CompTIA released its updated CompTIA Network+ exam (English only, initially) on Dec. 1. The revised Network+ objectives address virtual networking and give increased attention to network security and coverage of the seven-layer OSI (Open System Interconnection) model. Click here to download a breakdown of exactly what is covered on the new exam.
CompTIA updates the Network+ certification every three years to maintain its ISO/ANSI accreditation. The revisions to Network+ track with the changes CompTIA sees occurring in the market. For example:
CompTIA research on US Small and Medium Businesses (SMBs) found that network efficiency and robustness were among the top items SMBs plan to address immediately, paving the way for other strategies such as cloud computing or unified communications.
Forty-eight percent of server technicians surveyed by CompTIA say that deeper networking knowledge is required when supporting servers in a cloud environment.
Among server technicians and managers of server technicians, 28% say that virtualization is a current focus, but 60% say that it is becoming a larger focus.
CompTIA Network+ is ideal for IT workers seeking to validate vendor-neutral knowledge and skills required to implement and troubleshoot a defined network architecture with basic network security.
CompTIA Network+ is a mandated credential for some job functions under the Department of Defense Directive 8570, and is required or recommended by many IT-centric employers including Cisco, CDW, Best Buy Geek Squad and EDS.
Although there is no prerequisite for the Network+ exam, CompTIA recommends that candidates have at least nine to 12 months work experience with IT networks, plus CompTIA A+ certification (or equivalent knowledge).
New CompTIA Network+ courseware (for instructor-led training and self-study) is available from Pearson on the CompTIA Marketplace. Other CompTIA strategic partners Axzo Press, ElementK , gtslearning, McGraw Hill, Wiley/Sybex and UCertify are in the final stages of publishing their updated Network+ courseware and expect to have it in market soon.