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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

The utility of LANs led to the desire to connect two (or more) networks together. This chapter from Networking Essentials: A CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Textbook, 4th Edition introduces the concepts and issues behind interconnecting LANs.

David L. Prowse

Learn about the devices and peripherals we add on to the computer, the ports they connect to, as well as some custom PC configurations you will undoubtedly encounter in the field.

Anthony Sequeira

In this chapter from CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Quick Reference, Anthony Sequeira discusses various WAN technologies, such as fiber, satellite, broadband cable, and WiMAX.

Keith Barker

When you're working toward CompTIA Network+ certification, there is no such thing as being too prepared. Keith Barker, co-author of CompTIA Network+ N10-006 Cert Guide, discusses how to get ready for exam day. Which topics require the most focus? What are the test questions like? This profile provides the details you need, including suggestions on books to read and how to practice for the test.

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Blogs

Ed Tittel

In trying to understand the value proposition for IT certification, employers and IT pros alike are always interested in finding good answers to the question posed in this blog post's title: "Why hire certified IT pros?" Cert sponsors, always seeking to sell more cert exams and expand their certified populations, are no less interested in providing such answers. A recent study from IDC (October 2015) entitled "The Business Value of IT Certification" provides some interesting and useful answers of interest to all parties.

Ed Tittel

When LinkedIn bought online training company Lynda.com in April 2015, a lot of people wondered what was really going on behind the scenes. A recent post from Steve Weiss, Content Manager for Business and Data Science at Linked (formerly at Lynda.com), helps put such speculation to rest: in a self-referential bow toward data mining/Big Data/Data Science, LinkedIn has been mining the heck out of its 400-million-plus user base and watching hiring decisions made under its purview to help the company target hot education topics. What's at the top of the list for 2016?

Ed Tittel

As that inimitable and always sly soothsayer, Yogi Berra, once said: "It's like deja vu, all over again," when it comes to chart-topping IT skills and technical areas for 2016. There are some recurring themes here to be sure, but also some newer technologies that promise to take up residence on the short list of what's hot for next year.

Ed Tittel

Ever since I started writing about certification and related IT career development topics back in the mid-1990s, one perennial question I've been posed has been "Which is better: a college degree or IT certification(s)?" This is something I've written about repeatedly, but it's one of those questions that keeps coming up, particularly for cash-strapped youngsters trying to decide if their lmited funds should go to a degree, or some collection of specific IT certifications. For this blog post, I'll give a nod to an interesting and informative article over at GoCertify, and then revisit the issue yet one more time because of its enduring relevance to current and aspiring IT pros of all ages.

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