Essentials for CompTIA Network+ Certification

ZNET-001 Essentials for CompTIA Network+ Certification (36 hours)
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This program is designed to prepare the student for the current CompTIA Network+ , and the Microsoft Technology Associate Networking Fundamentals Certification Exams.

Students would need to pass two exams for three Certifications:

  • CompTIA Network+ (Exam N10-005)

  • Microsoft MTA Networking Fundamentals (Exam 98-366)

    • MTA Certification

    • Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP)

Course DescriptionCompTIA Network+ Logo

CompTIA Network+ validates the knowledge and skills of networking professionals. It is an international, vendor-neutral certification that recognizes a technician's ability to describe the features and functions of networking components and to install, configure and troubleshoot basic networking hardware, protocols and services. Many corporations and organizations recommend or require the CompTIA Network+ certification for their IT employees. As the demand for skilled network support professionals grows, CompTIA Network+ is quickly becoming the standard for networking competency,


  • CompTIA A+ Certification or at least a working knowledge of PC hardware and Operating Systems

  • Students should already have a basic understanding of networks and how they function. A recommended 8-hour workshop to be completed prior to this program would be the Introduction to LANs: For the Beginner and Understanding TCP/IP Seminar or equivalent knowledge.

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What Can CompTIA Network+ do for you?

Having proof of your skills and knowledge gives you the edge over other candidates when you're applying for a job, providing:

  • Proof of professional achievement

  • Better job opportunities

  • A viable career path

  • Certification can be used towards college credit

  • Foundational knowledge for additional certifications

  • Prerequisite for Microsoft and Cisco certification courses

  • The CompTIA Network+ exam combined with the CompTIA A+ exam counts as an elective towards Microsoft certification.

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CompTIA Network+ 2009 Objectives

The skills and knowledge measured by this examination are derived from industry-wide job task analysis and validated through an industry-wide survey. The results of this survey were used in weighing the domains and ensuring that the weighting is representative of the relative importance of the content.

The table below lists the domains measured by this examination and the extent to which they are represented.

CompTIA Network+ exams are based on these objectives.

CompTIA Network+
Certification Domains
% of Examination
1.0 Network Technologies 20%
2.0 Network Media and Topologies 20%
3.0 Network Devices 17%
4.0 Network Management 20%
5.0 Network Tools 12%
6.0 Network Security 11%
Printable PDF version of CompTIA Network+ Exam Objectives

1.0 Network Technologies

  1. Explain the function of common networking protocols

  2. Identify commonly used TCP and UDP default ports

  3. Identify Logical and Physical address formats

  4. Given a scenario, evaluate the proper use of the different addressing technologies and addressing schemes

  5. Identify common IPv4 and IPv6 routing protocols

  6. Explain the purpose and properties of routing

  7. Compare the characteristics of wireless communication standards

2.0 Network Media and Topologies

  1. Categorize standard cable types and their properties

  2. Identify common connector types

  3. Identify common physical network topologies

  4. Given a scenario, differentiate and implement appropriate wiring standards

  5. Categorize WAN technology types and properties

  6. Categorize LAN technology types and properties

  7. Explain common logical network topologies and their characteristics

  8. Install components of wiring distribution

3.0 Network Devices

  1. Install, configure and differentiate between common network devices

  2. Identify the functions of specialized network devices

  3. Explain the advanced features of a switch

  4. Implement a basic wireless network

4.0 Network Management

  1. Explain the function of each layer of the OSI model

  2. Identify types of configuration management documentation

  3. Given a scenario, evaluate the network based on configuration management documentation

  4. Conduct network monitoring to identify performance and connectivity issues using the following:

  5. Explain different methods and rationales for network performance optimization

  6. Given a scenario implement the following network troubleshooting methodology

  7. Given a scenario, troubleshoot common connectivity issues and select an appropriate solution

5.0 Network Tools

  1. Given a scenario, select the appropriate command line interface tool and interpret the output to verify functionality

  2. Explain the purpose of network scanners

  3. Given a scenario, utilize the appropriate hardware tools

6.0 Network Security

  1. Explain the function of hardware and software security devices

  2. Explain common features of a firewall

  3. Explain the methods of network access security

  4. Explain methods of user authentication

  5. Explain issues that affect device security

  6. Identify common security threats and mitigation techniques

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Industry Support for CompTIA Network+

The demand for skilled network support professionals continues to grow, and CompTIA Network+ is a valuable credential to help start or enhance a networking career. In fact, many IT certifications integrate CompTIA Network+ into their curriculums. Microsoft added CompTIA Network+ into their Microsoft Certified Systems Administrator (MCSA) program, and other corporations such as Cisco, Novell, HP, Lotus and 3Com also recognize CompTIA Network+ as part of their certification tracks.

  • CompTIA Network+® and the US Department of Defense
    In 2004, the US Department of Defense (DoD) established Directive 8570.1: Information Assurance Training, Certification and Workforce Management. It requires that all DoD Information Assurance technicians and managers are trained and certified. CompTIA Network+ is an approved certification that meets DoD requirements.

Approved for DOD Information Assurance Directive 8570.1

DOD Directive 8570.1

Directive 8570 is a policy from the Department of Defense’s Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program that requires: Any DoD employee and any contractor working with the DoD to possess certain Information Assurance training and certifications. The Directive makes certain that Information Assurance personnel meet training and certification requirements related to their IT security job functions via annual metrics reporting of their workforce.

The goal of the Directive is a uniform, professional Information Assurance workforce with the knowledge and skills to effectively prevent and respond to attacks against DoD information, information systems and information infrastructures. The efforts of this program and Directive 8570 will enable the DoD to properly place Information Assurance personnel according to their skills. (Source:

The U.S. Department of Defense recognizes CompTIA certifications in its technical and management tracks for information assurance technicians and managers under DoD Directive 8570.1M. Currently STCC offers instructor-led courses for CompTIA A+ and Network+ Certification, and web-based courses for CompTIA Security+.  Potential employees as well as current employees or IT contractors must meet the requirements of the Directive to be employed.

IA Technical Level I
Technical Level II
Technical Level III
CompTIA A+
CompTIA Network+
CompTIA Security+
Management I
Management II
Management III
CompTIA Security+


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