CompTIA Certification Program Description

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Overview

This program will help you expand on the foundation you’ve built as an HIT professional.

Program Timeline

With full-time study, you’ll be certification-ready in just 4 months. But in case you need a less-intense timeline, we give you 12 months to finish the program.

Just 4 months of full-time study

Study Format

CareerStep programs are made to accommodate hectic schedules. This program lets you train whenever and wherever works best for you—at home, at lunch, at midnight, you name it. Study at your own pace, and hit us up anytime you need help.

Learn from home (or anywhere)

Study online (anytime)

Support

Need help getting through your training? We’re available! Our Learner and technical support teams are ready to provide advice and answer questions—just give us a ring or drop us a line.

One-on-one support

Phone, live chat, and email

CompTIA Certification Program Modules

Our 427-hour certification program is divided into 52 modules, which cover a gobsmacking amount of content: cryptography, risk management, social engineering, environmental controls, wireless attacks, router security, and so much more.

Computer Technician Program Orientation

  • Get an overview of the course and set expectations.
  • Get an overview and discuss hardware basics, windows basics, linux basics, and macOS basics.

PC Technician Responsibilities

  • Review PC tools and maintenance.

System Components

  • Investigate cases and form factors, motherboards and buses, motherboard troubleshooting, and expansion cards.

Peripheral Devices

  • Explore peripheral devices, display devices, and device driver management.

Storage

  • Discuss storage devices, file systems, and disk optimization.

Networking

  • Examine network hardware, media, and troubleshooting.

Wireless Networking

  • Discuss and define 802.11 wireless, SOHO configuration, and the Internet of Things.

Printing

  • Get an overview of printer configuration, management, maintenance, and troubleshooting.

Mobile Devices

  • Discuss laptop components, power management, and troubleshooting.
  • Discuss mobile device networking, security, and troubleshooting.

System Implementation

  • Review component selection and windows installation.

File Management

  • Manage files on windows and shared folders.

System Management

  • Explore windows system tools, preferences and settings, application management, updates, and more.

Security

  • Review security best practices, malware protection, file encryption, firewalls, proxy servers, and more.

Capstone Exercises

  • Build a computer from scratch.
  • Troubleshoot a malfunctioning computer.
  • Troubleshoot system startup.
  • Create a home office network.
  • Configure the windows operating system.
  • Troubleshoot a mobile device.
  • Configure linux.

PC Pro Certification Practice Exams

  • Prepare for certification.
  • PC Pro domain practice
  • PC Pro certification practice exam

Comptia A+ 220-1001 Core 1 Practice Exams

  • Prepare for certification.
  • A+ 220-1001 Core 1 domain practice (20 random questions)
  • A+ 220-1001 Core 1 domain practice (all questions)
  • A+ 220-1001 Core 1 certification practice exam

Comptia A+ 220-1002 Core 2 Practice Exams

  • Prepare for certification.
  • A+ 220-1002 Core 2 domain practice (20 random questions)
  • A+ 220-1002 Core 2 domain practice (all questions)
  • A+ 220-1002 Core 2 certification practice exam

PC Pro Certification—Optional, Single Attempt Only

  • Prepare for certification.

Network+ Introduction

  • Get a Network+ introduction.
  • Use the simulator.

Networking Basics

  • Discuss network topologies, the osi model, network protocols, and numbering systems.

Cables and Connectors

  • Differentiate twisted pair, coaxial, and fiber-optic cables.
  • Review wiring implementation and troubleshooting.

Networking Devices

  • Review network adapters, network devices, and internetwork devices.

Ethernet

  • Discuss ethernet specifications.
  • Connect network devices.
  • Troubleshoot physical connectivity.

IP Configuration

  • Troubleshoot IP configuration issues.
  • Troubleshoot IP communications.
  • Troubleshoot name resolution.

Switch Management

  • Discuss switch access, switch IP configuration, switch interface configuration, virtual LANs, trunking, spanning tree protocol, and switch troubleshooting.

Routing

  • Review routing basics, routing protocols, network address translation, and routing troubleshooting.

Firewalls

  • Learn about firewall design and implementation.

Network Customization

  • Learn about network-based storage, voice over IP (VOIP), virtual networking, and cloud computing.

Wireless Networking

  • Discuss wireless concepts, standards, configuration, network design, and security.

Wide Area Networks (WANs)

  • Review WAN concepts, connections, and troubleshooting.
  • Discuss network policies and procedures, and risk management.

Network Security

  • Troubleshoot network security issues.

Network Hardening

  • Learn about detection and prevention, penetration testing, and network hardening.

Network Management

  • Examine update management, data protection, remote management, mobile device management, data center management, log file management, network management with snmp, and optimization.
  • Review troubleshooting methodology.

Network Optimization

  • Examine update management, data protection, remote management, mobile device management, data center management, log file management, network management with snmp, and optimization.
  • Review troubleshooting methodology.

Network+ Certification Practice Exams

  • Prepare for Network+ certification.
  • Network+ domain practice (20 random questions)
  • Network+ question review (950 questions)

Network Pro Certification—Optional, Single Attempt Only

  • Prepare for Network Pro certification.
  • Network Pro question review (62 lab simulations)
  • Network Pro certification practice exam

Security+ Introduction

  • Get an overview of the course and set expectations.
  • Get a security overview.
  • Use the simulator.

Security Basics

  • Understand attacks and defense planning.
  • Review cryptography basics, network monitoring, and incident response.

Policies, Procedures, and Awareness

  • Discuss security policies, risk management, business continuity, social engineering, app development, app deployment, and third-party integration.

Physical

  • Discuss physical threats.
  • Understand device protection.
  • Review network infrastructure protection and environmental controls.

Perimeter

  • Learn about firewalls, network address translation (nat), virtual private networks (vpn), web threat protection, network access protection, and wireless attacks.

Network

  • Review network threats, network device vulnerabilities, network applications, switch attacks, and switch security.
  • Use VLANs.
  • Understand router security.
  • Discuss intrusion detection and prevention, protocol analyzers, remote access, network authentication, penetration testing, virtual networking, software-defined networking (SDN), and cloud services.

Host

  • Learn about malware, password attacks, windows system hardening, hardening enforcement, BYOD security, and more.

Application

  • Comprehend access control models, authentication, authorization, web application attacks, internet browsers, application development, and more.

Data

  • Discuss data management, advanced cryptography, symmetric encryption, asymmetric encryption, file encryption, public key infrastructure (PKI), data loss prevention (DLP), and cloud storage.

Security Pro Practice

  • Prepare for certification.

Security+ Security Practice Certification Exams

  • Prepare for certification.

Security Pro Certification—Optional, Single Attempt Only

  • Prepare for certification.

Certifications

This program will set you up to take the CompTIA: A+ 220-1001 (Core 1), A+ 220-1002 (Core 2), Network+ N10-007, and the Security+ SYO-501 certification exams.

CompTIA: A+ 220-1001 (Core 1)

CompTIA: A+ 220-1002 (Core 2)

CompTIA: Network+

CompTIA: Security+