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The CompTIA Network+ certification is for networking professionals, and covers managing, maintaining, troubleshooting, operating, and configuring basic network infrastructure. One exam is necessary to be certified: CompTIA Network+ (N10-005). CompTIA does not have an experience requirement for this certification, but they do recommend that a candidate have around 9 months of experience in the field.

Most IT professionals who intend to make their career in networking will eventually sit for several networking certifications. In most cases, multiple certifications are necessary because they deal with vendor-specific applications. The Network+ exam is an excellent first certification. This certification tests an overall understanding of how networks work, including network technologies, media and topologies, devices, tools, management, and security. The latest version of this exam (N10-005) was released December 1, 2011 with revised objectives to address virtual networking, and increased attention to network security and coverage of the seven-layer OSI model.

This exam was last revised in early 2009, and should remain in its present form until some time in late 2011. If you take this exam before December 31, 2010, you will be certified for life. If you take the exam after January 1, 2011, you will need to recertify every three years.

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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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Ed Tittel

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Ed Tittel

Earlier this week, it was my pleasure and privilege to moderate a webcast for Pearson IT Certification (PITC) and InformIT from the inimitable Zed Shaw, programmer extraordinaire and the inventor of the terrific "The Hard Way" series of programming books. In preparing for this and upcoming PITC webcasts -- I'll be your relentlessly cheerful moderator for the foreseeable future for such delights -- I found myself poking around the current library of such offerings, and thinking about new items that will be added to this growing collection.

Ed Tittel

In late June, CompTIA announced the opening of a vendor-neutral IT careers portal named "Skillsboost" that targets parents, teachers, and students. The goal of the site is to provide one-stop online resource for IT careers and training information aimed at secondary (high school) and post-secondary (trade school, community college, university) students interested in what the organization describes as "a vocational route into the IT industry," with special emphasis on hands-on IT training and apprenticeships.

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