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 (CySA+) 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

Sign up to receive a discount on CertMaster or an exam voucher 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 CySA+ 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!

  • Wilfried

    Monday, May 22, 2017

    Hi.. Please I need your advice. Am just new in the certification process, wanna know how to apply, where to apply and howmuch it cost. I have chosen COMPTIA A+ 901 and 902 but ain't got notes (if someone can help me with that I'll be grateful). I also need to know when to write de exam. I am out of the US. Thanks for your attention.

  • Monday, May 22, 2017

    Hi, Wilfried! Congratulations on deciding to get A+ certified! I would recommend checking out some of the training options available on the CompTIA A+ page: https://certification.comptia.org/certifications/a As for when to take the exam, you can go to this page to find a Pearson VUE Authorized Testing Center near you: https://wsr.pearsonvue.com/testtaker/registration/SelectTestCenterProximity/COMPTIA/224052 You can go here to buy your exam voucher and register: https://www.comptiastore.com/?ProductCode=comptiaa&utm_source=CertificationWebsite&utm_campaign=BuyNowButtons&utm_medium=Website&utm_term=APlusButton&mkto=aWRfbWt0bz0xMTItSElMLTQ5MiZ0b2tlbl9ta3RvPV9tY2gtY29tcHRpYS5vcmctMTQ5NDg3OTU0Njk3NC0yODU4OQ Good luck!

  • Antwonne

    Monday, May 29, 2017

    Hi. I'm currently enrolled in a CompTIA A+ program. It's a 6 month program. I've read many reviews about this certification. I know it's a great starting point for people who are new to the IT field but, what are the chances that I can find a job that can support me and my family until I get a higher certification? Also, I'm a big sports person, are there any occupations that can connect the IT field along with my love for sports?

  • Tuesday, May 30, 2017

    Hi, Antwonne! Congratulations on working toward your A+ certification! That's a great start to a career in IT. After earning your A+, you may be qualified for jobs like IT support specialist and IT support admin, which make a median of $50,000-$75,000 per year in the United States. As for sports jobs, IT definitely has a presence! Check out this article that features three IT pros who work in sports: https://certification.comptia.org/it-career-news/post/view/2013/11/19/going-for-gold-a-comptia-guide-to-a-career-in-it-in-sport

  • Michael

    Saturday, July 8, 2017

    Does anyone know when CompTia will release a new version of the CASP? Comptia normally does every 3 years they update. When was the CASP released?

  • Friday, July 14, 2017

    Hi, Michael! The new version of CASP is slated for the first quarter of 2018, but we don't have an exact date yet. Stay tuned!

  • Dave

    Saturday, July 15, 2017

    Hello, I my company wants me to do CompTIA A+ 901 & 902 / CompTIA Network+ N10-006 / CompTIA Security+ SY0-401. I know the A+ 901 & 902 are new exams, but my question to you is this, when will the new Network+ and the Security+ be released? I do not want to spend a lot of money on course material that will be out of date soon or waste time studying for exams that have been replaced with new ones. With my work at my job I estimate 8 to 10 months per course. I know this may sound like a long time, but I work between 50 & 70 hours a week with all the traveling I do for my work. And when I do take an exam I want to succeed the first time. For myself, I would like to further my education with Computer Forensics. Is CompTIA going to offer anything in that direction in the future? Thank you for your help on this issue.

  • Monday, July 17, 2017

    Hi, Dave! Thanks for your question. Preparing for and taking CompTIA exams while working full time is a difficult task, but know that it's not uncommon. A lot of people are in your same boat. Taking your time to make sure you understand the information and can successfully pass the exam is a great approach! You should find, too, that the certifications build off of each other, so it won't all be brand new information. To answer your question, the new Security+ is slated for release at the end of 2017, and the new Network+ in the beginning of 2018. Cybersecurity is a large focus for us right now, and the next exam we are working on is CompTIA Penetration Tester, also slated for a 2018 release. Good luck!

  • richard asamoah

    Tuesday, August 1, 2017

    Hi, i have registered comptia A+ exam, want to know does it come out with study book or i should buy my own study book. if i should buy which book will you recommend for me thank you.

  • Tuesday, August 1, 2017

    Hi, Richard! Thanks for your questions. When you register for your CompTIA exam, you are simply registering to take the exam. In terms of studying and preparation, you have a lot of options, including books, online classes, in-person classes and more. Check out this blog post to find the resources that would work best for you: https://certification.comptia.org/it-career-news/post/view/2016/10/06/7-ways-to-prep-for-a-comptia-exam Good luck!

  • Mike Norman

    Monday, August 7, 2017

    Hi, I have obtained CompTia A+, Network+ and Security+ certifications. I am a technical trainer at the company I work for and have developed a Network+ course that I teach to company employees to help prepare them for the Network+ exam (my course follows the Network+ Cert Guide authored by Keith Barker and Kevin Wallace, and each participant is required to purchase the cert guide). I've delivered this course to 76 individuals to date (27 hours + quizzes), and I'm wondering if I can get CE credits as I continue to teach and help prepare people for the CompTIA Network+ exam? Thanks - looking forward to your response.

  • Monday, August 7, 2017

    Hi, Mike! Thanks for your comment. You CAN earn CEUs for teaching a course! This page outlines the details about what qualifies and how to get credit: https://certification.comptia.org/continuing-education/choose/renewing-with-multiple-activities/it-industry-participation Good luck!

  • Satyanand Kishore

    Tuesday, August 29, 2017

    Hi, I would like to know if the Comptia a+ 902 exams has undergone any changes since this year started or is it still the same? I would also like to know where I can get as much 902 exam questions to practice with as well as exam simulations so I can be fully prepared before taking this exam, I would loke to get as much insight as possible.

  • Tuesday, August 29, 2017

    Hi, Satyanand! CompTIA A+ has not been updated this year, so the study materials for 220-902 are still current. If you go to the CompTIA A+ page, you can download the exam objectives and sample questions (click on Exam Details), and you can also find a variety of training options (click on Preparation) - books, classes, online training and more: https://certification.comptia.org/certifications/a Good luck!

  • Lori

    Tuesday, August 29, 2017

    Hello- I'm very interested in taking the CompTIA a+. I looked at your url links for recommended training books. Many of the books show that they cover the "2015" CompTIA a+. So, is the 2015 the latest version of the exam? I want to make sure I'm purchasing the most recent books that would cover whatever the most recent version of the CompTIA a+ exam is? Thank you.

  • Tuesday, August 29, 2017

    Hi, Lori! Yes, CompTIA A+ was last updated in December 2015. We update our exams every three years, so there should be an update in late 2018, but we have not set a date yet.

  • josh

    Friday, September 1, 2017

    If I study and get the certification for A+ within a year, and the exam is due to change in the fall of 2018, will I need to retake the exam?

  • Wednesday, September 6, 2017

    Hi, Josh! Thanks for your comment. When we release a new version of an exam, we still keep the old one active for up to six months. During that period, candidates can choose to take either version. So, if you are studying for CompTIA A+ 901/902 now, you'll have plenty of time. Once you pass the exam, your certification is good for three years, regardless of which version you took. Good luck!

  • Jan

    Friday, September 8, 2017

    Planning to take the Security+ classes and exam this month. When will the CompTIA Online Testing be available in the US? Where can I get the schedule for the online testing? Thank you.

  • Friday, September 8, 2017

    Hi, Jan! We’re currently performing system upgrades, but we hope to have online testing back up in a few weeks. Security+ was not previously offered as an online exam, so you'll want to check the website to see if online testing is an option for you. Once we have online testing back up and running, we'll post more details on our website: https://certification.comptia.org/testing. Good luck!

  • Larry

    Saturday, September 9, 2017

    I about to take the A+ 901 portion and would like to know if there has been any changes in the past 6 months or so also any tips on passing the 901

  • Veronicca

    Monday, September 11, 2017

    Hi I am planning to to retake the exam N10-006 in two weeks and would like to know if you are planning to change the exam or its it still gonna be the same by the end of september

  • Monday, September 11, 2017

    Hi, Larry! Thanks for your comment. We update our exams on a three-year cycle, and CompTIA A+ was updated in December 2015, so the new version will likely be released in late 2018. As for study tips, go to the CompTIA A+ page and download the exam objectives and sample questions to get an idea of what's included on the exam: https://certification.comptia.org/certifications/a. Going through these will help you focus your studies on the topics that you need to work on the most. On the same page, click on Preparation to find a wide variety of books, training resources and classes related to A+. Good luck!

  • Monday, September 11, 2017

    Hi, Veronicca! N10-006 launched in February 2015, so the next update won't be until early 2018. Good luck!

  • Pushpalata Chandrakar

    Wednesday, September 13, 2017

    Hi, This year I completed my BE in ET&T & as a fresher I want to begin my career with networking. And I want to give comptia network + exam with 1-2 month. Please guide me.

  • Jordan

    Thursday, October 19, 2017

    Hello! I just purchased the Certmaster Bundle Package for the SYO-401 Exam. I'm currently overseas and plan on taking it as soon as I get back stateside....which should be before the end of the year. Will I still be able to choose to take the SYO-401 certification exam? Or do I have to take the SYO-501?

  • Friday, October 20, 2017

    Hi, Jordan! Don't worry - you will still be able to take SY0-401 for six months after the release of the updated version. Good luck!

  • Daniel Luciano

    Saturday, January 6, 2018

    I am currently studying for COMP TIA Network + N10-006 exam. I just finished studying chapter 8 and I am going to go over the review questions. This Chapter introduced and explained subnetting and was the most important chapter in the book as the book described and took me from mid october 2017 to the current date of Jan 5, 2018 and like I said I'm at the point where I finished the chapter but am doing the review questions of chapter 8. There are 20 chapters in the COMP TIA Network + N10-006 Complete Study Guide book. Is that enough time to study before the retirement of the exam. What would you recommend I do, cause I really want to pass the COMP TIA Network + N10-006 exam before the retirement of this exam?

  • Tuesday, January 9, 2018

    Hi, Daniel! Network+ N10-006 will not retire until August 2018, so you still have quite a bit of time to prepare for and take the exam. I would suggest you continue studying and then when the new exam is released in March 2018, watch the CompTIA website and this blog for details about what's changed on the exam. There will be blog posts about the exam as well as new exam objectives and sample questions. Then you can decide if it makes sense for you to take the old version or the new one, and you will still have plenty of time to prepare. Good luck!

  • Mogammad

    Tuesday, January 9, 2018

    Hi. I started studying for the Network + N10-006 exam in December 2017. According to resources on the Internet, i.e www.certblaster.com, Comptia will be releasing their new series, Network + N10-007 in early march 2018. I would like to know when the latest date is that I can take the exam and if there will be a grace period for the n10-006 after the new release? Thank you in advance.

  • Tuesday, January 9, 2018

    Hi, Mogammad! Yes, we are releasing a new version of Network+ in March. The old version will be available through August. Good luck!

  • Aaron RT

    Wednesday, February 7, 2018

    I had been planing on taking the Healthcare IT Technician exam in 2017, but some circumstances did not allow for it. Is there any plan to bring this certification back, or does another organization offer a comparative certification like this? I think it was a great cert to offer, maybe just not advertised as much...which probably contributed to lack of sales. I honestly would hope that it makes a comeback! Healthcare IT is on the rise!

  • Tuesday, February 13, 2018

    Hi, Aaron! Thanks for your comment. We do not have plans to bring back Healthcare IT Technician, but CompTIA A+ covers the technical skills needed to work in health care IT. Good luck!

  • chris james thebeau

    Saturday, March 10, 2018

    Hi, I am now studying for the CompTIA 501 test. It is very stressful. As of now, I have undergone next week 40 hours of lecture, this week flash cards and more lecture. There is so much content in 6 subjects and many sub-subjects under that an outline of min subjects. How come CompTIA gives such a large overview but does not help a person home in on what CompTIA is trying to help us grasp. The reason why I ask is that I am an Ex navy intel person, with a BS, active clearance but will not get accepted to a position till I get this cert. I am never stressed but this CompTIA is stressing me out very hard. I saw the expectations for each subject matter 21% 22% so on and so on. with a test ticket price at 330, and all this time in study with a young family and a career just 90 questions away to support them. This really gives a person a lot of stress. missing 16 questions means no job and out 330 saving up to a retake. Is CompTIA out to fail people or see their success. with 102 pages of notes and more lecture time next week, I hope to pass. Thank you.

  • Thursday, March 15, 2018

    Hi, Chris! I'm sorry to hear you are stressed, but it sounds like you are working hard and well on your way to success. Have you tried CompTIA CertMaster? This is a great online test prep tool that uses machine learning to identify the areas in which you need to focus your studies. You can sign up for a free trial, and if you like it, either purchase the tool or a bundle, which includes CertMaster, your exam voucher and a retake voucher to give you confidence that you will get certified so you can move up in your career. Learn more here: https://certification.comptia.org/training/certmaster Good luck!

  • Abrahamlincoln

    Wednesday, March 28, 2018

    Sy0-401 study material is most concise but elaborate material for the preparation of CompTIA. I successfully passed my IT exam with the help of Sy0-401 questions and answers. I am happy that I have aced my certification by the first attempt.

  • Tre

    Thursday, April 12, 2018

    Hello, I saw that a new version of Comptia A+ will be released early 2019. Is it safe to just wait until the newer version comes out to begin studying material? Or should I just go ahead anyways and study the material that is currently out now?

  • Friday, April 13, 2018

    Hi, Tre! Thanks for your comment. It really is up to you based on how much time you need to prepare and when you'd like to take the exam. Even if you decide to take the new exam, studying for the current version will put you ahead of the game rather than just waiting. Start by downloading the exam objectives and sample questions, and consider practicing with CertMaster in the meantime. Good luck!

  • Wendy

    Thursday, May 3, 2018

    I need to renew my network+ and i was hoping to be able to take the test online while I recover from some.medical issues. I checked the Comptia site and I see that online testing is not available. Are there any plans to bring it back?

  • Tuesday, May 22, 2018

    Hi, Wendy! Thanks for your question. We are in the process of upgrading CompTIA Online Testing, and it's currently unavailable. We don't have a launch date yet, but stay tuned for more info. Wishing you a speedy recovery!

  • Mark Lewis

    Thursday, June 28, 2018

    Hi, I'm wondering about any time frame of when we will be able to take the exam online?

  • Thursday, June 28, 2018

    Hi, Mark! Thanks for your question. We launched a pilot and found some things that we wanted to tweak, so we are currently working to improve online testing. Stay tuned for more details!

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