National Credential
Credential: CompTIA IT Fundamentals  GI Bill resource
Credentialing Agency: Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)

The CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+) certification is an entry level certification for those beginning a career in the field of information technology (IT) or those in a field where a general knowledge of IT is necessary.  To earn the certification, candidates must pass one exam covering foundational IT concepts such as understanding the basics of computing, IT infrastructure, software development, and database use. There are no experience requirements that must be met prior to taking the exam.

More information can be found on the certifying agency's website.

Renewal Period: Lifetime

CompTIA IT Fundamentals

The following Army Occupations provide training and/or experience that contributes to attaining this credential:

Personnel Category Occupation Occupation Type Related As Promotion Points Skill Level Star Proponent Funded Gap Analysis
Enlisted 12Y Geospatial Engineer MOS some          
Enlisted 13J Fire Control Specialist MOS most  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information. II      
Enlisted 13R Field Artillery (FA) Firefinder Radar Operator MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 14G Air Defense (AD) Battle Management System Operator MOS some          
Enlisted 14H Air Defense (AD) Enhanced Early Warning System Operator MOS some          
Enlisted 17E Electronic Warfare Specialist MOS most   III      
Enlisted 1C Satellite Systems/Network Coordinator ASI some          
Enlisted 1E Knowledge Management Professional ASI some          
Enlisted 1K Tactical Electronic Warfare Operations ASI most          
Enlisted 25B Information Technology Specialist MOS most          
Enlisted 25C Radio Operator-Maintainer MOS most          
Enlisted 25D Cyber Network Defender MOS some          
Enlisted 25E Electromagnetic Spectrum Manager MOS some          
Enlisted 25L Cable Systems Installer-Maintainer MOS some          
Enlisted 25P Microwave Systems Operator-Maintainer MOS some          
Enlisted 25Q Multichannel Transmission Systems Operator-Maintainer MOS some          
Enlisted 25S Satellite Communications Systems Operator-Maintainer MOS some          
Enlisted 25U Signal Support Systems Specialist MOS some          
Enlisted 35N Signals Intelligence Analyst MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 35P Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Voice Interceptor MOS some  Promotion Points: This certification has been approved for promotion points. Click for more information.        
Enlisted 35Q Cryptologic Cyberspace Intelligence Collector - Analyst MOS some          
Enlisted 35S Signals Collector/Analyst MOS some          
Enlisted 35T Military Intelligence (MI) Systems Maintainer/Integrator MOS some          
Enlisted 35V Chief Signals Intelligence (SIGINT) Sergeant MOS some          
Enlisted 37F Psychological Operations Specialist MOS some          
Enlisted 68A Biomedical Equipment Specialist MOS some          
Enlisted 6N THAAD Launching Control Station (LCS) Operator ASI some          
Enlisted 94E Radio Equipment Repairer MOS some          
Enlisted 94F Computer/Detection Systems Repairer MOS some          
Enlisted 94H Test, Measurement, and Diagnostic Equipment (TMDE) Maintenance Support Specialist MOS some          
Enlisted 94W Electronic Maintenance Supervisor MOS some          
Enlisted 94Z Senior Electronic Maintenance Supervisor MOS some          
Enlisted E6 Interactive On-Net Operator ASI other          
Enlisted K2 Advanced Communications Signals Analysis ASI some          
Enlisted Z8 Technical ELINT Collection and Analysis ASI some          
Warrant Officer 125D Geospatial Engineering Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 140A Command And Control Systems Integrator WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 140K Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Systems Tactician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 140L Air and Missile Defense (AMD) Systems Support Technician WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 170B Electronic Warfare Technician WOMOS most        
Warrant Officer 948B Electronic Systems Maintenance Warrant Officer WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 948D Electronic Missile Systems Maintenance Warrant Officer WOMOS some        
Warrant Officer 948E Senior Electronics Maintenance Warrant Officer WOMOS some        

Army Table Legend


Related As

The military occupations shown in this table are related to this credential in one of four ways: Most, Some, or Other.

Most: This credential is directly related to most of the major duties associated with the military occupation (at least 80%). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Some: This credential is related to some tasks associated with the duties of the military occupation (related 80% to at least one or more critical tasks but less than 80% of all of the entire military occupation). Note that the credential may require additional education, training or experience before you are eligible for it.

Other: This credential is related to this military occupation, but is more advanced or specialized and therefore will likely require additional education, training, or experience.

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This credential has been approved for promotion points for this MOS towards promotion to Sergeant and Staff Sergeant. Clicking the Promotion Points icon will open a link to the promotion points fact sheet.

Skill Level Designation

Skill Level I: This skill level consists of all Soldiers in the ranks of Private (pay grade E-1) up to Specialist (pay grade E-4). Time in Service (TIS) is generally between initial entry and four Years of Service (YOS). This skill level is Entry-level positions requiring performance of tasks under direct supervision.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level I
  • Basic Leader Course (BLC)

Skill Level II: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Sergeant (paygrade E-5). TIS is generally between 4-8 YOS. Positions requiring performance of more difficult tasks under general supervision; and in some instances, involving supervision of Soldiers in SL1.

Institutional training:

  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level II
  • Advance Leader Course (ALC)

Skill Level III: This skill level is obtained when promoted to Staff Sergeant (paygrade E-6). TIS is generally between 8-12 YOS. Positions requiring performance of still more difficult tasks and involving first line supervision of Soldiers in SL1 & SL2.

Institutional training:

  • Senior Leader Course (SLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level III

Skill level IV: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeant First Class (paygrade E-7). TIS is generally between 12-18 YOS. Positions requiring relatively detailed knowledge of all tasks specified for a given MOS, normally involving first-line supervision of Soldiers in SLs 1, 2, and 3, and involving managerial duties.

Institutional training:

  • Master Leader Course (MLC)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level IV
  • Senior Enlisted Joint Professional Military Education (SEJPME) I Course

Skill level V: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Master Sergeant (paygrade E-8). TIS is generally between 18-22 YOS. Positions requiring direct and indirect leadership roles with expertise in company and battalion-level operations and competency across a given CMF, serving as members of a staff at every level in the Army, with a full understanding of the allocation of resources and their utilization in order to accomplish Army functions and missions.

Institutional training:

  • United States Army Sergeants Major Academy (USASMA)
  • Structured Self-Development (SSD) level V

Skill level VI: This skill level is obtained when promoted to the rank of Sergeants Major (paygrade E-9). TIS is generally between 22-30 YOS. Positions requiring organizational leadership roles with multi-dimensional expertise in units and teams on division, corps, and Army staffs, integrated with Joint, Interagency, Intergovernmental, and Multinational (JIIM) partners with a full understanding of the Force Generation process, operations at all echelons, and how the Army runs.

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Star credentials are MOS enhancing, as designated by the Proponent. MOS enhancing credentials are directly related to an MOS or ASI, are taught either partially or completely as part of a Program of Instruction (POI), and improve the MOS technical proficiency.

Proponent Funded Funded icon

This icon indicates credentials which Soldiers may have funded through their MOS proponent. Some proponents offer credentialing opportunities in conjunction with military training and/or as part of MOS development beyond the training base.

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A detailed analysis comparing the credential requirements to the military occupation has been completed. Click on the gap analysis icon to view the analysis page.

CompTIA IT Fundamentals

Eligibility Requirements ()

Note: This credential may have multiple options for becoming eligible. Listed below are the minimum requirements based on the minimum degree required. To view other options, see the Eligibility tab.

  • Credential Prerequisite
  • Experience
  • Education
  • Training
  • Membership
  • Other
  • Fee

Exam Requirements ()

  • Written Exam
  • Oral Exam
  • Practical Exam
  • Performance Assessment

Renewal Period: Lifetime

  • Continuing Education
  • Exam
  • Continuing Education OR Exam
  • Fee
  • Other

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CompTIA IT Fundamentals

  • IT Concepts and Terminology (17%)
    • Compare and contrast notational systems.
    • Compare and contrast fundamental data types and their characteristics.
    • Illustrate the basics of computing and processing.
    • Explain the value of data and information.
    • Compare and contrast common units of measure.
    • Explain the troubleshooting methodology.
  • Infrastructure (22%)
    • Classify common types of input/output device interfaces.
    • Given a scenario, set up and install common peripheral devices to a laptop/PC.
    • Explain the purpose of common internal computing components.
    • Compare and contrast common Internet service types.
    • Compare and contrast storage types.
    • Compare and contrast common computing devices and their purposes.
    • Explain basic networking concepts.
    • Given a scenario, install, configure and secure a basic wireless network.
  • Applications and Software (18%)
    • Explain the purpose of operating systems.
    • Compare and contrast components of an operating system.
    • Explain the purpose and proper use of software.
    • Explain methods of application architecture and delivery models.
    • Given a scenario, configure and use web browsers.
    • Compare and contrast general application concepts and uses.
  • Software Development (12%)
    • Compare and contrast programming language categories.
    • Given a scenario, use programming organizational techniques and interpret logic.
    • Explain the purpose and use of programming concepts.
  • Database Fundamentals (11%)
    • Explain database concepts and the purpose of a database.
    • Compare and contrast various database structures.
    • Summarize methods used to interface with databases.
  • Security (20%)
    • Summarize confidentiality, integrity and availability concerns.
    • Explain methods to secure devices and best practices.
    • Summarize behavioral security concepts.
    • Compare and contrast authentication, authorization, accounting and non-repudiation concepts.
    • Explain password best practices.
    • Explain common uses of encryption.
    • Explain business continuity concepts.

There are a number of resources available to help you prepare for the CompTIA IT Fundamentals examination:

An additional resource is Safari Books Online, a searchable digital library that provides online access to thousands of books, training videos and conference sessions. See the Educational Resources page here on COOL to learn how to get free access.

Testing for this credential is handled by Pearson VUE. The test centers are located in the U.S. They also have some test centers on military bases.

To find out more, use the following links on the Pearson VUE website:

For more information on the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) testing process, visit the agency website.

CompTIA IT Fundamentals

Renewal Period: Lifetime

The CompTIA IT Fundamentals credential has the following recertification information:

  • The CompTIA IT Fundamentals certification is considered good for life and does not need to be renewed.

CompTIA IT Fundamentals

Additional considerations for the CompTIA IT Fundamentals include:

  • Applicants have the option to take the IT Fundamentals exam in person at a Pearson VUE testing center or remotely through ProctorU. Please see the agency's website for more information.