There aren’t that many entry-level networking IT certifications around, probably because CompTIA’s Network+ credential more or less owns this particular certification niche. Many IT and certification pundits, including us, believe the Network+ to be an important early check-box elementin any savvy IT professional’s basic certification portfolio. If you’re just starting out, this is a cert for you.
CompTIA Network+ is also a vendor-neutral certification and a stepping stone to a number of more advanced networking credentials. Some vendor-specific certification programs even include it as a prerequisite.
- 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
Prerequisites & Required Courses:
Number of Exams:
1 exam: N10-006 (JK0-023 for CompTIA Academy Partners) maximum 90 questions, 90 min
Cost per Exam:
$277 USD (Academy price $137 USD); prices vary by location and membership
Exam objectives, sample questions, study guides ($50 USD), classroom and e-learning training, CertMaster online learning tool are available at certification.comptia.org
Books include the Network+ Guide to Networks by Tamara Dean, Jill West, and Jean Andrews, CompTIA Network+ All-in-One Exam Guide: Exam N10-005 by Mike Meyers and CompTIA Network+ Study Guide N10-006 by Todd Lammle.
Self-paced training includes CompTIA Network+ Certification Kit (Exam N10-006) by Todd Lammle and Bill Ferguson and CompTIA Network+ Deluxe Study Guide: Exam N10-006 by Todd Lammle.
Other self-paced training is available through certification.comptia.org.