The short answer is NO. I did the A+ course in a local college attending one day a week for FREE. You do of course have to pay to take the two exams. Also bear in mind you will need a book, or books in my case. A good A+ course book costs in the region of £50.00. At the end of the day the course doesn't really qualify you for anything in particular. It gives a good grounding but you will need something better if you want to apply for a job in the IT industry. If you're already building your own machines and repairing the neighbours don't bother with this. Aim for something higher.