Networking is a dynamic field that requires facing new challenges and keeping on top of the latest security trends and advancements. Cyber-pests are continually developing sophisticated attacks to compromise corporate network security. On the other hand, IT professionals require new ideas and techniques to deal with these culpable attacks. Staying current with up-to-date networking technologies and security is indispensable for enhancing your organization’s security posture.

For this purpose, you need to obtain CompTIA Network+ certification, then earn CEUs through a CompTIA Continuing Education (CE) program to keep your credential current and ensure longevity in your IT career. With this certification, you will be able to troubleshoot, configure and manage networks.

So what are CEUs (Continuing Educational Units) and why do you need them?

In this article, you will learn about Network+ renewal requirements, CEU validity, renewal activities, CEU submission process, the Network+ retake policy and the future of the CompTIA Network+ certification.

What Are the Network+ Renewal Requirements?

The CompTIA Network+ certification is valid for three years from the day a candidate passes the exam. To renew a certification again, a student has to earn 30 CEUs during the three-year certification life cycle. If a student does not earn these CEUs, their certification becomes invalid and no longer be accepted for new jobs.

The CompTIA CE program allows aspirants to renew their certification in the three-year interval by participating in training and activities related to the content of Network+ certification. However, these activities must fulfill the following requirements:

  • Timing: It is vital to complete activities within a three-year certification renewal cycle
  • Relevance: The content of your activities must be at least 50% related to one or more of your Network+ exam objectives
  • Documentation: Providing documentation of following activities is essential to obtain CEUs:
    • Attaining related work experience
    • Publishing a book, whitepaper, article or a blog post
    • Participating in IT industry activities
    • Completing higher education and training
    • Earning non-CompTIA IT market certifications

Sometimes a candidate holds more than one CompTIA certifications, such as CASP, Security+, A+, PenTest+, Cloud+ and so forth. Under such circumstances, a student doesn’t need to meet renewal requirements for each certification they hold. Instead, they will fulfill renewal requirements for only the highest-level certification. After that, the low-level certifications will be renewed automatically.

How Can I Check If My CEUs are Valid?

You can check the validity of your CEUs through CompTIA’s “CEU Assessment Tool.” This tool helps you to determine if your CE activities meet the CE program requirements.

What Are CompTIA’s Approved Renewal Activities?

The CE program offers a plethora of activity types and each activity has a specific number of CEUs. The following sections describe activities that help you earn CEUs for renewal of your Network+ certification.

CompTIA’s CertMaster CE Network+ Details

CompTIA’s CertMaster is a self-paced e-learning course. When a candidate passes this course successfully, their Network+ certification will be renewed automatically. The estimated time for this course is four to six hours, depending on the learner’s knowledge.

Earning a High-level CompTIA Certification

Based on a technicality, CompTIA has classified its certifications from higher-level to lower-level. When a candidate earns a higher-level certification, their lower-level certification will automatically be renewed. The following list of CompTIA certifications demonstrates the classification from higher-level to lower-level:

  • CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP+)
  • CompTIA PenTest+, CompTIA CySA+
  • CompTIA Cloud+
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA Network+
  • CompTIA A+

Earning Non-CompTIA Industry Certifications

As said above, CompTIA Network+ certification requires 30 CEUs for renewal. Earning a recognized non-CompTIA industry certification meets the Network+ renewal requirements. This link includes a long list of non-CompTIA industry certifications.

Completing a Training Course

A candidate can obtain one CEU credit for each hour of training. He/she can earn a maximum of 30 CEUs, and these are sufficient to meet Network+ renewal requirements.

Attending a Conference

A candidate can earn one CEU credit for each hour he/she attends a conference. He/she can earn a maximum of six CEUs. The conferences must be attended during the three-year renewal cycle. At least 50% of conference session content must be related to Network+ exam objectives.

Attending a Live Webinar

A student can earn one CEU for each hour they attend a webinar. They can earn a maximum of six CEUs. The webinar can be attended during the three-year renewal cycle. At least 50% of webinar content must be related to Network+ exam objectives.

Completing an American Council on Education (ACE) Course

The candidate can earn 10 CEUs for each three to four credit-hour class and a maximum of 20 CEUs by participating in this activity. The course must be completed during the three-year renewal cycle. At least 50% of ACE course content must be related to Network+ exam objectives.

Completing a College Course

The student can earn 10 CEUs for each three to four credit-hour class, with a maximum of 20 CEUs for this activity. The course must be completed during the three-year renewal cycle. At least 50% of course content must be related to Network+ exam objectives.

Publishing a Book

You can earn 20 CEUs by writing and publishing a book. However, the book must be written and published during the three-year renewal cycle. At least 50% of book content must be related to Network+ exam objectives. In addition, you must submit a link to the website where the book is offered for sale.

Publishing a Blog Post

Publishing a blog post of at least 500 words earns one CEU. You can obtain a maximum of 12 CEUs in this way. The blog post content must be written during the three-year renewal cycle. At least 50% of blog post content must be related to Network+ exam objectives.

Publishing a Whitepaper or an Article

A student can obtain four CEUs for a white paper or article of at least four pages in length. The maximum number of CEUs is 12. The content of the whitepaper or article must be written and published during the three-year renewal cycle and at least 50% of the content must be related to Network+ exam objectives.

How Can I Submit My CEUs?

You can submit CEUs to CompTIA for approval after completing the CEU activities. First and foremost, you need to create a Login Account. Then upload all required documentation, including activity details, to your account.

What Do I Need to Know About the Network+ Retake Policy?

If you fail in the first attempt of your Network+ exam, you can retake the exam immediately without any delay. However, this is not the case in the event of a third attempt or any other subsequent attempt. Under such circumstances, you will have to wait for at least 14 calendar days from the date of your last attempt. If you successfully pass your Network+ exam, you cannot retake the exam again using the same exam code.

Adhering to CompTIA retake policy is necessary. Violation may cause the suspension of your certification for a certain period. However, a continuing violation may result in permanent suspension of your Network+ certification.

The Future of CompTIA Network+ Certification

The world is a global village. Globalization is only possible in this age of Internet, as it provides connectivity through multiple networks interconnected together. The deployment and protection of these networks is the most crucial need of the hour. However, it is not possible without the crucial role of network security professionals.

Having a CompTIA Network+ credential demonstrates that you have attained a higher level of technical skills in networking, support and administration, topologies and media, standards and protocols, network support and network implementation. In addition, this certification opens the floodgates of new job opportunities for networking professionals.

According to Josh Gilliland, System Engineer of the Government Employees Health Association, “A Network+ certification is proof that you have what your employer is looking for.”

InfoSec Institute’s Network+ Training Boot Camp – Your First Bet

Are you a beginner and looking for a Network+ certification? InfoSec Institute offers a CompTIA Network+ Training Boot Camp for candidates who learn how to properly install, configure and oversee an assortment of networks on multiple platforms.

InfoSec has been one of the most awarded (42 industry awards) and trusted information security training vendors for 15 years.

InfoSec also offers thousands of articles on a variety of security topics.

 

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  1. CompTIA Network+ EXAM CODE N10-006 & N10-007, CompTIA
  2. What Renewal Options Are Available to You?, CompTIA
  3. Publishing, CompTIA
  4. CompTIA Certification Retake Policy, CompTIA
  5. Is it valuable to have CompTIA Network+ certificate?, Quora

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