CompTIA, the association of the IT industry and the largest provider of vendor-neutral certifications for the IT workforce skills in the world, said today its flagship vessel certification, CompTIA A + ®, has reached a milestone.
This month CompTIA A + exceeded one million threshold for the number of people who have earned the credential since it was introduced in 1998.
"Each certification is accompanied by a unique story," said Todd Thibodeaux, president and chief executive officer, CompTIA. "It's a high school student who found his career calling after passing the A + exam. He's a veteran who played the credential in a job in the private sector. It's someone who started as a help desk technician and now runs his own company. "
Brian Blum earned his CompTIA A + certification in 1999. The credential helped him get a job as a technical trainer. Today he is the owner of Maverick IT Solutions, Inc., a provider of consulting and support services for schools, nonprofit organizations and small office / home office customers in the metropolitan New York.
"The IT industry is moving and evolving, so it is important for industry professionals to keep their skills and certifications to date," Blum said. "If I could offer professional guidance to individuals looking to get jobs in IT today, I would tell them to distinguish themselves from the pack by credentials what they already know and then to embark on an iterative process throughout life always learn more. "
"Through years of innovations in technology and changes in the workplace, CompTIA A + continues to maintain its position as the leading edge, must have credentials to people taking their first steps into the IT workforce"
CompTIA and many authorized partners are celebrating the milestone of one million-by granting awards to more than 45 IT professionals around the world.
The grand prize winner is Logan Murphy, Fort Collins, Colo., Who works for Long View Systems, a leading IT solutions and services company in North America.
"CompTIA A + is the most effective way to demonstrate your competence as a Tier One IT professional," Murphy said. "It was a challenge to broaden my knowledge, especially in the basic aspects of technology that touch every day. I know I will not be in a service desk forever, but knowledge of the A + exam is me serve well through all the opportunities in IT. "
As the grand prize winner, Murphy will receive accommodation and entry to the exhibition industry's technology of choice. You will also receive a free three-day trip to Houston to meet certification author and Guru Mike Meyers; starring in a new training video; and receive the latest CompTIA Network + training package, all accessories of Total Seminars CompTIA partners.
Other individuals who recently CompTIA A + certification earned awards received training for future CompTIA certifications. The full list of the partners that participated in the CompTIA A + Million promotion is available at http://offers.comptia.org/onemillioncertified/partners.html
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