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The CompTIA Network+ exam sets the bar higher than some other CompTIA exams in that it attempts to identify individuals with a sound working knowledge of networking technologies, principles, and practices with at least 9 months of relevant on-the-job experience. Network+ is one of the most popular CompTIA certification—to date, more than 70,000 individuals have earned the Network+ credential.

The Network+ exam covers all important aspects of modern networking, including attention to wireless as well as wired networking technologies. It includes coverage of a broad range of networking media and topologies, comprehensive coverage of TCP/IP and related services along with other widely used protocols. Network+ also pays significant attention to network implementation and maintenance issues, as well as technical support for organizations and end-users.

Network+ is accepted by Novell and Microsoft in lieu of electives (or partial electives) for some of their more advanced certification programs. For more information about Network+, please visit http://www.comptia.org/certification/Network/default.asp.

HTI+

The HTI+ certification is one of CompTIA’s newest certifications and its first offering for home technology support. HTI+ aims to identify technology professionals who are familiar with in-home systems related to networking, security, entertainment, and environmental controls for lighting, water, HVAC, and so forth. As one of CompTIA’s fledgling certifications, it’s too soon to predict the appeal of this credential to contractors and companies who provide in-home technology services. For more information, please visit http://www.comptia.org/certification/hti/default.asp.

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