Friday, 23 January 2015

CompTIA's Network+ is changing!


By Sarah Morgan


CompTIA’s internationally recognised Network+ certification is getting an update this February.

The IT landscape is always changing. And to make sure the Network+ remains a validation of your networking knowledge, it’s changing too.

The new Network+ (N10-006) is set to launch in February 2015 (estimated). You’ll still be able to take the existing Network+ product (N10-005) until 30 August 2015.

What’s new?

CompTIA’s Network+ N10-005 is being phased out and replaced by Network+ N10-006. The N10-006 will be different in three key areas:


1. Updated terms and technologies

CompTIA will be modernising the Network+, making it more in line with modern IT networking.

As a result of this, the Network+ exam will now also prove you possess a ‘basic understanding of emerging technologies including unified communications, mobile, cloud and virtualisation technologies.’


2. An emphasis on hands-on activities

Take the new Network+ and you’ll experience more hands on activities within the following topics: installing, configuring, implementing, managing and troubleshooting.

An example of this hands-on emphasis can be seen in this example of the updated objectives:

Current: N10-005 - Categorise standard media types and associated properties.

New: N10-006 - Install and properly terminate various cable types using appropriate tools.


3. Three new topics

Given the importance of security in modern networking, especially in light high profile attacks this year, the three new topics in the N10-006 all relate to security:
  • 3.4 Compare and contrast physical security controls
  • 3.7 Summaries basic forensic concepts
  • 5.6 Summarise safety practices

The addition of these new topics has also impacted the five Network+ domains and their weighting in the exam (see below).


The Network+ domains are changing.






Are the prerequisites changing?

If you’re ready for the N10-005, you’re ready for the N10-006 too. That’s because CompTIA’s recommended prerequisites are not changing.

Here’s a reminder of what you’ll be expected to possess:

  • CompTIA A+ certification or equivalent knowledge (CompTIA A+ certification is not required)
  • Minimum of nine months’ work experience in IT networking. 

Find out more about how you can get CompTIA Network+ certified here.

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About the Author:        
Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, training, certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry.