Our Story

CompTIA HQ Office

Founded in 1982, CompTIA brought together the IT channel in order to create an open dialogue between IT vendors and partners. We were officially established as the Association of Better Computer Dealers (ABCD). The association’s earliest benefits included a membership directory and vendor chats. Two years later, ABCD held its first major conference, and out of this came the decision to establish a full-time staff and permanent headquarters.

In 1990, ABCD changed its name to the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) to reflect the expanded scope of its activities, and two years later, we introduced vendor-neutral IT certifications, which are now a core component of our offering. In 2014, we expanded our legislative advocacy efforts by acquiring TechAmerica, a leader in international, federal, state and local public policy advocacy, as well as business networking and intelligence.

A leading voice for the information technology (IT) industry

With more than 2,000 members, 3,000 academic and training partners and tens of thousands of registered users spanning the entire information communications and technology (ICT) industry, CompTIA has become a leading voice for the technology ecosystem. We focus our initiatives on supporting the success of businesses across the full IT channel, from the largest vendors on one end to smaller businesses providing IT hardware, software and services on the other, as well as the ICT professionals that make our industry run. Simply stated, the industry’s innovation and growth depends on you and hundreds of thousands of others just like you. We’re here to help.

CompTIA has invested millions to develop a growing portfolio of resources in the areas of IT education, IT certification, IT advocacy and IT philanthropy to help you and your peers become more successful. We empower ICT companies and professionals worldwide with knowledge and resources to enhance their businesses and careers. After all, your success is our success.