How Much Does the CompTIA Network+ 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 the price of each exam voucher you’ll need in order to take your test, which is $319. However, you may qualify for discounts that can decrease this number and you may want to consider additional learning and training that can change the bottom line as well. Read on to find out more.
The Basics: CompTIA Network+ Exam Voucher
To gain 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 $319 per exam. Find out more about the exam on the CompTIA Network+ product page. 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 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 you minimize the chance of not passing the test and having to purchase an additional voucher.
Training and Preparation
Our CompTIA Learning and Training offering is a set of comprehensive learning resources to support our certifications like CompTIA Network+. This portfolio of products includes books, eLearning, labs and exam prep software, and is developed in-house by CompTIA based on feedback we hear from learners like you. These resources provide you with a variety of ways to acquire the knowledge that is outlined in the CompTIA Network+ exam objectives.
The self-study guide will teach you the skills you need to develop a career in IT infrastructure covering troubleshooting, configuring and managing networks. It will prepare you to take the CompTIA Network+ exam by providing 100 percent coverage of the objectives and content examples listed on the syllabus. Browse our store or visit the Official CompTIA Network+ Study Guide page to learn more.
Another great way to get an idea of what questions you can expect is to download a set of practice questions. Keep in mind that these practice questions are not questions that will be on the actual test and that there are different kinds of questions.
The CompTIA CertMaster brand is now a suite of products that helps candidates learn the skills needed for a career in technology and prepare for their exam with confidence. The products that accompany CompTIA Network+ are now available!
Here’s how the bundles compare:
For some, self-study isn’t the way to go and classroom training is either available to them, or simply the better choice to learn. CompTIA Network+ certification training is offered by many public
academic institutions, such as colleges, as well as private academic institutions, such as professional training centers.
The cost of classroom training depends on your choice and can range from a few hundred to several thousands of dollars. You can find classroom training in your area on your classroom training page.
For organizations looking for instructor-led training, CompTIA offers Classroom Training for Organizations.
Free and Almost-Free CompTIA Network+ 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, OH, Columbus, OH, 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 typically 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 Networking?
We’ve made it easy to get started planning your path in networking.
- Begin by reading up on the four important steps toward your certification.
- Then, learn everything you need to know about CompTIA Network+ certification
- And finally, download the exam objectives and practice test questions to start learning right away.
CompTIA now offers a number of exam training options for CompTIA Network+ 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 Network+ is right for you, all the way to taking your exam. We’re with you every step of the way!