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CompTIA IT Fundamentals+ (ITF+) FC0-U61 Online Course

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Self-Study Time:Approximately 100 Hours (Self-Study)
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Course Description

The CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+) Course covers the FC0-U61 exam and is an introduction to the foundations of IT Knowledge and skills. The course is suitable for those with little to no experience in the IT industry but who want to show that they have a broad general understanding of core IT topics. It tests areas such as computer hardware, operating systems and applications, basic networking, security, and setting up and maintaining a computer.

The qualification is ideal for those who are interested in starting a career in IT and don't have any industry-specific certification or are unsure whether or not they will be able to progress to other more advanced knowledge IT certification courses and it validates the skills a candidate would need as a systems support specialist.

The ITF+ Course will teach the following skills:

  • IT Concepts and Terminology
  • Infrastructure
  • Applications and Software
  • Software Development Concepts
  • Database Fundamentals
  • Security

On successful completion of this course, learners can arrange their ITF+ FC0-U61 exam through Pearson Vue testing centres.

ITF+ Course Format

This course is delivered through an online portal and will give students 12 months access to their materials.

The course notes are in a written format and will also include some videos. As well as the course notes, the materials also include a pre-assessment, flash cards, a short quiz in each lesson, live labs, a post-assessment and a practice test.

The CompTIA IT Fundamentals (ITF+) Course includes the following units:

This lesson introduces you to the core insides of a computer, specifically motherboards, processors, memory, storage, expansion slots, power, and cooling systems.

The following topics are covered:

  • Introducing Internal Components
  • Exploring Motherboards, Processors, and Memory
  • Exploring Storage and Expansion Devices
  • Exploring Power and Cooling
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab

While core hardware is important, users can truly customize their computer experience by adding peripheral hardware. To connect all of those toys to your system, you need to know which connectors to use, and this lesson teaches you all of that.

The following topics are covered:

  • Understanding Common Peripherals, Interfaces, and Connectors
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab

Now that you’ve learned about all of the individual hardware components, how do they all work together? This lesson discusses features of servers, workstations, laptops, tablets, smartphones, and gaming consoles. It also introduces the Internet of Things (IoT), which can turn practically anything into a device.

The following topics are covered:

  • Exploring Common Computing Devices
  • Understanding the Internet of Things
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab

Without an operating system, computer hardware makes a pretty good doorstop. The operating system is the most critical piece of software on a computer, because it coordinates the efforts of the hardware and provides an interface for the user to interact with the machine.

The following topics are covered:

  • Operating System Fundamentals
  • Managing an Operating System
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab

This lesson covers a variety of common application types that reside on computers, such as productivity software, collaboration software, business software, anti-malware utilities, and web browsers. It also teaches you about application design concepts, software management, and the proper ways to install, uninstall, and manage applications.

The following topics are covered:

  • Understanding Application Architecture and Installation
  • Exploring Common Application Types
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab

Have you ever wondered how applications get created? This lesson will teach you the characteristics of several classes of programming languages. You will also see examples of code, programming logic, and organizational methods.

The following topics are covered:

  • Exploring Programming Languages
  • Understanding Programming Concepts and Techniques
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab

Databases are a key part of computing systems today. Data is the new currency, and therefore databases are like a bank vault. This lesson walks you through database concepts and structures, and it shows you some methods to interact with databases.

The following topics are covered:

  • Understanding Databases
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab

Who doesn’t want to get on the Internet? Wireless networks are popular today as a method to get Internet connectivity. You’ll learn about key networking technologies and how to configure a wireless router in this lesson.

The following topics are covered:

  • Exploring Connection Types and Features
  • Understanding Network Connectivity Essentials
  • Setting Up a Wireless Network
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab

The downside to computers is that it seems like hackers are everywhere. This lesson will introduce you to common threats posed by would-be attackers, so you know how to avoid them. It also introduces a security framework and access control concepts.

The following topics are covered:

  • Understanding Hackers and Motives
  • Understanding Security Threats
  • Understanding Access Control
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab

This lesson builds on Lesson 9 by showing you how to set up your system to protect it against attacks. You will learn about hardening devices, managing users, and using data encryption.

The following topics are covered:

  • Understanding Security Best Practices
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab

Inevitably, computers will run into problems—it’s the nature of electronic components. This lesson will show you how to troubleshoot any issues that pop up. Warning: After reading this lesson, all of your family members will call on you for technical support (if they don’t already)! This lesson also shows you how to plan for eventual computer problems so that you don’t totally lose your data.

The following topics are covered:

  • Understanding Business Continuity
  • Exploring Computer Support Concepts
  • Summary
  • Exam Essentials
  • Written Lab
Practice Tests & Quizzes

This study guide uses a number of common elements to help you prepare. These include the following:

Pre-Assessment Quiz:

At the end of the introduction, there is a pre assessment quiz that you can use to test your readiness for the course and the exam.

Flash Cards:

The course has an interactive Flash Card Quiz specifically written to test your knowledge, so don’t get discouraged if you don’t ace your way through them at first! They’re there to ensure that you know critical terms and concepts and you’re really ready for the exam.


The Summary section of each lesson briefly explains the lesson, allowing you to easily understand what is covered.

Exam Essentials:

The Exam Essentials focus on major exam topics and critical knowledge that you should take into the test. These Exam Essentials focus on the exam objectives provided by the test provider.

Lab Exercises:

The written labs provide more in-depth practice opportunities to expand your skills and to better prepare for performance-based testing on the exam.

Post Assessment:

This is a final indicator to gauge a student’s readiness and should be attempted after completing all lessons.

Practice Exam Quiz:

A Practice Exam Quiz is included for completion at the end of the course.

ITF+ Live Labs

This course includes access to Live Labs which are designed to give you a practical knowledge of the subject through remote access to real computer equipment, networked together and conveniently accessible over the internet using virtualization.

The ITF+ Course includes Live Labs which will cover the following:

  • Manage Operating System Tools
  • Installing Windows
  • Run Linux from a Live CD
  • Configure Mobile Devices
  • Manage File System Security
  • Configure Network-based Anti-Malware
  • Manage Operating System Updates
  • Password Policies
  • Multifactor Authentication and Run As
  • Manage Backup and Restore
  • Manage User Authentication with RADIUS
  • Working with Basic HTML Tags
  • Fundamentals of Software Programming
  • Working with Primitive Data Types in Javascript
  • Working with Primitive Data Types in Python
  • Converting Data Types in Python
  • Core Database Concepts
  • Data Storage
  • Modify Data
  • Administering Databases
  • Social Engineering Reconnaissance
  • Install Productivity Software
  • Working with Business Software – Desktop Publishing and PDF Creator
  • Manage Application Delivery Methods
  • Troubleshoot Network Connectivity Issues
  • Manage Web Browser Settings Part 1
  • Manage Web Browser Settings Part 2
  • Managing Units of Measure – Disks, Network Throughput and Processor
  • Implement Device Security with Anti-Malware Apps
  • Implement Device Security with Host – Based Firewall and Password Policy
  • Implement Device Security with Signed Software, Trusted Sites and Application Control

There are no required prerequisites for the CompTIA FC0-U61 certification exam. Learners should obviously have a general understanding of computer use and Internet and email in order to complete this course.

Course Duration & Online Support

You can register at any time and have 12 months access to the course from enrolment. The course is designed as a self-study course, but if you have any problems you can email our support email service.

As this is a self-study course, how quickly it takes to complete will depend on the learner and the amount of time they have available to study.


Assessment is in the form of the CompTIA ITF+ Certification FC0-U61 examination. The Examination has a maximum of 75 questions which are a in a multiple choice and performance-based format over a 60 minute period. The Exam is graded on a scale of 100 - 900 with a minimum passing score of 650.

CompTIA Certification

ITF+ CertificationOn completion of the IT Fundamentals Course you can apply for the CompTIA ITF+ FC0-U61 Examination.

Examinations must be sat at a registered Pearson VUE testing centre. This price is subject to change so please check directly with Pearson Vue for confirmation.

CompTIA Exams can be arranged in-person through a testing centre or remotely/online. You can find or register for your nearest exam centres by selecting the Test Takers option from the Pearson Vue Website.

The CompTIA ITF+ FC0-U61 exam was released in September 2018 and the retirement date will be approximately 3 years from the initial release. No retirement has been announced for this exam yet. 

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