The CompTIA Network+ certification is designed to validate an individual's knowledge of network technologies, media topologies, management, installation and configuration, and security. The certification is accredited by International Organization for Standardization, as well as the American National Standards Institute.
Typically, certified professionals hold jobs such as network installer, help desk technician, network technician, network administrator, or IT cable installer. They may hold these jobs with companies such as Dell, Ricoh, Xerox, HP, and Sharp, as well as the U.S. Department of Defense. Any professional wishing to join the Apple Consultants Network can fulfill one of the technical prerequisites by having this certification.
In order to earn the CompTIA Network+ certification, candidates must pass the N10-005 Network+ exam. The exam requires a passing score of 720, out of a possible score of 900. Each candidate will have 90 minutes to complete the test. If a candidate has passed the certification exam prior to January 1, 2011, their certification is valid for life. Certifications earned after that date must be renewed every three years by taking the most current certification exam, or through CompTIA's continuing education program.