A Security Pro’s Guide to CompTIA Certifications

The IT industry needs knowledgeable people to ride the wave of digital transformation across industry, especially people with Cloud computing, server virtualization and cybersecurity skills. One of the great things about CompTIA certifications is they are designed to progress your career by helping you gain knowledge in all of those areas. As you tread the path of CompTIA certifications, from basic through expert and advanced, you become an increasingly attractive asset in the industry. Having CompTIA certifications shows you “know your stuff” and demonstrates your in-depth knowledge and practical skills in specific areas of focus.

How to Select the Best CompTIA Certification for Your Career Stage & Goals

CompTIA certifications are progressive, beginning at entry level and moving up to advanced level and additional professional. There are four series within this, each with individual certifications tailored to that level. The series comprises:

  • Core
  • Infrastructure
  • Cybersecurity
  • Additional professional

Core: Entry-Level CompTIA Certifications

The following are known as core CompTIA courses. They give you a basic understanding of IT, networking and security. These are ideal for beginners in the industry, or for those who need to refresh their skills and knowledge. The four core CompTIA courses are:

  1. IT Fundamentals (FC0-U61) — Currently in Beta, Full Exam Q3, 2018

Who is this certification for? This is a basic-level IT certificate for those thinking about beginning a career in IT or augmenting a new IT career. This is a good introductory course, allowing you to get a feel for what an IT career entails.

How will this certification help me in the real world? Although this course is meant for absolute beginners, it will give you the knowledge to know your way around common operating systems. It also teaches you some cybersecurity best practices when using the Internet.

  1. A+ (220-901 and 220-902)

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