CompTIA “Big 3” Exam Retirement Dates
Article updated 04/06/2022.
The CompTIA exam retirement cycle ensures certification for any exam with the “ce” suffix (for continuing education) is valid three years from the date you take your exam if only one exam is required. If two exams are required (as is the case for A+ 220-1001 and 220-1002 as well as Linux+) it’s the date of the second exam that defines the start of the three-year period.
Scroll down to where we list the exam codes and retirement dates for the “big three” CompTIA certification exams.
NOTE: The CompTIA exam retirement dates ensure you will always be certified for three years irrespective of when you pass your exam and when the exam you took is retired by CompTIA. It does not matter if you take your exam a month from its retirement date you will still be certified for three years even though the exam is retired for most of those three years. As an example, Network+ N10-007 will be retired on March 31, 2022. Were you to pass that exam say in February of 2022, you would still be certified until February of 2025 even though for most of that time Network_ N10-007 will have been retired and Network+ N10-008 would be the “current version” available in the testing centers.
CompTIA Exam launch and retirement dates
A+ 220-1001 & 220-1002 aka Core 1 & Core 2
CompTIA A+ce – Core 1 exam# 220-1001 and Core 2 exam# 220-1002. These were launched on January 15, 2019. Exam retirement date: 3 years plus six months “grace period” after the release date, so sometime during the summer of 2022. Click here for info about our A+ 1001 & 1002 Exam Simulator.
A+ 220-1101 & 220-1102 Release Date
The release date for these two exams was April 21, 2022.
Retirement of CompTIA A+ce Exams 220-1001 & 220-1002: Exam retirement date: 3 years from its release date. These were launched on January 15, 2018, and will therefore be retired in 2022. With the usual 6 months “grace period” the retirement will happen in October of 2022. Click here for info about our A+ 1001 & 1002 Exam Simulator.
CompTIA Network+ce – Exam code–N10-007 (pro). This exam was released on March 21, 2018. It will be retired in March of 2022.
CompTIA Network+ce – Exam code–N10-008 (pro) was released in September 2021. A six-month grace period (when both Network+ N10-007 and N10-008 will be available simultaneously) means that the Network+ N10-007 should be retired from the test centers in March of 2022.
Security+ SY0-501 & SY0-601
CompTIA Security+ce. Exam code SY0-501. This exam was launched on October 4, 2017. The release for Security+ SY0-601 is November 12th, 2020. The Security+ exam SY0-501 was retired on July 31, 2021.
CompTIA Security+ce. Exam code SY0-601. This exam was released on November 12th, 2020, and is currently the only version of the Security+ exam available in testing centers. CompTIA is on a three-year renewal schedule for this exam so SY0-701 should be expected in November or December of 2024.
IT Fundamentals FC0-U61
Not in the “big three” but slowly getting there is the IT Fundamentals certification. The current exam number is FC0-U61. It was launched on September 4, 2018 retirement date is expected to be in the fall of 2021.
Exam number FC0-U51 was retired in the US on July 15, 2019, and in the rest of the world, except Japan, by December 31, 2019. In Japan, it remained valid until March 31, 2020.
Any candidate certified on or prior to December 31, 2010, is certified for life. It is only since January 1, 2011, that the continuing education renewal requirement kicked in.
CompTIA has established a hierarchy of the exams (1 lowest – 3 highest) as follows:
To renew a CompTIA “ce” certification there are three alternatives:
- Simply retake the exam (and pay the whole exam fee).
- Fulfill the CompTIA continuing education requirements (cost a bit less than the exam fee but does “cost” a lot more time”.
- If you are a holder of two or three of the above certs then just renew the “highest” one to automatically get your lower one renewed.
Reasons given by employers for requiring certification.