Are you an IT professional looking to advance their career? Do you dream of a career in networking? Are you just looking for a qualification to give your resume the boost it needs? Then maybe CompTIA Network+ Certification is for you!
One of many IT qualifications offered by vendor-neutral non-profit organisation CompTIA, the Network+ Certification is designed to validate your knowledge and experience of networking, and prove to employers you have the necessary skills to handle all their network needs. There are no formal educational requirements to join a course, so if you don't come from an academic background, but are looking for a qualification that could set you apart from the rest, this might be the right choice for you! CompTIA recommends you first take the CompTIA A+ certification, in addition to nine months' experience using networks and networking software, however the official prerequisites are determined by your institution of choice, so please ask them for details.
CompTIA Network+ is an internationally-recognized certification that helps you gain respect and validation in a competitive marketplace. Companies such as Dell, HP, Ricoh, Sharp and Xerox recommend or require CompTIA Network+ for their networking technicians, and it is also one of three CompTIA credentials to have received accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). As if that wasn't enough, the Network+ certification is a technical prerequisite option for IT technicians seeking to join the Apple Consultants Network, and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense. It is often hard to know how respected qualifications truly are, but you can rest assured that a CompTIA credential is treated with great respect around the globe, and could take you far.
Through the course, you will learn the ins and outs of networking from experienced professional tutors. This includes learning how to manage, maintain, troubleshoot, install, operate and configure basic network infrastructure; describe networking technologies; and basic design principles. At the end of the preparation course, you will sit one exam, which you must pass with a score of 720 or more (on a scale of 100-900) in order to gain the qualification. Exam topics include:
Once you have passed the exam successfully, you will then be Network+ certified for 3 years, after which time you must renew your credential through further training and fees. In order to keep your credential up-to-date, you must take at least 50 continuing education units and pay applicable fees every three years. You can earn these credits in a variety of ways, including:
Although this is not the case with all CompTIA certifications, certain credentials must be kept up-to-date in this manner, due to the ever-changing field they represent. However, continued certification has its benefits, such as proving to employers that you are serious about your career, and your personal and professional development. Furthermore, if you attend training events and conferences to update your credential, you will have the opportunity to meet others from a similar field, thus networking with professional networking specialists!
Once certified, you may be qualified for a number of careers, including network administrator, network technician, network installer, help desk technician and IT cable installer. One career you may be qualified for is a role in network administration. Here is some information on the role.
Network administrators provide support for a variety of systems, including local area networks (LAN), wide area networks (WAN), intranet, Internet or network segment systems. Often working for large corporations or organizations, they tend to be responsible for the network's overall stability and security, so this is a demanding role. However, a broad range of industries and organizations hire network administrators, including government agencies, academic institutions, financial firms and telecommunication companies, meaning there is great scope for work for those with networking qualifications (including the Network+ Certification).
Before you take the CompTIA Network+ Certification, you should: