CompTIA IT Fundamentals+

CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+) is an introduction to basic IT knowledge and skills.

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 middle school and high school.

About the exam

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+.

The English version of the U51 exam will retire July 15, 2019. Other languages will retire December 1, 2019. More information on both versions of the exam is available in the Exam Details below.

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What Skills Will You Learn?

HARDWARE

IT CONCEPTS & TERMINOLOGY

Comprehend notational systems, illustrate the basics of computing and explain the value of data and troubleshooting

WINDOWS OPERATING SYSTEMS

INFRASTRUCTURE

Know how to set up and install common peripheral devices to a laptop/PC or secure a basic wireless network

SOFTWARE TROUBLESHOOTING

APPLICATIONS & SOFTWARE

Manage applications software, understand the various components of an operating system and explain the purpose of methods of application architecture

NETWORKING

SOFTWARE DEVELOPMENT

Comprehend programming language categories, interpret logic, and understand the purpose of programming concepts

HARDWARE & NETWORK TROUBLESHOOTING

DATABASE FUNDAMENTALS

Able to explain database concepts, structures, and purpose, as well as understands methods used to interface

SECURITY

SECURITY

Understand confidentiality, integrity, and availability concerns of secure devices and best practice methods

Who would benefit from ITF+?

  • 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 organizations.

Why would you benefit from ITF+?

In 2017, nearly 5.4 million individuals worked as technology professionals across the U.S., representing an increase of 2.1%, or nearly 110,000 net new jobs. CompTIA ITF+ will help you determine if this is the field for you.

Twelve years ago, technology spending outside of IT was 20 percent of total technology spending; it will become almost 90 percent by the end of the decade, according to Gartner, Inc. All workers need fundamental IT skills to use these technologies.

Exam Details

Exam Codes FC0-U51
Exam FC0-U61
Launch Date October 2014
September 4, 2018
Exam Details  The CompTIA IT Fundamentals exam covers foundational IT concepts including identifying and explaining computer components, installing software, establishing network connectivity and preventing security risks. The new CompTIA IT Fundamentals exam focuses on the knowledge and skills required to identify and explain the basics of computing, IT infrastructure, software development, and database use. With this new version comes the addition of the + to further distinguish ourselves within the marketplace and represent CompTIA quality and standards.
Number of Questions Maximum of 75 questions per exam
Type of Questions Multiple choice
Length of Test 60 Minutes
Passing Score 650 (on a scale of 900)
Recommended Experience No prior experience necessary
Languages English, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish, German, Korean, traditional Chinese, simplified Chinese, Thai, Polish 
English
Retirement   English will retire July 15, 2019. Other Languages will retire December 1, 2019  Usually three years after launch
Testing Provider  Pearson VUE Testing Centers
Price $119 USD (See all pricing)
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What’s in this version

The upcoming exam will certify the successful candidate has the knowledge and skills required to identify and explain the basics of computing, IT infrastructure, application and software, software development, database fundamentals and security. In addition, candidates will have the ability to demonstrate their knowledge to:

  • Install software
  • Establish basic network connectivity
  • Identify/prevent basic security risks
  • Explain troubleshooting theory and preventative maintenance of devices

How Does CompTIA ITF+ Compare?

 


Microsoft Technology Associate IC3 Digital Literacy Certification European Computer Driving License/International Computer Driving License
Exam Focus Pre-career assessment of competency for IT  Pre-career on-ramp to technical expertise in Microsoft products and services End users who lack IT training End user skills 
Experience Level Pre-IT career Pre-IT career Non-IT pros Non-IT pros
Vendor Neutral Yes No Yes Yes

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Renewal

The CompTIA IT Fundamentals certification is considered good for life and does not need to be renewed.

For certifications that are part of the CompTIA Continuing Education program and that can be renewed, please go to our Continuing Education page.

Good for Life Certifications IT Fundamentals is good for life.

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