Editor’s note: This is the latest post in new blog series where we take a deep dive into resources for our projected top IT trends for 2015.
What is it: Established in 1982, CompTIA is a nonprofit organization that provides a wide variety of vendor-neutral IT certifications, ranging from networking to cloud computing. CompTIA offers 17 certifications — its A+, Network+, and Security+ certifications being the most popular ones. Because of their non-vendor-specific nature, CompTIA certs are great starting points for more advanced or vendor-specific certs.
What can I do with it: It really depends on what interests you — and what IT path you want to pursue. But again, because CompTIA is vendor-neutral, it provides you with a great foundation to build upon. For example, if you earn Network+ certification, that gives you the basic knowledge and skills you need to pursue careers such as a network engineer or network administrator.
Where to start: If you are brand spankin’ new to IT, check out CompTIA’s A+ and IT Fundamentals certifications. The A+ covers maintenance of PCs, operating systems, and even printers, while IT Fundamentals focuses more on tasks that IT professionals are expected to handle. CompTIA’s website is an excellent resource for exploring paths, what you can do with each, and more. This is a great way to determine what interests you and what doesn’t.
Our resources: We currently offer six CompTIA courses, and trainer Keith Barker is revamping his CompTIA Network+ course to reflect recent updates to the certification exam. We also feature five CompTIA certification playlists that can serve as a one-stop resource for you!