CompTIA Network+ is among the most popular networking certifications in the IT world. It is considered as the basic certification to enter the networking arena. It encompasses management, media topologies, installation and configuration of medium sized networks. By passing just one exam, you will be able to secure job roles such as network installer, network technician, administrator, cable installer and help desk technician.
The current version of the exam that grants you CompTIA Network+ certification goes by the exam code N10-005. The revised objectives cover virtual networking and network security is covered in depth along with seven-layer OSI model.
The N10-005 exam endorses your knowledge and skills required to implement network architecture with basic or advanced network security. You will be able to configure, implement and troubleshoot network devices using appropriate network tools. You will gain a lot of knowledge about network technologies and the tools required to configure, maintain and troubleshoot networking features. Common protocols and media types will help you understand the nature of a network and how it works. In short, you will be able to understanding networks and networking technologies in detail.
This exam covers the following major topics:
- Network Concepts
- Network Installation and Configuration
- Network media and topologies
- Network Management
- Network Security
There are a maximum of 100 questions to be answered in 90 minutes. CompTIA Network+ is a computer-based test that has multiple-choice and performance based questions. You will be judged on the scale of 100-900. The passing score is 720 out of 900.
It is recommended to have a CompTIA A+ certification and nine months networking experience before taking CompTIA Network+ exam.
CompTIA Network+ is valid for three years from the date of certification. You can renew it by visiting CompTIA continuing education program. If you fail to renew your certification within three years, you will no longer be certified and must retake the exam to activate CompTIA Network+
This exam is one of the most important exams in networks. Many big companies and organizations prefer CompTIA Network+ for network technician, network installer, help desk technician and IT cable installer positions. If you want to make your career in networking, CompTIA Network+ is the important first step to take along with CompTIA A+ certification. You will be able knock the doors of Apple, Dell, HP, Sharp, Ricoh and Xerox just by passing CompTIA Network+. And you know these companies have excellent salaries and benefits. Even if you don't want to pursue any other network certifications, you can get a decent job in an above-decent company.
Benefits of Network+ Certification
- In today's globally competitive IT industry there is a definite need for you to stand out in the crowd of other candidates in order to distinguish yourself from all the others. By completing this certification you are telling your upper managementand/or hiring managers that your know-how is now acknowledged and you take your professional career seriously.
- It gives confidence to others that you are an industry leader and demonstrates a higher level of understanding in completing projects and assignments according to the IT industry's best practices.
- You will get recognized by business and professional associates as a certified IT professional
I was a technician at a local networking company. When I heard my junior technician got a job at one of the big and famous computer companies, I was shocked. I called him up and he told me to do CompTIA Network+ certification if I wanted my skills recognized. So I prepared and passed it easily. One day, I found a job advertisement calling for network technicians at one of the most prestigious IT companies in the world. I brushed my resume and applied immediately. In two days, I got a call for an interview and was selected almost instantly as soon as they saw CompTIA Network+ certificate. I am happy that CompTIA gave me the chance to prove my skills and get a job with super good salary.
Ricky Matthews - Network Technician - Walmart Group of Companies