A Complete CompTIA Certification Guide
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A Complete CompTIA Certification Guide

CompTIA — formally called the Computing Technology Industry Association — is a non-profit organization with membership comprising more than 200 leading IT companies and 2,000 member companies.

As an IT industry trade organization, a CompTIA goal is to help ensure that there is a strong pool of IT professionals with the skills required to drive the adoption and use of information technologies in enterprises worldwide. CompTIA is the leading provider of vendor-neutral training and certification programs for those IT professionals, having issued more than two million certificates to date.

CompTIA certificate programs have been established for IT support, networking, security, open-source (Linux) development, and cloud. In addition to technical certifications, additional professional CompTIA certificate programs are available for business professionals, non-IT staff, and technical trainers.

This guide contains a comprehensive introduction to the various CompTIA certificate programs, recommended CompTIA certification paths, the costs associated with CompTIA certificate programs, and insights into job opportunities related to the CompTIA certification list.

  • What is CompTIA Certification?
  • CompTIA Core Certifications
  • CompTIA Infrastructure Certifications
  • CompTIA Cybersecurity Certifications
  • Additional Professional CompTIA Certifications
  • CompTIA Stackable Certifications
  • How Much Does CompTIA Certification cost?
  • CompTIA Recertification and Renewal
  • CompTIA Certification Salary and Career Information
  • How Do I Get a Copy of My CompTIA Certification?
  • CompTIA Certification Training

We’ll also describe how CompTIA certifications — and in particular CompTIA Stackable Certifications — play a key role in IT career development.

CompTIA Certifications

CompTIA provides vendor-neutral certifications that validate candidates have achieved a specific level of expertise that can be applied universally, regardless of vendor. For example, someone with CompTIA Network+ certification should apply their knowledge and skills to Cisco or Juniper networking technologies — at a basic level.

The CompTIA certification program encompasses certs in four categories:

  • Core
  • Infrastructure
  • Cybersecurity
  • Professional

In their CompTIA Certification Roadmap, CompTIA sees the three technical certification categories as a progression — as IT professionals build on their skills from Core to Infrastructure and then to Cybersecurity.
A number of the certs on the CompTIA Certification list are U.S. Department of Defense-approved baseline certifications (DoD 8570.01-M). This can provide certified professionals with job opportunities in the Federal Government sector.

CompTIA Core Certifications

CompTIA Core Certifications are for beginners and entry-level IT professionals.

There are four CompTIA Core Certifications:

  • CompTIA IT Fundamentals+
  • CompTIA A+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA Security+

CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA Security+ are all DoD 8570.01-M-approved certifications.

CompTIA IT Fundamentals+ Certification

CompTIA IT Fundamentals+ (ITF+) is designed for individuals who want to begin exploring a career in IT. It’s also a good option for business, sales, and marketing professionals who work closely with systems and information technology.
The IT Fundamentals+ certification validates a candidate’s understanding of these topics:

  • Computing
  • IT infrastructure
  • Software development
  • Database use

Required exam: Earning the CompTIA IT Fundamentals+ Certification requires passing one exam — CompTIA IT Fundamentals+ (FC0-U61).
Prerequisites: None.
Recommended experience: CompTIA recommends this exam for advanced end users or individuals thinking about entering the IT field. That means you should feel comfortable using computer systems and networks.

CompTIA A+ Certification

The CompTIA A+ certification is designed for people who want to build a career in IT technical support and operations. A+ is valued by companies for entry-level support roles, and the logical first step toward earning CompTIA Network+ certification, which will open the door to more job opportunities and higher earning potential. As a vendor-neutral certification, CompTIA A+ also complements popular vendor certifications such as Cisco’s CCNA and Microsoft’s MCSA.

The CompTIA A+ certification validates a candidate’s ability to:

  • Identify, use, and connect hardware components and devices
  • Install and support Windows OS, including command line and client support
  • Troubleshoot PC and mobile device issues, including application security support
  • Explain types of networks and connections, including TCP/IP, WIFI and SOHO
  • Troubleshoot device and network issues
  • Identify and protect against security vulnerabilities for devices and their network connections
  • Install & configure laptops and other mobile devices
  • Understand Mac OS, Linux and mobile OS
  • Follow best practices for safety, environmental impacts, and communication and professionalism

Required exams: Earning the CompTIA A+ certification requires passing two exams — CompTIA A+ 220-1001 and CompTIA A+ 220-1002.
Prerequisites: None.
Recommended experience: While there are no specific prerequisites for the exams, CompTIA recommends that candidates have 9 to 12 months hands-on experience with the following technologies:

  • CompTIA A+ 220-1001: Mobile devices, networking technology, hardware, virtualization/cloud computing, and network troubleshooting.
  • CompTIA A+ 220-1002: Installing and configuring operating systems, expanded security, software troubleshooting and operational procedures.

CompTIA Network+ Certification

The CompTIA Network+ certification is designed for IT professionals with entry-level experience. Network+ is a common stepping stone common to move into network administration. Plus, given that almost everything is networked, networking experience is a valuable asset for any IT professional. The CompTIA Network+ certification validates the candidate’s ability to:

  • Explain the purpose of a variety of networking concepts and how to implement them appropriately
  • Determine the appropriate cabling, device and storage technologies
  • Use best practices to manage the network, determine policies and ensure business continuity
  • Summarize physical security and common attacks while securing the wired and wireless network
  • Explain the network troubleshooting methodology and appropriate tools to support connectivity and performance

Required exam: Earning the CompTIA Network+ certification requires passing one exam — CompTIA Network+ (N10-007).
Prerequisites: None.
Recommended experience: While are no specific prerequisites for the exam, CompTIA recommends that candidates have obtained CompTIA A+ certification and at least 9-12 months of networking experience.

CompTIA Security+ Certification

The CompTIA Security+ certification validates the baseline cybersecurity skills required of IT administrators and security professionals. Typical jobs that may require CompTIA Security+ certifications include Security Administrators, Systems and Network Admins, Junior IT Auditors, and Penetration Testers. The CompTIA Security+ certification validates the candidate’s ability to:

  • Detect various types of threats, attacks and vulnerability, and how penetration testing and vulnerability scanning may be utilized
  • Install, configure, and deploy network security components, and assess and troubleshoot security threats
  • Implement a secure network architecture
  • Install, configure and manage identity and access services
  • Implement risk management procedures to mitigate business impact
  • Install and configure wireless security settings and implement public key infrastructure

Required exam: Earning the CompTIA Security+ certification requires passing one exam — CompTIA Security+ (SY0-501).
Prerequisites: None.
Recommended experience: There are no specific prerequisites for the exam, although CompTIA recommends that candidates have obtained CompTIA Network+ certification and two years of experience in IT administration with a security focus.

CompTIA Infrastructure Certifications

The next level of the CompTIA certification program consists of the CompTIA Infrastructure Certifications. As the name suggests, these certs are related to key infrastructure technologies such as cloud computing, open source operating systems, and servers.

CompTIA offers three infrastructure certs at this level:

  • CompTIA Cloud+
  • CompTIA Linux+
  • CompTIA Server+

CompTIA Cloud+ Certification

Cloud computing — private, public, and hybrid — is part of almost every enterprise data center strategy. As a result, there is a strong demand for IT professionals with the skills required to maintain and manage cloud infrastructure services. The CompTIA Cloud+ certification validates that a certified professional has the expertise needed for a cloud data center job. Typical job titles that may require CompTIA Cloud+ certification include SysAdmins, Network Administrator, Cloud Engineer, Systems or Network Engineer, and Data Center Manager. The CompTIA Cloud+ certification validates the candidate’s ability to:

  • Analyze system requirements to successfully execute workload migrations to the cloud
  • Determine proper allocation of cloud resources and apply necessary changes based on performance data
  • Apply appropriate technologies and processes, including automation and orchestration, to ensure desired system performance
  • Implement appropriate security controls given requirements
  • Troubleshoot capacity, automation, connectivity and security issues related to cloud implementations

Required exam: Earning the CompTIA Cloud+ certification requires passing one exam — CompTIA Cloud+ (CV0-002).
Prerequisites: None.
Recommended experience: While there are no specific prerequisites for the exam, CompTIA recommends that candidates have at least 2 to 3 years of experience in system administration.

CompTIA Linux+ Certification

The CompTIA Linux+ certification is designed for IT professionals with hands-on experience configuring, monitoring, and supporting servers running major Linux distributions, such as Red Hat, Ubuntu, and openSUSE. CompTIA Linux+ tracks with the level of knowledge and skills required of an early career sysadmin. The CompTIA Linux+ certification validates the candidate’s ability to:

  • Configure Linux kernel modules, network parameters, storage, cloud and virtualization technologies
  • Manage software and services, and explain server roles, job scheduling, and the use and operation of Linux devices
  • Use best practices for permissions and authentication, firewalls, and file management
  • Troubleshoot user, app and hardware issues by analyzing Linux system properties and processes
  • Use Linux automation & scripting, including BASH basic scripts, the Git version control systems and orchestration processes

Required exams: Earning the CompTIA Linux+ certification requires passing one exam — CompTIA Linux+ (XK0-004).
Prerequisites: None.
Recommended experience: While there are no specific prerequisites for the exam, CompTIA  recommends that candidates have CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Network+ certifications, as well as 12 months of experience in Linux administration.

Cert Update: As of April 2, 2019, CompTIA introduced its own single replacement exam CompTIA Linux+ (XK0-004). Previously, CompTIA partnered with the Linux Professional Institute for CompTIA Linux+ certification. CompTIA offered the LPIC-1 exams under their own CompTIA LX0-103 and LX0-104 names. Both exams were required to attain CompTIA Linux+ certification.

CompTIA Server+ Certification

The CompTIA Server+ certification is designed for IT professionals with hands-on experience administering, troubleshooting, and securing those servers regardless of type or location. CompTIA Server+ is the only vendor-neutral certification covering the major server platforms. The CompTIA Server+ certification validates the candidate’s ability to:

  • Configure and support server components
  • Manage and maintain servers, including OS configuration, access control and virtualization
  • Support storage devices technologies, including capacity and growth planning
  • Apply physical and network data security techniques
  • Configure systems for network connectivity, including physical and logical elements
  • Understand disaster recovery and implement backup techniques
  • Diagnose and resolve system hardware, software, connectivity, storage and security issues

Required exam: Earning the CompTIA Server+ certification requires passing one exam — CompTIA Server+ (SK0-004).
Prerequisites: None.
Recommended experience: While there are no specific prerequisites for the exam, CompTIA  recommends that candidates have obtained CompTIA A+ certification and have 18 to 24 months of IT experience.

CompTIA Cybersecurity Certifications

CompTIA Cybersecurity certifications make up the final step of the CompTIA technical certification path. These certifications are for advanced and expert-level professionals.

CompTIA offers three cybersecurity certifications:

  • CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+)
  • CompTIA PenTest+
  • CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP+)

CompTIA CySA+ and CompTIA CASP+ are both DoD 8570.01-M-approved certifications.

CompTIA CySA+ Certification

The Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) certification is designed for cybersecurity professionals who use an analytics-based approach to identify and combat malware and advanced persistent threats (APTs). As hackers continue to evade traditional signature-based solutions such as firewalls, the IT security industry is moving toward an analytics-based approach. The CompTIA CySA+ certification validates the candidate’s ability to:

  • Implement a vulnerability management process
  • Perform data analysis and interpret the results to identify vulnerabilities, threats and risks to an organization
  • Configure and use threat-detection tools
  • Secure and protect applications and systems within an organization

Required exam: Earning the CompTIA CySA+ certification requires passing one exam — CompTIA CySA+ (CS0-001).
Prerequisites: None.
Recommended experience: While not required in order to take the CompTIA CySA+, CompTIA recommends that candidates either have a CompTIA Network+ or Security+ certification, or at least three years of hands-on experience in information security.

CompTIA PenTest+ Certification

The CompTIA PenTest+ certification is designed for intermediate-level cybersecurity professionals who are tasked with penetration testing to manage vulnerabilities on a network. The PenTest+ uses both hands-on, performance-based and multiple-choice questions to ensure that candidates have the hands-on ability and knowledge. The CompTIA PenTest+ certification validates the candidate’s ability to:

  • Plan a comprehensive compliance-based vulnerability assessment
  • Gather information to prepare for exploitation then perform a vulnerability scan and analyze results
  • Exploit network, wireless, application, and RF-based vulnerabilities, summarize physical security attacks, and perform post-exploitation techniques
  • Conduct information gathering exercises with various penetration testing tools and analyze output and basic scripts (limited to: Bash, Python, Ruby, PowerShell)
  • Utilize report-writing and handling best practices explaining recommended mitigation strategies for discovered vulnerabilities

Required exam: Earning the CompTIA PenTest+ certification requires passing one exam — CompTIA PenTest+ (PT0-001).
Prerequisites: None.
Recommended experience: While not required in order to take the CompTIA PenTest+ exam, CompTIA recommends that candidates have CompTIA Network+ or Security+ certification, and at least three years of hands-on information security or related experience.

CompTIA CASP+ Certification

The CompTIA CASP+ certification is designed for expert cybersecurity professionals who implement security solutions. While cybersecurity managers identify the cybersecurity policies and frameworks that need to be implemented, cybersecurity technical practitioners implement solutions within those policies and frameworks. The CompTIA CASP+ certification validates the candidate’s ability to:

  • Analyze security risks and frameworks that come along with specific industry threats and organizational requirements and execute risk mitigation strategies
  • Integrate network and security components and implement security controls for host, mobile, and small form factor devices
  • Implement incident response and recovery procedures and conduct security assessments using appropriate tools
  • Integrate hosts, storage, networks and applications into a secure enterprise architecture using on-premise, cloud, and virtualization technologies
  • Apply research methods to determine industry trends and their impacts to the enterprise

Required exam: Earning the CompTIA CASP+ certification requires passing one exam — CompTIA CASP+ (CAS-003).
Prerequisites: None.
Recommended experience: CompTIA recommends that candidates have at least 10 years of IT administration experience, including at least five years of hands-on technical security experience.

Professional CompTIA Certifications

In addition to technical certifications, CompTIA offers certifications for non-technical professionals.

CompTIA offers three professional certifications:

  • CompTIA Project+ for project managers
  • CompTIA CTT+ for technical trainers
  • CompTIA Cloud Essentials for business, sales, and marketing personnel

CompTIA Project+

The CompTIA Project+ certification is designed for IT and project management professionals who need to manage smaller, less complex projects as part of their other job duties. There’s a need for business professionals — within and outside of IT — who have the basic skills and knowledge to successfully manage small- to medium-sized projects. The CompTIA Project+ certification validates the candidate’s ability to:

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

Required exam: Earning the CompTIA Project+ certification requires passing one exam — CompTIA Project+ (PK0-004).
Prerequisites: None.
Recommended experience: CompTIA recommends that candidates have at least 12 months of cumulative project management experience or equivalent education.

CompTIA CTT+

The CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer (CTT+) certification is designed for technical instructors. Education is an essential element in the successful roll-out and ongoing operation of any IT initiative. Effective training requires teachers who can use appropriate tools and techniques in physical and virtual learning environments.

Required exam: In order to become CompTIA CTT+ certified, candidates must pass two exams — one written and one performance-based:

  • CTT+ Essentials (TK0-201) Exam, plus
  • CTT+ Classroom Performance-Based Exam (TK0-202), or
  • CTT+ Virtual Classroom Performance-Based Exam (TK0-203)

As part of the TK0-202 and TK0-203 exams, candidates must submit a video recording of their classroom training sessions for evaluation.

Recommended experience: CompTIA recommends that candidates have at least 6 to 12 months of training experience.

CompTIA Cloud Essentials

The CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ certification is designed to provide business professionals and non-IT staff an understanding of cloud computing fundamentals and the work involved to move to and govern the cloud. The CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ exam validates the candidate’s ability to:

  • Understand cloud principles and can aptly identify cloud networking concepts and storage techniques, and understand cloud design aspects
  • Comprehend the financial aspects of engaging a cloud provider, as well as the business aspects of managing vendor relations in cloud adoptions
  • Are able to explain aspects of operating within the cloud, such as data management, availability, and monitoring
  • Understand risk management concepts related to cloud services and identify the importance and impacts of compliance in the cloud

Required exam: Earning the CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ certification requires passing one exam — CompTIA Cloud Essentials (CLO-001).
Prerequisites: None.
Recommended experience: CompTIA recommends that candidates for the CompTIA Cloud Essentials exam have at least 6 to 12 months of exposure to cloud technologies.

Cert Update: A new CompTIA Cloud Essentials certification exam is expected to be released in Q4 2019. This new CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ (CL0-002) exam will replace the current CompTIA Cloud Essentials (CLO-001) edition.
Until then, CompTIA Cloud Essentials+ candidates can sit for the current CLO-001 exam, or apply to take the beta edition of the new (CL0-002) exam.

CompTIA Stackable Certifications

CompTIA recognizes that IT pros build their technical proficiencies incrementally, gaining experience as they become established IT professionals.
As they progress in their careers, IT professionals can acquire multiple CompTIA certifications that combine to represent expertise in specific functional areas. CompTIA has formalized this “bundling of certs” as CompTIA Stackable Certifications. They have taken specific job functions and identified the stacks of certifications that are most relevant to each job. The job functions are concentrated in one of two CompTIA certification pathways — Infrastructure and Cybersecurity — depending on the career direction an IT pro wants to take.

The job functions for the CompTIA Stackable Certifications are further categorized by the expected experience level of the job — specialist, professional, or expert:

  • Specialist: Early-career IT professionals with 0–2 years of experience
  • Professional: Mid-level IT professionals with 2–5 years of experience
  • Expert: Established IT professionals with 5+ years of experience

Stackable Infrastructure Specialist Certifications

The CompTIA Infrastructure Career Pathway is for IT professionals who want to work with organizations’ system and network infrastructures — servers, networks, data centers, cloud services, etc. There are five job functions that are represented by sets of CompTIA stackable certifications.

CompTIA IT Operations Specialist (CIOS)

The CompTIA IT Operations Specialist stackable certification is designed for IT operations specialists who regularly create and respond to tickets, maintain systems, and resolve customer issues.

Required exams: To earn the CIOS stackable certification, you must pass both CompTIA A+ and Network+ certifications.

CompTIA Systems Support Specialist (CSSS)

The CompTIA Systems Support Specialist stackable certification is designed for support specialists who support help desk operations and assist customers with issues related to hardware, software, and networks.

Required exams: To earn the CSSS stackable certification, you must earn both CompTIA A+ and Linux+ certifications.

Stackable Infrastructure Professional Certifications

CompTIA Cloud Admin Professional (CCAP)

The CompTIA Cloud Admin Professional stackable certification is designed for IT professionals who regularly work with cloud service implementation and maintenance.

Required exams: To earn the CCAP stackable certification, you must earn both CompTIA Network+ and Cloud+ certifications.

CompTIA Network Infrastructure Professional (CNIP)

The CompTIA Network Infrastructure Professional stackable certification is designed for networking professionals who design and implement infrastructure projects.

Required exams: To earn the CNIP stackable certification, you must pass both CompTIA Network+ and Server+.

CompTIA Linux Network Professional (CLNP)

The CompTIA Linux Network Professional stackable certification is designed for IT professionals that regularly support and monitor systems that operate on Linux.

Required exams: To earn the CLNP stackable certification, you must earn both CompTIA Network+ and Linux+ certifications.

Stackable Security Specialist Certifications

CompTIA Secure Infrastructure Specialist (CSIS)
The CompTIA Secure Infrastructure Specialist stackable certification is designed for security professionals who primarily support hardware and software systems.
Required exams: To earn the CSIS stackable certification, you must earn CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+ certifications.

Stackable Security Professional Certifications

CompTIA Secure Cloud Professional (CSCP)

The CompTIA Secure Cloud Professional stackable certification is designed for security professionals that primarily work with cloud applications and services.

Required exams: To earn the CSCP stackable certification, you must pass CompTIA Security+ and Cloud+ certifications.

CompTIA Security Analytics Professional (CSAP)

The CompTIA Security Analytics Professional stackable certification validates that security professionals can monitor for security events and enact measures to protect their network and systems.

Required exams: To earn the CSAP stackable certification, you must earn the CompTIA Security+ and CySA+ certifications.

CompTIA Network Vulnerability Assessment Professional (CNVP)

The CompTIA Network Vulnerability Assessment Professional stackable certification validates that security professionals can scan applications and systems for vulnerabilities.

Required exams: To earn the CNVP stackable certification, you must earn the CompTIA Security+ and PenTest+ certifications.

CompTIA Network Security Professional (CNSP)

The CompTIA Network Security Professional stackable certification validates that security professionals can monitor networks for threats and vulnerabilities, as well as actively respond to those threats.

Required exams: To earn the CNSP stackable certification, you must pass CompTIA Security+, PenTest+, and CySA+ certifications.

Stackable Security Expert Certifications

CompTIA Security Analytics Expert (CSAE)

The CompTIA Security Analytics Expert stackable certification validates that security professionals can research and find vulnerabilities through data — and then engineer solutions.

Required exams: To earn the CSAE stackable certification, you must earn CompTIA Security+, CySA+, and CASP certifications.

CompTIA Security Infrastructure Expert (CSIE)

The CompTIA Security Infrastructure Expert stackable certification validates that security professionals can lead and manage every element of security infrastructure for large, complex organizations.

Required exams: To earn the CSIE stackable certification, you must earn CompTIA Security+, CySA+, PenTest+, and CASP certifications.

Getting Your CompTIA Stackable Certifications

When you complete the set of CompTIA certifications that represent a particular CompTIA Stackable Certification, you will be automatically granted the relevant stackable certification(s). These will be found in the Stackable Certifications tab on your CompTIA certification account. You’ll be able to download the stackable certification logo for your personal professional use.

Stackable certifications require active continuing education (CE) certifications. Good-for-life certification holders may earn these stackable certifications by re-certifying and validating that their skills are up to date.

How Much Does CompTIA Certification cost?

CompTIA certification exams range in cost between $219 and $349, depending on the exam. For CompTIA A+, you must pass two exams for a total cost of $438. For CompTIA Security+, the single CompTIA certification exam costs $339. The cost for the CompTIA Network+ exam is $319.

How Do I Get a Copy of My CompTIA Certification?

What happens if you need verification of your CompTIA certification(s) for a job application, for your resume, or to submit to a potential client? Through your CompTIA certification account (login here if you have one) CompTIA provides two ways to provide proof of your certs:

  • Download a PDF Certificate: You can download a PDF certificate that contains a URL and verification code that can be used to authenticate your certification.
  • Create a Transcript: You can create a customized certification transcript which will be sent by email to a designated recipient.

CompTIA Recertification and Renewal

CompTIA certifications earned since 2011 are valid for three years from the date of original certification. They must be renewed before their expiration date. CompTIA recertification and renewal comes under the auspices of the CompTIA Continuing Education (CE) program. You must be enrolled in that program to renew a certification.

There are a number of ways to renew a certification. You can simply recertify by paying for, and taking, the most recent version of the relevant CompTIA certification exam(s). Here are some of the other ways to renew a CompTIA certification:

  • Complete a CompTIA CertMaster CE course. CertMaster CE e-learning courses are available for A+, Network+, and Security+. When you complete the course, you’ll automatically earn Continuing Education Units (CEU) for the exam in your CompTIA certification account. CertMaster CE e-learning courses cost between $129 and $199.
  • Earn a higher-level CompTIA certification. If you earn or renew a qualifying higher-level CompTIA certification, your existing CompTIA certifications are renewed.
  • Earn a non-CompTIA IT industry certification. If you earn or renew a qualifying non-CompTIA IT industry certification, you’ll earn Continuing Education Units (CEU) that can apply toward the renewal requirements for your existing CompTIA certification. For example, earning a Cisco CCNA Security cert gives you the 50 CEUs you need for CompTIA Security+ certification renewal.
  • Earn other CEUs. You can earn CEUs to apply to recertification through a number of different avenues. These include taking training and higher education, participating in IT Industry activities, publishing articles or white papers, or even submitting relevant work experience.

Is a CompTIA Certification a Lifetime Certification?

As of January 1, 2011, CompTIA ended lifetime certifications. CompTIA certifications earned since that date are valid for three years only and are then subject to renewal and recertification as described above.
CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ or CompTIA Security+ certifications earned before 2011 are considered good-for-life (GFL) and do not expire. Note that GFL certs are not valid for CompTIA stackable certifications. If you want to bring your certification current, you’ll need to pass the current version of the exam. You’ll then have two certs: your GFL certification and the new CE one.

CompTIA Certification Salary and Career Information

PayScale reports the following average salaries (USD) for employees holding particular CompTIA certifications:

  • CompTIA A+ salary: $59,000
  • CompTIA Server+: $63,000
  • CompTIA Network+: $64,000
  • CompTIA Project+: $67,000
  • CompTIA Linux+: $70,000
  • CompTIA Security+: $73,000
  • CompTIA CTT+: $74,000
  • CompTIA Cloud+: $76,000
  • CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP): $86,000

CompTIA certification will be just one indicator of the value that you bring to the table. Other factors will play a big part in how much a job will pay. For example, although the average salary for CompTIA A+ is $59,000, PayScale reports salaries up to $91,000 for A+ certified professionals in Washington D.C.

Not surprisingly, given CompTIA’s inclusion in the US Department of Defense (DoD) baseline certifications, the US military and Federal Government contractors are popular employers for CompTIA certification holders.

CompTIA Certification Training

CBT Nuggets offers a variety of training that maps to CompTIA certification exams, ranging from A+ to Cloud+. Here is a list of our offerings, from CompTIA entry-level certification courses to expert level:

Our training changes from time-to-time as we support the CompTIA certification roadmap. So be sure to check CBT Nuggets for new and updated training relevant to your personal CompTIA certification goals.

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