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Focus on: CompTIA

9 Apr, 2013

CompTIA is the voice of the world’s information technology (IT) industry. As a non-profit trade association advancing the global interests of more than 2,000 members and another 2,000 business partners, we focus our programs on education, certification, advocacy and philanthropy.

CompTIA Educates the IT Channel
Our educational resources, comprised of online guides, webinars, market research, business mentoring, open forums and networking events, help our members grow their businesses and become best in class. The winning combination of our training products – developed under the direction of our members – and our events, organized to keep small- to medium-sized businesses on the edge of IT trends, results in strong, diversified tech businesses.

Since 2011, CompTIA has created and released more than 300 new channel training products to meet the growing needs of our membership. CompTIA Channel Training offers educational resources designed specifically for the needs of technology companies and their channel partners. The offerings include live workshops, printed and downloadable training guides and business credentials brought to life by the CompTIA Faculty – an elite group of channel veterans, vetted and selected by their peers for their knowledge, experience and superb delivery skills. Centered on relevant IT topics, these continuously expanding offerings provide a complete overview of market opportunities, best practices and actionable advice from the people behind the success stories.

In addition to our training resources, CompTIA offers vendor-neutral credentials that enable businesses of all sizes to prove and showcase their capabilities. In business, a good reputation can be difficult to earn and impossible to quantify. Earning a CompTIA business credential shows potential customers that you have the dedication, knowledge and resources to perform quality service.

The CompTIA Authorized Service Center (ASC) program identifies businesses with a high percentage of CompTIA A+ or Server+ certified technicians.

The CompTIA IT Trustmark is designed to validate an IT company’s demonstration of sound business practices and quality service.

The CompTIA Managed Print Trustmark is a vendor-neutral business credential designed to advance and differentiate organizations that offer on-premises print services via a managed services business model. It identifies provider businesses that have demonstrated a high level of competency and adhere to prescribed industry best practices.

The CompTIA MSP Partners Trustmark is a business credential designed to qualify and differentiate organizations providing on-premises IT services via a managed services business model.

The CompTIA Security Trustmark program identifies businesses that follow the security best practices. Businesses that receive the CompTIA Security Trustmark exceed industry standards in data protection, personnel security and access management.
CompTIA’s full suite of educational products, including courses in cloud computing, government IT, healthcare IT, IT security, legal IT services, mobility, managed services, managed print services, unified communications and general business, as well as business credentials, can be found online at www.comptia.org.

CompTIA Certifies the IT Workforce
There are hundreds of thousands of available IT jobs in the United States. But hiring managers report they can’t always find qualified candidates to fill them. That’s where CompTIA comes in; providing an invaluable service by providing a clear pathway to a career in IT through our technology-neutral and vendor-neutral IT certifications.

CompTIA has four certification series that test different knowledge standards, from entry-level to expert:
• CompTIA mastery certifications cover the advanced practice of a specific discipline. Mastery certification candidates must be able to integrate multiple enterprise disciplines through the application of advanced skills. Mastery certifica¬tions can be taken as standalone credential or as an advanced step in a specific certification career path.
• CompTIA professional certifications cover the technical skills and knowledge needed to succeed in a specific IT career.
• CompTIA specialty certifications cover the business and technical knowledge needed for specific or vertical niche markets. Specialty certifications can be taken in combination with other CompTIA certifications or can be taken on their own by business and
IT professionals.
• CompTIA basic certifications cover foundational topics and issues in IT and are suited for individuals looking to enter jobs that involve computers.

As the leading provider of technology-neutral and vendor-neutral certifications, CompTIA helps the industry bridge the skills gap, helps veterans start IT careers and connects IT candidates with certifications. Learn more about CompTIA certifications at http://www.certifications.comptia.org

CompTIA Advocates on Behalf of the IT Industry
As the largest association in the technology industry, CompTIA uniquely sits at the intersection of innovation and education. On Capitol Hill, CompTIA brings the power of small- and medium-sized IT businesses to bear as a united voice. We coordinate with our member companies to provide expert testimony and written comments on various IT matters such as workforce development, IT certifications, healthcare IT, small- and medium-size IT entrepreneur issues, and cyber-security, privacy, cloud computing and smart grid technology public policy issues. We also conduct and develop research reports on a variety of IT industry-related issues. Stay on top of the latest policy news and get involved at www.techvoice.org.

CompTIA Gives Back Through Philanthropy
Since the downturn in the national economy, many industries have seen losses in employment. But the IT industry remains strong. The CompTIA Creating IT Futures Foundation aims to give the IT industry a chance to “pay it forward” by offering displaced workers, veterans, women, minorities and individuals in need free training, IT certification and a new lease on life. Created by CompTIA, Creating IT Futures has developed relationships with leading IT companies and organizations that train IT workers. Taken together, this gives us the necessary insight and resources to connect dedicated individuals with the opportunities they need to change their lives.

In 2012, Creating IT Futures began working directly with employers to launch the IT-Ready Apprentice Program. The program enrolls unemployed individuals, trains them toward the CompTIA A+ certification exam and offers six-month apprenticeships that may lead to permanent full-time employment. To accomplish our goals, Creating IT Futures solicits contributions from individuals, grant-making bodies and IT industry companies. For more information on the IT-Ready Apprentice Program or to learn more about Creating IT Futures, visit www.creatingitfutures.org.

Our vision of the IT landscape is shaped by 30 years of global perspective. We are driven by our members and led by an elected board of industry professionals. All CompTIA proceeds are directly reinvested in programs that benefit our valued members and the industry as a whole. Headquartered outside of Chicago, we have offices in the U.S., UK, India, Japan and South Africa. Visit www.comptia.org.

ITEX Education
Look for CompTIA associates to share their experience and knowledge within interactive preconference workshops and Power Hour presentations at the upcoming ITEX Conference and Expo 2013, held in Las Vegas April 16-18 at the Rio Hotel. For a detailed agenda visit www.itexshow.com.

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