Professional Level Certifications
A+ certification is a vendor-neutral certification that covers a variety of technologies and operating systems and signifies entry-level skill as a computer technician. A+ certification had been acquired by over one million persons around the world by 2014. In 3 years, it will expire. Prior to January 1, 2011, certification was considered good-for-life (GFL) and does not expire.
Cloud computing and virtualization were both included in the October 2013 edition. It’s ANSI-accredited and conforms to DOD 8570 standards. In 3 years, it will expire.
Cybersecurity Analyst; released in February 2017. The certification focuses on tools and analysis for detecting cyber-threats and identifying vulnerabilities and hazards. ANSI granted CSA+ accreditation. Due to trademark issues, the certification was renamed from CSA+ to CySA+ in January 2018. In 3 years, it will expire.
The certification, known as XK0-004, is a single test that is renewable through the CE program and covers Linux operating systems from installation to use, as well as the fundamentals of applicable free software and open source licensing. Previously, a two-part test, LX0-103 and LX0-104, was offered in collaboration with Linux Professional Institute.
In 2008, earned accreditation by ANSI. The entry-level certification is used to evaluate a network technician’s abilities. In 3 years, it will expire. Prior to January 1, 2011, certification was considered good-for-life (GFL) and will not expire.
Penetration testing is the emphasis of this intermediate-level certification. The CompTIA PenTest+, which was released on July 31, 2018, covers risk analysis, threat detection, penetration testing, and ethical hacking tools and methodologies. PenTest+ is accredited by ANSI and ISO 17024, and it currently follows the DOD 8570 standard. In 3 years, it will expire.
The Project+ project management certification program was bought by CompTIA from the Gartner Group in 2001. In 2003, the program, which was formerly known as “IT Project+,” was updated.
In 2008, it was also granted ANSI accreditation. Security+ is an entry-level vendor-neutral security certification that builds on the Network+ certification’s network security understanding. In 3 years, it will expire. Prior to January 1, 2011, certification was considered good-for-life (GFL) and will not expire.
Focuses on hardware and operating systems for servers, IT environments, disaster recovery, and business continuity. It was first released in 2001, with revisions in 2005, 2009, and 2015, with a 2021 update planned.