Continuing Education Program

CompTIA announces change to Continuing Education Program

CompTIA has made a significant change to its Continuing Education program. We have eliminated the cap placed on how many CEUs may be entered for the Training Activity.

This means if you were de-certified because you did not meet the CEU requirements and have uploaded the revised maximum number of allowed Training CEUs your certification has now been reinstated. This change also applies to those certified professionals actively working on the renewal of their certification. 

Continuing Education Deadlines Approaching

For certified professionals who were certified or manually enrolled in CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+ or CASP in 2011, you need to meet the requirements of the Continuing Education Program this year in order to remain certified. These certifications are valid for three years after the date you became certified. Find out what you can do to stay certified.

Continuing Education Program Information

As technology continues to evolve, it is important for IT professionals to show employers that their skills, knowledge and credentials are current with industry developments. You can do this through the CompTIA Continuing Education Program.

The following certifications are valid for three years from the date of certification. If you do not renew your certification within three years, you will no longer be certified and must retake the exam to reactivate your certification.

Certification CEUs required for renewal
CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner 75
CompTIA Cloud+ 50
CompTIA Storage+ 50
CompTIA Security+ 50
CompTIA Mobility+ 30
CompTIA Network+ 30
CompTIA A+ 20

Renewing Your Certification

You can renew your certification by earning continuing education units (CEUs). There are several ways to earn CEUs:

  • Achieve a higher-level certification
  • Complete activities to show new learning, such as attending training courses, participating in industry events, and applying relevant work experience or college courses.
  • Take a newer version of the certification exam

Program Requirements

Successful completion of the CE Program requires that all the following terms are met on or before the CE Program expiration date.

  • Sign the Continuing Education Program Code of Ethics Policy annually
  • Pay the three-year CE maintenance fees associated with the highest-level certification you intend to renew.
  • Upload all Continuing Education Unit requirements associated with the highest-level certification you intend to renew.

These requirements can be completed through your certification account.

Audits of CE program involvement occur on a random basis. CompTIA is unable to guarantee your record will be audited.

"Good for Life" Continuing Education Candidates
Important Notice “Good For Life” Candidates Enrolled in the Continuing Education (CE) Program

“Good for Life” (GFL) candidates have three years from the date they enroll in the CE program to; accept the Code of Ethics, complete the appropriate level of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and pay in full the 3 year CE maintenance fees. Once the requirements are met candidates earn their ‘ce’ designation. At this time they begin a new cycle that expires 3 years from that date.

It is important "Good for Life" candidates know that by completing the CE requirements 'early’ (before the end of the 3 year Enrollment period) that the cycle does not extend 3 years from the original expiration date. The cycle extends 3 years from the date the 'ce' designation is earned.

Example: If a “Good for Life” candidate enrolled on 2/1/12, their CE enrollment period expiration date will be 2/1/15.

If the candidate completes the final CE requirement on 8/25/13 prior to their expiration date, their new CE cycle dates would be 8/25/13 - 8/25/16.

Participation in the CE program does not affect a candidate’s “certified for life” status, the good for life certification will always remain in effect, regardless of CE program participation.

Renewing Multiple Certifications

Some higher-level CompTIA certifications will automatically renew lower-level certifications (shown in their respective order, highest-level to lowest-level, below.) CompTIA Mobility+ and CompTIA Cloud+ do not automatically renew other certifications.

  • CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner
  • CompTIA Storage+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA A+
If you plan on taking a higher-level CompTIA certification to fulfill your renewal requirements, no CE maintenance fees are required.
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