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Tech Works, sponsored by the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency (CAA), offers two free IT certification options. The free CompTIA A+ training is a 14-week certification program that requires 84 hours of online coursework completed four days per week. Graduates will earn a CompTIA A+ certification needed to secure the most in-demand living wage jobs in the information technology (IT) industry.

Due to the rigorous curriculum for CompTIA A+, Tech Works also offers a free prerequisite program, CompTIA, IT Fundamentals (ITF) that requires 60 hours of online course work completed four days per week over 10 weeks. CompTIA IT Fundamentals is an introduction to basic IT knowledge and skills. Graduates will be eligible to complete the most advanced CompTIA A+ training and certification.


Certification Coursework


Identifying, using, and connecting hardware components and devices

Install and support Windows OS, including command line & client support. Understand Mac OS, Linux and mobile OS

Troubleshoot PC and mobile device issues, including application security support

Explain types of networks and connections, including TCP/IP, WIFI and SOHO

Troubleshoot device and network issues

Identify and protect against security vulnerabilities for devices and their network connections

Install & configure laptops and other mobile devices

Compare & contrast cloud computing concepts &set up client-side virtualization

Follow best practices for safety, environmental impacts, and communication and professionalism


Free CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF)


IT Concepts and Terminology
Comprehend notational systems, illustrate the basics of computing, and explain the value of data and troubleshooting

Know how to set up and install standard peripheral devices to a laptop/PC or secure a basic wireless network

Applications and Software
Manage applications software, understand the various components of an operating system, and explain the purpose of methods of application architecture

Software Development
Comprehend programming language categories, interpret logic, and understand the purpose of programming concepts

Database Fundamentals
Able to explain database concepts, structures, and purpose, as well as understand methods used to interface


Free CompTIA Certification Eligibility and Enrollment Requirements:


  • ITIQ Assessment
  • Work Keys Assessment
  • Interview with program coordinators
  • Hamilton County Resident
  • 18 years and older
  • HS Diploma or GED
  • Computer and WIFI
  • Household income at or below 200 percent of the Federal Poverty Guideline



Household Size


Monthly Standard (200% of Federal Poverty Guidelines (FPG))

1 $2,127
2 $2,873
3 $3,620
4 $4,367
5 $5,113
6 $5,860
7 $6,607
8 $7,353
9 $8,100
10 $8,847
Each additional person $747


Participants who complete the online training and earn a Free CompTIA A+ certification will meet the minimum education requirements for the tech jobs with the greatest demand in Hamilton County. Click the links to see current job descriptions and openings.


Any resident of Hamilton County, ages 18 and older with a high school diploma or GED and a monthly household income of 200% FDL can apply for this free IT training program. For more information about the free CompTIA A+ training and certification program, contact Shawnte Hodge at, call (970)765-8506 or visit the Community Action Agency website.


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Written by Crystal Kendrick

President of The Voice of Your Customer and founder of The Voice of Black Cincinnati.


  1. I am a resident of Northwest Florida and there is not ever anything free as far as training or second chances go! I wish that our community cared so much for us as other cities care for there people! Even in South Florida there are government grants and such for the comptia certifications. Can you help in any way with our area?

    1. Hello and thank you for visiting The Voice of Black Cincinnati. Unfortunately, we are not familiar with resources in Florida. A few options appear in a simple Google search. Other options might be the local community action agency or workforce development office. We wish you all the best.

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