A+ Certification is the crucial first step in developing the knowledge, ability, and skills currently demanded by the computer industry. By the year 2004, more than 800,000 new computer technician jobs will be created and most employers will require the industry standard A+ Certification. The MARCRAFT/PRENTICE HALL ADVANTAGE: This superbly written and illustrated text and lab has been used by educators and corporations to train over 300,000 students and technicians. It's loaded with the information needed to pass the latest A+ Certification exam. Here's why Marcraft/Prentice Hall's A+ Certification Program is the best: It's comprehensive. Covers A+ competencies in an easy-to-read text. It's hands-on. 44 universal lab exercises covering practical theory and troubleshooting and diagnostic techniques. (30% of the missed questions on the A+ certification exam pertain to troubleshooting and diagnostic understanding.) It's fully illustrated. Over 600 step-by-step illustrations. It's adaptable. Interactive CD-ROM offers flexibility both for the instructor and the student. It runs as an instructor-facilitated or self-study program. Lots of options. Marcraft also offers a number of learning tools including state-of-the-art full tower Pentium trainers with the latest technician-level diagnostic software and hardware, and a universal hardware/software fault kit designed to develop realistic troubleshooting skills. Test-tip feature. Electronic Reference Shelf for more in-depth "How it Works" information. This training guide gives you easy access to content areas and to the examGear simulation software included on the CD-ROM. examGear is a custom-developed set of functioning software applications that work in conjunction with the A+ Certification text. The text, lab, and examGEAR provide you with the following: Exam tips are gained from hands-on lab exercises. Study strategies help you study smarter. Step-by-step exercises walk you through key learning tasks. Review questions gauge your retention at the end of each chapter. Electronic version of the textbook provides quick searches and compact, mobile study. examGEAR software stimulates the exam situation you will encounter at the test center. Practice exams provide a complete exam that puts your study to the test.Brooks, Charles J. is the author of 'A+ Certification Concepts and Practices' with ISBN 9780130910455 and ISBN 0130910457.