There are very few differences between A+ IT Tech and A+ Depot
Tech exams. The former is aimed at technicians that are visiting the customer
premises and attending to installation/up-gradation/repair of PC hardware and
software. Depot technician exam is aimed at technicians whose primary job is
to install/upgrade/troubleshoot computers in a depot environment. A depot tech normally will not visit customer
premises. He will be working at one place unlike an IT technician. The exam
objectives Operating Systems, Networks, and Communication and
Professional Issues are not included in A+ Depot Tech. Notable
changes are given below:
In Personal Computer Components objective, the
hardware aspect is covered a little more elaborately. Expect a lot of
questions in this area.
The objective Operating Systems is
completely absent in Depot Tech exam. It relieves the exam takes of a major
part of study compared with A+ IT Tech.
The objective Security is covered very briefly. Several
topics related to software firewalls, and OS related security aspects such
as permissions are not covered.
The objective Communications and Professionalism is
not covered in Depot Tech exam.
Inference: A+ Depot Technician exam is a subset of IT Technician
exam. It is primarily aimed at PC hardware configuration, and troubleshooting.
The exam is suitable for the companies that require first level technician
attending to hardware issues, followed by 2nd level tech support, provided by a
senior IT Technician. It (A+ Deport tech) is also the easiest of the optional
exams (220-602, 220-603, 220-604), and recommended if you want to obtain the A+
certification with minimum possible preparation time.
Article by: Vijay
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