Network+ Certification

About the Network+
Network+ is a vendor-neutral certification that proves an IT professional’s expertise in managing, maintaining, troubleshooting, installing and configuring basic computer networks.

Beyond its standalone value, CompTIA Network+ certification is the gateway to a range of in-demand IT credentials. Microsoft included Network+ certification in their Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) certification program, and other certifying bodies such as Novell, Cisco and HP recognize CompTIA’s Network+ certificate as a requirement in their career certification tracks.

Becoming Network+ certified is a distinctive step toward a career in networking or telecommunications.

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 virtualized networks

Network+ Careers
Network+ certification helps prepare you for a variety of IT job roles including:

  • Network Support Technician
  • Systems Administrator
  • Network Administrator
  • Network Engineer
  • Network Designer

Network+ Salary
Average salary for Network+ certified professionals and related CompTIA certification holders:

CompTIA A+: $59,000
CompTIA Server+: $63,000
CompTIA Network+: $63,000
CompTIA Project+: $67,000
CompTIA Linux+: $70,000
CompTIA Security+: $72,000
CompTIA CTT+: $74,000
CompTIA Cloud+: $74,000
CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP): $84,000

Network+ Prerequisites

  • Required: There are no required prerequisites for Network+ certification.
  • Recommended: A+ certification and/or 9 months of networking experience or equivalent education

Skills Measured by Network+ Certification
Here are some of the key skills covered in the CompTIA Network+ certification exam. Network+ certified professionals can:

  • Manage and troubleshoot a basic network infrastructure.
  • Install, operate and configure wired and wireless networks.
  • Identify and explain common networking protocols and ports.
  • Identify and troubleshoot performance and connectivity issues.
  • Install, configure and differentiate between common network devices.
  • Describe networking technologies and basic network design principles.
  • Adhere to wiring standards and use the latest network testing tools.
  • Operate using the best practices in cloud computing and virtualization.
  • Understand key cybersecurity concepts and work closely with information-security specialists.

Network+ Certification Exam
Network+ Certification (Exam # N10-007)

  • Exam Type: Multiple choices (which may have more than one correct answer), Drag & Drops, and Performance-based questions
  • Exam Duration: 90 minutes
  • Exam Length: Maximum of 90 questions
  • Network+ Exam Cost: $319 USD
  • Passing score: 720 out of 900