If you are in the information technology (IT) field, you know that there is a point you cannot pass without certifications. CompTIA certification programs are available for every level of technical support from the A+ certification for front line tech support to specialty certifications like cloud essentials to advanced security certification. They offer twenty vendor neutral certifications to advance you in your IT career. Here a few of the programs that will prepare you for the IT field.
A+ certification is the entry-level certification for technical support. It shows you have the skills necessary to support personal computers and peripherals in a modern business. To earn the A+ certification you must pass two exams. The first exam covers PC hardware. There are five domains: PC hardware, networking, laptops, printers, and operational procedures. Each domain has several sub domains. The second test covers operating systems and connectivity. It has four domains: Operating systems, security, mobile devices, and troubleshooting. Like the first test, each domain has several sub domains. Both tests are ninety minutes. A score of 675 out of 900 passes on the first test; a score of 700 out of 900 passes test 2. A+ certification is useful for a variety of technical support jobs.
The Network+ certification demonstrates the skill necessary to support a modern computer network. There is only one test to take to earn the Network+ certificate. It has six domains: Network technologies, network media and topologies, network devices, network management, network tools and network security. Each domain has several sub domains covering every aspect of networking. The test is ninety minutes long with a passing score of 720 on a scale of 100 to 900. There are no prerequisites for the exam, but CompTIA A+ certification and nine months networking experience are recommended. The certification lapses after three years.
With Security+ certification, you are ready for jobs requiring a basic understanding of security practices and concepts. It shows you are prepared for modern attacks, and actively protect against them. The test has six domains: Network security; compliance and operational security; threats and vulnerabilities; application, data and host security; access control and identity management and cryptography. There are several sub domains to each domain, covering everything from configuring security in network devices to compliance to threat assessment. The test is ninety minutes long. A score of 750 passes on a scale of 100 to 900. CompTIA Network+ certification and two years experience in network support with a security emphasis are recommended.
Beginning in October 2012, the A+, Network+, and Security+ tests include both multiple choice and performance based questions. Performance based questions are answered by performing a task in a virtual environment. CompTIA recommends getting hands on experience before taking the test to prepare for the performance based questions.
Several of the CompTIA certifications expire after three years if not renewed. You can renew them by earning a higher-level certificate, participating in the continuing education program, or taking a newer version of the certification test. Requiring renewal insures that people with CompTIA certifications have the skills to handle new developments in the certified field.
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