Certification Partner Track

Earn CPD Credits at EMEACon

This year you can earn Continuing Professional Development credits by attending the CompTIA EMEA Member & Partner Conference. Attending CompTIA’s 2-day conference is an easy way to build the CPD credits required by your organisation or industry.

Tuesday | Wednesday

Tuesday, 11 October

08.00 - 21.00 Certification Partner Registration

10.00 - 10.15 CompTIA Certification Partner Welcome & Introductions

10.15 - 11.15 Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA+) - Welcoming in our Latest Certification to the Family

Traditional, signature-based security approaches to security have existed for over 20 years. Yet, security incidents have become ever more frequent and severe. Security professionals around the world, however, have told us about some key countermeasures. Join us to learn how an analytics-based approach to security can help move beyond mere “table stakes” security measures and traditional penetration testing approaches. Today’s organisations present a greatly-increased attack surface. Dr. Stanger will discuss how relevant visualisation of your network and security incidents can help create truly useful, custom security frameworks to increase security.

Presenter: Dr. James Stanger, Senior Director, Products, CompTIA

11.15 - 11.30 Certification Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

Visit these CompTIA Authorised Partners in the exhibit hall on Day 1 of the conference:

11.30 - 12.00

Academy Partner

Learning Partner

Academy Programme Updates

There’s a lot going on at CompTIA in 2016 / 2017. The Academic team will present updates on new certifications, retirement dates, exam pricing, purchasing methods, and other product and program news during this session. Conference Prize drawing will follow the update.


  • Jane Dickinson, Senior Manager, Skills Certification, Western Europe, CompTIA
  • Zeshan Sattar, Senior Manager, Certification Evangelist, Western Europe, CompTIA
Learning Partner Programme Updates

There’s a lot going on at CompTIA in 2016 / 2017. The commercial team will present updates on new certifications, retirement dates, exam pricing, purchasing methods, and other product and program news during this session. Conference Prize drawing will follow the update.


  • Luke Barton, CompTIA
  • Marie Cronin, Senior Manager for CAPP Delivery, Western Europe, CompTIA 
12.00 - 13.00 EMEA Conference Lunch in Exhibit Hall

Visit these CompTIA Authorised Partners in the exhibit hall on Day 1 of the conference:

13.00 - 13.45 The Value of IT Training and Certification - An International Perspective

This engaging panel will provide insight and reflection on the current landscape of international IT certifications and training. Hear experienced industry professionals discuss current and future training trends and share their experiences in driving people into training and certification.


Moderator: Graham Hunter, Vice President - Europe and Middle East, Certifications, CompTIA

13.45 - 14.45

Learning Partner

Academy Partner

Keynote: How To "Legally Murder" Your Competitors Online

Here's what you'll discover on the day:

• How to get the exact name and address of every man, woman and child who is ever likely to become one of your customers!

• How to use cheap little online ads to generate an enormous daily number of leads...

• How to turn those leads on to hot qualified customers while simultaneously helping them ALOT!

• How to attract more business in an under the radar way that nobody else is doing...

• The ugly truth about email marketing – it sucks… and what you can do about it...

• How to eliminate cold calling and to get your leads to actually call you!

Presenter: Charlie Hutton, Author, Consultant and Entrepreneur

Notes from the Field – Teaching the CompTIA A+ 900 Series (Part 1 – 901)

If it’s the first time that you are teaching the CompTIA A+ or have  just started the transition to the 900 series, then this session is for you! In this first session, join a CompTIA A+ Subject Matter Expert, as they guide you through the tips and tricks of delivering a course aligned to the 901 certification objectives. Topics will include systems hardware, mobile devices, networking and how to troubleshoot these key areas when things go wrong (as they sometimes do!) This fast paced session will jumpstart your class preparation and deliver some practical demos you can do with your students to make the subject come alive.

Presenter: Scott Jernigan, Editor in Chief, Total Seminars

14.45 - 15.15 Is Your Business A Fixed Or Growth Mindset?

The fixed mindset is the most common and the most harmful in a business. It’s worth understanding and considering how it’s affecting you, your team, and your business.

Presenter: John McGlinchey, Senior Vice President of Global Business Development, CompTIA

15.15 - 15.30 Certification Networking Break in Exhibit Hall

Visit these CompTIA Authorised Partners in the exhibit hall on Day 1 of the conference:

15.30 - 16.15

Learning Partner

Academy Partner

IT Department of the Future

Presenter: Jez Brooks, IBM Early Professionals Manager, Apprentice Scheme Leader, UK Foundation, IBM Early Professionals Programmes

Notes from the Field – Teaching the CompTIA A+ 900 Series (Part 2 – 902)

Continuing on from the first session, join us to take another fast paced, deep dive into the the A+ 902 certification objectives. Hold on to your hats as we take a whirlwind tour of key topics including Operating Systems (including Windows, Linux, Mac, Android and more), cybersecurity, troubleshooting and operational procedures (including soft skills). Don’t miss this chance to take away some great ideas that you can implement in your classroom straight away!

Presenter: Scott Jernigan, Editor in Chief, Total Seminars

16.15 - 17.15

Learning Partner

Academy Partner

Building a Cyber Workforce

The headlines continue to bombard us with stories showing the latest cyber-attacks and the success that hackers are having at our expense. What are the best strategies that companies are adopting to stem the hacking tide?

Topics include:

  • Essential defense and monitoring skills that every cyber worker should have
  • The skill set of the future: What it is, and how you train for it
  • Training solutions to get workers today’s skills
  • Bridging the gap from formalized, external training to on-the-job training
  • The use of teams, internships and other tactics to build a workforce
  • Performance-based training and testing: Perspectives


Moderator: Todd Thibodeaux, President & CEO, CompTIA

Teaching by Twitter - an Exploration of Enhancing Learning via Social Media

The Open University has been experimenting with using Social Media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIN, Facbook Live and Persicope) to enhance their remote at scale teaching of technical vendor topics. This session explores the tools used, the easy wins and how this may enhance your own provision.

Presenter: Andrew Smith, Senior Lecturer in Networking, Open University

17.30 - 21.00 CompTIA EMEA Conference Welcome Reception & Networking Dinner

Wednesday, 12 October

07.30 - 17.00 Conference Registration

08.00 - 09.00 EMEA Conference Breakfast

09.00 - 10.30 State of the Industry and Morning Keynote

State of the Industry

Morning Keynote: Postcapitalism - Our Guide to the Future

Without us noticing, we are entering the post capitalist era. At the heart of further change to come is information technology, new ways of working and the sharing economy. Postcapitalism is possible because of the major changes IT has brought about in the past 25 years, including blurred edges between work and free time, the abundance of information, and the rise of collaborative production. Hear Paul Mason, economist and broadcaster, share his insights on the failure of the present economic model, the fragmentation of global systems, the rise of open source, and the disruption of business models - linking current events to the tech revolution and throwing forward to the world in 2026 and 2050.

  • Presenter: Paul Mason, Author, Economist, and Broadcaster

10.30 - 11.15 Networking Break in Exhibition Hall

Click here to view a list of the Day 2 exhibitors.

11.15 - 11.45 What do Apprenticeships Mean for Your Company?

Apprenticeships are changing. April 2017 will see the introduction of the Apprenticeships Levy and a fundamental shift to a new model of employer-designed Apprenticeships Standards. The paradigm shift impacts every organisation whether you are a large-scale enterprise or a small to medium business. Join us to get answers about how the levy would affect your organisation, what does co-funding actually mean and why apprentices are still the best way to acquire and develop talent for your business.

Presenter: John Myers, Head of National Account Management, Skills Funding Agency - National Apprenticeship Service

11.45 - 12.15 The Robots are Coming - It’s Time to Learn

In this fast-paced, digital age, job roles are becoming less defined and there’s a constant need to learn new skills to keep up with emerging technologies and new ways of thinking. This new world even creates some concerns that our job might be automated,and we’ll be replaced by robots in the next ten years. Meanwhile, the landscape of learning is undergoing a significant digital transformation with people learning in a variety of different ways and much of that learning being self-directed.

In this new era, how you, your team, or your organisation ensures that you’re getting trustworthy, high-quality, expert-led content becomes a priority. But what can that look like and how can it really help you?                                                           

This session will look at:

  • How the digital era is changing the education landscape
  • The current thinking around automation
  • The advent of social learning
  • The merits of mentorship within company-directed learning
  • The long term benefits of soft skills

Presenter: Stephen SomervilleDirector of Business Development, FutureLearn

12.15 - 13.15 EMEA Conference Lunch in Exhibition Hall

Click here to view a list of the Day 2 exhibitors.

13.15 - 14.15

Learning Partner

Academy Partner

Certification Unconference Session 1

The Unconference is Back!

Based on delegate feedback, our first conference topic will be "From standards to frameworks, delivering certifications within apprenticeships and traineeships."

Presenter: John Pritchard, Director of Learning & Development, Arch Aprentices

Using CompTIA IT Fundamentals to Build the IT Workforce of the Future

IT Fundamentals benchmarks the baseline knowledge and skills that every individual increasingly needs to operate successfully in our digital world. It sets the foundation for learning about infrastructure, networking and cybersecurity and there are free resources available to assist you deliver it. In this session, you will learn best practice on delivering IT Fundamentals, embedding it within your programmes and using it to encourage more learners onto IT programmes with your institution. Opportunities for delivery include evening/weekend classes, traineeships and as part of other programmes aimed at age 14+.

Presenter: Scott Jernigan, Editor in Chief, Total Seminars

14.15 - 15.15

Learning Partner

Academy Partner

Certification Unconference Session 2

In session 2 of the Unconference, we'll cover the following topic based on partner feedback:

  • Opportunities to develop your business: We'll discuss funding, programme development, dealing with operational issues, and marketing your offerings.


  • Stuart O’Rourke – Operations Director, Estio Training

  • Gordon Davies – Training Manager, Estio Training

Classroom Strategies for Hands-on Skills, Employability, and Certification

In this session, explore how you can integrate CompTIA certifications into your curriculum and then better prepare your students (and even yourself) for the exam(s). Learn how Awarding Organisations have worked with us to map our certifications to their qualifications so that learners have the opportunity to sit an industry recognised certification alongside. Hear about how you can use a range of methods to implement the training and exam preparation. You will also gain an insight on how to get your students in a certification mindset from day one, build their confidence and better ready them for the certification exam(s).


Moderator:Sukhdeep Virdi, Arch Apprentices

15.15 - 16.00 Networking Break in Exhibition Hall

Click here to view a list of the Day 2 exhibitors.

16.00 - 17.00 Closing Keynote: Keep On Pushing™ - An Olympic Athlete's Message of Persistence

Devon brings his entertaining and effective message of how to 'keep on pushing', how persistence is a key catalyst in any success formula. Hear how to blend the need for every part of an organization to have the ability to persist, but not without good doses of wisdom, preparation, talent, teamwork, humor, passion, hard work and smart planning. Devon illustrates this through insights from his improbable story of a road that took him from the violent ghettos of Kingston, Jamaica; to Sandhurst; to the Olympics; to the hit Disney film Cool Runnings. Entertaining, motivational, with humor, compassion and real-life how-to guidance, Devon Harris inspires you to 'keep on pushing' - his distinctive phrase when asked how he gets that bobsled down that run.

Learn how:

  • Investing some time to clarify both your personal and team vision will give them the edge and keep them motivated.
  • To embrace change.
  • To demonstrate faith in their teammates abilities and create a more synergistic environment.
  • To persist. Be relentless in finding the solutions to their challenges.

Presenter: Devon Harris

17.00 - 17.30 CompTIA EMEA Conference Closing Reception