In a story for CertCities dated 8/31/2010, veteran Cert-guy Emmett Dulaney scoops the news that Windows 7 coverage will be included in an as-yet-unscheduled future release of the CompTIA A+ exams. Because of the time lag between new OS releases and exam updates, this kind of thing is inevitable, but it’s nice to see CompTIA responding to a major and successful new OS release from Microsoft as fast as their internal development cycle allows.
The current version of the A+ includes exams 220-701, CompTIA A+ Essentials, and 220-702, CompTIA A+ Practical Application, together also known as “the CompTIA A+ 2009 Edition.” Given CompTIA’s usual development cycles (it takes them at least 22 months to revise an exam from the point at which they begin work, because of their rigorous and painstaking employer interviews, job task analyses, and question development and qualification processes), it’s going to be a while before we see these changes slipstreamed into the next edition of an A+ exam, however.
In his story, Dulaney reports that “…Windows 7 questions will be integrated into the two existing A+ exams” (which would presumably then be numbered 220-801 and 220-802). CompTIA isn’t talking about dates just yet, but I’d be suprised if the exam appeared sooner than a year from now (September 2011) and wouldn’t be surprised at all if it didn’t appear until Q1 2012 or later. The current exam still includes some Windows 2000 questions, so Dulaney’s speculation that the Windows 7 materials may supplant those questions seems entirely reasonable to me, but only time and the sometimes mysterious inner workings of CompTIA will tell!