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New CompTIA Network+ Certification goes live

20 May 2005 - The revised version of the Computing Technology Industry Association's (CompTIA's) Network+ exam (N10-003) is now live and available at VUE and Prometric testing centers worldwide (http://www.jidaw.com/testing.html).

The N10-003 exam is the second update of CompTIA hugely popular vendor neutral networking certification. According to CompTIA, "CompTIA Network+ exam tests for technical ability and skill in the networking environment in use today and planned for tomorrow. For example, the updated exam covers fast-growing technologies such as wireless networking and gigabit Ethernet".

"The new exam reflects today's reality that network administrators are coping with rapidly changing technologies in networks, handheld devices and application development," said Neill Hopkins, vice president, skills development, CompTIA. "The explosion of wireless within the enterprise has allowed organizations to become more creative with mobile computing. We've also seen a surge in demand for 10-gigabit networking from corporations, research labs and governments."


The new exam is the end-product of a far-reaching revision process that included analysis of network administrator job tasks; as well as the input of subject matter experts knowledgeable in the most prevalent networking technologies, applications and best practices in use today. The skills and knowledge measured by this examination were derived from an industry-wide job task analysis and validated through a survey of more than 2,500 networking professionals.


The new exam tests for foundational knowledge in important areas such as media, network topology, protocols, services, and features and functions of various networking components.


More than 150,000 IT professionals around the world are CompTIA Network+ certified. CompTIA Network+ certification is incorporated into the certifications tracks of many leading hardware and software vendors. It also is the certification most often recommended by community colleges and training organizations for individuals interested in a career in information technology (IT).

CompTIA Network+ is among the certifications most frequently recommended by community colleges and training organizations to those pursuing a career in IT. More than 150,000 people across the globe hold this certificate. CompTIA Network+ is also incorporated into certification tracks by leading hardware and software suppliers. Microsoft, for example, includes CompTIA Network+ as an elective in its MCSA certification track.

The new CompTIA Network+ exam has 85 questions, which must be completed in 90 minutes. Candidates must achieve a score of at least 554, graded on a scale of 100 - 900 to earn the certificate.

The outgoing CompTIA Network+ exam (N10-002), which is based on objectives published in 2001, will remain live until June 30, 2005, giving those who studied to those objectives a reasonable time to take the exam. After that date, only the new exam (N10-003) will be available.

Get more information about CompTIA Network+ here:



CompTIA urges candidates to carefully review the certification objectives prior to taking the exam and to use the objectives as an effective content study guide. Linux+ objectives and exam related information, including links to Pearson VUE and Thomson Prometric are posted on the CompTIA website.

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