About CompTIA foundation
In 1982 a non-profit trade association, The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), was created as as the Association of Better Computer Dealers, Inc. (ABCD) by representatives of five microcomputer dealerships. Over the course of a decade, ABCD laid the groundwork for many of CompTIA's initiatives and member benefits.
Later ABCD changed its name to the Computing Technology Industry Association to reflect the association's evolving role in the computer industry.
In 1990s the association broadened the scope of its activities to address the needs of the expanding computer industry.
CompTIA is a provider of professional certifications for the information technology (IT) industry.
Headquartered outside of Chicago, CompTIA have offices across the United States and in Australia, Canada, China, Germany, India, Japan, South Africa and the United Kingdom.
CompTIA is the leading provider of vendor-neutral certifications in the world. CompTIA offer 17 certification exams in PC support, networking, servers, convergence, training, Linux, security, IT sales, green IT and so on. CompTIA has been delivering certification exams for more than 15 years and is committed to continually improving the service they provide to the industry.
Thousands of companies depend on CompTIA standards to provide a reliable predictor of employee success. Additionally, dozens of companies with their own certification programs rely on CompTIA exams to provide an industry standard for foundation-level skills sets as prerequisites or electives in their certification programs.
In addition to professional certifications, CompTIA supports and leads the global IT industry through education, advocacy and philanthropy initiatives.
In January 2010 these ANSI/ISO approved certifications fundamentally had their conditions changed from lifetime certifications to certifications that will expire every three years. Current certificate holders will still have valid certs for life, but any new certifications earned after December 31, 2010 will expire every three years.
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