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CompTIA IT Fundamentals+

About the

60 minutes to complete the exam
Maximum of 75 questions per exam, Multiple choice questions
650 (on a scale of 900)
No prior experience necessary

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

This exam is intended for candidates who are advanced end users and/or are considering a career in IT. The exam is also a good fit for individuals interested in pursuing professional-level certifications, such as A+.

Why is it different?

CompTIA ITF+ helps professionals to decide if a career in IT is right for them or to develop a broader understanding of IT.

  • 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 making it ideal for non-technical professionals.
  • ITF+ establishes an IT education framework for students in secondary and post-secondary settings.

What you'll learn at a glance

Why use ITF+?

  • Comprehend notational systems, illustrate the basics of computing and explain the value of data and troubleshooting
  • Comprehend programming language categories, interpret logic, and understand the purpose of programming concepts
  • Know how to set up and install common peripheral devices to a laptop/PC or secure a basic wireless network
  • Able to explain database concepts, structures, and purpose, as well as understands methods used to interface
  • Manage applications software, understand the various components of an operating system and explain the purpose of methods of application architecture
  • Understand confidentiality, integrity, and availability concerns of secure devices and best practice methods
Why would you benefit from ITF+?

531,200 new IT jobs

IT jobs are expected to grow much faster than average (11%), adding 531,200 new jobs over the 10-year period 2019-29. Nearly three-quarters of employers worldwide rate technology as a primary factor in reaching business objectives (72%).

Who would benefit?

  • 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 organisations.
Frequently asked questions

You’ve got questions & we’ve got answers

You will earn the CompTIA IT Fundamentals+ (ITF+) certification by passing one multiple-choice exam. Read on for some common-sense advice that can increase your chance to succeed in your exam and achieve CompTIA ITF+ certification status.

In its very basic nature, the CompTIA ITF+ exam is not that much different from any other written test that you may have taken to-date. The exam includes various types of questions to verify your knowledge in basic areas of information technology, specifically in the following areas:

  • Identifying and explaining the basics of computing
  • IT infrastructure
  • Software development
  • Database use

Being well-prepared remains your best bet to score a positive exam outcome, namely passing the test and being awarded the CompTIA ITF+ certification.

In short, there’s no simple answer to this question because it all depends on how much you already know, how much you have to learn, how quickly you will learn and when you feel confident enough to take the exam and pass it.

For example, some classroom training teaches all CompTIA ITF+ material in a matter of one week, while others stretch over several months. If you choose the path to learn on your own, you may, similarly be able to acquire the necessary knowledge within a few days, weeks or months – depending on how much knowledge and security experience you already have.

While we cannot tell you how long it will take you personally to get your CompTIA ITF+ certification, we do recommend that you invest enough time in your exam preparation and ensure you know what gaps exist instead of racing through the curriculum.

IT offers countless paths to fulfilling jobs and rewarding pay. Once you have entered into a career in IT, you determine the direction and, ultimately, how much money you can earn. Although CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+) does not directly align with jobs that require a certification, there are still a great deal of benefits for getting certified.

CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+) is an introduction to basic IT knowledge and skills that helps professionals decide if a career in IT is right for them. It also helps organisations prepare non-technical teams for digital transformation.

The CompTIA ITF+ 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. Successful candidates will have the following skills:

  • Set up a computer workstation running Windows and use basic software applications
  • Understand the functions and types of devices used within a computer system
  • Apply basic computer maintenance and support principles
  • Understand some principles of software and database development
  • Configure computers and mobile devices to connect to home networks and to the internet
  • Identify security issues affecting the use of computers and networks

Currently, there are more than 5 million IT workers in the United States, and that number is expected to grow by 15 percent in the next 10 years (U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics). Tech wages on average are 107 percent higher than the average national wage.

IT jobs are not going away, but are evolving, and various types of emerging technologies, like artificial intelligence (AI), blockchain, cybersecurity, robotics and, of course, the internet of things (IoT), will always keep a career in technology exciting.

The CompTIA ITF+ exam is a good fit for individuals interested in pursuing professional-level certifications, such as CompTIA A+, which can lead to a role in technical support and IT operations. There are a few more key things that can give you the best shot at landing that first job:

  • Networking: Connecting with IT professionals and building your professional network is incredibly important to starting and advancing your career. Be active on social networks such as LinkedIn, engage in newsgroups and forums, and get involved in local IT groups, such as CompTIA IT Pro Membership. CompTIA IT Pro Membership not only offers training and job tools, but also access to local chapters that enable you to be in touch with what’s going on in your community.
  • Be Up to Date: Make sure that you’re proficient in new technologies. Spend time on IT websites, subscribe to newsletters or even contribute to blogs.
  • Soft Skills: Your communication skills can greatly influence your ability to land a job and succeed in IT. And having an overall positive attitude, managing your time effectively, solving problems, showing self-confidence, coping with pressure and having a strong work ethic all prove that you’re a candidate worth investing in.
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