Course at a glance

In 2017, nearly 5.4 million individuals worked as technology professionals across the U.S., representing an increase of 2.1%, or nearly 110,000 net new jobs. CompTIA ITF+ will help you determine if this is the field for you.

Twelve years ago, technology spending outside of IT was 20 percent of total technology spending; it will become almost 90 percent by the end of the decade, according to Gartner, Inc. All workers need fundamental IT skills to use these technologies.

  • Students considering a career in IT.
  • Professionals working in fields that require a broad understanding of IT.
  • Marketing, sales and operations staff in IT-based organizations.


CompTIA ITF+ helps professionals to decide if a career in IT is right for them or to develop a broader understanding of IT.

  • ITF+ is the only pre-career certification that helps students or career changers determine if they have a competency for information technology and if it is the right career path for them.
  • ITF+ is the only single certification that covers all areas of IT foundations, creating a broader understanding of IT making it ideal for non-technical professionals.
  • ITF+ establishes an IT education framework for students in middle school and high school.

What skills will you learn?

IT Concepts & Terminology

Comprehend notational systems, illustrate the basics of computing and explain the value of data and troubleshooting.


Know how to set up and install common peripheral devices to a laptop/PC or secure a basic wireless network.

Applications & Software

Manage applications software, understand the various components of an operating system and explain the purpose of methods of application architecture.

Software Development

Comprehend programming language categories, interpret logic, and understand the purpose of programming concepts.

Database Fundamentals

Able to explain database concepts, structures, and purpose, as well as understands methods used to interface.


Understand confidentiality, integrity, and availability concerns of secure devices and best practice methods.

The CompTIA IT Fundamentals exam focuses on the essential IT skills and knowledge needed to perform tasks commonly performed by advanced end-users and entry-level IT professionals alike, including:

  • Using features and functions of common operating systems and establishing network connectivity
  • Identifying common software applications and their purpose
  • Using security and web browsing best practices


This exam is intended for candidates who are advanced end users and/or are considering a career in IT. The exam is also a good fit for individuals interested in pursuing professional-level certifications, such as A+.

The English language version of the CompTIA IT Fundamentals FC0-U51 certification exam retired July 15, 2019. Translated versions retire December 1, 2019, and Japanese will remain available through March 31, 2020.

Required exam FCO-U61

Number of questions 75

Type of questions Multiple choice

Length of test 60 minutes

Recommended experience No prior experience necessary

Passing score 650 (on a scale of 900)

Jobs that use CompTIA ITF+

  • Desktop Technician
  • Helpdesk Specialist
  • IT Support Technician
  • Information Technology Specialist