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CompTIA Network+ (Plus) is a vendor-neutral certification that validates the necessary networking knowledge and skills to pursue a career in IT infrastructure. According to CompTIA, Network+ is ideal because it “forms the foundation you need before specializing in a vendor solution.” It is also the only certification that addresses wireless and wired networks.

Who Should Earn Their CompTIA Network+ (Plus) Certification?

The CompTIA Network+ is ideal for those currently employed or seeking employment in the following roles:

  • Junior Network Administrator
  • Computer Technician
  • Network Field Technician
  • Help Desk Technician
  • Junior System Engineer
  • System Engineer
  • IS Consultant
  • Network Support Specialist
  • Network Field Engineer
  • Network Analyst

What Organizations Hire Network+ Certified Professionals?

Due to its vendor-neutral stance, the Network+ certification is recognized by a number of private organizations and government agencies that need IT professionals with core skills and the capacity to learn their unique systems. Specifically, the following organizations trust Network+ as identifying critical skills needed for employment in this field:

  • Apple
  • BlueCross BlueShield
  • Canon
  • Dell
  • HP
  • Intel
  • Rioch
  • Verizon

It is also an IAT Level I 8570.01-M approved baseline certification and it returned over 5,000 job postings on LinkedIn at the time this article was published.


What Is CompTIA Network Plus | Network+ Certification

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What Is The Salary For A Network+ Certification?

Payscale reports the average salary for Network+ certified professionals to be $66,311 annually. This is based off of a wide-range of experience levels and job roles such as:

  • Systems Administrator – $63,000
  • IT Manager – $76,000
  • Network Engineer – $71,000
  • Network Administrator – $59,000
  • IT Specialist – $54,000

What Does The CompTIA Network+ (Plus) Certification Exam Cover?

The Network+ certification exam focuses on the following domain areas:

  • Networking Concepts
  • Infrastructure
  • Network Operations
  • Network Security
  • Network Troubleshooting and Tools

The exam is a combination of job role based multiple choice (single and multi response), drag and drops and performance-based questions.

How Does CompTIA Network+ Compare to Cisco CCNA?

As stated earlier, the CompTIA Network+ is the only vendor-neutral certification with wide industry acceptance. This is the standout difference between Network+ and CCNA. Both certifications:

  • Are job role based
  • Include performance based questions
  • Recommend some networking experience

The primary difference is that the knowledge and skills certified by the CompTIA Network+ certification can apply to networking technologies leveraged across all vendors & solutions whereas the CCNA only applies to Cisco products and solutions.

How Do I Maintain My CompTIA Network+ Certification?

The CompTIA Network+ certification needs to be renewed every three years. During this time, certificate holders need to earn and submit a total of 30 continuing education units (CEUs). Below are several activities that can be completed to renew your CompTIA Network+ Certification:

Continuing Education ActivityEstimated CEUs Earned
Earn the CySA+ Certification 30 (Fully Renews Network+)
Earn the PenTest+ Certification30 (Fully Renews Network+)
Earn the CASP+ Certification30 (Fully Renews Network+)
Earn a Non-CompTIA Certification (CEHCISSP, CCNA Routing and SwitchingCCNA Security, a full list can be found here)30 (Fully Renews Network+)
Pass a newer version of the CompTIA Network+ exam (if your current certification is the N10-007, you can take the new exam when that is released)30 (Fully Renews Network+)
Attend a live webinar where at least 50% of the content relates back to the Network+ exam objectives1 CEU for each hour you attend (Can apply a max of 6 CEUs toward Network+)
Attend a conference where at least 50% of the conference session relates back to the Network+ exam objectives1 CEU for each hour you attend (Can apply a max of 6 CEUs toward Network+)
Complete a college or ACE course where at least 50% of the course content relates back to the Network+ exam objectives10 CEUs for each 3-4 credit course (Can apply a max of 30 CEUs toward Network+)
Teach or mentor where at least 50% of the content relates back to the Network+ exam objectives. You can only submit teaching content once.1 CEU for each hour you teach or mentor (Can apply a max of 15 CEUs toward Network+)
Create instructional materials where at least 50% of the content relates back to the Network+ exam objectives.2 CEUs for each hour of materials creation (Can apply a max of 15 CEUs toward Network+)
Participate as a subject matter expert in a corresponding CompTIA Exam Development Workshop1 CEU for each workshop hour (Can apply a max of 30 CEUs toward Network+)
Publish an article or whitepaper where at least 50% of the content relates back to the Network+ exam objectives.4 CEUs for an article or whitepaper of a minimum of 4 pages in length (Can apply a max of 12 CEUs toward Network+)
Publish a blog post where at least 50% of the content relates back to the Network+ exam objectives.1 CEU for each blog post with a minimum of 500 words (Can apply a max of 12 CEUs toward Network+)
Publish a book where at least 50% of the content relates back to the Network+ exam objectives.40 CEUs per book (Can apply a max of 20 CEUs toward Network+)
Work experience where at least 50% of the work you are performing relates back to the Network+ exam objectives.3 CEUs per year of work (Can apply a max of 9 CEUs toward Network+)

What Is CompTIA Network Plus | Network+ Certification

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