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Advance Your IT Career with CompTIA A+ and Security+ Certificates 

The CompTIA A+ and Security+ certification of specialization program prepares students for the two required exams (hardware and software) that make up the CompTIA A+ certification and the one required exam in the CompTIA Security+ certification.

CompTIA A+ provides a broad foundation in various aspects of information technology, while CompTIA Security+ is more specialized and concentrates specifically on cybersecurity skills. It's common for individuals to pursue both certifications, especially if they are interested in building a well-rounded foundation in IT and want to specialize in security.

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What is CompTIA A+ and Security+ at St. Louis Community College?

CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Security+ are both certifications offered by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), but they focus on different aspects of information technology.

CompTIA A+ is an entry-level certification designed to validate the foundational skills and knowledge of IT professionals. It covers a broad spectrum of IT topics, including hardware, software, networking, security and troubleshooting.

CompTIA Security+ is a certification that specifically focuses on cybersecurity skills. It is intended for IT professionals who are responsible for securing networks, systems and applications. CompTIA Security+ covers a range of topics related to cybersecurity, including network security, compliance and operational security, threats and vulnerabilities, access control and identity management, cryptography, and more. This certification is suitable for professionals in roles such as security analyst, systems administrator, network administrator and similar positions.

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What Can You Do with a CompTIA A+ and Security+ Certificate?

The CompTIA A+ and Security+ Certifications prepares students for the two required exam (hardware and software) that make up the CompTIA A+ certification and the one required exam in the CompTIA Security+ certification.

This certificate of specialization is a stackable component of the IT help desk/end user support certificate of specialization. Learn more about stackable credentials within this career pathway.

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Cost of Attendance

Tuition for district residents is $122 per credit hour. Find out more about our straightforward and low-cost tuition structure.

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Why You Should Choose STLCC’s CompTIA A+ and Security+ Program

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Earn College Credit While in High School

Earn up to 60 hours of college credit while in high school with dual credit and dual enrollment. Pay one-sixth the price for classes you’d be taking at a four-year university.

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The courses in the program provide a combination of online, distance learning and intensive, classroom-based, hands-on skills development. The demonstration of hands-on skills is critical to employers.

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Ramp Up High-Wage Skills

Students who complete the program are prepared for entry-level employment technical interviews as well as a variety of industry certification exams, such as: CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+.

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