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CompTIA Introduces New IT Fundamentals Certification Exam

Oct 16, 2014

Downers Grove, Ill., October 16, 2014 – CompTIA, the IT industry association and the largest provider of vendor neutral skills certifications for the world’s IT workforce, today announced the availability of the new CompTIA IT Fundamentals certification exam.

CompTIA IT Fundamentals covers a range of IT topics and provides a solid grounding in the technology concepts and practices organizations use today.

“IT literacy is a critical element in today’s innovation economy, which drives employment and powers growth in many other industries,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and chief executive officer, CompTIA. “This credential addresses the growing need for a deeper understanding of technology fundamentals throughout an organization.”

CompTIA IT Fundamentals is intended for individuals whose jobs require them to have a foundational level understanding of IT terminology, but are not necessarily involved in the same day-to-day, hands-on work as an IT professional. It is also relevant for organizations that want to promote and verify basic fluency in IT terminology and concepts among their employees.

Sales associates, sales engineers, account managers, business development managers, product and marketing specialists and entry level customer support personnel are just a few of the job categories that can benefit from earning this credential.

CompTIA IT Fundamentals certification is also relevant for students and adult career changers considering a career in IT. By earning a credential from an organization well known and widely respected for its certification program, it demonstrates to prospective employers they’re ready to enter the IT workforce. It can also serve as a springboard to more advanced IT skills certifications, such as CompTIA A+.

Validating skills through certification can set the stage for new career opportunities and advancement. For example, 93 percent of hiring managers believe certifications are beneficial, according to CompTIA’s Employer Perceptions of IT Training & Certification study.

Exam Content and Prep Options

The CompTIA IT Fundamentals exam covers five categories: software, hardware, security, networking and basic IT literacy. Complete exam objectives are available on the CompTIA Certification website.

Training materials for CompTIA IT Fundamentals are expected to be available this month, with the CompTIA CertMaster course due in November.

CompTIA CertMaster is an online, confidence-based learning solution that combines key principles and research from brain science, neurobiology, cognitive psychology and game study to help users master – not just memorize – the material they need to learn and retain. Individuals move through the CompTIA CertMaster platform at their own pace, in a way that meets their unique learning style and prior knowledge.

The CompTIA IT Fundamentals certification is available worldwide in an English-language version. Exams in other languages will be introduced in the coming months. For more information, visit

With the introduction of the CompTIA IT Fundamentals exam, the association said today it will retire the CompTIA Strata exam on Aug. 31, 2015.

About CompTIA

CompTIA is the voice of the world’s information technology (IT) industry. Its members are the companies at the forefront of innovation; and the professionals responsible for maximizing the benefits organizations receive from their investments in technology. CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through educational programmes, market research, networking events, professional certifications, and public policy advocacy. For more information, visit CompTIA online and on Facebook, LinkedIn and Twitter.


Steven Ostrowski