IT Essentials 7.0 (CompTIA A+)

The Computer Network Training – Entry Program (CNTE) is where students acquire the basic technical and soft skill set that employers look for to fill Entry Level IT positions. CNTE students’ progress through instructor led, online learning modules.

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About this course

IT Essentials 7.0 is designed for those seeking to prepare themselves for an Entry-level position in Information & Communication Technology (ICT). It aligns with CompTIA’s A+ Hardware and Operating Systems Certification Exam Objectives. (See Below) This course, along with the other modules comprising NTI’s Computer Network Training – Entry program, gives the student both the breadth and depth of knowledge employers are looking for in Entry-level ICT job candidates. This course provides students with the following:

  • An introduction to advanced concepts
  • Practical experience through Hands-on lab
  • Troubleshooting skills using both real and virtual tools
  • A working knowledge of how computers and mobile devices operate
  • A basic ability to identify common security threats and vulnerabilities like malware, phishing, spoofing and social engineering
  • Applied skills and procedures to install, configure, and troubleshoot computers, mobile devices, and software
  • Critical thinking and problem-solving skills using both real endpoint and infrastructure devices
  • Experience using Cisco Packet Tracer, Cisco’s flagship network configuration emulation tool
  • Immediate feedback on your work through built-in quizzes and test

As the Industry Standard for establishing a career in ICT, the CompTIA A+ Certification is the foundation of your career. According to the “Global Knowledge 2017 IT Skills and Salaries Report”, the importance of a Certification among decision-makers rose from 35% in 2011, to 85% in 2016, to 94% in 2017!

CompTIA A+ 220-1001 – Hardware

This Certification Exam covers PC Hardware, Peripherals, Mobile Devices, Networking, Troubleshooting Hardware and Network Connectivity issues. (Maximum of 90 Questions / 90 Minutes / 675 on scale of 100 – 900 to pass)

CompTIA A+ 220-1002 – Operating Systems

This Certification Exam covers installing and configuring operating systems including Windows, iOS, Android, Apple OS X and Linux. It also addresses Security, the Fundamentals of Cloud Computing & Operational Procedures

(Maximum of 90 Questions / 90 Minutes / 700 on scale of 100 – 900 to pass)

Skills and Competencies

  • Identify and describe all the components that comprise PC hardware and PC operating system software
  • Identify and describe all the components that comprise network HW and the TCP/IP protocol stack
  • Assemble, disassemble, configure and troubleshoot PC desktops, mobile devices, printers, and LANs
  • Plan and install a network using real equipment and connect it to the Internet
  • Practice verifying and troubleshooting network and Internet connectivity
  • Configure common Internet applications, basic IP services, and setup computer sharing
  • Understand the foundational principles for securing a network and managing risk (Cybersecurity)

Understand the fundamentals of the Linux OS, command line, and basic open source concepts

Entrance Requirements

  • Intake and Enrollment meeting with the Career Development Director
  • CompTIA IT Fundamentals Certification
  • Entrance Assessment Score on TABE Survey Level 9-D Reading and Mathematics:
  • Minimum of 8th grade Reading Level

Minimum of 6th grade Math Level

Employment Outlook Job Role Salary Range % Increase
Desktop Support Analyst $54,250 $80,500 4.5%
Help Desk Tier 3 $59,500 $77,750 6.2%
Help Desk Tier 2 $45,250 $61,750 5.2%
Help Desk Tier 1 $35,000 $50,250 4.9%
PC Technician $36,000 $51,750 5.1%

IT Essentials 7.0 Frequently Asked Questions

A. This course covers the fundamentals of computer and mobile devices hardware and software as well as advanced concepts. Students who complete this course will be able to describe the internal components of a computer, assemble a computer system, install an operating system, and troubleshoot using system tools and diagnostic software. Students will also be able to configure devices to connect to the Internet and Cloud services. New topics in this version include:

  • Windows 10 and Chrome OS
  • DoS, DDOS and Rainbow table
  • Remote access technologies
  • Cloud-based network controllers and Wireless Mesh Networks (WMN)
  • DHCP reservations and IPv6 link-local addresses
  • QR scanners, VR headsets and signature pads
  • 3D printers and plastic filament
  • Virtual desktop, NIC, applications and streaming/cloud-based applications Assessments include chapter, checkpoint, practice final, and practice certification exams. Diagnostic feedback is available for all assessments to support learning and remediation. IT Essentials 7 is available on the Cisco Networking Academy website,

A. Features and benefits available in the Cisco Networking Academy learning environment include:

  • Cloud based environment so learning material can be accessed anytime.
  • Curriculum can be accessed on mobile devices for convenience
  • New and improved user interface experience
    • Easy to use, intuitive navigation
    • Improved search, bookmarking and navigation
  • Course management flexibility for instructors
    • Ability to add course content, including videos, documents, and links
    • Ability to add assignments
    • Ability to modify, add, and reorder quizzes
    • Ability to reorder course chapters
  • Communication and collaboration tools, including groups, discussion threads, and course calendar with automatic notifications.

Course instructor

Koami pedado

Founder / Executive Director / Lead Instructor

Passion: I love all aspects of the Computer Network Engineering profession, both as a Network Engineer working in the field representing ECS, and as a Cisco Certified Academic Instructor (CCAI) at NTI where I provide my students with the guidance, direction and technical training they need to secure their first job in IT as well as a continued advanced training.