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    CompTIA IT Operations Specialist (CIOS)

    The CompTIA IT Operations Specialist (CIOS) certification is designed for people who are just starting their IT careers, especially those with up to two years of experience. It’s a key part of the CompTIA Infrastructure Career Pathway and is really important for those new to IT. This certification is all about laying a strong foundation for a career in IT infrastructure management. It starts with the basic skills in IT operations and then gradually moves to more advanced topics.

    Getting the CIOS certification is more than just earning a certificate; it’s about progressively learning and growing in the field of IT operations. It covers everything from managing IT infrastructure to solving network problems. When someone earns this certification, it shows they’re dedicated to building a wide range of skills in IT operations, which is a very important area in today’s world full of technology.

    Alternatively, our IT Technician Career Programme is the preferred route for students looking to kickstart their careers and thrive as IT Professionals.

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    What’s included?

    • Consultation with a Career Consultant to corroborate your course choice
    • Unlimited, 12-month access to the official CompTIA IT Operations Specialist Course
    • Official CompTIA A+ Core 1 Exam, CompTIA A+ Core 2 Exam and CompTIA Network+ Exam
    • Certified Tutor to provide assistance with course queries
    • Access to a full Support Team for assistance with examination, notes, and study queries
    • Official CompTIA learning portal with access to videos, flash cards, and performance-based questions (PBQs) to maximise your chance of success
    • A professional, industry-oriented CV rewrite*
    • A LinkedIn profile overhaul to maximise your new networking opportunities*

    Certification: CompTIA IT Operations Specialist

    Vendor: CompTIA: The Computing Technology Industry Association

    Key learning objective: The CompTIA IT Operations Specialist (CIOS) certification focuses on equipping individuals with foundational skills and knowledge required for effective IT operations management.

    *Value-added service that can be added at an additional cost

    Certification details

    ITonlinelearning is a verified CompTIA Authorised Partner (AP), which means that this certification has been rigorously assessed and approved to meet industry standards.

    Accrediting body
    As the leading provider of vendor-neutral IT certifications, the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is the go-to for individuals looking to enhance their skills and take their career to the next level. With a range of certifications covering everything from cyber security and cloud computing to networking, CompTIA has something for everyone! With over 2.5 million certifications awarded to date, you can trust that you’re in good hands with CompTIA.

    But CompTIA is more than just certifications – they’re a community of experts and professionals, passionate about advancing IT and promoting excellence. That’s why they offer a range of resources and support for their members, including training and development opportunities, networking events, and research and policy work.

    Certification expiry
    This certification showcases validation of your expertise, and is valid for life!

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    CompTIA IT Operations Specialist

    What You Will Learn


    The CompTIA IT Operations Specialist (CIOS) certification is designed to provide individuals with the essential skills and knowledge needed for proficient management of IT operations.

      CompTIA A+

      The CompTIA A+ certification is a foundational IT certification that covers a broad range of topics essential for entry-level IT professionals. It emphasizes the understanding and troubleshooting of a variety of hardware and software, along with customer support skills. Additionally, it includes an understanding of basic networking, security fundamentals, and operational procedures, preparing individuals for roles in IT support and technical assistance.

      CompTIA Network+

      The CompTIA Network+ certification is focused on networking concepts and practices, aimed at preparing IT professionals for managing, configuring, and troubleshooting networks. It covers key areas such as network design, security, routing and switching, and network operations. This certification is ideal for those looking to specialize in network infrastructure and ensure efficient and secure data communication within an organization.

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      CompTIA IT Operations Specialist (CIOS)
      Frequently Asked Questions

      You have questions, and we have all the answers

      The CIOS certification is ideal for individuals at the beginning of their IT career, typically those with 0-2 years of experience. It’s suited for those who aspire to work in IT infrastructure and operations, such as IT support specialists, network technicians, or help desk technicians. It’s a great choice for those looking to demonstrate a foundational understanding of IT operations, including hardware, software, and network support.

      The CIOS certification is dependent on the validity of the CompTIA A+ and Network+ certifications, each of which is typically valid for three years from the passing date of their respective exams. To maintain the CIOS status, you’ll need to renew these individual certifications either by retaking the exams or by participating in CompTIA’s Continuing Education (CE) program.

      The time it takes to achieve the CIOS certification can vary greatly depending on your prior knowledge, experience, and study commitment. Each of the two required certifications (CompTIA A+ and Network+) usually requires a study time of about 10-12 weeks for individuals new to the field, when studying part-time. Therefore, you might expect to spend around 5-6 months to complete both certifications if you’re new to IT and studying part-time. This timeline could be shorter for those with some existing IT knowledge or experience, or for those able to commit to full-time study.