10 Things to Watch for from CompTIA in 2017

by Debra B. McCraw | Jan 11, 2017

A sign on a desk that says '2017 Plan'Just as you’ve made your New Year’s resolutions and set goals for 2017, so has CompTIA. We have some great things planned in the coming year, so get excited. Here’s a snapshot of what you can look forward to seeing from us over the next 12 months.

1. New Certification

You’ve probably heard by now that CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA+) certification launches on February 15. This exam completes the cybersecurity career pathway by bridging the gap between CompTIA Security+ and CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP). Earning these three certifications will give you the skills equivalent to 10 years of work experience in cybersecurity.

2. Updated Certification

We constantly review the material covered by our exams with help from CompTIA Subject Matter Experts, who share their industry expertise to make sure our certifications apply to real-world IT jobs. We’ve completed that process for CompTIA Project+ and will be releasing a new exam in March.

3. Retiring Certifications

This year, we’ll be saying farewell to CompTIA Healthcare IT Tech in February and CompTIA Mobility+ in December. Much of the content covered by CompTIA Mobility+ is also covered by CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+. Retired certifications automatically receive good-for-life status.

4. Subject Matter Expert (SME) Workshops

CompTIA is always looking for new, qualified SMEs to help with exam development. We have upcoming workshops for our CompTIA Network+, Security+, A+, CASP, Cloud+ and CSA+ exams. If you hold one of these certifications, consider applying to be a SME and attending one of our upcoming workshops. If you’re selected, in exchange for your participation, you’ll receive a $400-a-day stipend ($500 for international), complimentary CompTIA exam voucher, Continuing Education Units (CEUs) and recognition on our website, not to mention delicious meals and snacks while you’re here.

5. CompTIA Online Testing

Starting this year, IT pros in the United States will be able to take some CompTIA certification exams online instead of at a testing facility. We’ve teamed up with ProctorU to replicate the in-person experience as much as possible while offering the convenience of testing from anywhere with an internet connection. Stay tuned for more details!

6. IT Industry Outlook 2017

In late January, CompTIA will release its annual IT Industry Outlook, which offers insights on emerging, continuous and unexpected trends that will shape the tech landscape in the year ahead. Take a peek at the 2017 Industry Outlook Preview to get a jump on trends to come.

7. IT Pro Association

This spring, CompTIA will offer a new membership opportunity, CompTIA AITP, to help IT professionals achieve success throughout their career. Benefits include career services, continuing education, training and skills development, networking and more. Learn more here and sign up to get an exclusive early-bird discount.

8. CompTIA Advocacy

CompTIA Advocacy’s 2017 U.S. federal policy priorities focus on spurring innovation and the economy, enhancing cybersecurity, supporting the 21st Century workforce and increasing access to broadband communication. In February, CompTIA members will convene in Washington, D.C., for the D.C. Fly-In, where they’ll learn about key issues during the Tech Policy Summit and connect with their state’s representatives. Learn more about CompTIA advocacy and our state and international priorities here.

9. CompTIA Events

Throughout the year, we host a number of events to help you connect with other IT pros and stay on top of industry trends. Some of our biggest events include our Annual Member Meeting in Chicago this March; ChannelCon, immediately followed by our Partner Summit, in Austin this summer; and EMEACon this fall. We hope to see you there!

10. CompTIA at Industry Events

We’re excited to be heading back to Austin two more times for key IT industry events. We’ll be at SpiceWorld in October, and we’re very excited about our upcoming panel – Apprenticeships and Solving the IT Skills Gap – at the 2017 SXSW Conference. If you’re there, too, be sure to say hello!


  • bangaly koita

    Sunday, January 15, 2017

    Hello, I would like to take the exam Network + N1-006 in March 2017 , i wanna know if the questions of the exam N1-006 will not change still March. Thanks you.

  • Tuesday, January 17, 2017

    Hi Bangaly! Thanks for your comment. We do not have plans to update the CompTIA Network+ exam this year, so it will not change before March. Good luck!

  • Agbabiaka Sulaimon

    Wednesday, January 18, 2017

    Hi, I just want to start my professional training on Comptia and also obtain certification. I want to know which package is best to start with as a beginner. Regards

  • Wednesday, January 18, 2017

    Hi Agbabiaka! Thanks for your question. Check out this page to learn more about the certifications we offer, recommended experience and related job roles. If you need more help deciding, there's also a quiz. For someone with little previous IT experience and knowledge, CompTIA IT Fundamentals and CompTIA A+ are both great options. Good luck! https://certification.comptia.org/certifications/which-certification

  • Devon Powell

    Thursday, January 19, 2017

    Hi I'm curious to know if there is a tentative date for the online certification testing, which certifications will be included and if there would be a change in pricing for the certifications that are included.

  • Thursday, January 19, 2017

    Hi Devon! We will be rolling out online testing in early 2017, so very soon! The price will be the same for online and on-site testing, but you’ll need to decide which way you want to take the exam before purchasing your voucher. As for which exams, Project+ will be first, but we’ll add more over time. Hope this helps!

  • Mike

    Thursday, January 19, 2017

    Hi, I am curious to know if you will be adding a new course for Healthcare IT Technician since the current one is being sunsetted by the end of Feb 2017. I have just discovered your site and listing of exams and this would have been a nice addition to my resume and skill sets. Will there be an alternative to this course after Feb 2017? Thanks

  • Thursday, January 19, 2017

    Hi Mike! Thanks for your question. At this time, we do not have plans to replace the retiring Healthcare IT Technician certification. That said, you may still buy and take the exam until it retires at the end of February, and your certification would be considered good for life. You can read more here: https://certification.comptia.org/certifications/healthcare-it-technician

  • Ty

    Thursday, January 19, 2017

    When will the SY0-401 Security+ exam be retiring? It's my understanding the exams typically retire 3yrs after their inception. If this trend is followed, the current Security+ exam (SY0-401) would retire in May, which means it may be best to take SY0-501.

  • Friday, January 20, 2017

    Hi Ty! Thanks for your question. We use the term "retirement" for an exam that we will not be updating, such as Mobility+ and Healthcare IT Technician. Because of the high demand for cybersecurity professionals, we have no plans to retire Security+ anytime soon. In fact, we are expanding our security offerings with the addition of CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst next month. We do, however, update our exams on a regular basis to make sure the content reflects what's happening in the industry. As for the Security+ update, we do not have a release date yet, but rest assured that whenever you decide to take the exam, it will be good for three years. Completing continuing education activities during that three-year period can help you stay abreast of current events related to security. You can even choose to take the latest version of the exam as a way to renew your certification. Read more about continuing education here: https://certification.comptia.org/continuing-education/how-to-renew Good luck!

  • Ian Lash

    Friday, January 20, 2017

    Hello, My school is a comptia partner. Can you list the partner prices for exams for 2017?

  • Friday, January 20, 2017

    Hi Ian! Thanks for your question. Your school has pricing information for the exams it offers. I would recommend asking your teacher/professor. Good luck!

  • Shakeane

    Sunday, January 22, 2017

    Hi, I'm in Jamaica and i can't find a Comptia partner that offers the exams, can the Network + or A + be taken online and is there a date for the exam?

  • Monday, January 23, 2017

    Hi Shakeane! Thanks for your question. Because both A+ and Network+ include performance-based questions, it's a bit more difficult to translate those exams to online, so we don't have a schedule yet for when those will be available online. You can read more about that here: https://certification.comptia.org/testing/about-testing/performance-based-questions-explained Good luck!

  • Tammy

    Thursday, January 26, 2017

    Hi! My name is Tammy from Toronto. I am currently studying the ComPTIA A+ 901&902. I read that this is going to be good for life? I wonder what does that mean? Would ComPTIA A+ Certification is still valid? I am planning the exam this April the 901 followed by the 902. Do you think this is still worth it? Am I still be able to land a job?

  • Thursday, January 26, 2017

    Hi, Tammy! Thanks for your question. Good for Life status only applies to certifications earned prior to 2011 or certifications that have been retired. CompTIA A+ certification is a solid foundation for your IT career and valued by many employers, so rest assured that your certification is worthwhile. And 901 and 902 are the most current versions, so you are on the right track. After you receive your certification, it's good for three years, and you can renew by completing Continuing Education activities. Read more about that in the Continuing Education section of our website: https://certification.comptia.org/continuing-education/how-to-renew Good luck on your exam!

  • Jacquez

    Monday, April 3, 2017

    How offen is the comptia Linux + updated is it every 3 month like the other comptia Exams a+, network+ security+. Also what is the difference between Linux + and LPIC

  • Monday, April 3, 2017

    Hi Jacquez! Thanks for your comment. CompTIA offers Linux+ in partnership with LPI, the publishers of LPIC-1. LPI manages the updates to the exams, which happen about once every five years, so Linux+ is not on the same three-year refresh cycle as other CompTIA certifications. Those who earn Linux+ may also be eligible for LPIC-1, but if you want both, you should start with Linux+. You can read more here: https://certification.comptia.org/certifications/linux. Good luck!

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