Skills Certificate, CompTIA Certification Preparation

The skills certificate in CompTIA certification preparation provides students with a broad knowledge of computer systems, basic networking skills, security issues, and technologies that can be used for entry-level employment or pursuit of an Associate of Applied Science degree. This sequence of courses will serve as preparation for the CompTIA certifications.

These courses may not transfer to a baccalaureate degree of art or science within the universities in the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE).


Students completing the certificate will:

  • Obtain the knowledge and skills required to implement a defined network architecture with basic network security, including general security concepts associated with communications, infrastructure, cryptography, and operational/organizational structure.
  • Obtain the necessary competencies required for basic networking, including terminology, components, transmission media and protocols.
  • Acquire the knowledge and skills required to install, configure, troubleshoot and upgrade a PC as an IT technician.

Skills Certificates provide training for entry level positions or career advancement and are designed to prepare students to take state, national and/or industry-recognized certifications or licensing exams. Skills certificates are awarded upon completion of coursework and marked on a student's transcripts at the end of the semester (Student are unable to declare intent to complete a skills certificate.) Skills Certificates are not eligible for Financial Aid. 

To earn a skills certificate, students must:

  1. Maintain a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0
  2. Have no financial or library obligation to the college
Certificate Requirement
CIT 112Network +3
CIT 114IT Essentials4
CS 151Introduction to Cybersecurity3
Total Units10
Plan of Study Grid
1st semesterUnits
CIT 112 Network + 3
CIT 114 IT Essentials 4
CS 151 Introduction to Cybersecurity 3
 Semester Total10
 Total Units10