The CompTIA Strata IT Fundamentals certificate program offers individuals a broad introduction to computing technology and serves as a critical stepping stone to advanced technical learning and IT skills. The exam measures an individual's knowledge of basic IT terminology and skills, such as setting up a basic PC work station, installing software, identifying compatibility issues and preventing and recognizing basic security risks.

The exam covers the explanation of technology and computer hardware basics, software installation and functions, common errors and compatibility issues, and security risks and prevention. The exam will also evaluate the candidate's knowledge of Green IT and preventative maintenance of computers.

Candidate job roles may contain any of the following in information technology environments: sales associate, account manager, product or marketing specialist, business development manager, sales engineer, or entry level customer support. The Strata IT Fundamentals certification is ideal for individuals and students preparing to enter the IT workforce and professionals changing careers to technology-related or IT fields. The certificate can be a stepping stone to higher certifications in CompTIA A+, and with specialized experience, CompTIA Security and CompTIA Network+.


The CompTIA Strata certification validates the knowledge and abilities of an entry-level technician with 1 months of on-the-job experience, or support professionals who are interested in the field of PC repair and troubleshooting.


There are no prerequisites for this course.

Duration of the course: Part Time : 1Months (2 hrs/day)
Full Time : 15 days ( 4 hrs/day)

Course outline:

Basic Concepts in Computer Communication:

  • Two-State Communication.
  • Numbering Systems.
  • Units of Information.
  • Transmission Media.
  • Analog and Digital Communication.

What is a Computer?:

  • Types of Computers.
  • Upgrading Your Computer.
  • Computer Components.

Hardware Components: Inside the Computer Case:

  • Processing Devices.
  • Storage Devices.
  • Other Hardware Components.

Hardware Components: Outside the Computer Case:

  • Input Devices.
  • Output Devices.
  • Connectors.
  • Removable Storage Devices.
  • edundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID).
  • Storage Systems.

Software Components:

  • Operating Systems.
  • Device Drivers.
  • Applications.
  • Updating and Upgrading Software.
  • Installation Issues.

The Windows Operating System (OS):

  • Basic Windows OS Configuration.
  • Demonstration: Basic Windows Configuration.
  • File Systems in Windows.
  • File and Folder Management in Windows.

Basic Concepts in Networks:

  • Introduction to Networks.
  • Types of Networks.
  • Network Architecture.
  • Network Topologies.

Basic Concept in Network Communication:

  • The Layered Approach to Communication.
  • The OSI Networking Model.
  • The Usefulness of Identification.
  • Naming Devices for Humans.
  • Communication Protocols.

Local Area Networks:

  • LAN Technologies and Protocols.
  • LAN Transmission Media.
  • Internetworking Devices.

Common LAN and WAN Protocols:

  • Commonly Used Protocols.
  • TCP/IP: The Core Protocol.
  • File Transport Protocol.
  • Simple Mail Transfer Protocol.
  • Post Office Protocol version 3.
  • Internet Message Access Protocol version 4.
  • Hypertext Transfer Protocol.
  • Secure Sockets Layer.
  • Domain Name System.
  • Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol.
  • Tenet.
  • Simple Network Management Protocol.
  • Network Time Protocol.

Wide Area Networks:

  • WAN Technologies.
  • WAN Transmission Media.
  • Internet Browsers.
  • Cellular Technology.
  • Satellite Technologies.
  • WAN Devices.

Information Security:

  • CLA Triad.
  • Authentication.
  • Encryption.
  • Firewalls.
  • Network Attacks.
  • Access Control Methods.
  • Security Threats.
  • Recognize and Resolve Security Breaches.

Maintaining, Monitoring, and Troubleshooting Your Systems:

  • Maintaining Your System.
  • Minimizing Certain Risks on Computers.
  • Monitoring Your System.
  • Troubleshooting Your System.
  • Monitoring and Troubleshooting Networks.

Future Technologies:

  • Unified Communications.
  • Fixed Mobile Convergence.
  • Cloud Computing.
  • Other New Technologies.

Green IT:

  • Production of IT Equipment.
  • Use of IT Equipment.
  • Maintaining IT Equipment.
  • Disposal of IT Equipment.