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Free CompTIA A+ Online Training & Certification for Hamilton County Residents

Tech Works, sponsored by the Cincinnati-Hamilton County Community Action Agency (CAA), offers two free IT certification options. The free online CompTIA A+ course is a 14-week certification program that requires 84 hours of 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 online training program, CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF), that requires 60 hours of coursework 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.

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CompTIA A+ Certification Coursework

  • Hardware: Identifying, using, and connecting hardware components and devices
  • Operating Systems: Install and support Windows OS, including command line & client support. Understand Mac OS, Linux, and mobile OS
  • Software Troubleshooting: Troubleshoot PC and mobile device issues, including application security support
  • Networking: Explain types of networks and connections, including TCP/IP, WIFI and SOHO
  • Hardware & Network Troubleshooting: Troubleshoot device and network issues
  • Security: Identify and protect against security vulnerabilities for devices and their network connections
  • Mobile Devices: Install & configure laptops and other mobile devices
  • Virtualization & Cloud Computing: Compare & contrast cloud computing concepts &set up client-side virtualization
  • Operational Procedures: Follow best practices for safety, environmental impacts, communication, and professionalism

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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
  • Infrastructure: 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

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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))

Each additional person$747

Tech Jobs

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 [email protected], call 970-765-8506, or visit the Community Action Agency website.

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Written by: Crystal Kendrick

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