A+ Certified PC Repair Technician, Continuing Education Workforce Certificate

​​This course series prepares students to sit for the CompTIA® A+ exam, and for a career as a computer service technician. Learn how to identify computer problems and repair them. Develop the skills to build and configure hardware, install and update software, and maintain computer networks. Work in a variety of settings in both public and private business sectors.

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

  1. prepare to pass the CompTIA A+ certification exams;
  2. perform the various responsibilities and tasks required for an entry-level computer service technician;
  3. demonstrate baseline security skills for IT support professionals;
  4. configure various device operating systems and administer client-based as well as cloud-based software;
  5. troubleshoot and problem solve core service and support challenges while applying best practices for documentation, change management, and scripting;
  6. support basic IT infrastructure and networking; and
  7. configure and support PC, mobile, and IoT device hardware.

Program Credentials

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential: Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Certificate and have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).

Certifying Organization: Students will have the opportunity to sit for the CompTIA® certification exam.

Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA®), www.comptia.org

Financial Aid and Payment Options

CCBC currently offers Continuing Education (CE) financial aid to those who qualify. We package public and private funding options to benefit students which include COVID-19 relief funding, the Maryland Sequence Scholarship, CCBC Opportunity Grant funding, Maryland Promise, and Baltimore County College Promise. Financial aid funding is available for select CE courses and programs. 

Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition,  the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development. 

For more information about funding resources and how to apply for them, please contact the CCBC Continuing Education Information Center at 443-840-4700.

Program Length

1 semester (14 - 16 weeks)

Courses start in August, January, and June at CCBC Catonsville, CCBC Essex, and CCBC Owings Mills. Course schedules vary each semester. Courses may be offered face-to-face, online, or blended (a combination of the face-to-face and online).

Program Requirements

High School Diploma or GED; strong computer skills; strong analytical skills; and access to the Internet to complete assignments

Application Process

To apply, go to www.ccbcmd.edu/apply and complete the CCBC Continuing Education Workforce Certificate program application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has no options for obtaining course waiver(s) for prior learning.

Program Course Sequence

Excellent class attendance is required.

Course Number

 

Course Title

Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)

Costs

T=Tuition/F=Fees

PCA 644 or

PCA 994 (if hybrid)

Shared with credit class DCOM 141

A+ Certification PC Technician Module 1

50

PC Pro (Access Code); TestOut; $172; check with Coordinator for potential text update before purchasing

$729
T-$219/F-$510

PCA 645

or

PCA 995 (if hybrid)

Shared with credit class DCOM 235

A+ Certification PC Technician Module 2

50

Same as Module I

$729
T-$219/F-$510

Course Series Totals:

100

$172 

$1458
T-$438/F-$1020

Additional Information

Additional Expenses:
2 CompTIA A+ Certification exams - $464 ($232 per exam)

Skills for Success:
Successful candidates must be self-motivated, independent learners, detail-oriented, and have strong analytical skills, the ability to take direction, and the ability to work both independently and as a team member.

Career Opportunities:​
With certification, students qualify for entry-level positions including Computer Repair Technician, Field Service Technician, Computer Support Specialist, Technical Support Specialist, and Help Desk Support Technician. This career requires continued training and education.

Career Coach

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Program Contact Information

Coordinator: Steve Ricketts | sricketts@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-4442| Catonsville BESS 100 L

Administrative Assistant: Danielle Bennett | dbennett@ccbcmd.edu | 443-840-4925 | Catonsville BESS 100