|Motto||"Advancing the Global IT Industry"|
|Formation||January 1, 1982|
|Headquarters||3500 Lacey Road
Downers Grove, Illinois 60515
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), a non-profit trade association, issues professional certifications for the information technology (IT) industry. It is considered one of the IT industry's top trade associations. Based in Downers Grove, Illinois, CompTIA issues vendor-neutral professional certification in over 120 countries. The organization releases over 50 industry studies annually to track industry trends and changes. Over 2.2 million people have earned CompTIA certifications since the association was established.
In 2010, CompTIA moved into its world headquarters in Downers Grove, Illinois. The building was designed to meet LEED CI Certification standards.
The CompTIA portal moved to a hybrid version of the open-access model in April 2014 with exclusive content for due-paying members. The move expanded the organization's reach to engage a broader, more diverse set of members and within a year, CompTIA's membership grew from 2,050 members to more than 50,000 in 2015. By the close of 2016, the organization boasted more than 100,000 members worldwide.
CompTIA launched the Dream IT program in 2014 to provide resources for girls and women in the United States interested in the IT industry. In October 2015, the program was expanded into the UK.
Skillsboost, CompTIA's online resource for schools, was launched in June 2015. It contained resources for students, parents and teachers to promote the importance of computer skills. CompTIA held its first annual ChannelCon Vendor Summit in 2015. The Vendor Summit is exclusive to people attending ChannelCon, the industry's premier conference for collaboration, education and networking. It addresses issues within the IT industry.
The CompTIA "IT Fundamentals" certification covers foundational IT concepts, basic IT literacy, and terminology and concepts of the IT industry. It is considered the first step toward the A+ certification.
Professional level certifications
CompTIA's "A+" certification earned accreditation from the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) in 2008. A+ certification represents entry-level competency as a computer technician and is a vendor neutral certification that covers various technologies and operating systems. By 2014, over one million people worldwide had earned A+ certification.
The "Cloud Essentials" specialty certification was released in 2011 as CompTIA's first wholly cloud-focused certification. "Cloud+" was released in October 2013 including both cloud computing and virtualization.
In February 2017, CompTIA released its "Cybersecurity Analyst" (CSA+) certification. The certification focuses on cyber-threat detection tools and analysis to identify vulnerabilities and risks. CSA+ was accredited by ANSI.
CompTIA partnered with the Linux Professional Institute to create the "Linux+" certification, which replaced CompTIA's original Linux+ certification in 2010. The certification indicates of knowledge of Linux operating systems, from their installation and use to the basics of applicable free software and open source licenses.
The "Security+" certification also earned its ANSI accreditation in 2008. Security+ is an entry-level vendor-neutral security certification that builds off of the network security knowledge covered by the Network+ certification.
"Server+" is CompTIA's certification that focuses on server-specific hardware and operating systems, IT environments, disaster recovery and business continuity. It was developed in 2001, with updates released in 2005 and 2009.
Master level certification
"Advanced Security Practitioner certification" (CASP) is an entry-level certification intended to follow Security+. The CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner certification was accredited by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) on December 13, 2011. The CASP exam will certify that the successful candidate has the technical knowledge and skills required to conceptualize, design, and engineer secure solutions across complex enterprise environments. In March 2013, the Department of Defense approved the certification a baseline certification accepted for Information Assurance Technical Level III, IS Manager Level II and IA Systems Architect and Engineer Levels I and II.
The "Certified Technical Trainer" or "CTT+" certification is a vendor-neutral certification that is applicable to training professionals in all industries. Originally administered in 2001 through The Chauncey Institute, the CTT program was acquired by CompTIA and renamed as CTT+. It was created through a collaboration of the Information Technology Training Association, Inc. (ITTA) and the Computer Education Management Association (CedMA).
The CompTIA "Healthcare IT Technician" certificate focuses on IT in the healthcare industry and is aimed at IT professionals that install and maintain electronic health record systems.
SLED Public Sector Council
The State & Local Government and Education (SLED) division of CompTIA is a consortium of executives from leading technology companies "focused on advancing the interests of the IT industry in the SLED market".
CompTIA established a 501(c)(3) charitable foundation called Creating IT Futures. In 2012, Creating IT Futures worked with the Wounded Warrior Project to provide 5,000 CompTIA certification testing vouchers to injured military veterans.
Previously, CompTIA marketed its flagship A+, Network+ and Security+ certifications as being valid for a lifetime. In January 2011, CompTIA changed the status of these certifications so that they would expire every three years. Under this proposal, certified individuals would have to re-certify for the exams or pay a yearly maintenance fee for a CEU (Continuing Education Units) system. CompTIA modified the guidelines so that only certificates received after January 1, 2011 would need to be renewed every three years; however, a certain amount of documented hours geared towards use of the certification will automatically renew the certification.
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