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CompTIA Network+ Certification

The CompTIA Network+ certification can be a stepping stone for vendor-specific certifications, such as Cisco CCNA and Microsoft MCSA. CompTIA Network+ is an international, vendor-neutral certification that proves a technician's competency in managing, maintaining, troubleshooting, installing, and configuring basic network infrastructure. Since its introduction in 1999, more than 235,000 people have become CompTIA Network+ certified. 

Microsoft includes CompTIA Network+ certification in their Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) program, and other corporations such as Novell, Cisco, and HP recognize CompTIA Network+ as part of their certification tracks.

We recommend that CompTIA Network+ candidates are CompTIA A+ certified and have at least nine months of experience in network support, administration, or education.

 

Prerequisites

It is recommended that professionals seeking CompTIA Network+ Certification have CompTIA A+ Certification or equal experience as a prerequisite.

Required Exams

The CompTIA Network+ certification exam covers topics such as network technologies, network media and topologies, and network management, tools, security, and devices. You'll have 90 minutes to complete 100 questions. A passing score is 720 out of 900 possible points.
 

Recommended Courses

Recertification

Exam Renewal

Beginning January 1, 2011, CompTIA Network+ certification holders are required to renew their credential every three years. Renewal can be achieved two ways: 

  1. Take the most current version of the CompTIA Network+ certification exam.
  2. Earn continuing education units (CEUs) by participating in qualified activities such as publishing an article or white paper, obtaining another industry certification, or attending a relevant conference or event. The CompTIA Network+ certification renewal requires 30 CEUs per renewal period.

Certifications earned beginning in 2011 will contain the designation "CE" to indicate the certification is subject to the renewal policy.


If you achieved certification prior to 2011 (the non-CE version), you will retain your certification for life. No renewal is required, although you may choose to or be required to enroll in the continuing education program.

Individuals Affected by the DoD Directive 8570.1

Beginning January 1, 2013, the Department of Defense (DoD) will only recognize CompTIA certifications with the CE designation as approved DoD Information Assurance baseline certifications. If you earned your CompTIA certification on or after January 1, 2011, follow the standard renewal procedures outlined above. If you earned certification prior to 2011, you must enroll in the continuing education program to update your certification to the CE version. Please review our FAQs for details.