HP - Accredited Technical Associate (ATA) - Connected Devices



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26/6/2023 (Monday)


Learn how to install, configure, and upgrade client systems. The HP Accredited Technical Associate (ATA) – Connected Devices certification proves that you can design, implement, and support IT systems.

Get your HP ATA - Connected Devices certification in just four days and learn industry-standard client technologies, including:

  • The planning and designing of common desktop virtualisation
  • Mobile computing and traditional PCs
  • Thin clients
  • Cloud infrastructures for businesses

You'll also troubleshoot and perform repair and replacement procedures for client systems using the HP six-step troubleshooting methodology.


Seven reasons why you should sit your course with Firebrand Training

  1. Two options of training. Choose between residential classroom-based, or online courses
  2. You'll be certified fast. With us, you’ll be trained in record time
  3. Our course is all-inclusive. A one-off fee covers all course materials, exams**, accommodation* and meals*. No hidden extras.
  4. Pass first time or train again for free. This is our guarantee. We’re confident you’ll pass your course first time. But if not, come back within a year and only pay for accommodation, exams and incidental costs
  5. You’ll learn more. A day with a traditional training provider generally runs from 9am – 5pm, with a nice long break for lunch. With Firebrand Training you’ll get at least 12 hours/day quality learning time, with your instructor
  6. You’ll learn faster. Chances are, you’ll have a different learning style to those around you. We combine visual, auditory and tactile styles to deliver the material in a way that ensures you will learn faster and more easily
  7. You’ll be studying with the best. We’ve been named in Training Industry’s “Top 20 IT Training Companies of the Year” every year since 2010. As well as winning many more awards, we’ve trained and certified over 100,000 professionals
  • * For residential training only. Doesn't apply for online courses
  • ** Some exceptions apply. Please refer to the Exam Track or speak with our experts


1. Explain and recognise industry-standard client technologies and their implications on customer needs

1.1 Describe and recognise common desktop virtualisation technologies and products

  • Describe the concept of desktop virtualisation and virtual machines

1.2 Describe and recognise mobile computing technologies and their implications on customer needs

  • Describe and contrast between tablet, netbook, and phone form factors and their implications on customer needs
  • Describe the difference between x86 (Atom-based) and ARM-based architectures, including processor and memory requirements
  • Describe the process to sync mobile devices to PCs
  • Describe mobile device network connectivity
  • Describe the need, security capabilities, and requirements for mobile PCs

1.3 Describe and recognise traditional PC technologies and their implications on customer needs

  • Describe and contrast desktop, notebook, and tablet form factors and their implications on customer needs
  • Identify the installed processor and its attributes
  • Describe and recognise the differences between various memory types
  • Describe common PC storage technologies
  • Explain and recognise the typical accessory bus technologies, including USB, FireWire®, and other devices (SCSI)
  • Recognise the type of network interface in the system and describe the performance implications, including Ethernet 10/100/1000/10Gb, Wi-Fi ABGN, GSM/CDMA, POTS (dial up), and PAN
  • Recognise and describe common PC video technologies, including display types, resolution, and touch technology

1.4 Describe and recognise thin client technology and solutions

  • Describe the elements of a thin client solution (terminal approach and virtualisation approach only)
  • Describe desktop virtualsation technologies

1.5 Describe and recognise cloud technology as it relates to client solutions

  • Describe the concept of “user state” and what it means to maintain “state” across a number of devices
  • Describe the mechanisms to synchronise “user state,” including data storage and synchronisation (mail, calendar, POP, IMAP)
  • Describe the mechanisms that will provide an unified/integrated view of data from multiple sources (e.g., across various local data folders, websites, and applications) through a single application (such as calendars, contacts, and messaging)
  • Contrast between local apps, online apps, and hybrid apps (e.g., Office, Office365, Google™ docs, OpenOffice)
  • Describe the commonly available vertical applications (e.g., Salesforce.com and QuickBooks online)
  • Identify and describe the common client operating systems and built-in applications

2. Plan and design client solutions for SMB customers

2.1 Consult with an SMB customer to assess their business and technical needs and create a plan for a client solution

  • Gather and analyse customer business requirements (including existing assets, standards, and strategies), determine what business problems the customer is trying to solve, and anticipate current or future business problems that the customer may not be considering
  • Plan for user requirements based on user characteristics, locations, and usage patterns (power users, administrators, etc.)
  • Determine which form factors are appropriate to a particular role (desktop, laptop, netbook, tablet, etc.)
  • Plan for network connectivity requirements—LAN, Wi-Fi, WWAN, POTS (dial up), PAN
  • Plan for management and security requirements, including asset security, user security, and data security
  • Plan for printing requirements based on user/job requirements and the implications on the print infrastructure
  • Plan for cross-platform interoperability issues, including file sharing, printing, and application and file-level compatibility
  • Plan for data archiving, data storage, and retrieval

2.2 Design a client solution to meet the customer needs identified in the planning stage

  • Use appropriate tools to sise and validate a given situation, including HP website, white papers, QuickSpecs, and IT Resource Center
  • Select the client platforms to be used—selection criteria includes application availability mobility and data security
  • Design a business continuity strategy

3. Install, configure, and upgrade client solutions for SMB customers

3.1 Create pre-installation checklist

  • Describe safety precautions, including personal and data safety, electrical shock protection, and ESD protection
  • Assess and implement acceptable environmental conditions, including physical surroundings, thermal conditions, humidity considerations, and magnetic interference

3.2 Set up a new PC (hardware)

  • Install and upgrade system and accessory components
  • Verify UPS and overload and ground considerations from planning documents
  • Configure BIOS, including identifying BIOS version, accessing BIOS, and configuring BIOS features

3.3 Install the OS (operating system)

  • Restore HP factory software image
  • Describe OS and driver recovery media
  • Describe and use media to install factory image (QuickRestore)
  • Install operating system from OS media
  • Install OS-specific drivers
  • Configure user profile settings
  • Install and configure applications

3.4 Set up a new mobile device

  • Activate the device with the carrier
  • Set up user profile

3.5 Set up a thin client

  • Install peripherals
  • Customise and configure according to specs
  • Reset thin client image to factory defaults

3.6 Configure management tools and resources

  • Automated admin tasks
  • Describe how to create a standard PC software image/profile, including making, testing, and replicating

3.7 Conduct user training, handoff, and performance tuning

  • Documentation, support information
  • User customisation

4. Troubleshoot and perform repair/replacement procedures for client solutions for SMB customers

4.1 Troubleshoot common client issues using the HP 6-step troubleshooting methodology

  • Gather information on the problem
  • Evaluate data to determine the problem
  • Develop an action plan to resolve the issue
  • Execute the plan
  • Test if the fault has been resolved using appropriate tools
  • Implement preventive measures by taking necessary steps to ensure the problem does not reoccur

4.2 Describe how to best use support resources

  • Evaluate service-level agreement (SLA)
  • Recognise which contact method to use based on priority and urgency—contact methods include phone, email, Web, channel services network, instant support
  • Know which information to have and where to find it before you call
  • Recognise when to escalate

5. Perform

5.1 Perform change management and version control

  • Configure and update system software
  • Configure hardware

5.2 Perform backups

  • Describe the various backup procedures, test restores
  • Perform Imaging/ghosting

5.3 Perform administrative and maintenance tasks

  • Describe how to start/stop/restart system services
  • Understand and describe how to load/unload device drivers
  • Understand and describe how to manage disks, partitions, and file systems, and recover from failures
  • Manage client solutions with HP and industry-standard resources

Exam Track

We’ll prepare you for, and test you in, the following exam:

  • Exam HP4-A01 - HP Accredited Technical Associate (ATA) – Connected Devices

What's Included


  • HP official course material including practice exam.

Your accelerated course includes:

  • Accommodation *
  • Meals, unlimited snacks, beverages, tea and coffee *
  • On-site exams **
  • Exam vouchers **
  • Practice tests **
  • Certification Guarantee ***
  • Courseware
  • Up-to 12 hours of instructor-led training each day
  • 24-hour lab access
  • Digital courseware **
  • * For residential training only. Accommodation is included from the night before the course starts. This doesn't apply for online courses.
  • ** Some exceptions apply. Please refer to the Exam Track or speak with our experts
  • *** Pass first time or train again free as many times as it takes, unlimited for 1 year. Just pay for accommodation, exams, and incidental costs.


To ensure that you pass your exam and become an HP Accredited Technical Associate you should have a CompTIA A+ or a Microsoft MTA Certification and between 18-24 months experience with HP kit.

Unsure whether you meet the prerequisites? Don’t worry. Your training consultant will discuss your background with you to understand if this course is right for you.


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