Thanks to a tweet notice I saw over on GoCertify.com, I was able to find information in a recent (9/13/2012) entry in CompTIA’s IT Careers Blog entitled “CompTIA to Retire CTP+ Certification Exam.” This is confirmed in the CompTIA Store where the entry for the CompTIA CTP+ Exam Voucher now reads as follows:
The retirement date for CompTIA CTP+, exam code CN0-201, is December 31, 2012. CompTIA will not replace this exam. Vouchers are only available for purchase and use at a Pearson VUE test center in North America. CTP+ vouchers expire on December 31, 2012. All sales of exam vouchers are final, no exceptions.
There is no replacement exam planned for CTP+ (Convergent Technologies Professional), either. This is curious because the discussion of CTP+ ties it not just to the confluence of data and telephony networking (which is where the convergence comes in) but also to the IT area generally known as “Unified Communications” (aka UC) today. This remains a hot and heavy area for growth and investment, on the one hand at organizations seeking to make better use of voice, e-mail, and other forms of electronic communication to drive demand, and on the other hand at IT vendors and development organizations seeking to supply products and services to service that demand.
Because there’s no successor in sight, I’m having to guess that the CTP+ failed to attract enough exam candidates to prove itself worthy of another exam development cycle. Given that the credential was released in 2010, it’s about time for CompTIA to gear up for another costly and time-consuming round of vendor and user interviews, job task analyses, and domain mapping, prior to developing a new collection of exam items, training materials, and so forth. When an exam doesn’t take off as CompTIA wants it to, or thinks it should, they aren’t shy about retiring the credential to which such an exam is tied. This puts CTP+ in the same general category as the Home Technology Integrator (HTI+), Digital HTI (DHTI+), e-Biz+, i-Net+, Convergence+ (the predecessor to the CTP+), and the RFID+ credentials. Given that some of these areas (especially RFID) remain strong and active even today, it seems that CompTIA’s entry into an IT information domain is no guarantee that its credentials in such domains are bound to succeed.