How Much Does the CompTIA ITF+ Certification Cost?
It's a simple question, but there can be multiple answers based on your situation and the options you choose. Of course, the quick answer is that the exam voucher you’ll need to acquire to take your test costs $119. However, you may qualify for discounts that can decrease this number. You may also want to consider additional learning and training that can change the bottom line as well. Read on to find out more.
The Basics: CompTIA ITF+ Exam Voucher Only
To get access to the certification exam, you’ll need to buy an exam voucher. A voucher represents a unique code that you can buy at the CompTIA Store and use to take your test at a Pearson VUE testing center. If a voucher is all you need, then the cost is $119 per exam. Find out more about the exam on the CompTIA ITF+ product page and learn how to buy a voucher on our testing pages. If you’re ready to buy, head over to the store.
If you don’t pass the CompTIA ITF+ exam, you’ll need to purchase another voucher to take another test. That’s why we recommend that you go into your exam well-prepared to minimize the chance of not passing the test and having to purchase an additional voucher.
Free and Almost-Free CompTIA ITF+ Certification (Seriously!)
Depending on where you live and what sponsorships you qualify for, special programs may be available to help you get trained and certified for free (or nearly free). Such programs are usually geared toward one or more of the following groups:
- Unemployed or under-employed individuals
- Displaced workers
- Military veterans
- Ethnic minorities and/or women
Typically, such free training programs fall into one of two categories: government-sponsored programs and nonprofit charitable programs.
Government-Sponsored IT Training
Government-sponsored IT training programs are typically funded with federal dollars and advertised through your county’s workforce investment board or your local American Jobs Center. To
search for local training programs, go to Career One Stop.
Nonprofit Charitable Programs
These programs are scattered throughout the United States and may be a bit harder to locate. Here are a few on our radar (and if you learn of others, please let us know):
- Per Scholas: Locations in New York City, Washington, D.C., metropolitan area, Cincinnati, Ohio; Columbus, Ohio; Atlanta and Dallas
- IT-Ready from Creating IT Futures: Locations in Minneapolis-St. Paul and varying cities. Visit the location page for a list of current training sites that are accepting applications.
- Stride Center: Located in the San Francisco Bay Area
- Tech901: Located exclusively in Memphis
Because these programs typically exist to prepare people for entry-level IT jobs (such as help-desk and technical support) they generally reject applicants who already have such a job and are just looking to add a certification to their resume.
As you can imagine, competition for such programs is often fierce. But, if you live in one of the areas where free training is offered and fall into a group that such programs are trying to help, it would be silly not to apply.
Ready for a Career in IT?
CompTIA now offers a number of exam training options for CompTIA ITF+ to fit your particular learning style and schedule, many of which may be used in combination with each other as you prepare for your exam.
There’s a wealth of information to take you from deciding if CompTIA IT Fundamentals+ is right for you, all the way to taking your exam. We’re with you every step of the way!