Friday, 22 February 2013

Video: CompTIA - its history and its certs



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CompTIA provides vendor-neutral certifications around the world and is widely recognized in the IT industry. They offer 16 certification exams in PC support, networking, servers, training, Linux, security, IT sales, green IT and more.

CompTIA stands for The Computing Technology Industry Association and has been delivering top class certification exams for over 15 years.

Its certifications have become one of the most recognised in the industry. Thousands of companies now depend on CompTIA standards to provide a reliable predictor of employee success.

Companies with their own certification programs also rely on CompTIA exams to provide an industry standard for foundation-level skills sets as prerequisites or electives in their certification programs.

CompTIA supports the IT industry through education, advocacy and philanthropy initiatives.

Here are some of their top certifications:

  • CompTIA A+ certification is for entry-level IT technician’s and covers preventative maintenance, basic networking, installation, troubleshooting, communication and professionalism.
  • CompTIA A+N+ certification is a dual course which is entry-level through to networking professional, covers managing, maintaining, troubleshooting, operating and configuring basic network infrastructure.
  • CompTIA Security+ certification is for experienced security professionals, and it covers system security, network infrastructure, cryptography, assessments and audits.
  • CompTIA Server+ certification is for experienced IT professionals and covers areas such as RAID, SCSI, managing multiple CPUs and disaster recovery.
  • CompTIA RFID+ certification is for RFID professionals and covers installation, maintenance, repair and troubleshooting of RFID products.
  • CompTIA Project+ certification is for project managers and the covers the entire process of project management, including initiation, planning, execution, acceptance, support and closure.
  • CompTIA Strata certification is an ideal stepping stone to an entry level IT career. Many Strata certificate holders continue their careers further by earning higher-level IT certifications.
You can view the complete roadmap here to plan your career.


Firebrand caught up with Vice President for CompTIA - John McGlinchey, who spoke to us about the company, its history and its programmes to educate and certify the IT workforce. Watch the full interview below:



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Sarah writes for Firebrand Training on a number of IT related topics. This includes exams, IT training, , IT certification trends, project management, certification, careers advice and the IT industry itself. Sarah has 11 years of experience in the IT industry.