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CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Association) offers a variety of vendor-neutral technology certifications, at both entry and intermediate levels. Many IT professionals begin their IT careers by getting one or more of the CompTIA certifications, including Strata (basic PC installation and maintenance), A+ (computer hardware skills), Network+ (network technology), Security+ (network and computer security), Server+ (server management), and RFID+ (radio frequency identification technology). See the objectives for these exams and all CompTIA exams.

Pearson IT Certification is a CompTIA Platinum Partner and a leader in providing flexible learning options, no matter your preferred learning style. We have print books, eBooks, practice test software, and video tutorials. In addition to study guides, we also offer free resources to help you prepare for and pass the exam, including exam profiles, articles and webcasts. These resources for each exam can be found in our resource centers: A+ Resources, Network+ Resources, and Security+ Resources.

Articles

David L. ProwseCompTIA Security+ SY0-401 Authorized Cert Guide: OS Hardening and Virtualization
This chapter focuses on the hardening of operating systems and the securing of virtual operating systems and will help you prepare for the CompTIA Security+ SY0-401 exam.
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By David L. ProwseAug 5, 2014
Exam Profile: CompTIA's New Security+ SY0-401 Exam
This article describes the new CompTIA Security+ SY0-401 exam, including the objectives, preparation hints, and study resources.
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By Diane BarrettAug 4, 2014
Establishing a Certification Support System (2014 Edition)
In this article, you’ll take a look at how to establish a personal certification support system.
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By Ed Tittel, Mary KyleMay 14, 2014
When Ideal IT Job Candidates Meet Real Job Requirements (2014 Edition)
This article provides you with a good understanding of key IT job roles and the kinds of skills and knowledge that go with them to help ensure the most positive experience for applicants, no matter what kind of IT work you are after.
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By Ed Tittel, Mary KyleMay 14, 2014

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Blogs

Ed TittelMCSA: What Goes Around Comes Back Around

When I learned that MS is altering is MCSA exam requirements for Windows Server 2012 and SQL Server 2012 to include one elective along with two required exams, my first reaction was to ask: "Wasn't that the way the original MCSA worked, too?" I checked: it was. This is a case where it's nice to see Microsoft returning to its certification roots.

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By Ed TittelCommentsSeptember 17, 2014
Topics: Browse by Cert,Server+,Microsoft,Network+,MCSA,Security+,CompTIA
Ed TittelTop States for IT Jobs mid-2014

Quick! You have to guess which 5 US states currently enjoy the highest growth rate for technology worker jobs. What are they? If you guessed California in that bunch, WRONG! A recent article at Dice.com, based on numbers from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows a surprising line-up of southern states, the northeast, a rust belt state, and more.

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By Ed TittelCommentsAugust 20, 2014
Topics: Cisco,Browse by Cert,Microsoft,Other IT Certifications,CompTIA
Jamie ShoupSelect Cisco, CompTIA, ITIL, VMware and SalesForce Video Training 70% off!

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By Jamie ShoupCommentsJuly 24, 2014
Topics: Cisco,Browse by Cert,Other IT Certifications,VCP,Other IT Certifications,CompTIA,ITIL
Ed TittelHow I Evaluate Cert Program to See if They're "For Real"

I've been working in and around IT certification since the late 1980s, during which time I was the proud and interested initial author for Excelan's (later Novell's) "Networking 101" class. For the past 6 years, I've blogged anywhere from 3 to 7 times a week on IT certification topics for sites that have included this one, as well as TechTarget, GoCertify.com, Tom's IT Pro, and others. During the period from 1997 to today (that date coincides with the launch of the Exam Cram series, now a Pearson imprint) I've turned up, investigated, and reported on hundreds of different IT certification programs. This blog post explains briefly how I separate the wheat from the chaff, when it comes to recommending for or against specific IT certs and programs, with pointers to other resources on this topic.

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By Ed TittelCommentsJuly 23, 2014
Topics: Cisco,Browse by Cert,Microsoft,Other IT Certifications,CompTIA

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