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.

The new CompTIA Server+ SK0-005 is now available. CompTIA Server+ SK0-004 (English language version) will retire late December 2021.

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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
Launch Date 
July 31, 2015 
May 18, 2021
Exam Description
Server+ covers server architecture, administration, storage, security, networking, troubleshooting as well as disaster recovery.
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
 Maximum of 100 questions
90 questions 
Type of Questions
 Multiple choice
Multiple choice and performance-based 
Length of Test
 90 Minutes
Passing Score
 750 (on a scale of 100-900)
Recommended Experience
A+ Certification
Individuals with 18 to 24 months of IT experience
CompTIA A+ certified or equivalent knowledge  Two years of hands-on experience working in a server environment  
English, Simplified Chinese, Japanese
English (at launch), Japanese (at later date) 
December 2021
Testing Provider 

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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 
Exam length 
1 exam, 90 minutes 
1 exam, 90 minutes 
1 exam, 90 minutes 
Experience level 
Early career 
Early career 
Early career 
Vendor Neutral
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
Recommended CompTIA A+ and at least 18 months of IT experience
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
  • Virtual Labs
  • Exam Prep
  • Study Guides
  • Instructor-Led Training
  • 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.


    Training for You   Training for Your Groups   CompTIA Training Partners 


    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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    Certification refines your reasoning and your deductive ability when you’re troubleshooting, so you’re not just guessing.

    Joshua Wragg,
    president, Nexus Tech

    We feel very strongly about certification as a means to help students feel confident in their skills.

    Jason Eckert,
    dean of technology, triOS College Business Technology Healthcare

    CompTIA training and certification provide the full spectrum of IT understanding.

    James Lapwood,
    communications manager, Firebrand