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Two Million CompTIA Certifications: Beyond the Numbers

Jun 09, 2015

Downers Grove, Ill., June 9, 2015 – CompTIA, the leading provider of vendor-neutral skills certifications for the world’s information technology (IT) workforce, recently awarded its two millionth certification.

Each of these certifications is accompanied by a unique story. For some, it’s the start of a new career; for others, a career change; and for many more, a promotion and career advancement.

CompTIA’s IT Careers Blog frequently features the stories of how CompTIA certifications have impacted lives. Here are a few examples:

“CompTIA certifications specifically have turned my simple concepts of technology into a realization. I now realize not only what technology is, but its true function and benefit to our world.” (Jose Ventura, Struggling to Find His Path, Jose Ventura Discovers a New Direction at triOS)

“Certification refines your reasoning and your deductive ability when you’re troubleshooting, so you’re not just guessing. People look at us and say, ‘Oh you guys have magic. You have some sort of mojo to fix problems.’ ” (Joshua Wragg, A Small Business Success Started With CompTIA A+)

“Is the CompTIA A+ certification really important? Yes, it’s important. Some people say I take it personally sometimes, and I really do! I would not be married right now if it wasn’t for that certification! It literally saved my relationship.” (Robert Vance, CompTIA A+ Brought Music Back Into an IT Pro’s Life)

“I’ve found CompTIA certifications to be highly important, especially for young adults coming out of college who are seeking employment with a credible company. CompTIA certifications have not only boosted my salary, but have allowed me to progressively advance in my career as an IT professional at a young age.” (Robert Kosydar, Twenty-Two Year Old Clocks Six CompTIA Certifications in Two Years)

Facts and Figures

  • In the Beginning – CompTIA launched its certification program in 1993 with the introduction of CompTIA A+. More than 6,000 people earned the credential in its first year. Today more than one million individuals are CompTIA A+ certified.
  • Security – Governments and companies worldwide use CompTIA Security+ and CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner certifications for their cybersecurity personnel.
  • Beyond the Top Three - CompTIA Project+ is the fourth most popular credential among the association’s professional level certifications (after A+, Network+ and Security+).
  • Three for One – Candidates who earn the CompTIA Linux+ Powered by LPI certification can apply to be recognized as holding the LPI LPIC1 certification and the SUSE Certified Linux Administrator credential.
  • The Newbies – CompTIA Cloud + and Mobility+ were both added in 2013 in response to growing demand for IT professionals with verified skills in cloud computing and mobile technologies.
  • From Entry Level to Expert - CompTIA has four IT certification series that test different knowledge standards.

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About CompTIA
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a non-profit trade association serving as the voice of the information technology industry. With approximately 2,000 member companies, 3,000 academic and training partners and more than two million IT certifications issued, CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications and public policy advocacy. 

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Steven Ostrowski