CompTIA “Big 3” Exam Retirement Dates
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 required. If two exams are required (as is the case for A+ 220-1001 and 220-1002) it’s the date of the second exam that defines the start of the three-year period.
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 August 31, 2021. Were you to pass that exam say in June of 2021, you would still be certified until May of 2024 even though for most of that time Network+ N10-008 would be the “current version” available in the testing centers.
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Below we list the exam codes and retirement dates for the “big three” CompTIA certification exams.
CompTIA Exam launch and retirement dates
A+ 220-1001 & 220-1002 aka Core 1 & Core 2
CompTIA A+ce – Exam 220-901 & 220-902. Exam retirement date: 3 years from its release date. These were launched on December 15, 2015, and were retired in 2019.
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 is planned for January 15, 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 should happen in the summer or possibly fall of 2022. The date is not yet set in stone but we will update this information as soon as an official date is released Click here for info about our A+ 1001 & 1002 Exam Simulator.
CompTIA Network+ce – Exam codes–N10-006 (pro) & JK0-023 (academic). This exam was released on February 28, 2015. It was retired on August 31, 2018.
CompTIA Network+ce – Exam code–N10-007 (pro). This exam was released on March 21, 2018. It will be retired on August 31, 2021.
There is not an official date committed by CompTIA for this exam yet but here is what we expect based on various internal requirements CompTIA is facing. CompTIA Network+ce – Exam code–N10-008 (pro) has a release month of September (no day) 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 2021.
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. Click respective links for more information on the release date of Security+ SY0-501 or the expected exam objective changes for SY0-501. This exam will be retired in the spring of 2021.
CompTIA Security+ce. Exam code SY0-601. This exam was released on November 12th, 2020, Security+ SY0-501 will be retired on July 31, 2021. 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.