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CompTIA Certifications

CompTIA Certifications

When you get an IT degree from WGU, you don't just graduate with a diploma. You'll earn extremely valuable industry certifications as part of most of our degrees—at no extra cost. In the IT industry, certifications are an extremely valuable way to enhance your résumé and demonstrate your knowledge and skills. At WGU our goal is to ensure that students are well equipped to enter the workforce, armed with the credentials and skills they need to succeed. That's why WGU offers a wide variety of CompTIA certifications that go with most of our bachelor's degree programs.

In the world of IT certifications, CompTIA certs are a great place to begin. They are the building blocks for your IT career and future certifications. CompTIA certifications are some of the most popular in the IT industry, and many IT professionals will have these certifications in their arsenal. These basic certifications demonstrate that you have mastery of basic skills needed for most IT jobs. CompTIA certifications are a great way to show employers that you're prepared with a valuable foundation for whatever is ahead.

See which degree connects with which CompTIA certification. 
*Stackable certification awarded through earning multiple CompTIA certifications.

Offered in the following degrees:

B.S. Cloud Computing

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B.S. Data Analytics

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B.S. Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

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B.S. Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

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B.S. Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

Offered in the following degrees:

B.S. Cloud Computing

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B.S. Cloud Computing

Offered in the following degrees:

M.S. Cybersecurity and Information Assurance

CompTIA A+

The CompTIA A+ exam will help students demonstrate basic security skills, configuration for a variety of operating systems, troubleshooting, IT infrastructure and networking, configuration of hardware, and data backup and recovery methods.

CompTIA Cloud+

CompTIA Cloud+ covers the diverse knowledge and skills that systems administrators need. Cloud-based infrastructure services are an increasingly important part of IT systems. This vendor-neutral certification helps you prove your knowledge of cloud services.

CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst Certification (CySA+)

The CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) is an important cybersecurity cert that focuses on behavioral analytics to detect and combat cybersecurity threats. This is the only CompTIA cert that utilizes hands-on questions as well as multiple choice questions. This certification shows that you are prepared to prevent, identify, and fight threats in the cybersecurity space using software security, regulatory compliance, and more.

CompTIA IT Operations Specialist*

This stackable CompTIA certification demonstrates that you have the knowledge and abilities to manage the flow of a workplace and its day-to-day activities. Your certification allows you to prove you understand business operations and customer needs.

CompTIA Network+

CompTIA Network+ demonstrates that students can design, configure, manage, and troubleshoot wireless devices. Network concepts, security, and troubleshooting are all crucial elements of this certification exam. 

CompTIA Secure Infrastructure Specialist*

The CompTIA Secure Infrastructure Specialist certification is a stackable cert that proves you have the knowledge and skill to support hardware and software. It demonstrates you can protect your organization from internal and external threats.

CompTIA PenTest+

The CompTIA PenTest+ is a certification for cybersecurity professionals that focuses on penetration testing and vulnerability assessment. It requires a candidate to demonstrate the hands-on ability and knowledge to test devices in new environments such as the cloud and mobile, in addition to traditional desktops and servers.

CompTIA Project+

The CompTIA Project+ certification demonstrates you're ready to manage project life cycles, communicate appropriately, manage resources and stakeholders, and manage project documentation.

CompTIA Security+

CompTIA Security+ focuses in on the latest trends in risk management, risk mitigation, threat management, and intrusion detection. This certification will allow you to demonstrate your cybersecurity skills and abilities to employers. 

CompTIA Security Analytics Professional*

In order to become a CompTIA Security Analytics Professional you must pass two stackable certifications that show your ability to plan and carry out crucial security measures for an organization. The stackable certifications you need include:

  • CompTIA Security+ Certification
  • CompTIA CySA+ Certification

CompTIA Network Security Professional*

CompTIA Network Security Professional is a designation you can earn after passing three stackable certifications. When you pass these three CompTIA cyber security certifications, you are able to earn the designation of Network Security Professional:

  • CompTIA Security+
  • CompTIA PenTest+
  • CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+)

CompTIA Network Vulnerability Assessment Professional*

CompTIA Network Vulnerability Assessment Professional is a designation you can earn after passing two stackable certifications. These professionals are able to scan and identify vulnerabilities in networks and systems. The certifications included in this designation are:

  • CompTIA Security+ Certification
  • CompTIA PenTest+ Certification

CompTIA Cloud Admin Professional*

Earners of the CompTIA Cloud Admin Professional (CCAP) certification are cloud admin professionals that have passed two cloud certifications and demonstrate that they are highly qualified cloud professionals.

  • CompTIA Network+ ce Certification
  • CompTIA Cloud+ ce Certification

CompTIA Secure Cloud Professional*

The CompTIA Secure Cloud Professional certification is a stackable cert that requires you to earn two additional certifications to demonstrate expertise in the cloud security realm. Those two certifications are:

  • CompTIA Security+ ce Certification
  • CompTIA Cloud+ ce Certification

CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP+)

CASP+ is a certification that allows technical professionals to dive deeper into risk management, research, and integration of enterprise security. It is designed for practitioners, not managers, to help them advance in cybersecurity skill. 

CompTIA Data+

The CompTIA Data+ exam validates knowledge and skills for data-driven decisions, data mining, data manipulation, statistical methods, and more. This certification will show that professionals have understanding of complex datasets, while also having the ability to adhere to governance and quality standards throughout the entire data life cycle.

Frequently Asked Questions about CompTIA Certification

Computing Technology Industry Association or CompTIA is an important association representing the international technology community. The goal of CompTIA is to create a unified voice within the technology industry. CompTIA offers 13 different certifications to help professionals learn important skills and demonstrate their abilities in IT, security, networks, and more.

CompTIA Security+ is one of the most popular CompTIA certifications available, but the best CompTIA certification will depend on what your professional goals are. Each CompTIA certification offers different skills and experiences, ranging from IT fundamentals to cloud essentials. It's valuable to research the many CompTIA certification offerings to understand which is the best fit for your needs.

CompTIA certifications are absolutely worth it, especially to help you land entry-level positions. They are especially valuable if you can find a degree program that helps you earn certifications at no extra cost. WGU is a great example of an online university that helps students earn CompTIA certs as part of their degree program, helping students boost their résumé before they even graduate. 

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