CompTIA A+, Net+, Security+ Program

Information Assurance Program

ECPI is a CompTIA Authorized Academy. The Information Assurance Program (IAT) is in a lecture/lab format, using the CompTIA approved Curriculum. Course includes all information necessary to prepare you to take the CompTIA A+, Network+ and Security+ certifications in compliance with DOD directive 8570.01.

The ECPI IAT program consists of four terms. The program is designed to teach students the skills needed to give the students the knowledge and skills to take the certification exams for A+, Network+, & Security+. This provides them with the opportunity to enter the workforce and/or further their education and training in the computer, networking, and security field. This program is approved for Veterans and Tuition Assistance.

After completion of each section the following certification exams are taken at ECPI’s test center. 220-801 A+ Essentials, 220-802 A+ Practical Application, N10-004 Network+ and SYO-301 Security+.

Why should IT Professionals get certified?

Getting certified is an important step in advancing your career as an IT professional. Certification provides you with a competitive advantage by showing employers that you have proven your skills to get the job done. Top technology companies require certification of their employees, especially the Department of Defense.

Additional benefits of certification:

  • Certifications help IT professionals survive a volatile economy and stand out among other job seekers.
  • Certification provides career advancement opportunities.
  • Certification increases recognition and respect from managers, peers and customers.


A+ Certification

The very latest instruction methods presented by certified instructors will be implemented in this course. The current A+ certification requires passing the two exam below:

  • 220-801 A+ Essentials
  • 220-802 A+ Practical Application

Network+ Certification

Network+ preparation is designed to provide students with a fundamental understanding of computer networks and helps to prepare for the CompTIA Network+ certification examination. Vendor-neutral course provides students with fundamental understanding of computer networks. Topics include:

  • Networking Protocols and Devices
  • TCPI/IP Architecture
  • Internet Addressing
  • Network Security
  • Troubleshooting

Security+ Certification

Security+ validates knowledge of:

  • Systems Security
  • Network Infrastructure
  • Access Control
  • Assessments and Audits
  • Cryptography
  • Organizational Security

It is an international, vendor-neutral security certification.

IAT Skills and Competencies

Course Descriptions

Course Cr Hours Credits Course Name
IST210C 48 3 Computer Configuration I
IST211C 48 3 Computer Configuration II
CIS150C 48 3 Networking I
CIS212C 48 3 Network Security Concepts

IST210C Computer Configuration I - 3 credits

This course offers an introduction to how computers operate, configuration techniques, and students learn the skills necessary to perform timely repairs. The course includes in-depth discussions, laboratory and classroom demonstrations that reinforce skills required to troubleshoot, diagnose, repair, and effectively restore computers to service.

Prerequisite: CIS106 Introduction to Operating Systems (Course substitution: EET250) This certification meets the requirements for Level I technician as required by DOD directive 8570.01

IST211C Computer Configuration II - 3 credits

This course covers computer peripheral devices. Students are introduced to the internal function, operation, maintenance, and repair of these devices. The course also covers MS-DOS/Windows operating systems. Preventive and corrective maintenance, configuration, installation, and safety issues are presented. The course helps students prepare for the internationally recognized A+ certification.

Prerequisite: EET250 (Course substitution: EET251) This certification meets the requirements for Level I technician as required by DOD directive 8570.01

CIS150C Networking I - 3 credits

CIS150 / CIS150C This course focuses on an introduction to networking technology and its implementation. The course conducts an in-depth examination of microcomputer setup and troubleshooting skills, networking implementation, networking troubleshooting, basic security implementation, basic security troubleshooting, Interpersonal communication skills and personal management, introduction to topologies for different types of networks, familiarity of connectivity devices, and various LAN and WAN services.

Prerequisites: CIS106 Introduction to Operating Systems and IST120 Microcomputer Applications. This certification meets the requirements for Level I technician as required by DOD directive 8570.01

CIS212C Network Security Concepts - 3 credits

CIS212 / CIS212C The main goal of this course is to provide the student with a fundamental understanding of general network security concepts and implementation. This course covers the general security concepts involved in maintaining a secure computer networking environment. A variety of security methodologies are discussed as well as technologies and concepts used for implementing a secure network environment. Also, this course will adopt a practical, hands-on approach when examining general networking security implementation techniques. This course is designed to meet the objectives by using a combination of lectures, demonstrations, discussions, and hands-on labs.

Prerequisite: CIS151 Networking II. This certification meets the requirements for Level I Manager as required by DOD directive 8570.01