Don Moore

Important Notice for Geeks in Training

In IT on July 3, 2010 at 12:17 AM

Attention to anyone looking to entering the IT: Starting next year, any certifications granted by CompTIA will have to be renewed every three years. I received an email fro mCompTIA driving the point home:

Dear CompTIA Certified Professional,

As a follow-up to our announcement in January, CompTIA is updating its certification policy for CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+ certifications. Starting Jan. 1, 2011, individuals will need to complete continuing education to maintain certification. Since you’re already certified – your certification status will not be affected by the changes.

The new policy will only apply to candidates who:

  • Certify on or after Jan. 1, 2011
  • Certified prior to Jan. 1, 2011 and choose to enroll in the continuing education program

So why did CompTIA change the policy?

Changing the policy brings CompTIA certifications in line with the practices of other major providers of certifications for IT professionals, such as Cisco, Microsoft, Project Management Institute (PMI) and Linux Professionals Institute (LPI).

Additionally, CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+ are accredited by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), a standard-setting institution which approves the procedures used by personnel certification bodies. ISO requires that CompTIA provides candidates a way to renew the currency of their certification on a regular basis. In CompTIA’s case, that renewal will occur every three years from the date the certification is earned.

Why should I enroll in continuing education?

In any field it’s important to keep your skills up-to-date and with the ever-changing IT environment, that holds especially true for IT professionals. Maintaining an updated certification shows your employer that your skills and knowledge are current. And CompTIA has designed the continuing education program to give you several options to keep your certification up to date without testing.

What this means: If you plan on becoming certified, this year would be a great time.

What this means for the average reader, who has no idea what CompTIA is: CompTIA is a non-profit trade organization that hands out certifications for various fields in the IT industry. The most basic certification is A+, which shows a basic grasp of computing maintenance and repair. Think Staples or Best Buy employees. Then they have Network+, which tests for advanced networking knowledge, Security+, which tests advanced computer and network security knowledge, and nearly a dozen other certifications (yours truly happens to have A+, Network+, and Security+ certifications).

For more more information about CompTIA, including news on certifications, visit their site:


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