CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF) is an introduction to basic IT knowledge and skills that helps professionals to decide if a career in IT is right for them or to develop a broader understanding of IT.

Why is it different?

  • CompTIA ITF establishes an IT education framework for students in middle school and high school.
  • CompTIA ITF is the only pre-career certification that helps students or career changers determine if they have a competency for information technology and if it is the right career path for them.
  • ITF is the only single certification that covers all areas of IT foundations, creating a broader understanding of IT.

About the exam

The new CompTIA IT Fundamentals (FC0-U61) exam coming in Q3 2018!
Beta exam now available. Interested in taking the beta? Register on the Pearson VUE site.

The CompTIA IT Fundamentals exam focuses on the essential IT skills and knowledge needed to perform tasks commonly performed by advanced end-users and entry-level IT professionals alike, including:

  • Using features and functions of common operating systems and establishing network connectivity
  • Identifying common software applications and their purpose
  • Using security and web browsing best practices

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What Skills Will You Learn?



Comprehend notational systems, illustrate the basics of computing and explain the value of data and troubleshooting



Know how to set up and install common peripheral devices to a laptop/PC or secure a basic wireless network



Manage applications software, understand the various components of an operating system and explain the purpose of methods of application architecture



Comprehend programming language categories, interpret logic, and understand the purpose of programming concepts



Able to explain database concepts, structures, and purpose, as well as understands methods used to interface



Understand confidentiality, integrity, and availability concerns of secure devices and best practice methods

Who would benefit from ITF?

  • Students considering a career in IT
  • Professionals working in fields that require a broad understanding of IT
  • Marketing, sales and operations staff in IT-based organizations

Why would you benefit from ITF?

In 2017, nearly 5.4 million individuals worked as technology professionals across the U.S., representing an increase of 2.1%, or nearly 110,000 net new jobs. CompTIA ITF will help you determine if this is the field for you.

Twelve years ago, technology spending outside of IT was 20 percent of total technology spending; it will become almost 90 percent by the end of the decade, according to Gartner, Inc. All workers need fundamental IT skills to use these technologies.

Exam Details

Exam Codes FC0-U51
Beta Exam
FC1-U61 (Exam Objectives FC0-U61)
Launch Date October 2014
February 21, 2018
Exam Details  The CompTIA IT Fundamentals exam covers foundational IT concepts including identifying and explaining computer components, installing software, establishing network connectivity and preventing security risks. The new exam focuses on the knowledge and skills required to identify and explain the basics of computing, IT infrastructure, software development, and database use.
Number of Questions 75 questions 110 questions
Type of Questions Multiple choice
Length of Test 60 Minutes 90 Minutes
Passing Score 650 (on a scale of 900) Pass/fail information will not be available until Q3 2018; candidates will be notified.
Recommended Experience No prior experience necessary
Languages English, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Korean, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, Thai 
Testing Provider  Pearson VUE Testing Centers
Price $119 USD (See all pricing) $30
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The upcoming exam will certify the successful candidate has the knowledge and skills required to identify and explain the basics of computing, IT infrastructure, software development and database use. In addition, candidates will have the ability to demonstrate their knowledge to:

  • Install software
  • Establish basic network connectivity
  • Identify/prevent basic security risks
  • Explain troubleshooting theory and preventative maintenance of devices

How Does CompTIA ITF Compare?

Microsoft Office Specialist IC3 Digital Literacy Certification European Computer Driving License/International Computer Driving License
Performance Based Questions
Vendor Neutral Yes ​No Yes Yes
Experience Level Pre-IT career Pre-IT career Non-IT pros Non-IT pros
Exam Focus Pre-career assessment of competency for IT  Improving Microsoft Office Suite productivity  End users who lack IT training End user skills 

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