The CompTIA A+ certification is for entry-level IT technicians and covers preventative maintenance, basic networking, installation, troubleshooting, communication, and professionalism. This exam is revised about every three years to make sure that the objectives reflect the most current employment requirements. The most current exams were released in late 2012. If you are new to IT, this is an excellent first certification to pursue. The experience requirement requires 500 hours of lab or field experience, and the knowledge tested on these exams is foundational to continued study and work in the IT field. These new exams now have Performance-Based Questions, so it is critical to have hands-on experience. There are many major employers who require this certification for employment, and more than 900,000 people have been A+-certified since 1993. Two exams are necessary to be certified: 220-801 and 220-802. The older exams, CompTIA A+ Essentials (220-701) and CompTIA A+ Practical Application (220-702), will be retired on August 31, 2013.