These vendor neutral certifications are more entry-level than many others. While they are not necessarily easy, they are considerably less difficult than Microsoft or Cisco options. The most popular CompTIA certifications are outlined below.
CompTIA recently made a very unpopular decision to make their once lifetime certifications only valid for 3 years.
The table below outlines the various certifications available from CompTIA.
||The A+ certification consists of 2 exams which test candidates on basic hardware and software technologies. This certification is geared toward hardware technicians and those who work at a helpdesk, but is a good starting point for anyone.
||Network+ is ideal for those who wish to pursue a career in network support and administration. It is an excellent step to take before attempting Cisco's CCNA certification. There is only 1 exam to achieve this certification.
||Server+ is for those who implement and maintain computer servers. It focuses on hardware, configuration, maintenance, troubleshooting and disaster recovery. There is only 1 exam to achieve this certification.
||Security+ has become a popular certification during the last decade. It focuses on communication security, infrastructure security, cryptography, access control, authentication, external attack and operational and organization security. There is only 1 exam to achieve this certification.
||Linux+ is for those who install, operate, and maintain Linux systems. Recently, CompTIA has joined forces with the Linux Professional Institute (LPI) and is using their exams. If specified in advance, a candidate who passes the 2 required exams earn the Linux+ AND LPIC 1 (from LPI) certifications.
CompTIA has several other less popular certifications that can be found at:
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