Under the CompTIA certification exams, you can qualify for certification as a networking professional if you take and pass the CompTIA Network+ Certification Exam. In specific terms, it means you have proven yourself capable of identifying the features of the components of a network, and their respective functions. It also means you can undertake installation, configuration, and troubleshooting of basic hardware, services and protocols needed by a network.
It is not required that you work for at least nine months in either network support or network administration but the experience will help you in passing the CompTIA Network+ exam. If you have academic training equivalent to that level of work experience, that is also acceptable. You should also try to train for and pass the CompTIA A+ accreditation exam first. The CompTIA Network+ Certification Exam is considered a vendor neutral IT certification which incidentally may also be used to qualify for other forms of vendor neutral IT certifications such as CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Server+, or CompTIA Convergence+. At no point is the CompTIA Network+ Certification Exam deemed a mandatory requirement to pass these other exams. However, for your own increase in competence, it is recommended you go through training and attempt to pass these other exams too. To pass the CompTIA Network+ Certification Exam, preparation is key so you need to prepare the right way. It is not enough to memorize facts blindly. Rather, try to examine the concepts presented from various perspectives (like, the perspective of the network designer, the perspective of the customer, and the network of the troubleshooter.) You should try to find out what the objectives of the exam are so your studying will be focused. Then you should adjust all these to the study method you find best works for you.