Network+ is a testing program sponsored by the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) that certifies the knowledge of networking technicians who have accumulated 18 to 24 months of experience in the IT industry. This test is administered by Sylvan Prometric and was launched April 30, 1999.
Development of Network+ certification began in 1995, when a group of technology-industry companies came together to create the IT Skills Project. This committee was formed to direct CompTIA in identifying, classifying, and publishing skills standards for networking professionals employed in three types of organizations: information technology companies, channel partners, and business/ government firms. Acting on the committee's recommendations, CompTIA defined these job skills through an industry-wide survey. Results and analyses of this survey were used as a foundation for the Network+ certification program.
Earning the Network+ certification means that the successful candidate possesses the knowledge needed to configure and install the TCP/IP client. This exam covers a wide range of vendor and product-neutral networking technologies.
The Network+ exam objectives are organized into two distinct groups: "Knowledge of Networking Technology" and "Knowledge of Networking Practices." The following table lists objective domains within each of these groups. (This table is included to clarify the test objectives and should not be construed as a comprehensive listing of the content of the exam.)
|I. Knowledge of Networking Technology ||77%|
|II. Knowledge of Networking Practices ||23%|
Note All percentages are approximate and are subject to change.
Anyone who wishes to do so can take the Network+ test; there are no specific requirements or prerequisites, except payment of the fee. However, exam content is targeted to computer technicians with 18 to 24 months of experience in the IT industry. A typical candidate would have CompTIA A+ certification or equivalent knowledge, but A+ certification is not required. The Network+ exam consists of 65 questions that must be answered within a maximum allowable time of 90 minutes.
For more information on Network+ or to register for the exam, call Sylvan Prometric at 1(888) 895-6116. Companies that are members of CompTIA can register for the Network+ test using Internet registration at www.2test.com
To learn more about Network+ certification, see the CompTIA Web site at http:\\www.comptia.org.