Certiport and CompTIA Offer Cert Road Map

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From Digital Literate to Digital Guru



Certiport and CompTIA have teamed to offer new entrants into the IT work
force a road map from foundational computing knowledge with Certiport’s
Internet and Computing Core Certification (IC3) to technical service and
support skills with CompTIA’s A+ program. To encourage students to get
their IT careers started, CompTIA is offering a 30-percent discount on
A+ certification to students who receive certification from Certiport.
“IC3 is a very good foundation for people attempting A+,” said David
Saedi, executive vice president of Certiport. “We ran it by CompTIA for
validation of the objectives they would consider appropriate for a pre-
A+ program. They came back and said that it was something they’d
definitely been thinking about, and they would adopt this program so all
of their A+ candidates can benefit from it.”


The career road map from IC3 to A+ will be made possible by CompTIA’s
certification tracking and verification system, built on the CompTIA
Unique Candidate ID Number. Certiport will start giving the ID Number to
current and future IC3-certified individuals, allowing them to transfer
their credentials easily from Certiport to CompTIA.
IC3 is a foundation for anyone looking to build computer and Internet
knowledge. The program is professionally validated and builds Internet
and computer literacy so certificants can enter the job market or move
into higher education programs or further training.


“As far back as two years ago when we started doing the research into
the IC3 program, we figured there was a definite missing link between
the people graduating from school and the time they were getting exposed
to their first certification,” said Saedi. “We found through our own
research that the world was going about this in a haphazard way. People
had no standards for getting through the process.”


IC3 offers multiple career path options. Certificants can move into
office jobs with Certiport’s MOUS certifications, testing desktop
proficiency, or they can move into an IT career with CompTIA’s A+,
testing the knowledge and skills of entry-level computer service
technicians. From A+, IT professionals can move into more advanced
vendor-neutral certifications, such as CompTIA’s Network+ or
ProsoftTraining’s Certified Internet Webmaster (CIW), or vendor-specific
credentials like the Microsoft Certified Professional (MCP).


For more information, see http://www.comptia.org.

ITAA: IT Work Force Shrunk in 2001, But Demand Expected to Increase



According to a new study released by the Information Technology
Association of America (ITAA), 500,000 IT jobs were shed from U.S.
companies in the past year, but the estimated demand for IT workers will
rise in the next year. Harris N. Miller, president of ITAA called it a
“good news/bad news report” for IT professionals. 



Market Decisions Corp. of Portland, Ore., collected the statistics,
covering demand, gap, skills development and worker retention, via
telephone interviews with 532 hiring managers from IT and non-IT
companies. The American Association of Community Colleges, Brainbench,
the Chubb Institute, Cisco Systems, Dice Inc., Intel, ITT Technical
Institute, Microsoft, ProsoftTraining and SRA International sponsored
the study, titled “Bouncing Back: Jobs, Skills and the Continuing Demand
for IT Workers.”



First, the bad news: IT companies were more likely to reduce their
numbers of IT employees than non-IT companies. IT firms reduced their IT
work force by 15 percent, while only 4 percent of IT jobs at non-IT
firms were lost. No region of the country fared better than any other.
Reductions in the IT work force were equal in all parts of the United
States. Finally, IT jobs are heading south. In the Midwest, demand for
IT workers dropped 68 percent since 2000; in the West, it dropped 71



Now for the good news: Hiring managers said they will be trying to fill
1.1 million positions in the next year. Nearly 600,000 of those 1.1
million jobs are expected to go unfilled. Why? Not enough workers with
the skills to match the jobs. How can you ensure you’re a match? Hiring
managers place a lot of weight on previous experience as the best way to
develop your skills, and for the eight job categories measured,
certifications were also important.



For more information on the study and to read the executive summary, go



Chill Out Already!



We all know that taking time for yourself is integral to your health and
your productivity. Let’s face it, you can’t just keep going and going on
the brink of overwork. Everyone needs personal time, and everyone needs
a vacation—even if it’s just to putter around your town, doing anything
but working. And since my vacation is looming on the horizon, I thought
I’d take some time to remind you that you need to give yourself the gift
of some time off.



Make your plans at the beginning of the year. Let’s say you get 10 days
off a year, and you want to take a vacation in July. Plan your vacation
time early on—that way, it won’t sneak away from you. Let your manager
know that July is when you’re going on vacation. The week before you go,
try to tie up all the loose ends, so you’re not thinking about work when
you should be focusing on play.



And there’s more ways to get personal time than vacation. Get a life
already! I’m sure you put in plenty of hours at your job, but don’t let
your job become your life. Make time for your family, your interests,
your friends and sleep, for heaven’s sake! When you spend all your time
at work, going to work, coming home from work and thinking about
tomorrow’s work, you’re doing yourself a disservice. If you focus on
your non-work life more, your work life is sure to seem less cumbersome.



Finally, don’t spend all of your extra time studying! Take a break from
training and studying for certifications every now and then. This is
another case where you can make your plan at the beginning of the year.
Map out the skills and certifications you’d like to acquire
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