CompTIA Certifications

Certifications

CompTIA offers four certification pathways that expand your knowledge across different levels in several sectors within the realm of IT.

Core

Every IT position requires a baseline knowledge on topics like operating systems, hardware, networking and more. CompTIA’s core IT skills certifications level the playing field and lay the foundation for a successful career in IT, no matter what path you take.

Infrastructure

IT infrastructure is the bedrock of IT operations and necessary for any business to function. For years, employers have used CompTIA certifications to identify IT pros who can support and manage data centre and network operations. 

Cybersecurity

With the continued increase in cyberattacks and the number of new connected devices, the need for skilled cybersecurity professionals is growing at a rapid pace. Cybersecurity specialists must nurture their practical, hands-on skills to know how to proactively address security incidents and issues – not just identify them.

Additional Professional

In addition to the specialised skills validated along the CompTIA career pathways, IT pros need professional skills like project management and training. CompTIA’s professional skills certifications cover these versatile skillsets that help take your career to the next level.

Stackable Certifications

CompTIA stackable certifications are comprised of various single certifications added together.

Associate

  • IT Operations Specialist (CIOS)
  • Systems Support Specialist (CSSS)

  • Secure Infrastructure Specialist (CSIS)

Infrastructure Professional

  • Cloud Admin Professional (CCAP)

  • Network Infrastructure Professional (CNIP)

  • Linux Network Professional (CLNP)

Cybersecurity Professional

  • Secure Cloud Professional (CSCP)

  • Security Analytics Professional (CSAP)

  • Network Vulnerability Assessment Professional (CNVP)

  • Network Security Professional (CNSP)

Cybersecurity Expert

  • Security Analytics Expert (CSAE)

  • Secure Infrastructure Expert (CSIE)

Core Pathway

CompTIA offers four certification pathways that expand your knowledge across different levels in several sectors within the realm of IT.

ITF+

ITF+

IT Fundamentals (ITF+) covers a range of IT topics and provides a solid grounding in the technology concepts and practices organisations use today.

A+

A+

A+ is the starting point for a career in IT. The performance-based exams certify foundational IT skills across a variety of devices and operating systems.

N+

Network+

Network+ certifies the essential skills needed to confidently design, configure, manage and troubleshoot any wired and wireless devices.

Sec+

Security+

Security+ provides a global benchmark for best practices in IT network and operational security, one of the fastest-growing fields in IT.

Why is it different?

CompTIA ITF+ helps professionals to decide if a career in IT is right for them or to develop a broader understanding of IT.

  • ITF+ is the only pre-career certification that helps students or career changers determine if they have a competency for information technology and if it is the right career path for them.
  • ITF+ is the only single certification that covers all areas of IT foundations, creating a broader understanding of IT making it ideal for non-technical professionals.
  • ITF+ establishes an IT education framework for students in middle school and high school.

About the exam

The CompTIA IT Fundamentals exam focuses on the essential IT skills and knowledge needed to perform tasks commonly performed by advanced end-users and entry-level IT professionals alike, including:

  • Using features and functions of common operating systems and establishing network connectivity
  • Identifying common software applications and their purpose
  • Using security and web browsing best practices

This exam is intended for candidates who are advanced end users and/or are considering a career in IT. The exam is also a good fit for individuals interested in pursuing professional-level certifications, such as A+.

CompTIA A+ certified professionals are proven problem solvers. They support today’s core technologies from security to cloud to data management and more. CompTIA A+ is the industry standard for launching IT careers into today’s digital world. 

  • The only credential with performance-based items to prove pros can think on their feet to perform critical IT support tasks in the moment
  • Trusted by employers around the world to identify the go-to person in end point management & technical support roles
  • Regularly re-invented by IT experts to ensure that it validates core skills and abilities demanded in the workplace

The CompTIA A+ Core Series requires candidates to pass two exams: Core 1 (220-1001) and Core 2 (220-1002) covering the following new content:

  • Demonstrate baseline security skills for IT support professionals
  • Configure device operating systems, including Windows, Mac, Linux, Chrome OS, Android and iOS and administer client-based as well as cloud-based (SaaS) software
  • Troubleshoot and problem solve core service and support challenges while applying best practices for documentation, change management, and scripting 
  • Support basic IT infrastructure and networking
  • Configure and support PC, mobile and IoT device hardware
  • Implement basic data backup and recovery methods and apply data storage and management best practices

Network+ ensures an IT professional has the knowledge and skills to:

  • Design and implement functional networks
  • Configure, manage, and maintain essential network devices
  • Use devices such as switches and routers to segment network traffic and create resilient networks
  • Identify benefits and drawbacks of existing network configurations
  • Implement network security, standards, and protocols
  • Troubleshoot network problems
  • Support the creation of virtualised networks

CompTIA Security+ is the first security certification a candidate should earn. It establishes the core knowledge required of any cybersecurity role and provides a springboard to intermediate-level cybersecurity jobs. Security+ incorporates best practices in hands-on troubleshooting, ensuring candidates have practical security problem-solving skills required to:

  • Assessthe security posture of an enterprise environment and recommend and implement appropriate security solutions
  • Monitor and securehybrid environments, including cloud, mobile, and IoT
  • Operatewith an awareness of applicable laws and policies, including principles of governance, risk, and compliance
  • Identify, analyse, and respondto security events and incidents

Why is it different?

  • More choose Security+– chosen by more corporations and defence organisations than any other certification on the market to validate baseline security skills and for fulfilling the DoD 8570 compliance. 
  • Security+ proves hands-on skills– the only baseline cybersecurity certification emphasising hands-on practical skills, ensuring the security professional is better prepared to problem solve a wider variety of today’s complex issues.
  • More job roles turn to Security+ to supplement skills– baseline cybersecurity skills are applicable across more of today’s job roles to secure systems, software and hardware.
  • Security+ is aligned to the latest trends and techniques– covering the most core technical skills in risk assessment and management, incident response, forensics, enterprise networks, hybrid/cloud operations, and security controls, ensuring high-performance on the job.

Infrastructure Pathway

Cloud+

Cloud+

CompTIA Cloud+ is a global certification that validates the skills needed to deploy and automate secure cloud environments that support the high availability of business systems and data.

Linux+

Linux+

CompTIA Linux+ validates the competencies required of an early career system administrator supporting Linux systems.

Server+

CompTIA Server+ ensures pros have the skills to work in data centres or cloud environments.

CompTIA Cloud+ is the only performance-based IT certification that views cloud-based infrastructure services in the context of broader IT systems operations regardless of the platform. Migrating to the cloud presents opportunities to deploy, optimise, and protect mission-critical applications and data storage. CompTIA Cloud+ validates the technical skills needed to secure these valuable assets.

The reality of operating multi-cloud environments poses new challenges. CompTIA Cloud+ is ideal for cloud engineers who need to have expertise across multiple products and systems.

CompTIA Cloud+ is the only cloud-focused certification offering an infrastructure option for individuals who need to certify in IAM Level I, CSSP Analyst, and CSSP Infrastructure Support roles. 

CompTIA Cloud+ now features flexible training options including self-paced learning, live online training, custom training, and labs to advance the career development of IT professionals in server administration.

The new CompTIA Linux+ is for the IT pro who will use Linux to manage everything from cars and smartphones to servers and supercomputers, as a vast number of enterprises use Linux in cloud, cybersecurity, mobile and web administration applications.

In the new CompTIA Linux+, candidates are only required to pass one exam for certification. However, the new certification is no longer eligible for the LPI 2-for-1 offer.

  • CompTIA Linux+ is the only job-focused Linux certification covering the latest foundational skills demanded by hiring managers.
  • Unlike other certifications, the new exam includes performance-based and multiple-choice questions to identify the employees who can do the job.
  • The exam covers tasks associated with all major distributions of Linux, setting the foundation for advanced vendor/distro-specific knowledge.

CompTIA Linux+ covers common tasks in major distributions of Linux, including the Linux command line, basic maintenance, installing and configuring workstations, and networking.

CompTIA Server+ is a global certification that validates the hands-on skills of IT professionals who install, manage and troubleshoot servers in data centres as well as on-premise and hybrid environments.

CompTIA Server+ is the only certification that can ensure that IT professionals at the administrator level are able to do the job in any environment because it is the only certification not restricted to a single platform. The exam covers essential hardware and software technologies of on-premise and hybrid server environments including high availability, cloud computing and scripting. The new exam includes performance-based questions that require the candidate to demonstrate multi-step knowledge to securely deploy, administer and troubleshoot servers.

CompTIA Server+ now features flexible training options including self-paced learning, live online training, custom training and labs to advance the career development of IT professionals in server administration.

Cybersecurity Pathway

CySA+

CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) is an IT workforce certification that applies behavioral analytics to networks and devices to prevent, detect and combat cybersecurity threats through continuous security monitoring.

CASP

CASP+

CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP+) is the ideal certification for technical professionals who wish to remain immersed in technology, as opposed to strictly managing.

PenTest+

CompTIA PenTest+ is for cybersecurity professionals tasked with penetration testing and vulnerability management.

As attackers have learned to evade traditional signature-based solutions, such as firewalls and anti-virus software, an analytics-based approach within the IT security industry is increasingly important for organisations. CompTIA CySA+ applies behavioural analytics to networks to improve the overall state of security through identifying and combating malware and advanced persistent threats (APTs), resulting in an enhanced threat visibility across a broad attack surface. It will validate an IT professional’s ability to proactively defend and continuously improve the security of an organisation. CySA+ will verify the successful candidate has the knowledge and skills required to:

  • Leverage intelligence and threat detection techniques
  • Analyse and interpret data
  • Identify and address vulnerabilities
  • Suggest preventative measures
  • Effectively respond to and recover from incidents

Why is it different?

  • CompTIA CySA+ is the only intermediate high-stakes cybersecurity analyst certification with both hands-on, performance-based questions and multiple-choice questions.
  • CySA+ focuses on the candidate’s ability to not only proactively capture, monitor, and respond to network traffic findings, but also emphasises software and application security, automation, threat hunting, and IT regulatory compliance, which affects the daily work of security analysts.
  • CySA+ covers the most up-to-date core security analyst skills and upcoming job skills used by threat intelligence analysts, application security analysts, compliance analysts, incident responders/handlers, and threat hunters, bringing new techniques for combating threats inside and outside of the Security Operations Centre (SOC).

The CASP+ certification validates advanced-level competency in risk management, enterprise security operations and architecture, research and collaboration, and integration of enterprise security. CASP+ covers the following:

  • Enterprise security domain expanded to include operations and architecture concepts, techniques and requirements
  • More emphasis on analysing risk through interpreting trend data and anticipating cyber-defence needs to meet business goals
  • Expanding security control topics to include mobile and small-form factor devices, as well as software vulnerability
  • Broader coverage of integrating cloud and virtualisation technologies into a secure enterprise architecture
  • Inclusion of implementing cryptographic techniques, such as blockchain, cryptocurrency and mobile device encryption 

Why is CASP+ Different?

  • CASP+ is the only hands-on, performance-based certification for practitioners — not managers — at the advanced skill level of cybersecurity. While cybersecurity managers help identify what cybersecurity policies and frameworks could be implemented, CASP+ certified professionals figure out how to implement solutions within those policies and frameworks.

Why is it different?

  • CompTIA PenTest+ is the only penetration testing exam taken at a Pearson VUE testing center with both hands-on, performance-based questions and multiple-choice, to ensure each candidate possesses the skills, knowledge, and ability to perform tasks on systems. PenTest+ exam also includes management skills used to plan, scope, and manage weaknesses, not just exploit them.
  • PenTest+ is unique because our certification requires a candidate to demonstrate the hands-on ability and knowledge to test devices in new environments such as the cloud and mobile, in addition to traditional desktops and servers.
  • CompTIA PenTest+ assesses the most up-to-date penetration testing, and vulnerability assessment and management skills necessary to determine the resiliency of the network against attacks.
  • Successful candidates will have the intermediate skills required to customise assessment frameworks to effectively collaborate on and report findings.
  • Candidates will also have the best practices to communicate recommended strategies to improve the overall state of IT security.

Additional Professional

Project+

Project+

CompTIA Project+ gives business professionals – inside and outside of IT – the basic concepts to successfully manage small- to medium-sized projects.

CTT+

CTT+

CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer (CTT+) certification is for instructors who want to verify they have attained a standard of excellence in the training field. CTT+ validates the knowledge and use of tools and techniques necessary for successfully teaching in today’s learning environments.

cloud-essentials

Cloud Essentials+

CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ is for both IT and non-technical professionals who require the essential business acumen needed to make informed cloud service decisions.

Why is it different?

CompTIA Project+ is ideal for professionals who need to manage smaller, less complex projects as part of their other job duties but still have foundational project management skills. Project+ is more versatile than other certifications because it covers essential project management concepts beyond the scope of just one methodology or framework.

CompTIA Project+ is designed for business professionals who coordinate or manage small-to-medium-sized projects. The successful candidate will have the knowledge and skills required to:

  • Manage the project life cycle
  • Ensure appropriate communication
  • Manage resources and stakeholders
  • Maintain project documentation

Earning the CTT+ certification designates you as an exceptional trainer in your field. As an instructor, you not only have to plan engaging classroom lectures, practice tasks and exams, but you must also be a knowledgeable and effective communicator. CTT+ certification provides comprehensive training standards to validate your skills in a traditional or virtual classroom environment, and ensures that you can teach effectively and step up to the front of the class with confidence. 

  • CTT+ is trusted by leading organisations
    Corporations such as Dell, Microsoft, Adobe, Cisco, IBM and Ricoh accept CompTIA CTT+ as proof that an instructor is qualified to teach their programs.
  • CTT+ lets you teach with confidence
    CompTIA CTT+ validates that you have the necessary skills and knowledge to prepare, present, facilitate and evaluate a training session. By requiring a video submission of the training session instruction as part of the certification, CTT+ ensures candidates have effective teaching skills.
  • CTT+ verifies essential teaching modalities
    In a survey conducted by the Training Associates, 87% of respondents use instructor led training (ILT) as a primary learning modality. Moreover, 74% of organisations take a blended approach to learning, augmenting ILT delivery with either a mobile, video, or social component. Earning a CTT+ certification can validate your skills as a top trainer in a virtual or physical classroom.

Why is Cloud Essentials+ Different? 

CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ is the only internationally recognised, vendor-neutral certification utilising key business principles and fundamental cloud concepts that validate data-driven cloud recommendations. It stands alone in this field by demonstrating that all necessary staff members – not just the IT specialists – understand how to increase efficiency, manage costs, and reduce security risks for organisations whenever tasked with making current cloud technology decisions.

Business analysts and IT pros alike are consistently called upon to assist their organisation in determining which cloud service provider(s) to use, what to migrate to the cloud, and when to implement. Collecting and analysing cloud products and services information is essential when making operational cloud business decisions. The financial and operational impacts covered by Cloud Essentials+ ensure an ability to develop and implement solid cloud strategies.

CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ will show that successful candidates:

  • Have the knowledge and understanding of the foundational business and technical components included in a cloud assessment 
  • Understand specific security concerns and measures 
  • Comprehend new technology concepts, solutions, and benefits to an organisation

Associate

CIOS

CIOS

  • A+
  • Network+
CSSS

CSSS

  • A+
  • Linux+
CSIS

CSIS

  • A+
  • Network+
  • Security+

Infrastructure Professional

CCAP

CCAP

  • Network+
  • Cloud+
CNIP

CNIP

  • Network+
  • Server+
CLNP

CLNP

  • Network+
  • Linux+

Cybersecurity Professional

CSCP

CSCP

  • Security+
  • Cloud+
CSAP

CSAP

  • Security+
  • CySA+
CNVP

CNVP

  • Security+
  • PenTest+
CNSP

CNSP

  • Security+
  • PenTest+
  • CySA+

Cybersecurity Expert

CSAE

CSAE

  • Security+
  • CySA+
  • CASP+

Partner Status

NIL Learning South Africa is a CompTIA Authorized Partner. NIL forms part of the  Delivery Partner Program: This program is for professional training organizations that currently teach or intend to teach CompTIA certifications.

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