CompTIA Academy

The Department of Applied Computing and Electronics is an Authorized Academy partner, and the CompTIA Academy service provides students with robust learning tools in order to acquire the knowledge, skills and credentials for a successful career in IT. This includes technology- and vendor-neutral certification curricula, financial incentives (in the form of discounted certification exam vouchers), and many tools that instructors utilize to better provide students with an education.

The CompTIA A+ 

IT success stories start with CompTIA A+ certification. It validates understanding of the most common hardware and software technologies in business and certifies the skills necessary to support complex IT infrastructures. CompTIA A+ is a powerful credential that helps IT professionals worldwide ignite their IT career.

Held by over 1​ million IT professionals worldwide, CompTIA A+ is the most essential IT certification for establishing an IT career. If you’re new to the IT industry, this will help you put your best foot forward. And if you’re already an IT professional, the CompTIA A+ certification validates your skills and can boost your career.  

More information about the CompTIA A+ certification can be found here.

The CompTIA Network+

CompTIA Network+ is a vendor neutral networking certification that is trusted around the world. It validates the essential knowledge and skills needed to confidently design, configure, manage and troubleshoot any wired and wireless devices. CompTIA Network+ certified individuals are in-demand worldwide.

The stakes are high. Data networks are more crucial for businesses than ever before. They are the lifeline to the critical financial, healthcare and information services that need to function at the highest, most secure level. With a CompTIA Network+ certification, you will possess the key skills to troubleshoot, configure and manage these systems and keep your company productive.

More information about the CompTIA Network+ certification can be found here.

The CompTIA Security+

CompTIA Security+ is the certification globally trusted to validate foundational, vendor-neutral IT security knowledge and skills. As a benchmark for best practices in IT security, this certification covers the essential principles for network security and risk management – making it an important stepping stone of an IT security career.

IT security is paramount to organizations as cloud computing and mobile devices have changed the way we do business. With the massive amounts of data transmitted and stored on networks throughout the world, it’s essential to have effective security practices in place. That’s where CompTIA Security+ comes in. Get the Security+ certification to show that you have the skills to secure a network and deter hackers and you’re ready for the job.

More information about the CompTIA Secruity+ certification can be found here.

The CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician

The CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician certification ensures IT professionals have the knowledge and skills needed to succeed in installing, managing and troubleshooting IT systems in medical and clinical settings. Healthcare IT technicians are essential in maintaining a high quality of care to patients in hospitals nationwide.

As an IT professional working at a hospital, it’s easy to get overwhelmed with unfamiliar medical terminology and patient confidentiality requirements. CompTIA’s Healthcare IT Technician certification dives into the latest hospital-based IT systems and focuses on the medical jargon you’ll be working with.

More information about the CompTIA Healthcare IT Technician certification can be found here.

Cisco Networking Academy

Every year, hundreds of thousands of Networking Academy students worldwide gain the skills needed to build, design, and maintain computer networks; improving their career prospects while filling the global demand for networking professionals. With 10,000 academies in 165 countries, Networking Academy helps individuals prepare for industry-recognized certifications and entry-level information and communication technology (ICT) careers in virtually every type of industry. Students develop foundational skills in ICT while acquiring vital 21st-century career skills in problem solving, collaboration, and critical thinking.

The Cisco Networking Academy provides students with a comprehensive, 21st century learning experience.

NABCEP Entry Level

This credential is offered as part of the NRGY 243 PV Design and Installation course.  The NABCEP Entry Level Program is designed for those individuals wanting to get into the solar field; achievement of the NABCEP Entry Level Exam is a way for candidates to demonstrate that they have achieved a basic knowledge of the fundamental principles of the application, design, installation and operation of PV and Solar Heating systems.  More information is available at the NABCEP website.

Voucher Repurchasing Policy

Vouchers for IT certifications are offered at a discount as part of a course's fee. If a student fails a certification exam, or lets a voucher expire and would like to take the exam again, that student may purchase vouchers from the department at the reduced rate without having to re-enroll in the Professional Certification course.  Contact Tom Gallagher, IT Program Director, at thomas.gallagher@umontana.edu for more details.

Vouchers are priced as follows:

  • CompTIA A+ (both exams) costs a total of $200.
    • Individual exam vouchers are $100 each.
  • CompTIA Net+ (single exam) costs $150.
  • CompTIA Security+ costs a total of $215.