The Renewal Requirements for the Network+ Cert

Unlike other certification programs, CompTIA+ offers five different routes to renew your Network+ cert. These are the following five methods:

1) Complete a “CompTIA Cert Master CE”

This is essentially a self-paced e-learning course which builds on the knowledge and the skills that you acquired when you first took the Network+ cert exam. The purpose of this route is to gives you the opportunity to show that you can meet the latest exam objectives without having to actually appear for the exam.

NOTE: Successful completion of this course automatically fulfills the CEU (Continuing Education Unit) requirement.

2) Earn a Higher-Level CompTIA Certification

This can be achieved by successfully passing one of these other CompTIA Certs:

  • The CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP)
  • CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+)
  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA Server+
  • CompTIA Cloud+

Passing one of these exams earns you 30 CEUs.

3) Earn a Non-CompTIA Certification That Is Relevant to the Network+

There are a number of key stipulations for this:

  • Timing: This new cert must be earned within the three years of you earning your Network+ cert.
  • Relevance: It is important to keep in mind that you can’t simply take any cert; it must be on the pre-approved list provided by CompTIA. Be sure to check the list.
  • Documentation: You must provide the appropriate documentation, which includes the following:
    • A formal copy of the certificate
    • A transcript or badge issued by the certifying body which includes the following:
      • Your name
      • Name of the certification
      • The date that the certification was earned

It is important to note that CompTIA audits these transcripts for authenticity and legitimacy. Successfully passing one of these exams earns you 50 CEUs.

4) Pass the Latest Version of the Network+ Cert Exam

The latest version of the Network+ cert exam is N10-007. At time of writing, if you pass the version of this exam within three years of your last exam pass, you can still maintain your cert. More information about this can be found here.

Note: The CEUs are waived if you take the latest version of the Network+ exam.

5) Complete Multiple Educational Tasks

This will be reviewed in more detail in another section.

Other FAQs

The matrix below examines the most common FAQs:

Question                                                   Answer

How often do I have to renew my cert? Your cert is valid for a three-year period.
How many CEUs are required to renew my cert? You must have at least 30 CEUS, earned by one of the methods described in the last section or in the next section below.
How much are the renewal fees? It is $49 every year; or $149 for the entire three-year time period.
Do I have to retake the exam? No, but it is one option to keep your cert valid. This is discussed in further detail in the previous section.
Can I regain membership if my certification has been terminated? Yes you can, but you will have to register for the exam again after six months from the date of termination.

Multiple Activity CEUs

It is important to note that any of the methods as detailed previously will allow you to keep your Network+ cert active. The advantage of using the previous approaches is that you will be able to renew your cert in just one shot. However, if you prefer to renew your cert using other methods, then the alternatives as detailed in this section will be better choices for you.

These alternatives are also known as “Multiple Activity CEUs,” meaning you a earn a certain amount of credit for each activity that you complete. You will have to complete multiple activities in order to earn the 30 CEUs to keep your cert renewed.

The activities are as follows:

1) Teaching and Mentoring Other Students in Networking

If You Teach a Class

At least 50% of what you are teaching must relate to at least one of the Network+ exam objectives. The content that you teach must be on a different area that is related to an area of networking. You can earn up to 1 CEU for every hour that you teach a class, for a maximum of 15 CEUs. When submitting information to CompTIA about the class(es) you have taught, you need to send the following information:

  • The course syllabus, with your name specifically spelled out on it as the instructor
  • A detailed description of the content that you are teaching
  • The dates that the course(es) were taught

If You Mentor a Student

At least 50% of what you are teaching as a student mentor must relate to at least one of the Network+ exam objectives. You can earn up to 1 CEU for every hour that you engage in, for a maximum of 15 CEUs. When submitting information to CompTIA about the mentoring you have done for a student, you need to send the following information:

  • The objectives of the material that you are mentoring in as they relate to the Network+ cert
  • A detailed description of the material that you have been helping the student with
  • The specific dates and the times that you have spent mentoring
  • A signed and notarized document from the student, validating the dates and the times of mentoring

2) Create Instructional Material for the Network+

You can engage in and create instructional material, but each submittal must be unique and cannot be the same. At least 50% of the instructional material that you are creating must relate to at least one of the Network+ exam objectives. You can earn up to 2 CEUs for every hour that you spend on creating the material, for a maximum of 15 CEUs. When submitting information to CompTIA about the instructional material you have created, you need to send the following information:

  • The syllabus, with your name as the author
  • Copies of all of the instructional materials that you have created
  • The date(s) that the instructional material was created

3) Participate as a Subject-Matter Expert (“SME”) in a CompTIA Exam Development Workshop

You can earn up to 1 CEU for every hour that you participate as a CompTIA SME, for a maximum of 30 CEUs. It is important to note that you cannot just participate in any CompTIA workshop; it has been one that relates to the Network+. When submitting proof to CompTIA that you participated as a SME, you need to include a signed letter from the workshop coordinator that you have successfully completed the workshop.

4) Publish a Relevant Article or Whitepaper

You can write articles and/or whitepapers. At least 50% of the content that you are writing must relate to at least one of the Network+ exam objectives. You can earn up to 4 CEUs for every article/whitepaper that you submit (must be at least four pages in length) for a maximum of 12 CEUs. When submitting proof to CompTIA that you have written an article and/or whitepaper, you need to send the following information:

  • A URL link or a direct copy of the article and/or whitepaper that you have published
  • A detailed description of the content you have written

5) Publish a Book

You can also write and publish a book. At least 50% of the content that you are writing must relate to at least one of the Network+ exam objectives. You can earn up to a maximum of 20 CEUs for the book that you have published. When submitting proof to CompTIA that you have written a book, you need to submit the URL link to the publisher’s website where your book is featured or the URL link where your book can be purchased.

6) Publish a blog

You can also write and publish a blog. At least 50% of the content that you are writing must relate to at least one of the Network+ exam objectives. You can earn up to 1 CEU for every blog that you publish (must be at least 500 words in length), for a maximum of 12 CEUs. When submitting proof to CompTIA that you have published a blog, you need to send the following information:

  • A URL link to the blog post with your name on it
  • A detailed description of the content you have written

7) Attend a Live Webinar

If writing books and papers isn’t your style, you can sit and listen to a live webinar. At least 50% of the content of the webinar must relate to at least one of the Network+ exam objectives. You can earn up to 1 CEU for every for every hour that you attend, for a maximum of 6 CEUs. When submitting proof to CompTIA that you have attended a live webinar, you need to send the following information:

  • A detailed description of the webinar
  • A certificate of completion showing the following information:
    • Your legal name
    • The name of the webinar
    • The date of the webinar
    • The total length of the webinar (in hours)

It is also important to note that On-Demand Webinars and YouTube videos will also count towards CEUs, but you will also need to provide a certificate of completion as well.

8) Complete a Training Course

You can also attend a training course. At least 50% of the content that you are working with must relate to at least one of the Network+ exam objectives. You can earn up to 1 CEU for every for every hour of training that you have attended, for a maximum of 30 CEUs. When submitting proof to CompTIA that you have attended a live webinar, you need to send the following information:

  • A detailed description of the of the training content
  • A certificate of completion with the following information:
    • Your legal name
    • The name of the course
    • The name of the training provider and the name of the instructor
    • The date the course was completed
    • The total length of the course (in hours)

It is important to note that the CompTIA has already has a pre-approved list of training courses that you can take. You can see it here.

NOTE: If you choose to fulfill your CEUs via the “Multiple Activity” method, the following applies:

  • All of the activities that you engage in must be completed within the three-year time span after you have passed your Network+ cert exam
  • There is an annual fee of $50.00, for a three-year total of $150.00

Conclusion

Overall, this article has examined the renewal requirements that are required for the Network+. Unlike other certs, you have five different options through which you can renew your certification. Thus, it is important to take the time to review each option as you approach your three-year time limit in order to see what will best fit your needs.

 

Sources

Renew CompTIA Security+, CompTIA

Network+ Certification, CompTIA

Learn About the CompTIA Continuing Education (CE) Program, CompTIA

Pre-approved Training for CompTIA Network+ Continuing Education Units, CompTIA

How to Renew a CompTIA Network+ Certification, TechRoots

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