CompTIA or Computing Technology Industry Association is a non-profit global trade association created in 1982. It used to be called Association of Better Computer Dealers, Inc. (ABCD) and it “represented the business interests of the information technology industry” (CompTIA literature).
CompTIA s focused on research, networking, UNIX, imaging, mobile computing, and multimedia development for its members, particularly providing technical and security support on products manufactured by Microsoft, IBM, Hewlett Packard, Lotus, some Linux variations and the like. Although, the association do not manufacture computer softwares and hardwares like Cisco and Microsoft but CompTIA remains top organization among IT vendors.
Another area where CompTIA has emerged strong is its vendor-neutral certification programs, that develops human resource standards for IT professionals in the IT industry. It believes that technology lasts longer than vendor products, therefore, people with accredited expertise are more valuable to sustain the industry.
CompTIA Certifications has several tests, namely:
A+ – It is considered as the most popular certification in the IT industry worldwide. I validates skills in technical support covering products from leading IT manufacturers. Predictability certification programs developed by Microsoft, Hewlett Packard, Cisco, Novell and Certiport II recognizes A+. The test covers the knowledge and skills of the professionals on installation, configuration, dagnosing, preventive maintenance and basic networking.
Network+ Its area of concern is in acquiring and validating fundamental networking and administrating skills and knowledge of IT professionals. As it is also a popular certification, it is recognized by MIcrosoft, Novell, Cisco, Compaq, Lotus and 3Com as part of its certification track.
IT Project+ – IT project management as its own qualifications skills. It is the first IT project management accreditation designed by IT professionals. It is particularly putting importance on soft skills and management in the IT industry.
There are more certifications that CompTIA gives. Among these are Linux+, Security +, CDIA+ (Electronic document imaging systems), CTT+ (Certified Technical Trainer), e-Biz+ (electronic business), HTI+ (Home Technology Integrator), i-Net+ (Internet and Web protocols, management and technologies) and Server+ (Server support and proficiency)
Here are the top reasons why this certification should be the preference:
1. CompTIA A+ Certification is recognized by major IT manufacturers. By obtaining your credentials for A+ you establish yourself as having the necessary knowledge to install software and hardware, do preventive maintenance, do basic networking and have a basic understanding on computer security. It also opens doors to more advanced certifications and job opportunities.
2. Open source software popularity to save on cost – Many companies are tightening their budgets on IT resources thus prefer the open source software. A CompTIA Linux+ certificate holder can install and maintain effectively programs that support open source software.
3. CompTIA certificaitons are popular worldwide – A holder of this certification will also enjoy the prestige thus opening more doors of job opportunities. Since CompTIA have a large number of members, recognition of competence is widely established in the industry.
4. IT Security is becoming a great concern among organizations – Security+ Certification holder can find jobs on the growing number of organizations who value the protection of their data.