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network-comptiaThe CompTIA (Computing Technology Industry Association) Certificate is designed to help those who would like to begin or are in the early stages of their career involving Information Technology.

The program covers the fundamental but professional level knowledge of computer hardware, networking, and security. Those who complete this program and function at the level of the program curriculum will have a solid foundation from which an Information Technology career begins.

CompTIA Program Overview

A Career in Information Technology!

The CompTIA program will give you a solid foundation in A+ computer technician, Network+ for desktop support, and Security+ for systems administration. The CompTIA program is 100% online, allowing you to gain entry level skills needed to succeed in this field.

Students who successfully complete this program will be able to:

  • Demonstrate proper BIOS configuration, including boot sequences
  • Describe different hardware components with speeds and compatibility
  • Identify different communication protocols with their uses and limitations
  • Demonstrate proficiency in troubleshooting using the OSI model
  • Demonstrate in a given scenario how to troubleshoot common router and switch problems
  • Compare and contrast different LAN and WLAN technologies
  • Explain different methods and rationales for network performance optimization
  • Categorize standard connector types based on network media
  • Recognize a variety of attack strategies and how to defeat them
  • Differentiate multiple methods of intrusion detection and have the ability to explain how each one conceptually works
  • Demonstrate the ability to identify and explain the different types of cryptographic algorithms

Course Outline

What courses will I take?

The following courses are included in the CompTIA Certificate program. You will progress through the program through a series of detailed and engaging video lessons and assessments through the  OnlineExpert platform from LearnKey. The CompTIA program has a total of 34 credits.

Course ID Course Name Credit Hours
CompTIA A+ Part I 6 Credit Hours
This course introduces the standard that forms the basis of this two-part class, covering the maintenance of PC’s, mobile devices, laptops, operating systems, and printers. The CompTIA A+ certification is the ideal starting point for a career in IT. The emphasis in the Part I course is on the topics related to computer hardware.
CompTIA A+ Part II
7 Credit Hours
This course continues to expand upon the standard, with emphasis on topics related to mobile devices, security, and troubleshooting.  Prerequisite: TCH100.
CompTIA Network + Part I 5 Credit Hours
This course introduces network technologies, installation and
configuration, media and topologies, management, and security. The CompTIA Network+ certification is an internationally recognized IT standard and is the logical next step after the associated A+ certification.
TCH210 CompTIA Network + Part II 5 Credit Hours
This course further expands the student’s knowledge of network technologies, installation and configuration, media and topologies, management, and security related to the associated standard. Prerequisite: TCH110.
CompTIA Security + Part I  5 Credit Hours
This course introduces the standard that forms the basis of this two-part class, covering network security, compliance, vulnerabilities, identity management, and cryptography.  The CompTIA Security+ is an internationally recognized cyber security standard. It is also the first major milestone in the DoD’s 8570 regulation on network security.
TCH230 CompTIA Security + Part II 6 Credit Hours
This course expands on Part I, furthering the student’s knowledge related to network security, compliance, vulnerabilities, identity management, and cryptography. Prerequisite: TCH130.

Career Outlook

Career Outlook

Employment of computer support specialists is projected to grow 12 percent from 2014 to 2024, faster than the average for all occupations. More support services will be needed as organizations upgrade their computer equipment and software. Computer support staff will be needed to respond to the installation and repair requirements of increasingly complex computer equipment and software. However, a rise in cloud computing could increase the productivity of computer support specialists, slowing their growth at many firms. Smaller businesses that do not have information technology (IT) departments will contract services from IT consulting firms and increase the demand for computer support specialists in those firms. Employment of support specialists in computer systems design and related firms is projected to grow 31 percent from 2014 to 2024.


Employment Opportunities

You could find opportunities to utilize the Comp/TIA certificate in the following settings:

  • Education
  • Telecommunications
  • Health/Finance
  • Customer service
  • Transportation
  • Computer/software companies
  • Social Media


The median annual wage for computer user support specialists in May 2015 was $48,620. The median wage is the wage at which half the workers in an occupation earned more than that amount and half earned less. The lowest 10 percent earned less than $28,990, and the highest 10 percent earned more than $81,260.


* Bureau of Labor Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor, Occupational Outlook Handbook, 2016–17 Edition, Computer Support Specialists, on the internet at (visited March 03, 2017).

Tuition & Fees

Payment Plans

The total price for the Brighton College CompTIA Certificate is $7,325.

Total Tuition $6,630
Enrollment Fee $100
Resource Fee $595
Total Sales Price $7,325

All academic and financial obligations to the school must be made prior to release of final transcripts and diploma. For full admission requirements visit Admission Procedures.

  • Full Payment Plan: Pay in full for a total program price of of $7,025. Save $300!
  • Private Student Loan: Finance your education with low down payments and customized terms!

Financial Assistance

The programs at Brighton College are approved for Veterans benefits. Brighton College also works with many employers’ Tuition Reimbursement programs as well as various Workforce Development and Vocational Rehabilitation programs. To find out if you qualify for these programs, call our office at 1-800-354-1254 for more information.


Change of Program $50
Additional Transcript $10
Late Payment $25
Returned Check / Declined Credit Card $25
Academic Extension* $500
Re-Admission Fee $200

Textbooks and Materials

All textbooks and learning materials are provided for students in the CompTIA program. E-books will be utilized when available. Courses are taken one at a time, and textbooks and materials are delivered as new courses are released to the student.

Career Services

Brighton College is dedicated to assisting you with your job search. Below are just a few ways we work to ensure that as a graduate you are positioned to take the next step toward achieving your career goals.

Specialized Career Course

As a Brighton College graduate, you will have the option to take a course that focuses on career information and prepares you for your job search. Learn important skills such as networking, career management, and building interpersonal relationships.

One-On-One Cover Letter Assistance

You will learn how to build and design effective cover letters and follow-up letters. In addition, we will show specific examples.

Interview Preparation

You will learn interview techniques and tips on how to answer the most commonly asked questions.