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In 8 weeks, you could be ready to take on a new career in IT. Join the IT-Ready Technical Support class at one of our two campuses in the Chicago area and prepare for the CompTIA A+ exam, as well as gain connections to employers for job opportunities.

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Chicago Campus Schedule

2022 Winter Session: January 31 - March 25; Applications open September 3 - November 26, 2021

2022 Spring Session: April 4 - May 27; Applications open November 5, 2021 - March 5, 2022

2022 Summer Session: June 13 - August 8; Applications open January 14 - May 14, 2022

2022 Fall Session: August 22 - October 17; Applications open March 25 - July 23, 2022

Downers Grove Campus Schedule

2022 Winter Session: February 7 - April 1; Applications open September 10 - December 3, 2021

2022 Spring Session: April 18 - June 13; Applications open November 19, 2021 - March 19, 2022

2022 Summer Session: August 22 - October 17; Applications open March 25 - July 23, 2022

2022 Fall Session: September 12 - November 4; Applications open April 15 - August 13, 2022

For the Chicago and Downers Grove campuses, classes run from 9am - 4pm, local time, Monday-Friday. Students are required to be on time every day; the program allows only one absence and three tardies. Employers expect their staff to be on time, and we expect the same of our students in order to prepare you for your tech career.   

Chicago Campus Address: 3390 N. Avondale Ave., Chicago, IL 60618 -- within Northeastern Illinois University's El Centro Campus.

Downers Grove Campus Address: 3500 Lacey Road, Suite 100, Downers Grove, IL 60515


Covid-19 policy for in-person classes: CTCA Covid-19 policy

Course Catalog: Access the course catalog for the IT-Ready Technical Support program here

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What Will You Learn?

In our IT-Ready Technical Support program, you’ll learn technical skills to successfully pass both parts of the CompTIA A+ certification exam , one of the leading industry certifications for landing a job on an IT help desk and launching your tech career, according to research firms like Burning GlassYou’ll also receive targeted professional development to refine critical business skills, such as communication, conflict management, teamwork, critical thinking and problem solving.

You’ll be prepared to apply both technical and professional skills starting Day One of your tech job. Plus, you’ll receive interview training, resume reviews and opportunities to meet with employers. Our staff is focused on your success – both during your training and in your future tech job!

Program Info  Training Career Options

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Our Alumni Say It Best

“Most programs that I saw touting CompTIA A+ certification only offered three to five days of full-time instruction — you then were left on your own to self-study and hopefully pass the exam. For me, that would have been overwhelming. I wanted as much classroom time as possible to help me understand the language and properly soak in the learning material with instructor-led support. The IT-Ready Technical Support program gave me the foundational knowledge I needed to successfully test for CompTIA A+ certification. Now my employment opportunities are endless.”
- Nicole Sain

Our Partners

We believe strongly in collaboration to achieve shared goals and work with leading nonprofits and organizations in Chicagoland to support our students with tuition grants, career services and additional learning opportunities.

Plus, we work more than a dozen employers in Chicagoland to connect our graduates to potential job opportunities and to provide additional career services. For a full list of employers supporting CompTIA Tech Career Academy, check out our employer partner list

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 IT-Ready Technical Support Program Details


The IT-Ready Technical Support program is an eight-week classroom-based program that consists of 240 clock hours of classroom instruction. This program prepares students to take and pass the CompTIA A+ certification examinations (CompTIA A+ 220-1001 and CompTIA A+ 220-1002). Successful students will earn their CompTIA A+ certification and a CTCA Certificate of Completion. This program prepares students for a Computer User Support Specialist or equivalent entry-level IT help desk role (CIP Code 11.1006, O-NET Number 15-1151.00).

This program teaches curriculum to students for CompTIA A+ certification; students receive this certification from a third party through an examination process. The cost of the program includes tuition, instruction, content, a CompTIA A+ 220-1001 Core 1 examination voucher, and a CompTIA A+ 220-1002 Core 2 examination voucher (and one retake voucher for each examination, if necessary).

CompTIA A+ 220-1001 covers PC hardware and peripherals, mobile device hardware, networking and troubleshooting hardware and network connectivity issues. CompTIA A+ 220-1002 covers installing and configuring operating systems including Windows, iOS, Android, Apple OS X, and Linux. It also addresses security, the fundamentals of cloud computing, and operational procedures.

Individuals who successfully complete the eight-week training program and achieve their CompTIA A+ certification can apply to jobs that our partners offer; CompTIA Tech Career Academy does not guarantee job placement after successful completion of the program.

Fee Type Fee Amount
Tuition $8,120.00
Vouchers (CompTIA A+ 220-1001 Core 1, CompTIA A+ 220-2002 Core 2 and one retake voucher for each examination, if necessary) $260.00
Content $120.00
Equipment Included
Software Included
Late Fee $0
Registration Fee $0
Withdrawal Fee $0
Refund Fee $0
Official Transcript Fee $0
Total $8,500.00

Financial Assistance Is Available

We believe tech careers should be accessible to anyone with a dream and passion to pursue them. We offer tuition grants to qualifying students.

Grant Information

Course Catalog: Access the course catalog for the IT-Ready Technical Support program here.


State Authorization: CompTIA Tech Career Academy is a private vocational institution that is approved to operate by the Private Business and Vocational Schools Division of the Illinois Board of Higher Education.

Accreditation: CompTIA Tech Career Academy is not accredited by an accreditor recognized by the U.S. Department of Education.

Leave of Absence:  Any student who seeks to leave CompTIA Tech before their training is done can request a leave of absence through the LOA form.

Complaints: CompTIA Tech Career Academy students may file a complaint with the Illinois Board of Higher Education, Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools. Complaints must be submitted in writing to the Board (Section 85(i)(1) of the Act). Information about the complaint may be submitted online through the IBHE website. Additional information regarding the complaint process can be obtained by contacting the Board at Illinois Board of Higher Education, Division of Private Business and Vocational Schools, 1 N. Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 333, Springfield, IL 62701-1377, Phone: (217) 782-2551, Fax: (217) 782-8548, Website:

Grievance Policy: Every student is encouraged to discuss his or her concerns or complaints with his/her academic advisor or the CompTIA Tech instructor or staff most able to assist the student in resolving the matter. If, however, the student is not satisfied with the result of these efforts, then the student may pursue a formal grievance by following our grievance policy.

Covid-19 policy for in-person classes: CTCA Covid-19 policy

Institutional Disclosure Information: Access the Institutional Disclosures Reporting Table here.


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