looking to kickstart your career, improve your existing IT skills, or increase your chances of getting that IT job? Did you know 96% of HR managers use IT certifications as screening or hiring criteria during recruitment?

Some jobs that use A+ certifications are Support Specialists (avg. 54,500/yr.), Field Service Technicians (avg. 46,000/yr.), and Desktop Support Analysts (avg. 60,000/yr.).

More Certifications = More money

  • A+ Cert with no other certifications = 47,500/yr.
  • A+ Cert with 1 or 2 other active certs. = 84,250/yr.
  • A+ Cert with 3 or 4 other active certs. = 92,080/yr.
  • A+ Cert with 5 or 6 other active certs. = 97,310/yr.
  • A+ Cert with 7 or 8 other active certs. = 105,150/yr.

Not looking for a cert? Maybe you’re just interested in how to keep your home network router from constantly doing that annoying red-blinky-light thing. Or be the family hero and set up that awesome smart thermostat you’ve had in your Amazon cart for a year! Or perhaps you want to learn how to get your iPhone to work so you don’t have to keep asking your friend’s brother’s aunt’s niece for help. Whatever your motivation, this course is perfect to help give you a robust IT foundational knowledge in a way that’s easy-to-understand. And, hopefully, you’ll have a few laughs with me along the way.


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SOOOOO much! This course is a great deal, check it out:

  • Over 15 hours of video
  • PDFs of the CompTIA A+ Core 1 exam objectives
  • End-of-chapter quizzes to test your knowledge
  • Q&A section where you have access to me and my team of teaching assistants to answer any questions you might have
  • 50-question practice test with objectives weighted like the real exam
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Lifetime access
  • Certificate of completion


Exam Domain 1.0 Mobile Devices – 15%

  • Laptop hardware components
  • Mobile device types (tablets, smart phones)
  • Setting up mobile devices (syncing and networking)

Exam Domain 2.0 Networking – 20%

  • Networking hardware devices (routers, switches, firewalls)
  • Configuring a basic SOHO network
  • Networking configuration concepts (IPv4, IPv6, DNS, VPNs)
  • Internet connections and network types (cable, fiber, LANs)

Exam Domain 3.0 Hardware – 25%

  • Cables and connectors (USB, Ethernet, HDMI, Lightning, Thunderbolt)
  • Motherboards, CPUs, power supplies, RAM, hard drives and SSDs
  • Peripherals (printers, monitors, keyboards, microphones)
  • The joy of troubleshooting printers

Exam Domain 4.0 Virtualization and Cloud Computing – 11%

  • Cloud computing (IaaS, SaaS, PaaS, elasticity, cloud storage)
  • Client-side virtualization (virtual machines, hypervisors)

Exam Domain 5.0 Hardware and Network Troubleshooting – 29%

  • Resolve problems with best practices and industry standards
  • Troubleshoot RAM, motherboards, CPUs, power supplies, hard drives, display issues
  • Troubleshoot mobile device issues, printers, wired/wireless networks


Exam code: 220-1101

Max. 90 questions (multiple choice, drag-and-drop, and performance-based)

Length of exam: 90 minutes

Passing score: 675 (on a scale of 100-900)

Exam cost: $239

Languages: English, German, Japanese, Portuguese, Thai, and Spanish.

Recommended experience: 9-12 months’ hands-on experience in a lab or in the field


Buy an exam voucher (get your discount voucher at Total Seminars’ website), schedule your exam on the Pearson VUE website, then take the exam at a qualifying Pearson VUE testing center. You can take one exam at a time, or schedule to take both exams at the same time.

To become fully A+ certified you will need to pass both the 220-1101 and 220-1102 exams.



Chapter 0: All About the CompTIA A+

What is the CompTIA A+?
Why Get CompTIA A+ Certified?
How to Take the A+ Exam
What’s on the CompTIA A+ Core 1 (220-1101) Exam?
How to Pass the CompTIA A+ Exams
How to Use this Video Course

Book Chapter 1 – Safety and Professionalism

Tools of the Trade
Troubleshooting Theory
Safety and Professionalism

Book Chapter 2 – The Visible Computer

Primary PC Components
Touring a PC
What Is a Computer?
The Visible Computer

Book Chapter 3 – CPUs

What Is a CPU?
Modern CPUs
32-Bit vs. 64-Bit Computing
Choosing the Right CPU
CPU Generations and Architecture
CPU Cooling
Installing and Troubleshooting a CPU

Book Chapter 4 – RAM

RAM Technology
RAM Capacity
RAM Features
Virtual Memory
Installing and Troubleshooting RAM

Book Chapter 5 – Firmware

What Is BIOS?
System Setup
Troubleshooting Firmware

Book Chapter 6 – Motherboards

Form Factors
Choosing the Right Motherboard
Installing and Troubleshooting a Motherboard

Book Chapter 7 – Power Supplies

The Power Supply
Choosing a Power Supply
Cooling Your System
Installing and Troubleshooting a PSU
Power Supplies

Book Chapter 8 – Mass Storage Technologies

Introduction to Mass Storage
Magnetic Disk Drives
Solid-State Drives (SSDs)
Mass Storage Technologies

Book Chapter 9 – Implementing Mass Storage

Hardware RAID
Software RAID in Storage Spaces
Encrypting Mass Storage
Mass Storage Troubleshooting
Implementing Mass Storage

Book Chapter 10 – Essential Peripherals

USB Standards
Understanding USB
Configuring USB
Thunder and Lightning
Optical Media
Readers and Scanners
Common Peripherals
Webcams and Videoconferencing
Installing and Troubleshooting Expansion Cards
Essential Peripherals

Book Chapter 17 – Display Technologies

Monitor Technologies
LCD Breakdown
Graphics Cards and Connections
Resolutions and Aspect Ratios
Installing a Graphics Card
Multiple Monitors
Troubleshooting Display Technologies
Display Technologies

Book Chapter 18 – Essentials of Networking

Introduction to Networking
Hubs vs. Switches
WANs and Routers
Cables and Connectors
Crimping Cables
Structured Cabling
Network Card Troubleshooting
Essentials of Networking

Book Chapter 19 – Local Area Networking

Introduction to TCP/IP
Dynamic IP Addressing
Port Numbers
Understanding DNS
Working with DNS
Basic Router Configuration
Virtual LANs (VLANs)
Network Troubleshooting
Local Area Networking

Book Chapter 20 – Wireless Networking

Wireless Network Hardware
Wi-Fi Standards
It’s a Huge Mesh
Enterprise Wireless
Beyond Wi-Fi
Troubleshooting Wireless Connections
Wireless Networking

Book Chapter 21 – The Internet

Beyond the LAN
Internet Tiers
Broadband Connections
Firewalls and Servers
Proxy Servers
Virtual Private Networks (VPNs)
Internet of Things (IoT)
Troubleshooting Internet Connections, Part 1
The Internet

Book Chapter 22 – Virtualization

Understanding Virtualization
Your First Virtual Machine
Advanced Virtualization Setup
Cloud Computing
Cloud Ownership
Cloud-Based Applications

Book Chapter 23 – Portable Computing

Laptop Features
Laptop Hardware Troubleshooting – The Tools
Laptop Hardware – Core Hardware
Laptop Hardware – CPU and Motherboard
Touring Your Laptop Display
Portable Computing

Book Chapter 24 – Mobile Devices

What Is a Mobile Device?
Mobile Connections
Touring Android
Virtual Reality
Mobile Devices

Book Chapter 25 – Maintaining and Securing Mobile Devices

Maintaining Mobile Devices
Mobile Devices and E-mail
Mobile Synchronization
Mobile Device Security
Mobile Security Troubleshooting
Mobile Device Troubleshooting
Maintaining and Securing Mobile Devices

Book Chapter 26 – Printers and Multifunction Devices

Laser Printers
Inkjet Printers
Impact Printers
Thermal Printers
Installing a Local Printer
Sharing Printers
Installing Wireless and Cloud Printers
Troubleshooting Printers
3D Printing
Printers and Multifunction Devices

Study Tools for the CompTIA A+ Exam

Bonus Video