In researching an article I’m writing for PearsonITCertification.com right now, I’ve been spending some time on the CompTIA Website lately. As of the first of this year, everybody should know that CompTIA certs are no longer “for life,” but rather, must be renewed every three years, either by re-examination or by meeting continuing education requirements. This is a consequence of CompTIA signing onto ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 compliance, which requires internationally recognized certifications to include mechanisms to ensure that certification holders maintain currency in their fields of certification. If you get a CompTIA cert going forward, you will have to renew it every three years, and you will also have to pay an annual maintenance fee to maintain its currency (at present A+, Network+, and Security+ all fall under this regime, and it’s not unlikely that other CompTIA certs will fall under this umbrella sooner or later).
There’s lots of other interesting stuff going on at CompTIA, too. The roster of available certs has been slimmed down. Compared to a year ago, the current roster (depicted in the following screenshot) no longer includes the DHTI+ (Digital Home Technology Integrator, a credential aimed at installers of home systems for media, alarms, remote controls, and so forth), and Convergence+ has been renamed to CTP+. There’s also news that the company will be working on a Storage+ certification, aimed at IT professionals who work with NAS (network-attached storage) and SAN (storage area network) technologies. The long-time “Big 3″ at CompTIA remains unchanged, however: A+, Network+, and Security+ (in that order) still occupy the top 3 slots by certified population count.
The CompTIA Cert Roster, 1/12/2011
Be sure to give the site a visit if you’re interested in any of the many subject areas covered by a CompTIA cert. Though these credentials are seldom, if ever, the stopping point on a certification progression, they are quite often the starting point for those seeking to boost their professional knowledge, skills, and credibility.