CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+) Learning Path

Learn the essential knowledge, skills, tricks and tools needed to begin an IT career.

5 hours, 2 minutes

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About CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+)

Computer skills are more useful than ever when it comes to succeeding in business or personal life, and a little knowledge can take you a long way. This learning path will unpack some of the mysteries of information technology. Beginning with how people use computers and fundamental items like system hardware and device peripherals, you’ll explore the details of operating systems and look at how to set up and configure a device. Then you’ll follow along as we explore crucial networking concepts and skills such as managing files and application software and configuring network connectivity. Next, we prepare for the worst with courses on computer maintenance, threat mitigation, troubleshooting and more. And finally, wrap up with an exploration of developing and implementing software, allowing you to start on the path to creating your own programs.



CompTIA IT Fundamentals Skill Assessment

Assessment - 85 questions

How People Use Computers

Course - 00:19:00

Explore the details of computers and computer use with this course. Our experienced instructor takes you through computer functions, common computer features and computer types, networks, specialized systems and speciality I/O devices which focus on specific tasks.
System Hardware

Course - 00:24:00

Dig deeper into the details of system hardware in this course. Explore the details of CPUs (Central Processing Units), passive and active cooling, RAM and active memory, motherboards and power supplies. Then we wrap up with a module covering additional questions about CPUs, RAM, binary and heating and cooling.
Device Ports and Peripherals

Course - 00:13:00

Ports and peripherals can help your computer communicate with other devices. With this course, our instructor will take you through ports and connectors and the general use of input-out devices, as well as different types of video cards and cords.
Data Storage and Sharing

Course - 00:17:00

Dive deeper into the details of data storage and sharing, and learn some of the ways we keep and transmit data. In this course, you’ll look at the basics of the binary language and explore storage technologies and mass storage technologies, as well as different types of storage like CDs and hard drives.
Understanding Operating Systems

Course - 00:14:00

How, exactly, do operating systems work? What can you expect from your OS? Explore some of the relevant details of operating systems in this course covering operating system functions, operating system interfaces, Windows versions, Windows versus macOS and more.
Setting Up and Configuring a PC

Course - 00:16:00

Getting ready to use a PC means setting up and configuring it before you can get anything done. In this course, you’ll explore the details of setup and configuration: preparing the work area, setting up a desktop PC and completing a desktop PC. This course also includes details about data loss and hotkeys.
Setting Up and Configuring a Mobile Device

Course - 00:22:00

There’s more to mobile devices than whether you have the right apps installed. With this course, you’ll dig into the details of setting up and configuring a mobile device. Beginning with personalizing a typical tablet, you’ll also look at cellular data and storage, app crashes, synchronization and more.
Managing Files

Course - 00:18:00

Thousands of files will pass through your hands in your lifetime. In this course, you’ll explore the details of files and file management: the tools used to manage files in various operating systems, the different types of file manipulation and the importance of keeping safe backups.
Using and Managing Application Software

Course - 00:17:00

There’s an application for it — whatever “it” happens to be. Explore the variety and use of applications with this course on application software, including installation, maintenance, file extensions, different applications that do the same thing and more.
Configuring Network and Internet Connectivity

Course - 00:26:00

Networking is a crucial part of any system these days. In this course, you’ll take a closer look at the details of configuring network and internet connectivity. Beginning with Wi-Fi setup, you’ll look at internet speed, printer setup, switches, routers and more.
IT Security Threat Mitigation

Course - 00:31:00

Modern IT is a battleground, and the enemies are more numerous than many people realize. In this course, you’ll dig into the details of IT security threat mitigation. Beginning with physical security and simple principles like social engineering and tailgating, you’ll follow our experienced instructor down the rabbit hole of malware, password management, public internet security and much more.
Computer Maintenance and Management

Course - 00:17:00

Anything falls apart if it’s not sufficiently maintained, and when it comes to computers, this could have enormous consequences for systems and people. In this course, you’ll explore crucial information about computer maintenance and management. Beginning with power management, you’ll look at cleaning and maintaining computers, disposal best practices, toner recycling and more.
IT Troubleshooting

Course - 00:24:00

No matter how well-designed a system is, something is going to go wrong eventually. And that’s where you come in. In this course, you’ll explore the fundamental methodology of troubleshooting, plus common problems such as slow-running computers and low disk space.
Understanding Databases

Course - 00:18:00

Databases are used every day by millions of people, and not many of them know what a database really is. In this course, you’ll explore the purpose and functions of databases, the role of relational databases, essential tools and components, database permissions and more.
Developing and Implementing Software

Course - 00:16:00

Programming is an important skill in today’s world, and it only grows in value as computers become more and more complex. In this course, you’ll be introduced to the art of developing and implementing software. Beginning with introductory concepts and terminology, you’ll look at programming languages, pseudo-code, looping, branching, functions and more.

Meet the author

Mike Meyers

Mike Meyers, affectionately called the "Alpha Geek," is the industry's leading authority on CompTIA certifications. He is the president and co-founder of Total Seminars, LLC, a provider of PC and network repair seminars, books, videos and courseware for thousands of organizations throughout the world. Mike has been involved in the computer and network repair industry since 1987 as a technician, instructor, author, consultant and speaker. He has sold over a million IT and certification books, including the best-selling CompTIA A+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide and CompTIA Network+ Certification All-in-One Exam Guide. He has personally taught thousands of students, including U.S. senators, U.S. Supreme Court Justices, members of the United Nation, every branch of the U.S. Armed Forces, many branches of the Department of Justice, hundreds of corporate clients and academic students at every level.

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