For those who don’t know, CompTIA will retire their “lifetime certification” policy at the end of this year. For everyone who is certified before December 31, 2010, the credential is good for life. Starting January 1, 2011, however, any new certification holders will have to renew their credentials every three years.
CompTIA has now posted information on how new members (those certified after 1/1/11) can renew their credentials. Certification holders will enroll in a continuing education program that provides CEU credits, with the following CEU credits required every three year period:
CompTIA A+: 20 CEUs in three years
CompTIA Network+: 30 CEUs in three years
CompTIA Security+: 30 CEUs in three years
Credits can be earned through myriad activities including lecturing or presenting, attending industry events, publishing relevant content, and taking a training course that uses CompTIA CAQC-approved material.
I believe some of this information is still in the “proposal” stage, so it may change before the policy changes begin. You can read more on the CompTIA web site here, where they’ve posted a Q&A resource center.
If I were contemplating getting certified in A+, Network+, or Security+, I would want to do so before the end of the year so that I wouldn’t have to worry about expiration dates or CEU fulfillment. But that’s just my humble opinion.
How do you feel about CompTIA’s new policy?
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The required CEU credits will be:
CompTIA A+ 20 CEUs per three-year period
CompTIA Network+ 30 CEUs per three-year period
CompTIA Security+ 50 CEUs per three-year period
Credits can be earned through myriad activities including passing the most current exam for your certification, lecturing or presenting, attending industry events, publishing relevant content, and taking training courses that uses CompTIA CAQC-approved material.