CompTIA has announced four certification level series that test various knowledge standards, from entry to expert-level. The CompTIA certification program has been reorganized and repositioned from a collection of entry-level credentials to a multi-level program. These four levels are:
CompTIA Mastery Series: CompTIA Mastery certifications cover the advanced practice of a specific IT area. Candidates targeting this track must be able to integrate multiple enterprise disciplines through the application of advanced skills.
- CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP): This certification covers the advanced topics related to enterprise security; risk management; research and analysis; and integration of computing, communications, and business disciplines.
CompTIA Professional Series: The CompTIA certification program has been reorganized and repositioned from a collection of entry-level credentials to a multi-level program. CompTIA professional certifications cover the technical skills and knowledge needed to succeed in a specific IT career.
- CompTIA A+: This certification relates to preventative maintenance, basic networking, installation, troubleshooting, communication and professionalism, etc.
- CompTIA Network+: This certification includes managing, maintaining, troubleshooting, operating and configuring basic network infrastructure.
- CompTIA Project+: This certification covers the entire process of project management, including initiation, planning, execution, acceptance, support and closure.
- CompTIA Security+: This certification validates the knowledge of system security, network infrastructure, cryptography, assessments and audits.
- CompTIA CDIA+: This certification tests the knowledge and skills needed in the document imaging sales field, including planning, designing and specifying a document imaging management system.
- CompTIA CTP+: This certification validates the knowledge of designing, implementing and managing voice and data networks.
- CompTIA CTT+: This certification includes the knowledge and skills needed for the technical training field, including classroom preparation, presentation, communication, facilitation and evaluation in both traditional classroom and virtual classroom environments.
- CompTIA PDI+: This certification explains the knowledge and skills needed for technicians in the printer and document-imaging field, such as basic electromechanical components and tools, print engine and scan processes, color theory and networking.
- CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI: This certification includes user administration, file permissions, software configurations and the fundamental management of Linux systems.
- CompTIA Server+: This certification explains the areas such as RAID, SCSI, managing multiple CPUs and disaster recovery.
- CompTIA Storage+ Powered by SNIA: This certification includes storage components, connectivity, storage management, data protection and storage performance.
CompTIA Speciality Series: The CompTIA Speciality certifications cover the business and technical knowledge needed for specific vertical or niche markets. Specialty certifications can be taken in combination with other CompTIA certifications as well. Some of the Specialty certifications are as follows:
- CompTIA Cloud Essentials: This certification explains what cloud computing means from a business and technical perspective, as well as what is involved in moving to and governing the cloud.
- CompTIA Green IT: This certification covers the knowledge needed to implement environmentally sound techniques within an organization’s IT infrastructure.
- CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician: This certification validates the knowledge of methods to implement, deploy, and support healthcare IT systems in various clinical settings.
- CompTIA IT for Sales: This certification covers the professional knowledge in technology basics necessary to complete sales activities with customers in technical fields.
CompTIA Basic Series: CompTIA basic certifications cover foundational topics and issues in IT and are suited for individuals looking to enter jobs that involve computers.
- Strata IT Fundamentals: This is the only credential in this group so far, and it covers the fundamentals A+. This certification includes the basic understanding of PC components, functionality, compatibility and related technology topics.