CompTIA and OnForce Team to Raise Skill Levels

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<p><strong>Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. &mdash; Aug. 7</strong><br />The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), a trade association for the information technology (IT) industry, and OnForce, a marketplace for IT service professionals, announced they are working together to bring training and certification opportunities to more than 12,000 IT technicians. <br /><br />The two industry leaders will collaborate on a number of programs aimed at raising the certified technical skills of IT professionals and helping them grow their businesses. The cooperation will combine industry-leading skills development and professional certifications with the industry&rsquo;s largest source for contract service professionals. <br /><br />&ldquo;CompTIA certifications provide IT workers with internationally recognized, respected credentials that validate their technical proficiency and professionalism,&rdquo; said Richard Rysiewicz, vice president of services at CompTIA. </p><p>&ldquo;We are extremely pleased to be working with OnForce to further build on the strong skills and qualifications their service professionals already have. We look forward to future collaborations and launching more learning and certification programs with OnForce in the future.&rdquo;<br /><br />As part of the ongoing effort, OnForce&rsquo;s community of more than 12,000 contract professionals can earn several CompTIA certifications, including CompTIA A+, Network+, Security+ and Server+. Members of the OnForce community will also have access to CompTIA membership and other training and certification opportunities.<br /><br />&ldquo;CompTIA is the industry standard for technology education and certifications, so they were the ideal partner for OnForce in providing our community with best-in-class learning opportunities,&rdquo; said Jose Bernal, senior vice president of business development at OnForce. </p><p>&ldquo;As more VARs and solution providers are utilizing contract IT talent, access to advanced training is critical for service professionals. We look forward to working closely with CompTIA on a number of initiatives to enable our community to further develop their business and technical skills.&rdquo;<br /><br />Both organizations agree that maintaining the right certifications is critical for IT professionals to successfully grow their business and their technical acumen. &ldquo;When we look for contract service professionals, we want to make sure we are putting the best possible person in front of our clients,&rdquo; said Peter Manni, vice president of Siemens IT Solutions and Services. </p><p>&ldquo;One way we do that, especially through our partners at OnForce, is to make sure the engineers are CompTIA-certified.&rdquo;<br /></p>

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