As of January 1, 2011, the CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+ certifications must be renewed on a three-year cycle. What I didn’t know until one of my HP Learning Center students asked me, was that you can count the CEUs (“Continuing Education Units”) you must earn to maintain cert currency more than one toward keeping multiple CompTIA Certifications current. Of course, you can always elect to re-take the latest exam every three years instead, if you prefer…
Keeping an A+ current requires earning 20 CEUs over the three-year renewal period, while maintaining the Network+ and Security+ require 30 and 50 CEUs respectively. But if you go all the way to keeping your Security+ current, and also hold the A+ and Network+, those 50 CEUs cover you for all three credentials in one swell foop.
Here’s the relevant language from the CompTIA CEU FAQ:
Q: I hold multiple CompTIA certifications. Am I required to renew each of them?
A: No. Individuals with multiple CompTIA certifications are encouraged to participate in CE at the highest level of certification held. For example, someone who holds CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+ certifications would be required to meet only the continuing education requirements for CompTIA Security+.
Completion of CE for CompTIA Security+ would grant the participant with a CompTIA Security+ce, and simultaneously grant a new CompTIA A+ce and CompTIA Network+ce. Please note you must have a certification for it to be applicable as part of the CE program. No certification is granted through CE participation, only renewed.
It’s always good to know how things really work when it comes to important details like maintaining cert currency, so I’m glad to share this with my readers.