The exam covers network technologies, installation and configuration, media and topologies, management, and security. Candidate job roles include network administrator, network technician, network installer, help desk technician and IT cable installer.
Companies such as Dell, HP, Ricoh, Sharp and Xerox recommend or require CompTIA Network+ for their networking technicians. It is a technical prerequisite option for IT technicians seeking to join the Apple Consultants Network, and is recognized by the U.S. Department of Defense.
The current version of CompTIA Network+, exam code N10-006, is released February 28, 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.
- Recommended as a first professional-level networking certification
- Held by nearly half a million people worldwide
- 12% job growth expected for Network & Computer Systems Administrators (2012 – 2022, according to the BLS
- The leading vendor-neutral, globally-recognized networking certification
- ISO 17025 compliant
- Fulfills US DoD Directive 8570.01-M
CompTIA is an ANSI accredited Certifier – 0731. The CompTIA Network+ program is included in the scope of this accreditation.