CompTIA + IBM SkillsBuild

IBM and CompTIA are working together to get job seekers trained for new careers in tech

A new funding model for tech workforce development

This new program provides CompTIA A+ training and IBM SkillsBuild professional skills development for up to 2,000 students in 2023 in communities that are underrepresented in technology across the country leading to industry recognized credentials and employment.

The program supports CompTIA’s mission of unlocking the potential of tech job seekers and is part of IBM’s larger initiative to skill 30 million people globally by 2030.

This new initiative is designed to support individuals who are members of underserved communities. This includes women, minorities, veterans, individuals with disabilities, those in rural communities, those who have limited education and low-income individuals. For job placement purposes, program applicants must be eligible to work in the United States.

Who's this program for?

Job Seekers

Who would like to enter a career in tech.

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Community-Based Organizations

Who would like to bring the program to their area.

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Workforce Programs

At the state or local level who are interested in partnerships.

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17 Weeks to Tech Job Readiness

Training in both technical and professional skills needed for success on the job

  • Features CompTIA’s tried-and-true A+ certification training (see detail below)
  • Includes IBM SkillsBuild training in both key skills for professional success and core soft skills needed in the information technology workforce:
    • Collaborating effectively with teams
    • Creating and delivering presentations
    • Communicating with impact
    • Dealing with challenges in a controlled and focused manner
    • Using agile approaches for working professionally to deliver quality work and experiences to customers
    • Solving problems and implementing solutions
  • Training will take place online, led by highly qualified CompTIA instructors
  • Applicants will be pre-screened to ensure they have the basic skills needed to be successful in the training program
  • All program participants will be provided with career services such as resume and LinkedIn help, career days, mock interviews, and job placement support

9 Skills Learners Master and Validate with CompTIA A+

Training is mapped to the key technical skills needed for success in entry-level tech roles


Identifying, using, and connecting hardware components and devices, including the broad knowledge about different devices that is now necessary to support the remote workforce


Install and support Windows OS including command line & client support. System configuration imaging and troubleshooting for Mac OS, Chrome OS, Android and Linux OS.


Install & configure laptops and other mobile devices and support applications to ensure connectivity for end- users


Troubleshoot PC and mobile device issues including common OS, malware and security issues.


Explain types of networks and connections including TCP/IP, WIFI and SOHO


Compare & contrast cloud computing concepts & set up client-side virtualization


Troubleshoot real-world device and network issues quickly and efficiently


Identify and protect against security vulnerabilities for devices and their network connections


Follow best practices for safety, environmental impacts, and communication and professionalism

It takes forever to get a degree and plus lots of money, so getting the certificate is going to enable me to start my career in the IT field and computer field and just kind of jumpstart everything.

Tristan Hayes


For interested Job Seekers

Our program is currently available in the following U.S. states. If you are a resident of one of them, click on the link below for more information on how to apply. If you don’t live in one of these states, check this page again in the future! We plan to add new areas over time.

Community-based organizations and workforce development partners who would like more information on the program may contact us here:

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