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    CompTIA IT Fundamentals

What is it?

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.

Why is it different?

• CompTIA ITF+ establishes an IT education framework for students in middle school and high school.

• 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 making it ideal for non-technical professionals.

About the exam

The CompTIA IT Fundamentals 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

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+.

Who Would Benefit from ITF+

• Students considering a career in IT

• Students and career changers considering a career in IT

• Marketing, sales and operations staff in IT-based organisations

How does CompTIA ITF+ Compare to Alternatives?


CompTIA Certification Pathway

CompTIA certifications align with the skillsets needed to build a career in IT. CompTIA ITF+ is the pre-career starting point to help students or career changers decide if a career in IT is right for them. ITF+ is a reasonably priced and more concise exam compared to other IT Certifications, which makes it valuable to obtain basic IT skills for the workplace. Other CompTIA certifications then give you the next step along the IT career path.


Technical Areas Covered in the Certification

IT Concepts and Terminology


• Compare and contrast notational systems and fundamental data type characteristics

• Illustrate the basics of computing and processing

• Explain the value of data and information

• Explain the troubleshooting methodology



• Classify common types of input/output device interfaces

• Given a scenario, set up and install common peripheral devices to a laptop/PC or secure a basic wireless network

• Explain the purpose of common internal computing components and basic networking concepts

• Compare and contrast common Internet service types, storage types, and computing devices

Applications and Software


• Manage applications software

• Compare and contrast components of an operating system

• Explain the purpose and proper use of software and methods of application architecture

• Given a scenario, configure and use web browsers

Software Development


• Compare and contrast programming language categories

• Given a scenario, use programming organisational techniques and interpret logic

• Explain the purpose and use of programming concepts

Database Fundamentals


• Explain database concepts and the purpose of a database

• Compare and contrast various database structures

• Summarise methods used to interface with databases



• Summarise confidentiality, integrity, and availability concerns

• Explain methods to secure devices and best practices

• Summarise behavioral security concepts

• Compare and contrast authentication, authorisation, and accounting

• Explain password best practices, common uses of encryption, and business continuity concepts

Research and Statistics

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.

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