CompTIA Network+

Network+ is an ISO-17024 compliant, vendor-neutral technology certification that verifies the certified individual has the skills and knowledge needed to take on a pivotal role in building, managing, and protecting the critical asset that is the data network.

Why Network+?
  • Recommended as a first professional-level networking certification
  • Held by nearly half a million people worldwide
  • 12% job growth expected for Network & Computer Systems Administrators (2012 – 2022, according to the BLS
  • The leading vendor-neutral, globally-recognized networking certification
  • ISO 17025 compliant
  • Fulfills US DoD Directive 8570.01-M
Jobs that use Network+
  • Network Administrator
  • Network Technician
  • Network Installer
  • Help Desk Technician
  • IT Cable Installer

A new version of Network+ (N10-006) will launch on February 28, 2015. The new exam has been updated to reflect the current thinking of industry professionals as well as to reflect technologies used today, with a greater emphasis on practical knowledge, especially how to identify and use elements of a network infrastructure. Significant changes include:

  • Additional IPv6 concepts.
  • Emphasis on troubleshooting.
  • Additional security knowledge.
  • Knowledge of how to administer key systems.

The main differences between CompTIA Network+ N10-005 and Network+ N10-006 are the following:

  • Updated terms and technologies in the IT networking field.
  • More hands-on experiences such as installing, configuring, implementing, managing and troubleshooting.
  • Three new topics:
  • Compare and contrast physical security controls.
  • Summarize basic forensic concepts.
  • Summarize safety practices.

Companies such as Dell, HP, Ricoh, Sharp and Xerox recommend or require CompTIA Network+ for their networking technicians. It is also a technical prerequisite option for IT technicians seeking to join the Apple Consultants Network, and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense.

The CompTIA Network+ce program is included in the scope of this accreditation, and may be kept current through the CompTIA Continuing Education program.