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CompTIA Strata Certification Training

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Our Strata training course provides students with the knowledge of PC components, functionality, compatibility and related technologies they need to get ahead in their careers.

The CompTIA Strata IT Fundamentals course ensures knowledge of PC components, functionality, compatibility and related technology topics. This course provides an in-depth explanation of technology and computer hardware basics, compatibility issues and common errors, software installation and functions, security risks and prevention.

This course prepares students for the CompTIA’s FCO-U41 Strata certification which validates a wide range of subjects in information technology (IT). Students and professionals holding a Strata certificate demonstrate that they have the knowledge required to enter and excel in IT and technology-related fields. Strata exams validate knowledge in several IT subjects, including Green IT, Technical Sales and PC concepts.

Prerequisite(s): No prerequisites. CompTIA Strata is a fundamentals course, however we do recommend students have basic keyboarding and computer skills, and be comfortable navigating the internet.

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

• Identify the fundamentals of the visual PC and its operating system
• Comprehend the basics of storage and networking
• Identify components of the PC and the use of the PC and Peripherals
• Comprehend the principles of Green IT including electrical safety and disposal of computer equipment
• Comprehend the principles basic computer troubleshooting and security

Whether you're a seasoned professional, or are considering launching a new career in Information Technology, our Strata training course will equip you with the tools you need to succeed. Tuition assistance is available. Please chat with an advisor to learn about our financial assistance programs.


Upon successful completion of this course, students will be prepared to sit for the CompTIA Exam FCO-U41: CompTIA Strata certification exam.

I. CompTIA Strata Module 1- Understanding Computer Hardware
a. Processing and Memory
b. Processors
c. Memory
d. Input and Storage Devices
e. Core Input Devices
f. Internal and External Storage Devices
g. Peripherals and Networking
h. Peripheral Devices
i. Networking Protocols

II. CompTIA Strata Module 2- Computer Set-Up and Maintenance
a. Setting Up a Computer
b. Desktop Computer Form Factors
c. Connecting PC Components
d. Use of the PC and Peripherals
e. Maintaining a Computer
f. Cleaning a Computer
g. Preventing Damage
h. Preventing Data or Service Loss
i. Managing Files and Folders
j. Using Software Tools for PC Maintenance

III. CompTIA Strata Module 3- Installing and Updating
a. Installing and Configuring Software
b. Configuring the Operating System
c. Updating the Operating System
d. Installing Applications
e. Removing Applications
f. Updating or Upgrading Hardware
g. Evaluating a Computer for Upgrade
h. Installing Upgrades

IV. CompTIA Strata Module 4- Troubleshooting and Security
a. Troubleshooting Operational Problems
b. Start-up Failures
c. Operating System Error Messages
d. Device Failure
e. Security and Access Control
f. Understanding Hacking
g. Understanding and Preventing Malware Attacks
h. Safe, Legal, and Green Computer Usage
i. Disposal
j. IT Related Laws
k. Energy Efficient Server Usage and Personal Computing
l. Energy Conservation in Business IT

Course Access Time

Students are given 3 months to complete the program. Extensions are available if needed, fees may apply.


This class supported by an Educational Mentor. Our educational mentors have worked or are working in the subject they mentor. Educational Mentors reviews student work, student progress, and interacts with students as needed. They respond to any questions or concerns you might have, as well as encouraging and motivating you to succeed.


Students need access to a computer, Internet access and basic computer skills – ability to use a keyboard, web browser, email, etc.. They should be high school graduates or equivalent with the ability to read and write English.

The intended audience for this program is individuals who are interested in preparing for the CompTIA Strata exam.

Requirements/Materials Included

Internet Access
• Broadband or high-speed internet access is required. Broadband includes DSL, cable, and wireless connections.
• Dial-Up internet connections will result in a diminished online experience. Moodle pages may load slowly and viewing large audio and video files may not be possible.

• Windows hardware configurations and processors are acceptable
• Mac computers MUST have Microsoft Window Operating Systems over Bootcamp (Bootcamp is a free download from Apple's website)
• 1 GB RAM minimum recommended
• Operating Systems
-Windows XP, Vista or 7 and Mac OS X 10 or higher with Windows
• Web Browsers
-Google Chrome is highly recommended
-Internet Explorer is not recommended as it may not display certain menus and links
• Cookies MUST be enabled
• Pop-ups MUST be allowed (Pop-up Blocker disabled)
• Kindle Reader App
• Adobe PDF Reader
• Media Plug-ins (These may be required depending on your course media.)
• Adobe Flash Player
• Adobe Acrobat Reader, Apple Quicktime, Windows Media Player, &/or Real Player
• PowerPoint Viewer

The following textbooks will be provided to each student upon registration:

• CompTIA Strata Study Guide Authorized Courseware: Exams FC0-U41, FC0-U11, and FC0-U21 By: Andrew Smith and Faithe Wempen