Many people who want to become IT professionals don’t necessarily want support roles. CompTIA A+ is the most popular cert if you are looking to work as a help desk technician or in any other technical role that requires operating system and computer knowledge. CompTIA Network+ is the best choice if you want to learn basic concepts about networking. Where does IT Fundamentals fit in? We will explore what makes this certification tick, who would be interested in it, and which job roles might find it useful.
What is IT Fundamentals+?
The IT Fundamentals+ certification introduces key computing concepts like software development, IT infrastructure, and database utilization. This certification is a theoretical overview of the interdependence of all these systems with modern businesses. This knowledge will be complemented by practical skills. These include how to install software, connect to a network, establish connectivity, and how to identify and avoid basic security risks.
You will also learn basic troubleshooting techniques and what preventative maintenance is and when it should be performed. This cert will allow you to learn new concepts about IT, even if you have not worked in IT before. It can also help you to understand key concepts you may not have covered in your current IT job. We will discuss the specific target audience of this certification later in this article.
What is the IT Fundamentals+ Exam?
This certification’s objectives cover many different areas. They all relate to key concepts in IT fundamentals. You can find the complete document with all exam objectives here.
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Start training1.0. IT Terminology and Concepts: 17%
2.0. Infrastructure: 22%
3.0. Software and Applications: 18%
4.0. Software Development: 12%
5.0. Database Fundamentals: 11%
6.0. Security: 20%
1.0 IT Concepts & Terminology: This section covers the basics of notational systems like binary and hexadecimal. You will learn how you can distinguish between data types such as strings, integers, char and Boolean. You will also learn the basics of computing, processing, and the value of data. Other key concepts include data unit types like MegaByte, Gigabyte, Mbps etc. This section explains the troubleshooting method.
2.0 Infrastructure: This exam objective covers input and output device types, how basic peripherals can be set up and installed on computers and laptops, as well as what each internal component is used for. You will also learn about various internet connectivity types, storage types and computing devices like mobile phones, tablets, etc., as well as basic network concepts. You will also learn how secure to set up a basic wireless network.
3.0 Software and Applications: This section will explain what an Operating System is, what it does, and what its purpose is. You will learn about the components of an operating system, and how to use it properly. You will also learn about application architecture, delivery models, web browsers and general issues related to applications.
4.0 Software Development: This section will allow you to compare and contrast different programming languages such as Compiled, Interpreted, Query, and Assembly. You will learn programming organizational techniques and how logic is interpreted. This includes both organizational techniques and logic parts. Finally, you will need explain the purpose and usage of programming concepts.
5.0 Database Fundamentals: This section explains database concepts and explains why you would use them for a particular purpose. It includes information about database usage, flat file vs. database, records, and storage.