Here’s a snippet from a spam message that just showed up in my inbox (actually, it’s probably not out-and-out spam; I bet I let a “let us send you offers from our advertisers” clause slip by my sign-up for some cert site or another). It provides a poignant reminder of the pending CompTIA certification change that kicks in next year, and shows how clever (and perhaps also desperate) training companies always try to turn circumstances to their advantage:
The point in the first line of the message is key: anybody who earns A+, Network+, or Security+ until the end of 2010 retains that credential for life. After that, those who earn the credential will have to meet continuing education requirements or retake the exam every three years (as I mentioned in a February 2010 blog right here) and pay an annual membership/upkeep fee to keep current as well. Anybody who beats this deadline avoids all of this onus, as the preceding snippet correctly notes.
Let this posting serve as a reminder that the end of the “old CompTIA regime” is coming and that a newer, more expensive one kicks in next year. Let it also serve as a warning that training companies will stop at nothing to chase down your dollars, whether the pretext be fairly substantial like this one, or less so, like many others.