Unauthorized Training Materials

CompTIA defines unauthorized training materials as a source — a website, a PDF file, social media page, chat session, etc. – that contains certification exam content. The content included in unauthorized training materials is exactly the same or substantially similar to questions appearing on a CompTIA certification exam. All CompTIA’s exam content is considered CompTIA intellectual property and as such is protected by copyright laws. Additionally, CompTIA’s exam content is never released to the general public. Therefore, if exam content was fraudulently obtained, using such unauthorized materials to prepare for a CompTIA exam constitutes cheating. Providers of such unauthorized materials are in violation of CompTIA intellectual property rights and nondisclosure agreements.

If you are ever unsure whether the training material you are using is authorized or unauthorized, please contact examsecurity@comptia.org with your question or inquiry.

Consequences for Candidates Caught Using Unauthorized Training Materials

Despite a candidate’s knowledge of whether content is considered unauthorized training material, if a candidate memorizes unauthorized content in order to pass an exam and CompTIA discovers this occurred, the candidate will be banned from taking CompTIA exams for at least 12 months and lose his or her CompTIA certification. In addition, his or her test scores will be invalidated. As mentioned above, these actions will be taken even if the candidate did not have fraudulent intentions.

If you think you have discovered a site or provider that appears to be selling or distributing unauthorized training materials containing CompTIA exam content, please inform CompTIA by sending an email message to examsecurity@comptia.org.

Assessing Training Content Validity

As a joint effort, over 15 certification bodies from various industries, including CompTIA, have identified testing guidance and best practices for candidates preparing to take exams through the Association of Testing Publishers (ATP). If you encounter any of the following during your exam preparation, this could indicate that exam fraud is happening, and you should “walk away”:

  • Anyone who tells you that you are “guaranteed” to pass.
  • Anyone who claims to have the latest or actual exam content.
  • Any site or training that only provides questions/answers and has no educational content.
  • Any site or training that covers a wide variety of exams in different sectors and industries.
  • Anyone who offers to register you for the exam or asks you for your online account username and password.
  • Anyone that encourages you to share real questions that you encountered in the exam with them.
  • Any individual online or at a testing center who offers to take the exam for you.
  • A community or chat room, including social media, that encourages sharing of exam content in a forum or message board.
  • Any exam prep site that includes content with persistent typos and poor grammar.