Network+ Certified Technician, Continuing Education Workforce Certificate

This course prepares students to take the CompTIA® Network+ Certification Exam, and for a career as a network technician.  Learn how to plan, install, configure and troubleshoot a computer network.  Develop the skills to install and configure network operating systems and network hardware.  Implement wireless networks, install and configure TCP/IP, perform diagnostic procedures to troubleshoot network malfunctions, and implement/manage network security.

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of this Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, students will be able to:

  1. ​prepare to pass the CompTIA Network+ certification exam;
  2. perform the various responsibilities and tasks required of a network technician;
  3. design and implement functional networks;
  4. configure, manage, and maintain essential network devices;
  5. implement network security, standards, and protocols; and
  6. troubleshoot network problems.

CCBC Pathway

Technology and Engineering Pathway - Pathways are designed to help you meet your academic and career goals by aligning related courses and programs.  Pathway students participate in a variety of activities that help explore career opportunities in their field of study.  You can meet with a CCBC advisor who help align — or realign — your educational plan with the Pathway that best supports you and your goals.

Program Credentials

Successful Completion:

CCBC Credential:

Students will be awarded a Continuing Education Workforce Certificate, and will have access to a Continuing Education academic record (transcript).  Students will have the opportunity to sit for the CompTIA® Network+ certification exam.

Certifying Organization:

Computing Technology Industry Association (Comp TIA®)

Financial Aid and Payment Options

We offer financial aid by packaging public and private funding options to those who qualify, in select Continuing Education courses and programs. Additional opportunities for financial support include partial payment options through Nelnet Business Solutions and tuition waivers for those who qualify. Resources outside of CCBC may also be available through employer/sponsor paid tuition,  the Department of Rehabilitation Services (DORS), and your local office of workforce development.

Program Length

1 - 2 semesters (14 – 32 weeks) not including prerequisites.

Courses start in August, January, and June at CCBC Catonsville, CCBC Essex, and CCBC Owings Mills.  Courses are offered in a variety of different schedules that include face-to-face, online or hybrid (a combination of the two).

Program Requirements

High School Diploma or GED. Students must be computer literate, have strong computer skills, and have access to a computer and the Internet to complete assignments.


A+ courses, background or certification.

Application Process

To apply, go to and complete the CCBC Continuing Education Workforce Certificate program application.  An email will then be sent with program information and any additional requirements necessary to apply for the program.

Open Entry – No screening or documentation required.

Prior Learning Assessment

This program has potential options for waiving select courses based on previous coursework or articulated coursework from an approved curriculum and demonstrated portfolio and/or prior occupational learning. Maximum number of program hours that may be earned from prior learning: 137.

Program Course Sequence

Excellent attendance is required.


Course Number

Course Title

Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)



PCA 644


PCA 994

(if hybrid)

Shared with credit class DCOM 141 

A+ Certification PC Technician Module 1


PC Pro (Access Code); TestOut; $172

Check with Coordinator for potential text update before purchasing


​PCA 645


PCA 995

(if hybrid)

Shared with credit class DCOM 141

​A+ Certification PC Technician Module 2 ​50 ​Same as Module 1



Prerequisite Totals:​ ​   100​ ​$172


Course Series

Course Number

Course Title

Course Hours

Textbook Information

(approximate cost; subject to change)



PCA 619


PCA 615

(if hybrid)

Shared with credit class DCOM 101

Networking and Data Communications


Digital materials



PCA 620


PCA 616

(if hybrid)

Shared with credit class DCOM 251

Network+ Technician Certification


The Official CompTIA Network+ Student Guide; CompTIA; $65.33

CompTIA Labs for Network+; CompTIA; $78.93

Check with Coordinator for potential text update before purchasing


Course Series Totals:   ​87.5 $144.26




Course Series and Prerequisite Totals:






Additional Information

Additional Offerings:
Students pursuing certification in Network+ often enroll in the following computer network/security related classes: A+ Certification; Security+ Certification; Windows Server Certification; and VMware Certification.

Additional Expenses:
CompTIA Network+ Certification exam = $349

Skills for Success:
Successful candidates must be self-motivated and independent learners, have strong analytical skills, the ability to take direction, and the ability to work both independently and as a team member. 
Career Opportunities:

With certification, students will qualify for entry-level positions as a Network Service Technician; Network Installer; IT Cable Installer; Computer Technician; Field Service Technician; Computer Support Specialist; and Technical Support Specialist.  This career requires continued training and education.

Career Coach

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Program Contact Information

Coordinator: Steve Ricketts || 443-840-4442| Catonsville | BESS | 100 L

Administrative Assistant: Danielle Bennett | | 443-840-4925 | Catonsville| BESS |100