Effective January 1, 2011, all new CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) and Mobility+ certifications will be valid for three years from the date the candidate is certified. The certification must be renewed within three years in order for the individual to remain certified.
These certifications can be maintained by passing the most current CompTIA exam prior to the three-year expiration date or enrolling in CompTIA's Continuing Education (CE) Program. This initiative allows participants to keep skills and certifications current through a variety of activities that show an understanding of relevant industry knowledge.
Individuals certified in CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ or CompTIA Security+ on or before Dec. 31, 2010, are considered certified for life. However, these certified professionals can enroll in the CE program to demonstrate to employers that their knowledge is current and relevant.
Individuals who enroll in the CE program earn Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for Qualifying Courses (Hyperlink to PDF with the list) that count toward maintaining their certifications.