CompTIA Server+ ensures pros have the skills to work in data centers or cloud environments.

CompTIA Server+ is a global certification that validates the hands-on skills of IT professionals who install, manage and troubleshoot servers in data centers as well as on-premise and hybrid environments.

CompTIA Server+ is the only certification that can ensure that IT professionals at the administrator level are able to do the job in any environment because it is the only certification not restricted to a single platform. The exam covers essential hardware and software technologies of on-premise and hybrid server environments including high availability, cloud computing and scripting. The new exam includes performance-based questions that require the candidate to demonstrate multi-step knowledge to securely deploy, administer and troubleshoot servers.

CompTIA Server+ now features flexible training options including self-paced learning, live online training, custom training and labs to advance the career development of IT professionals in server administration.

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What Skills Will You Learn?


Server Hardware Installation & Management

Install and maintain physical hardware and storage


Server Administration

Manage and maintain servers, including OS configuration, access control and virtualization


Security & Disaster Recovery

Apply physical and network data security techniques and Understand disaster recovery and implement backup techniques



Diagnose and resolve system hardware, software, connectivity, storage and security issues

Companies that trust CompTIA Server+


Jobs that use CompTIA Server+

Systems Administrator

Data Center Technician

Server Administrator

Network Administrator

Field Service Technician or Engineer

IT Technician

Data Center Engineer


Exam Details

Exam Codes SK0-005
Launch Date  May 18, 2021
Exam Description Server+ validates the hands-on skills of IT professionals who install, manage and troubleshoot servers in data centers as well as on-premise and hybrid environments. 
Number of Questions 90 questions 
Type of Questions Multiple choice and performance-based 
Length of Test  90 Minutes
Passing Score  750 (on a scale of 100-900)
Recommended Experience CompTIA A+ certified or equivalent knowledge  Two years of hands-on experience working in a server environment  
Languages English (at launch), Japanese (at later date) 
Retirement   Usually three years after launch 
Testing Provider  Pearson VUE
Price $348 USD (See all pricing)

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Why is CompTIA Server+ different?

12% job growth is expected for Network & Computer Systems Administrators, 2012 – 2022, according to the latest BLS website information.

Average salary for a Server+ certified IT professionals is about $82,000.*

82% of employers recognize that certified employees are valuable to their organizations.**

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How Does CompTIA Server+ Compare?


Dell EMC Certified Associate  CCNA
Exam length 1 exam, 90 minutes 1 exam, 90 minutes 1 exam, 90 minutes 
Experience level Early career Early career Early career 
Vendor Neutral Yes No No
Exam Focus Focuses on multi-vendor products and implementations, based on industry standards Verifies the fundamental knowledge and skills in the area of Dell EMC DCA-PowerEdge servers Job role based.  Networking for Cisco  products & solutions
Pre-requisites Recommended CompTIA A+ and at least 18 months of IT experience None 1-3 years experience

Exam Preparation

CompTIA offers a wealth of certification training that is designed for exam success. Find out more and explore all training options.

eLearning with CompTIA CertMaster Learn for Server+

Train anywhere, anytime. Master all exam objectives through learning content that is enhanced with videos, flash cards and performance-based questions. Confirm your learning progress with an included practice test.


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Interactive Labs with CertMaster Labs for Server+

Acquire the necessary hands-on skills for your Server+ certification exam with CertMaster Labs for Server+. You will develop a deeper understanding of the subject matter and reinforce the practical aspects of the Server+ certification exam objectives.


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Exam Prep with CompTIA CertMaster Practice for Server+

Go into your Server+ certification exam with confidence. Adaptive exam preparation in this intelligent online training companion will reinforce what you already know and fill the gaps in areas you need to improve.


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Study Guides for Server+

Developed by CompTIA for the CompTIA certification candidate, Study Guides are available in print or eBook format and packed with informative and engaging content tied to exam objectives.



Instructor-Led Training

Whether you’re looking for in-classroom or live online training, CompTIA offers best-in-class instructor-led training for both individuals and teams. You can also find training among CompTIA’s vast network of Authorized Training Partners.


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The CompTIA Server+ certification is considered good for life and does not need to be renewed.

For certifications that are part of the CompTIA Continuing Education program and that can be renewed, please go to our Continuing Education page.

Good for Life Certifications Server+ is good for life.

CompTIA Server+ (SK0-005) Purchase Options

CompTIA Server+ Exam Voucher
CompTIA Server+ Exam Retake
eBook – The Official CompTIA Server+ Self-Paced Study Guide (SK0-005)
CompTIA CertMaster Practice for Server+ (SK0-005)
CompTIA Integrated CertMaster Learn + Labs for Server+ (SK0-005)



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