Monday, November 22, 2010

Certify Now Before CompTIA Policy Changes

You’ve probably heard that after December 31, 2010, CompTIA will no longer offer lifetime certification for A+, Network+, and Security+. The organization from which CompTIA receives accreditation for its certifications is requiring that CompTIA change its policy about the length of time certifications remain valid.

Beginning January 1, 2011, three CompTIA certifications often achieved by IT students, including A+, Network+, and Security+, will be affected by the new Certification Renewal Policy. Under the new policy, the certifications will remain valid for three years instead of for a lifetime. After three years, individuals must either take and pass the updated certification exam or participate in CompTIA’s continuing education program to show that their skills are up to date.

The Better Option for You: Certify Now

While CompTIA certifications will still be valuable for you after the policy changes, wouldn’t it be better to get your certification now and keep it for life? Most of us would prefer to take the certification exam once and avoid having to complete continuing education activities to keep it valid.

Several IT instructors whose students train with LabSim courses have told us that many of their students have decided to complete certification before Christmas this year, and that the change in CompTIA’s policy has been an incentive for those students to certify before the change takes effect.

Students completing LabSim training for A+, Network+, or Security+, now is the time to call the testing center and make your appointment to take the certification exam! With LabSim training available to you, you have the resources to prepare yourself fully to pass the certification exam.

We hope you’ll take this important step for your IT career and complete A+, Network+, or Security+ certification before the end of the year. Best of luck!

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