CompTIA Network+

For those seeking a career in networking, CompTIA Network+ covers the configuration, management, and troubleshooting of common wired and wireless network devices. Also included are emerging technologies such as unified communications, mobile, cloud, and virtualization technologies.

 Courses are face-to-face, and attendance is required.

  • Length: 35 total hours. See registration tab for course schedule options.

This is the first course in the intensive cybersecurity training course series for qualified applicants.

Other courses include:

  • CompTIA CSA+
  • CompTIA Security+

Qualified applicants receive free training that includes learning materials, hand-on labs, and exam vouchers for CSA+ and Network+.

Veterans, underrepresented groups, and career changers are encouraged to apply.

Please contact Faisal Kaleem at for any questions.

Training is provided through funding made available from the National Security Agency (NSA) (Grant#: H98230-17-1-0329), the National Science Foundation (NSF) (Grant#: 1539715), Minnesota State IT Center of Excellence, and MN Cyber.


This non-credit course will prepare you to take the CompTIA exam to earn the CompTIA Network+ Certification.  This is a vendor-neutral and globally recognized industry certification.

CompTIA Network+ meets the ISO 17024 standard and is approved by the U.S. Department of Defense to fulfill Directive 8570.01-M requirements.  It is compliant with government regulations under the Federal Information Security Management Act (FISMA).

Although the exam is not part of the course, participants will receive an exam voucher that can be used to register with CompTIA at no cost.

Metropolitan State University is a CompTIA Academy Partner.

Please contact Faisal Kaleem at for any questions.

The target applicant is someone who is an entry-level computer support professional with a basic knowledge of computer hardware, software, and operating systems who wishes to increase his or her knowledge and understanding networking concepts and acquire the required skills to prepare for a career in network support or administration, or who wishes to prepare for the ComptTIA Network+ certification.

For the free intensive cybersecurity training course series, applicants should be veterans, from an underrepresented group, or career changers.


  1. You will learn to identify:
    • basic components of network theory
    • major network communications methods
    • network data delivery methods
    • major types of network implications
    • components of a TCP/IP network implementation and their service deployment
    • components of LAN and WAN and remote network implementation
    • major issues and technologies in network security and disaster recovery
  2. You will be able to list and describe network media and hardware components
  3. You will explore tools, methods, and techniques used in managing a network
  4. You will learn to describe and troubleshoot network issues
  1. Participants need one of the following to qualify for the course:
  • Have successfully completed the CompTIA IT Fundamentals course or
  • Have a CompTIA IT Fundamentals certification, or
  • pass the sample CompTIA Fundamentals+ test – attend the required information session to register for this sample test.

Please contact Faisal Kaleem at for any questions.


  • Price: Due to funding provided by the National Security Agency and the National Science Foundation, there is no cost to take this course for qualified applicants selected by Metropolitan State University faculty.
  • Course Texts: Provided
  • Food: No food or beverage will be provided
  • Location: Metropolitan State University Science Education Center
  • Parking: Ramp for a $5 daily fee

Looking for credit courses in cybersecurity?  Check out the Cybersecurity Minor at Metro State.

IT Center of Excellence

Minnesota High Tech Association

Expert Areas: IT Network Security

Education/Professional Certificates:

Master of Science in Security Technologies from the University of MN

Relevant experience to topic areas:

  • Application and end-user support
  • Network security and network threat prevention
  • Community Faculty for cybersecurity at Metropolitan State University

Philosophy of training in a nutshell:

Teaching is the duty of every person that strives to improve their surrounding environment. Through teaching we leave a legacy dedicated to continuous improvement and the pursuit of knowledge that results in others being inspired to do the same.

Why instructor is excited about teaching at Metro State:

Teaching is a great outlet for my passion in network security. I enjoy teaching students to embrace the rapidly changing environment of network security and to enjoy the challenges that come with being a network security professional.

Thank you for your interest in this course.  The course is currently full.

Please contact Faisal Kaleem at for any questions.