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CISCO IT Essentials 1/CompTIA A+

  • Course Code


  • Field of Study

    Computing,Computer Science

  • Type of Course:

    Special Qualification

  • Type of Qualification:

    Special Award

  • Type of Study:

    Part time

  • Application Closing Date:

    8th September 2017

Admission Requirements:

None, but is best suited to someone in IT Support or who wants to enter the field of Information Technology. This part-time CompTIA A+ course is aimed at Entry-level Service Technicians or those wishing to validate their knowledge and experience by obtaining A+ Certification. 

This course is the ideal starting point for anyone interested in working in IT configuring, upgrading and supporting PCs in the workplace.

Course summary

The CIT CompTIA A+ certified programme validates the latest skills needed by today’s computer support professionals. It is an international, vendor-neutral certification recognised by major hardware and software vendors, distributors and resellers. CompTIA A+ confirms a technician’s ability to perform tasks such as installation, configuration, diagnosing, preventive maintenance and basic networking. The CompTIA A+ exams (IT Essentials and PC Technician) also cover domains such as security, safety and environmental issues and communication and professionalism. CompTIA A+ certified technicians also have excellent customer service and communication skills to work with clients. The course will achieve its aim by transferring knowledge and skills to the participants in a dynamic and exciting way, making the best use of instructor- led tuition, practical skills sessions, project work and the most up-to-date on-line learning materials.


Computer Science

All part-time programmes at CIT will run subject to sufficient student numbers. Where a programme cannot proceed, applicants will be contacted and advised on alternative study options.

Students should note that Fees quoted relate to the academic year 2017-2018 only and are subject to change on an annual basis. Except where stated, course fees cover the cost of tuition only. 

Course fees must be paid before attending lectures.

An Information/Registration session will take place on Wednesday 6th September from 6.00pm to 8.00pm at the CIT Bishopstown Campus. Institute staff will be in attendance to offer career guidance and assistance.


Course Fee: €1,450 (includes CompTIA 901 and 902 exam fees)

Delivery & Duration

Two evenings per week: Tuesday 6.30pm – 9.30pm and Thursday 6.30pm – 9.30pm with 2 optional Saturdays during the academic year.

CompTIA Academy

The Computing Technology Industry Association has been dedicated to advancing the growth of the Information Technology (IT) industry and those working in it. With more than 19,000 members in 89 countries, CompTIA is the leading Global IT Trade Association with influence in all areas of the IT industry worldwide.

CIT became the first CompTIA CAPP (CompTIA Authorised Partner Programme) to be set up in Ireland. Its most popular accreditations that may be attained from CompTIA are CompTIA A+, Network +, Security+ and Linux+. These courses are delivered under the CIT Cloud Professional Academy, which is focused on delivering courses to Industry in areas of software, infrastructure and big data.

Two exams are necessary to be CompTIA A+ certified:

> CompTIA A+ Essentials, exam code JKO-901 
> CompTIA A+ IT Technician, exam code JKO-902

CompTIA A+ Essentials measures the necessary competencies of an entry-level IT professional with a recommended 500 hours of hands-on experience in the lab or field. It tests for technical understanding of computer technology, networking and security, as well as the communication skills and professionalism now required of all entry level IT professionals.

CompTIA A+ IT Technician is an extension of the knowledge and skills identified in CompTIA A+ Essentials, with more of a “hands-on” orientation focused on scenarios in which troubleshooting and tools must be applied to resolve problems.

Computer Trade and Industry Association, and Cork Institute of Technology.

Course Content
  • Installing and Configuring PC Components
  • Troubleshooting and Preventive Maintenance
  • Advanced PC Troubleshooting
  • Portable Computer Fundamentals
  • Maintaining and Repairing Portable Computers
  • Major Windows Structures (OS Windows 7/Linux)
  • Optimising Operating Systems
  • Safety, Environment, and Customer Issues
  • Basic OS Troubleshooting and Maintenance
  • Printers and Scanners
  • Troubleshooting Printer Problems
  • Wide Area Networking
  • Network Troubleshooting
  • Security
  • Safety and Environmental Issues
  • Professionalism and Communication


  • Online Application will open shortly for course commencing in September.

  • Please note that applicants will be required to pay an acceptance fee of €500 online if a place on a course is offered. This fee is deductible from the overall course fee.

  • Please attach and upload any documents such as transcripts, CV, other details relevant to the application.





Pat McCarthy
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