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CompTIA IT Fundamentals Certificate

CompTIA IT Fundamentals logoCompTIA IT Fundamentals is designed to help you learn more about the world of information technology (IT). In this class, you will learn fundamental knowledge on computer hardware, software, networking, cybersecurity, troubleshooting and emerging technologies. This class will prepare you for the CompTIA IT fundamentals exam that can be a stepping stone to more advanced certifications such as CompTIA A+. Read more.

CompTIA A+ Certificate

CompTIA A+ logoCompTIA A+ is the industry standard for establishing a career in IT, and it is the foundation of an IT career. A+ candidates are better prepared to troubleshoot and problem solve a wider variety of issues, ranging from networking and operating systems to mobile devices and security. In this 4-week, 40-hour boot camp class, get hands-on experience in a classroom led by highly qualified instructors. Prerequisite includes current IT Essentials Certification or equivalent with instructor permission. Read more. 

CompTIA Network+ Certificate

CompTIA Network+ logoCompTIA Network+ verifies that you have the essential knowledge and skills in networking to develop a career in IT infrastructure. It prepares candidates to support the network regardless of the platform, forming the foundation needed before specializing in a vendor solution. Work in a lab setting in a classroom with highly qualified instructors, and learn how to troubleshoot, configure, and manage common network and wired devices. Prerequisite includes current A+ Certification or equivalent with instructor permission. Read more.

CompTIA Security+ Certificate

CompTIA Security+ logoCompTIA Security+ is a global certification that validates the baseline skills necessary to perform core security functions and pursue an IT security career emphasizing hands-on practical skills, ensuring the security professional is better prepared to problem solve a wider variety of issues. Develop your skills over 40 hours in a hands-on learning classroom led by highly qualified instructors. Prerequisite includes current Network+ Certification or equivalent with instructor permission. Read more.

CompTIA PenTest + Certificate

CompTIA PenTest + CertificateThe CompTIA PenTest+ certification verifies that successful candidates have the knowledge and skills required to plan and scope an assessment, understand legal and compliance requirements, perform vulnerability scanning and penetration testing, analyze data, and effectively report and communicate results. Prerequisite Network+, Security+ or equivalent knowledge. Read more.

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Community Colleges of Spokane Certification Pathway
Flow Chart of Core Skills Certifications (CompTIA IT Fundamentals, CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+) to Intermediate pathway of (CompTIA PenTest+ and CompTIA CySA+)

Why get into the world of IT?

  • Everything Depends on IT - All major institutions, from hospitals to recording studios, consider IT an essential part of their operations. IT is at the heart of every major industry: banking, healthcare, entertainment, manufacturing, retail and more. In fact, despite their differences, there's one thing they all have in common; they depend on IT.

  • IT Affects Everything - IT drives the way we live, learn, work, interact, and amuse ourselves. IT is what's behind social media and other online communities where we choose our friends, colleagues, life partners, and political leaders. And it's IT that enables mobile devices that let us stay connected.

Our digital world is expanding so rapidly that it's creating IT job openings faster than people can be found to fill them. In the U.S. alone, IT job postings for Q1 2016 reached over 850,000. [Source: CompTIA IT Employment Snapshot, Q1 2016]         

Currently, "there are some 150,000 unfilled IT support jobs in the U.S. alone." [Source: Forbes, January 2018]

"There will be a global shortage of two million cyber security professionals by 2019." [Source: Forbes, January 2018]

There's no better time to get into IT.

  • IT is Hot! - Technology trends are creating a strong demand for certified IT professionals in a number of fields, including healthcare IT, security/cybersecurity, cloud computing/SaaS and data storage and management. Employers are actively looking for qualified IT professionals to fill these positions, and prospective students could be one of them.

  • IT Pays to Get Certified - According to a 2017 U.S. Bureau of Labor and Statistics report, the average median salary for IT occupations was $82,900 compared to $51,900 for all other occupations. Unemployment rate in IT is below 2.5 percent. Plentiful jobs in all industries and locations. IT jobs will continue to grow at a projected increase of 17 percent by 2022. Certification also makes you more competitive and employable. Our research shows that 93 percent of hiring managers believe IT certifications are valuable in validating expertise. In addition, 80 percent of employers reward or recognize their staff after passing a certification exam with an increase in salary or pay, public recognition, bonus or promotion.*

*CompTIA Employer Perceptions of IT Training and Certification
Job data, web developer $62,500; information security analyst, $86,170; computer network architect, $91,000; information research scientist, $102,190; information systems manager, $120, 950 average salaries