Which Certification is Right for You?

CompTIA has different exams for different skill levels and areas of expertise.

By Skill Level


Foundational: For students or workers new to IT

Entry-Level: For those starting an IT career

  • CompTIA A+: Preventative maintenance, basic networking, installation, troubleshooting and communication skills

Professional: For established IT workers

  • CompTIA Network+: Managing, maintaining, troubleshooting, operating and configuring basic network infrastructure
  • CompTIA Security+: System security, network infrastructure, cryptography, assessments and audits
  • CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI: Linux installation, system architecture, GNU and UNIX commands, and user interfaces and desktops
  • CompTIA Server+: Building, maintaining and troubleshooting server hardware and software
  • CompTIA CTT+: Classroom preparation, communication, facilitation and evaluation
  • CompTIA Project+: Project management process, including initiation, planning, execution and support
  • CompTIA Green IT: Identifying green prospects, providing appropriate solutions and customer care

Areas of Expertise


Hardware: How to set up, test, and troubleshoot office equipment.

Systems: How to integrate computers and secure communications in a business environment.

Methodology: How traditional business roles benefit from technical knowledge

At the end of the day, it all boils down to certification being an internationally recognized credential. If you can put that on your resume, you'll have a competitive advantage over another individual who doesn't have it.
Mark Milton
Director of People Services/Career Academy, Goodwill Industries

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