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Online CompTIA IT Certification Training

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Prepare for CompTIA A+, NETWORK+ and SECURITY+ Certification

According to CompTIA’s State of the Tech Workforce, the median tech occupation wage is 103% higher than the median national wage in the U.S., with the projected growth rate for tech jobs over the next decade nearly twice the national jobs rate. Become a certified CompTIA professional and take your career to the next level with our comprehensive training program that aligns with the CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+ certification exams. 

Our A+ certification training offers a thorough overview of the basic concepts around multiple operating systems, enabling you to efficiently maintain, troubleshoot, and adapt to different technology platforms. Our Network+ certification training teaches the fundamental building blocks that form a modern network, such as hardware, topologies, and protocols, along with an introduction to the OSI model— this course prepares you for success in the IT industry.

The Security+ certification portion covers the essential knowledge and skills required to identify, assess, and mitigate security risks in modern IT environments. This course provides a comprehensive overview of cybersecurity’s key concepts and best practices. Upon completion, you will receive an exam voucher for each certification exam, covering the costs to sit for the certifying exams upon eligibility.

Job Outlook for CompTIA Certified Professionals

  • Based on the 2023 Salary Survey conducted by Certification Magazine, the average salary for CompTIA A+ certification holders is $108,170 in the U.S. and $99,980 worldwide. However, the actual pay may vary depending on factors such as years of experience and the location of the job.
  • According to Lightcast data, $61,600 is the average salary across all jobs requiring the Network+ qualification. CompTIA notes that a network system analyst can earn $92,740 annually, followed by a network administrator at $86,340 annually, and a network support specialist at $67,510. CompTIA Network+ annual salaries can reach as high as $144,000 and as low as $28,500. Pay is based on skill level, location, and years of experience.
  • Most of the jobs that IT professionals with a CompTIA Security+ certification would hold fall under the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) category of network and computer systems administrators. The BLS reports that jobs in this category earn a median annual salary of $80,600.
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CompTIA™ A+, Network+ and Security+ Certification FAQs

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE A+, NETWORK+ and SECURITY+ CERTIFICATIONS?

The A+, Network+ and Security+ certifications are sequential. A+ focuses on devices; Network+ is dedicated to the hardware, software and protocols for networking; and Security+ adds the layer of core security functions across devices, networks, and the organizations that deploy them.

WHAT JOBS CAN COMPTIA CERTIFICATE HOLDERS GET?

CompTIA calls the A+, Network+ and Security+ sequence a “stacked” credential that validates baseline skills in the three disciplines: devices, networks, and security. Each individual certification is considered an independent signal of competence in the area it addresses.

WHAT JOB TITLES DOES COMPTIA A+ PREPARE FOR?

According to CompTIA, the A+ certification is often associated with baseline or entry-level support positions such as service desk analyst, technical support specialist, field service technician, associate network engineer, data support technician, desktop support administrator, end-user computing technician, help desk technician, or system support specialist.

WHAT JOB TITLES DOES COMPTIA NETWORK+ PREPARE FOR?

According to CompTIA, the Network+ certification is often associated with positions such as Network administrator, network field engineer, computer technician, help desk technician, system engineer, network support specialist, or network analyst.

WHAT JOB TITLES DOES COMPTIA SECURITY+ PREPARE FOR?

According to CompTIA, the Security+ certification is often associated with junior IT auditor or penetration tester positions. Other titles might include systems administrator, network administrator, or security administrator.

Course Objectives

  • Master fundamental concepts of multiple operating systems to maintain and support them effectively
  • Develop troubleshooting skills for software, hardware, connectivity, and network problems
  • Gain in-depth knowledge about assembling and disassembling computer parts
  • Learn how to compare network types, topologies, and architectures
  • Acquire knowledge and skills in networking hardware, tools, and their installation for effective network setup
  • Understand TCP/IP functionality, protocols, and IP addressing concepts, including subnetting and VLANs
  • Explore cloud computing, virtualization, and remote access systems and methods
  • Discover network performance monitoring tools and practices
  • Develop expertise in network safety, security threats, vulnerability assessments, and mitigation strategies
  • Attain a solid understanding of computer security concepts, network policies, and documentation
  • Learn incident preparation, response, and risk management for network security

Prerequisites and Requirements

There are no prerequisites to enroll in this course. However, you should have a basic knowledge of computer hardware and operating systems. For example, how to power up and log on to a machine, use a mouse and keyboard, and basic Microsoft Windows navigation skills. 

CompTIA recommends all A+ exam applicants have up to 12 months of hands-on experience in the lab or field before taking the certification exam. They also state possessing the A+ Certification and a minimum of 9 to 12 months of hands-on experience working in a junior network administrator/network support technician job role to complete the Network+ certification exam. CompTIA recommends at least 9 to 12 months of networking experience and two years of experience in IT administration with a security focus to take the Security+ certification exam.

Curriculum

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CompTIA™ A+ 220-1001 – Hardware, networking and mobile

CompTIA™ A+ 220-1002 – Security and troubleshooting for Windows, Mac, and Linux

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CompTIA™ Network+ N10-007 – Foundations of networking and infrastructure; virtualization and the cloud, subnets, and VLANs

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CompTIA™ Security+ SY0-501 – Securing networks from attacks; business continuity and risk mitigation

  • CompTIA™ A+ 220-1001 – Hardware, networking and mobile
  • CompTIA™ A+ 220-1002 – Security and troubleshooting for Windows, Mac, and Linux
  • CompTIA™ Network+ N10-007 – Foundations of networking and infrastructure; virtualization and the cloud, subnets, and VLANs
  • CompTIA™ Security+ SY0-501 – Securing networks from attacks; business continuity and risk mitigation

Instructors

David Grimes

David Grimes has more than 10 years of management and leadership experience in the private and non-profit sectors. Grimes is passionate about technology and education, having worked as academic dean, student services director, technology coordinator, teacher, consultant, and technology columnist. He holds a Master of Education and a Bachelor of Science from Ohio State University, both in Technology Education.

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