CompTIA Certifications: What’s New in 2010 for A+, Network+, Linux+, Server+, Security+, and Project+ Exam Tracks

February 2, 2010 at 3:37 pm | Posted in Certification Paths, CompTIA | 5 Comments
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CompTIA has been really busy over the last year or so updating their exams. In addition, they have published a new certification policy for the A+, Network+, and Security+ certifications (but not other CompTIA certs). (For more information on the new certification policy, see this previous blog post and http://www.comptia.org/certifications/listed/renewal.aspx.)

I wanted to take a bit of time to discuss just what CompTIA has done, and what we expect from them over the next year  with regards to their major certifications.

A+ Certification

There are currently two versions of the A+ certification: the 600 series and the 700 series.

  • To obtain the 600 series A+ certification, a candidate must take 220-601 (Essentials) and then choose from 220-602, 220-603, or 220-604 to complete the certification. Each of the application exams are based on specific skill sets (IT Technician, Remote Support Technician, Depot Technician).
  • To obtain the 700 series A+ certification, a candidate must take 220-701 (Essentials) and 220-702 (Practical Application).
  • For individuals who already have a previous A+ certification, there is an A+ Bridge exam to upgrade their certification to the 700 series. Candidates would simply take one exam (BR0-003).

Just last week, CompTIA issued an invitation to subject matter experts (SMEs) to update the A+ exams. I expect that this is a just a reseed of the 700 series content and will not result in any real changes to the exam guide. The 600 series started in 2005, and the 700 series in 2009. In my opinion, since we got an entirely new exam last year, we won’t see a complete revamp until 2012, which would tie in nicely with the new recertification policies.

Network+ Certification

The Network+ exam was rewritten in 2009. The old version of the Network+ exam has been retired. Currently, there are two options for the Network+ 2009 certification:

  • For individuals who do not hold the Network+ certification, the candidate must take the N10-004 exam.
  • For individuals who already have a previous Network+ certification, there is a Bridge exam to upgrade their certification to the 2009 version. Candidates would simply take the Network+ Bridge exam (BR0-002).
Security+ Certification

The Security+ exam was rewritten in 2009. The old version of the Security+ exam has been retired. As with Network+, there are currently two options for the Security+ 2009 certification:

  • For individuals who do not hold the Security+ certification, the candidate must take the SY0-201 exam.
  • For individuals who already have a previous Security+ certification, there is a Bridge exam to upgrade their certification to the 2009 version (BR0-001).
Linux+, Server+, and Project+ Certifications

Recently, CompTIA also released the beta exams for the new versions of three other certifications:

  • Linux+ Candidates who took the beta version have received their score reports. We expect the new version to be released sometime this quarter;  CompTIA has announced a date of January 2010. Once the new version is released, candidates will be able to certify using the old Linux+ exam (XK0-002) or the new Linux+ exam (XK0-003).
  • Server+ Candidates who took the beta version have received their score reports. We expect the new version to be released sometime this quarter, but there’s been no official announcement yet. Once the new version is released, candidates will be able to certify using the old Server+ exam (SK0-002) or the new Server+ exam (SK0-003).
  • Project+ Candidates who took the beta version have NOT received their score reports. We expect the new version to be released sometime this quarter — CompTIA says February 2010.  Once the new version is released, candidates will be able to certify using the old Project+ exam (PK0-002) or the new Project+ exam (PK0-003).

We’ve begun pre-development on these three practice tests, and the real writing will start after the betas are released.

Keep watching for updates on the new releases, and happy testing!

– Robin

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  1. Hi there! —
    I’m curious whether there has been demand or perhaps already some intent to create a practice exam for the CompTIA Strata IT Technology exam? We hope to offer the course in a regular rotation, and like to pair your products with our courseware.

    Thanks !

    • Hi Kate,
      Not much demand for practice products on this track as it’s a “certificate” track, rather than a “certification”. We do, however, enjoy a great relationship with CompTIA and continue to communicate with them and monitor the students’ need for such a product. As to your courseware needs, I will share your contact information with our Organizational Sales team as they are better equipped to identify any business opportunities/partnerships between our offerings.
      Thanks for contacting us & thanks for reading!

  2. When will the new Server+ book be out?
    Thanks
    Rod smith

  3. Does anyone know if there is a difference between the XK0-003 Linux+ exam and the LX0-101 LX0-102 exams? Very confused about this. I have been studying for the XK0-003 exam for a couple of months and don’t want there to be any surprises.

    Thanks

  4. When will the new Server+ book be out for the SKO-OO3 exam?


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