Why IT?

  • Everything Depends on IT

    All major organisations, from hospitals to recording studios, consider IT an essential part of their operations. IT is at the heart of every major industry: banking, healthcare, entertainment, manufacturing, retail and more. In fact, despite their differences, there’s one thing they all have in common; they depend on IT.

  • IT Impacts Everything

    IT drives the way we live, learn, work, interact and amuse ourselves. IT is what’s behind social media and other online communities where we choose our friends, colleagues, life partners, and political leaders. And it’s IT that enables mobile devices that let us stay connected.

  • Jobs, Jobs and More Jobs

    Our digital world is expanding so rapidly that it’s creating IT job openings faster than the right people can be found to fill them. Right now there are almost 2,000,000 unfilled IT jobs globally in a variety of industries.

    There’s no better time to get into IT.

Success stories

  • Everyone should think carefully about what is right for them, but if you're at all interested in technology, then you should seriously consider IT. It's interesting, varied and rewarding -- and we'll always need certified IT professionals.

    Dan O'Sullivan

    Dan O'Sullivan - Qualified six months ago and got a job straight away

  • [CompTIA Security+] gave me the credentials I needed to get my foot in the door of the IT industry and a lot of my success stems from getting that certification and opening that door

    Pete Caro

    Pete Caro, senior IA architect at security consulting firm Ponte Technologies

  • CompTIA is a worldwide industry that is recognised almost everywhere, so by having a certification approved by CompTIA you are demonstrating that you have truly mastered those skills.

    Gabriel López

    University student Gabriel López, 19, Campus Ciudad de México, Tecnológico de Monterrey

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Top 10 Steps

  • Top 10 Steps to a Lucrative IT Career

    These 10 steps provide key insights and advice on the key skills that make you indispensable to employers.

    Find out what you need to focus on to launch and progress your career.

     

  • Develop your communication skills

    You need to be able to prove that, as an IT professional, you are not limited to techie-speak. Whether you’re a junior member of a team or managing your project group, communication skills are indispensable.

  • Be a leader

    Take the initiative and be a leader. Integrate within a team and energise others. Notice the potential of others and what they could contribute if given the right opportunity.

    Get the full 10 Steps brochure by filling out the form below.  The brochure will then be emailed directly to you.

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Test your IT knowledge

 

Think you know about IT in these core areas? Compete against the clock and compare your score against other students.

IT Support
Support is crucial for IT departments and the organisations they serve. Take our quiz and see how much you know.
IT Networking
Networking is much more than just managing and configuring computer systems. Take our quiz, which includes new cloud and mobility questions.
IT Security
Think you’re ready to combat cyber-villains plaguing our society? Put your security knowledge to the test with our interactive quiz.
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  • After you finish installing a fresh copy of Windows for a new user, you notice that several applications were automatically installed since they were bundled with the operating system. What should you do?
  • After installing a touch screen monitor, which of the following should the technician do FIRST to the screen?
  • Which of the following makes an LCD better than a CRT monitor?
  • Which of the following is a class B address?
  • Which of the following should be regularly performed to reduce disk fragmentation?
  • An upset customer calls a technician explaining that they have a major issue. The technician realizes that it is not a major issue and is an easy fix. How should the technician approach the customer?
  • A technician wants to build a computer using SLI technology. Which of the following may have to be upgraded to support this technology? (Select TWO).
  • A user reports that the computer will not turn on after an electrical storm. Which of the following tools can be used to determine the problem?
  • A customer states that their printer has been jamming frequently. Which of the following is the MOST likely cause? (Select TWO).
  • A technician is installing a new video card that is marked as requiring a 16x expansion slot. Which of the following expansion slots is this card designed for?
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  • Which of the following connectors is used on multimode cable and simply pushed into the jack?
  • IPv6 will use how many bits in its address?
  • Part of a company’s disaster recovery plan is to have a site that is able to resume business operations after a disaster in the fastest time. Which of the following is this known as?
  • A technician wants to limit the access of department computers to other computers on the network. Which of the following should be implemented on the network?
  • A network can connect up to thirty users on a simple network. Which of the following network topologies does this describe?
  • Which of the following is the correct transmission speed of a 100BASE-TX network?
  • Instead of employees sharing files and folders on file servers that are accessed via network drives, which of the following can an administrator use to provide the same function that is accessed via a web browser?
  • Which of the following network addressing scheme uses 32 bit addressing?
  • Suppose that you wanted to configure static IP addresses on each device that should have access to your router. What setting would you need to change on your router?
  • In what type of network is the control over resource sharing, processing, and communications completely decentralized?
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  • Creating a basic standard for application settings, security settings, and active services on every company laptop would be considered:
  • An administrator wishes to enable network auditing policies. Which of the following should the security administrator log?
  • Which of the following decisions must be made when implementing a NAC solution?
  • Which of the following storage devices can store vast amounts of data and be easily disguised as a pen or a watch?
  • Spam filters should be fine-tuned to protect against:
  • Persistent cookies can be a security threat because:
  • Which of the following types of malware is not activated until a certain event takes place?
  • An employee finds a USB storage device in the parking lot, picks up the device, brings it into the building and inserts it in a company computer. Which of the following is the MOST significant threat?
  • What term describes the misuse of personal information that has been obtained without consent?
  • What security practice can a company use to protect its valuable data from catastrophic natural threats?
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Your options

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Set the foundation

The earlier you learn about IT, the further you can go. Start taking the basics in secondary school and then advance to the more complex certifications. Here are a few path options depending on where you are currently in your studies.

Your certifications

CompTIA Security+
CompTIA Security+ is an important step to progressing a career as a Security Engineer, Security Consultant, Network Administrator or Technician by teaching the foundational principles needed to secure a network and manage risk.

Next steps

Train

Not sure where to start? With numerous training options available, picking one right for you can be confusing. From online study tools like CertMaster, instructor-led courses and practice tests, CompTIA can help you choose from the very beginning and throughout your career. Get started.

Get certified

Don’t let cold feet stand in your way from validating your skills. You’ve prepared and are ready to take the exam. If your school or training centre doesn’t offer testing, purchase and schedule your test through Pearson VUE. With thousands of testing centres located around the world, you can find the one that’s most convenient for you.

Get the job!

Once you’re CompTIA certified make sure you proudly display those credentials on your CV. Employers actively seek individuals who can validate their skills and knowledge. This is a key advantage in getting an interview and one step closer to landing that dream job.

CompTIA A+
CompTIA A+ certification is your first step towards a fulfilling IT career in a variety of industries including cloud computing, networking, mobility, security and systems administration.

Next steps

Train

With numerous training options available, picking one right for you can be confusing. From online study tools, instructor-led courses and practice tests, CompTIA can help you choose the appropriate learning path. Get started.

Get certified

Over one million people have been A+ certified since the exam was born. You could be next to join them. If your school or training centre doesn’t offer testing, purchase and schedule your test through Pearson VUE. With thousands of testing centres located around the world, you can find the one that’s most convenient for you.

Get the job!

A+ is required or highly recommended by many companies and organizations around the world. By becoming A+ certified, you have a key advantage in getting an interview and are one step closer to landing that dream job.

CompTIA Network+
Network+ certification helps you advance toward an in-demand career as a network administrator, network technician, network systems engineer or technical sales engineer.

Next steps

Train

There are numerous training options available including online study tools like CertMaster, instructor-led courses and practice tests, CompTIA can help you choose the appropriate learning path. Get started.

Get Certified

Be sure to have the recommended experience along with appropriate training prior to testing. Being A+ certified along with having 9 months of networking experience will have you better prepared for the exam. If your school or training centre doesn’t offer testing, purchase and schedule your test through Pearson VUE. With thousands of testing centres located around the world, you can find the one that’s most convenient for you.

Get the job!

Companies like Apple, Lenovo and Xerox are just a few of the companies that are looking for Network+ certified individuals. Once you’re CompTIA certified make sure you proudly display those credentials on your CV. Employers actively seek individuals who can validate their skills and knowledge. This is a key advantage in getting an interview and one step closer to landing that dream job.

CompTIA Security+
CompTIA Security+ is an important step to progressing a career as a Security Engineer, Security Consultant, Network Administrator or Technician by teaching the foundational principles needed to secure a network and manage risk.
CompTIA A+ certification is your first step towards a fulfilling IT career in a variety of industries including cloud computing, networking, mobility, security and systems administration.
Network+ certification helps you advance toward an in-demand career as a network administrator, network technician, network systems engineer or technical sales engineer.

Never stop learning

Certification is valuable and the more you acquire the more you’ll be in demand.  Plus, many schools offer college credit for CompTIA certification.  Check to see if this applies to your course of study.

Your certifications

CompTIA A+
CompTIA A+ certification is your first step towards a fulfilling IT career in a variety of industries including cloud computing, networking, mobility, security and systems administration.

Next steps

Train

With numerous training options available, picking one right for you can be confusing. From online study tools, instructor-led courses and practice tests, CompTIA can help you choose the appropriate learning path. Get started.

Get certified

Over one million people have been A+ certified since the exam was born. You could be next to join them. If your school or training centre doesn’t offer testing, purchase and schedule your test through Pearson VUE. With thousands of testing centres located around the world, you can find the one that’s most convenient for you.

Get the job!

Companies like Canon, Intel and Ricoh are looking for A+ certified individuals. By becoming A+ certified, you have a key advantage in getting an interview and are one step closer to landing that dream job.

CompTIA Network+
Network+ certification helps you advance toward an in-demand career as a network administrator, network technician, network systems engineer or technical sales engineer.

Next steps

Train

There are numerous training options available including online study tools like CertMaster, instructor-led courses and practice tests, CompTIA can help you choose the appropriate learning path. Get started.

Get certified

Be sure to have the recommended experience along with appropriate training prior to testing. Being A+ certified along with having 9 months of networking experience will have you better prepared for the exam. If your school or training centre doesn’t offer testing, purchase and schedule your test through Pearson VUE. With thousands of testing centres located around the world, you can find the one that’s most convenient for you.

Get the job!

Companies like Apple, Lenovo and Xerox are just a few of the companies that are looking for Network+ certified individuals. Once you’re CompTIA certified make sure you proudly display those credentials on your CV. Employers actively seek individuals who can validate their skills and knowledge. This is a key advantage in getting an interview and one step closer to landing that dream job.

CompTIA Security+
You’ll be the company hero with a Security+ certification. The exam demonstrates your competency in network security, compliance and operation security, threats and vulnerabilities, application, data and host security, access control and identity management and cryptography.

Next steps

Train

Besides preparing with CertMaster or other learning options, complement your training with a minimum of two years experience in IT security administration. This will give you optimal preparation before taking the exam.

Get certified

Our research shows that getting certified makes individuals:
• More confident
• More knowledgeable
• Reach job proficiency more quickly
• More reliable
• Perform at a higher level!

Get the job

Security+ is chosen by professional staff at Hitachi Information Systems, Prestariang Systems Sdn. Bhd. and U.S. government contractors such as CSC, General Dynamics and Northrop Grumman. With companies around the world looking for certified employees, you’ll want to make sure your CV has your credential proudly displayed.

CompTIA A+
CompTIA A+ certification is your first step towards a fulfilling IT career in a variety of industries including cloud computing, networking, mobility, security and systems administration.
Network+ certification helps you advance toward an in-demand career as a network administrator, network technician, network systems engineer or technical sales engineer.
You’ll be the company hero with a Security+ certification. The exam demonstrates your competency in network security, compliance and operation security, threats and vulnerabilities, application, data and host security, access control and identity management and cryptography.

CompTIA CertMaster is an online learning tool designed to make it easy and convenient to study for your certification exam. You won’t find long pages of text to read or lectures to watch. Instead, you’ll start answering questions right away and learn at your own pace. CertMaster analyses your answers and adjusts your path through the course as you learn. If you need additional learning to strengthen your knowledge, that’s available, too, just when you need it.




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Your resources

Get into IT
Understand what IT is and the vast array of industries that IT careers touch. Everything depends on IT. From entertainment to healthcare, hospitality and finance; jobs in IT are fun, challenging and financially rewarding.
Certification Roadmap
Deciding to work in the IT industry is an exceptionally good choice. Earning an IT certification can help you get ahead in your career. But what certification is right for you?

The CompTIA IT Certification Roadmap can make navigating the world of certifications a little easier and guide you as you grow and gain experience.
Value of IT Certifications
In an increasingly competitive marketplace, it’s harder than ever for job candidates to impress their employers. Gaining industry-recognised certifications can help differentiate students like yourself in a challenging job market. Our Value of IT Certifications flyer explains why earning an IT credential can help in more ways than one.
CompTIA Certifications
Want to know more about our exams and where they can lead? Check out our exams and the many career paths you can pursue.
Test Drive Videos
Need some inspiration? In these videos, you’ll hear from individuals who are in the IT field. See what opportunities are available to you!
CompTIA Apprenticeship Guide
Are you interested in becoming an IT Apprentice? This great directory lists CompTIA partners who are offering IT Apprenticeships. Take a look at the guide and have a chat with the provider to find out more about what they have to offer.
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