CompTIA A+, Network+ & Security+ Course

Jumpstart your IT career and set yourself apart from other job applicants.


The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is considered the world’s leading technology association. Since its founding in 1982, CompTIA has set standards for certification in IT support, from hardware and devices to networks and cybersecurity. This 100% self-paced, online course will help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to launch an IT career via the CompTIA’s A+, Network+ and Security+ certifications.

Course Format: Self-paced, online

Total Hours: 480 hours

Program Duration: Must be completed in 12 months

Tuition: $3,999

Materials: Tuition includes all instructional materials, textbooks, and exam vouchers

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The A+, Network+ and Security+ certifications are sequential. A+ focuses on devices; Network+ is dedicated to the hardware, software and protocols for networking; and Security+ adds the layer of core security functions across devices, networks, and the organizations that deploy them.

CompTIA calls the A+, Network+ and Security+ sequence a “stacked” credential that validates baseline skills in the three disciplines: devices, networks, and security. Each individual certification is considered an independent signal of competence in the area it addresses.

What you will learn:

  • Learn the fundamentals of IT
  • Discover how to build and manage a data network
  • Understand how to troubleshoot networking issues
  • Learn about routing and switching, risk assessment, and data recovery
  • Practice concepts that will prepare for CompTIA™ A+, Security+, and Network+ certifications
  • Prepare to take and pass CompTIA™ A+, Security+, and Network+ certification exam processes

About these certifications

According to CompTIA, the A+ certification is often associated with baseline or entry-level support positions such as service desk analyst, technical support specialist, field service technician, associate network engineer, data support technician, desktop support administrator, end-user computing technician, help desk technician, or system support specialist.

According to CompTIA, the Network+ certification is often associated with positions such as Network administrator, network field engineer, computer technician, help desk technician, system engineer, network support specialist, or network analyst.

According to CompTIA, the Security+ certification is often associated with junior IT auditor or penetration tester positions. Other titles might include systems administrator, network administrator, or security administrator.

Job outlook for CompTIA certified professionals

  • Computer and information technology (IT) support specialists are in demand. Nearly every organization that uses computers and computing devices needs user and technology support. The US Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) expects computer support jobs to grow 10% between now and 2027, twice the rate of overall job growth.
  • BLS data indicates that computer support specialists earn $54,760 per year or $26.33 per hour on average.
  • CompTIA’s commitment to mobile device support suggests strong continued demand for its certificate holders. According to the BLS analysis, as organizations upgrade their devices, networks and security, demand for support professionals will continue to grow.

Module 1.  CompTIA™ A+  220-1001

  • Hardware
  • Hardware part II
  • Networking
  • Mobile and more

Module 2. CompTIA™ A+  220-1002

  • Windows
  • Troubleshooting
  • Security
  • Mac & Linux

Module 3. CompTIA™ Network+  N10-007

  • Foundations of networking and infrastructure
  • Addressing, protocols, routing
  • Cabling and wireless networking
  • Virtualization and the cloud, subnets, and VLANs
  • Risk management and security
  • Network Performance and WANs

Module 4. CompTIA™ Security+  SY0-601

  • Security attacks and cryptography 
  • Security and protection  
  • Cryptography  
  • Security on networks  
  • Enterprise security 

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There are no prerequisites prior to taking this course. You should have a basic understanding of computer systems and networks.

By course completion, you will be fully prepared to take and pass each the following CompTIA certification exams:

  • CompTIA A+ 220-1001 and CompTIA A+ 220-1002 - As the most respected associate-level IT certification in the industry, CompTIA A+ certification verifies that you have passed a standard that is supported by companies like Intel, Dell and HP.
  • CompTIA Network+ N10-007 - CompTIA Network+ certification is widely considered the industry standard for initiating a career supporting IT network infrastructure.
  • CompTIA Security+ SY0-601 - According to CompTIA™, Security+ is the most widely-used preparation to meet the US Department of Defense's DoD 8570 compliance standard.

James E. Mitchell Jr is the lead instructor for our Online CompTIA A+, Network+ & Security+ Course. He brings over a decade of experience in computer repair, network security, and help desk support and more than 20 years of experience in cyber security. He previously led telecommunications teams at Comcast and Verizon and was a subject matter expert for BCCC’s cyber security program. He currently operates testing centers offering PearsonVue, ETS, Kryterion, Certi-Port, and Scantron exams. In addition to a degree in electronics and computer technology, he actively holds certifications in CompTia A+, Network+, Security+, CCNA and CEH.

Hardware Requirements

  • This course can be taken on either a PC or Mac.

Software Requirements

  • PC: Windows 7 or later.
  • Mac: OS 10.x or later.
  • Browser: The latest version of Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox are preferred. Microsoft Edge and Safari are also compatible.


  • Email capabilities and access to a personal email account.

*NOTE: WIOA and other specialized workforce assistance programs are not eligible for discounts.

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Towson University is an CompTIA Authorized Academy and Authorized Partner.

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