CompTIA is the leading vendor-neutral certification for networking professionals with over 400,000 people worldwide being CompTIA Network+ certified.
CompTIA Network+ is compliant with ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 Conformity Assessment, the international standard designed to ensure that certification bodies around the world operate in a consistent, comparable and reliable manner.
Providing network technicians, engineers, administrators, analysts, cable technicians and help desk technicians, and other IT enthusiasts valuable skills, this exam and credential validates that an individual has the knowledge and skills required to troubleshoot, configure and manage today’s networks.
“The days of setting up a network and walking away are long gone. Today’s networks require constant oversight, adjustment and protection,” noted James Stanger, senior director, product management, CompTIA. “We’ve updated our exam to reflect this new reality.”
A new version of Network+ (N10-006) launched on February 28, 2015. CompTIA will retire Network+ exam N10-005 in August 2015.
The new exam has been updated to reflect the current thinking of industry professionals as well as to reflect technologies used today, with a greater emphasis on practical knowledge, especially how to identify and use elements of a network infrastructure. Significant changes include:
- Additional IPv6 concepts.
- Emphasis on troubleshooting.
- Additional security knowledge.
- Knowledge of how to administer key systems.
The main differences between CompTIA Network+ N10-005 and Network+ N10-006 are the following:
- Updated terms and technologies in the IT networking field.
- More hands-on experiences such as installing, configuring, implementing, managing and troubleshooting.
- Three new topics:
- Compare and contrast physical security controls.
- Summarize basic forensic concepts.
- Summarize safety practices.
CompTIA Network+ (N10-006) exam covers five areas of networks: architecture, operations, security, troubleshooting and industry standards, practices and network theory, covering:
- Cloud and virtualization
- Network segmentation using physical and virtual solutions
- Wireless and mobile support, mobile device management and device security
- Digital forensics techniques for preserving and securing data
Companies such as Dell, HP, Ricoh, Sharp and Xerox recommend or require CompTIA Network+ for their networking technicians. It is also a technical prerequisite option for IT technicians seeking to join the Apple Consultants Network, and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense.