CompTIA Network+

Exam Code N10-006
Network+ Certification Network+ is an ISO-17024 compliant, vendor-neutral technology certification that verifies the certified individual has the skills and knowledge needed to take on a pivotal role in building, managing, and protecting the critical asset that is the data network.

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Why Network+?

  • 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

Jobs that use Network+

  • Network Administrator
  • Network Technician
  • Network Installer
  • Help Desk Technician
  • IT Cable Installer
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A new version of Network+ (N10-006) was released on February 28, 2015. The N10-005 version of the exam with retire on August 31, 2015 (English version) and December 31, 2015 (all non-English versions). 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.

Companies such as Dell, HP, Ricoh, Sharp and Xerox recommend or require CompTIA Network+ for their networking technicians. It is also 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 CompTIA Network+ce program is included in the scope of this accreditation, and may be kept current through the CompTIA Continuing Education program.

Test Details
Exam Codes
JK0-019 (for CompTIA Academy Partners only)
JK0-023 (for CompTIA Academy Partners only)                                                     
Launch Date 1-Dec-11 28-Feb-15
Number of Questions
Maximum of 100 questions Maximum of 90 questions
Type of Questions
Multiple choice and performance-based
Multiple choice and performance-based 
Length of Test
90 Minutes
90 Minutes 
Passing Score
720 (on a scale of 100-900)
720 (on a scale of 100-900) 
Recommended Experience
  • CompTIA A+ Certification
  • (9) months of networking experience
  • CompTIA A+ Certification
  • (9) months of networking experience
Languages English, Japanese, German, Simplified Chinese, Korean, Spanish, Traditional Chinese
English at launch (2/28/15) Japanese and German - in development
English Version 8/31/2015
All other languages: 12/31/2015
TBD - Usually three years after launch

  • Thanks to our CompTIA Network+ Certification Advisory Committee [+]
    • CompTIA Network+ Certification Advisory Committee
      Name Company
      Craig Cohen HCS Technology Group
      Robert C. Deadman Ivy Tech Community College
      Jay Gagliardo Ricoh Americas Corporation
      John Knight Ivy Tech Community College Northeast
      Justin Opatrny General Mills Inc.
      Peter Hanwith-Horden Masterskill

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