CompTIA - a Kick-starter guide

A kickstarter guide to CompTIA

What is CompTIA?

Established in 1982, the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a non-profit trade association based in Illinois, USA. Its activities influence legislative IT policy around the world and many describe it as the ‘voice’ of the ICT sector.

What does it do?

CompTIA’s primary purpose is to certify vendor-neutral qualifications for the global IT sector, but the organisation also researches industry trends – publishing reports of the findings. CompTIA’s industry and public sector advisory councils supplement this by studying evolving markets and identifying, discussing and debating issues facing the sector, which then form the basis for CompTIA’s industry guides, tools, white papers, case studies and templates.

Another aspect of CompTIA’s work is ongoing collaboration with its members and IT experts to produce CompTIA Channel Standards – a collection of peer-reviewed standards and best practices for service providers to emulate.

Who are its members?

Over 2,000 vendors are CompTIA members – from large international providers to small businesses offering hardware, software and/or IT services. CompTIA also partners with around 3,000 academic and training organisations and serves tens of thousands of registered users who are seeking certification. All members are encouraged to contribute to CompTIA’s technology communities.

An organisation’s cybersecurity team develop policies and procedures for protecting data assets; detecting and mitigating threats; responding to incidents; ensuring compliance with internal, industry and regulatory requirements; and establishing metrics and best practices.

What are the CompTIA IT communities?

These are collaborative member-forums, each focusing on a specific area of IT practice. CompTIA has a Communities Executive Board consisting of 20+ industry experts who oversee and coordinate the communities. In addition, each community will have its own team of experts, plus representatives from service providers, vendor companies and resellers.

Every community follows a set of pre-agreed community-specific aims and objectives and supports these through its activities. These activities might range from organising conferences, events and webinars, to blogging about topics of community interest and facilitating discussion and collaboration via LinkedIn groups.

CompTIA IT communities

  • Advancing Diversity in Technology
  • Advancing Women in Technology
  • ANZ Channel
  • Canadian Business Technology
  • Emerging Technology
  • Future Leaders
  • IT Security
  • Managed Services
  • Technology Lifecycle Services
  • UK Channel

” We are proud to support the sterling work CompTIA does for our industry.
The Cyber Ready programme is just one example of how CompTIA is addressing skills gaps and encouraging diversity across the UK IT sector. By making cybersecurity training, mentoring and certification available to applicants from a broad range of backgrounds and experience, CompTIA hopes to attract untapped talent and inspire them to embark on fulfilling IT careers.

Ricky Doyle

Director, Practice Labs

What does CompTIA do with the funds it collects from its members and its activities?

As a not-for-profit, CompTIA reinvests any surplus into supporting the IT industry, both through its day to day work and via a broad range of philanthropic activities. These fall into three main areas:

  • programmes which encourage diversity in the sector
  • donations to IT-related charities that support diversity and help young people and adults pursue careers in the industry
  • initiatives that ignite a passion for IT among children and teenagers, leading them to become curious about future work opportunities in the sector

As an Authorised CompTIA Partner, Practice Labs can offer customers the opportunity to test and configure the technologies required for the CompTIA Cybersecurity Pathway and a broad range of other CompTIA certifications. Our unique live-lab environments emulate real-world hardware, and our lab guides include real-world scenarios suitable for both experienced IT professionals and new engineers. Once users feel ready to proceed towards certification, our exam preps can help validate their knowledge and then take them through a simulated live exam experience.

Currently we have practice labs to prepare users for the following CompTIA certifications. We update and extend our portfolio regularly in response to industry need and requests from our customers.

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