The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), is a non-profit trade association, issuing professional certifications for the information technology (IT) industry. It is considered one of the IT industry's top trade associations. Based in Downers Grove, Illinois, CompTIA issues vendor-neutral professional certifications in over 120 countries. The organization releases over 50 industry studies annually to track industry trends and changes. Over 2.2 million people have earned CompTIA certifications since the association was established.
Professional level certifications
- A+: earned accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in 2008. A+ certification represents entry-level competency as a computer technician and is a vendor neutral certification that covers various technologies and operating systems. By 2014, over one million people worldwide had earned A+ certification. Expires in 3 years. Certification prior to January 1, 2011, is considered good-for-life (GFL) and does not expire.
- Cloud+: released in October 2013 including both cloud computing and virtualization. Expires in 3 years.
- CySA+: Cybersecurity Analyst; released in February 2017. The certification focuses on cyber-threat detection tools and analysis to identify vulnerabilities and risks. CSA+ was accredited by ANSI. In January 2018, the certification was renamed from CSA+ to CySA+ due to trademark issues. Expires in 3 years.
- Linux+: CompTIA partnered with the Linux Professional Institute to create the Linux+ certification, which replaced CompTIA's original Linux+ certification in 2010. The certification covers Linux operating systems, from their installation and use to the basics of applicable free software and open source licenses. It currently consists of two exams: the LXO-103 and LXO-104.
- Network+: accredited by ANSI in 2008. The entry-level certification is used to measure skill as a network technician. Expires in 3 years. Certification prior to January 1, 2011, is considered good-for-life (GFL) and does not expire.
- PenTest+: intermediate-level certification focusing on penetration testing. Released July 31, 2018, the PenTest+ covers risk analysis, threat detection, and multiple hands-on penetration testing and ethical hacking tools . PenTest+ is ANSI and ISO 17024 accredited and currently aligns with the DOD 8570 standard. The certification expires in 3 years after the award date.
- Security+: also earned its ANSI accreditation in 2008. Security+ is an entry-level vendor-neutral security certification that builds off of the network security knowledge covered by the Network+ certification. Expires in 3 years. Certification prior to January 1, 2011, is considered good-for-life (GFL) and does not expire.
- Project+: In 2001, CompTIA acquired the Project+ project management certification program from the Gartner Group. The program, previously called "IT Project+", was updated in 2003.
- Server+: focuses on server-specific hardware and operating systems, IT environments, disaster recovery and business continuity. It was developed in 2001, with updates released in 2005 and 2009.[33