This post is outdated. For updated CompTIA information, see Jed Reisner’s A+ 220-801 and 220-802 guide.
The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) has extended the retirement date for the 2003 versions of its CompTIA A+ certification.
Earlier in the year, CompTIA announced it would be combining the content of A+ hardware and software tests in a single exam: CompTIA A+ Essentials. Another test, CompTIA A+ #220-602, deals with the on-the-job application of soft skills, IT security, and safety and environmental issues, as well as the subjects covered in the Essentials exam.
Registration for the CompTIA A+ Essentials and CompTIA A+ #220-602 exams began Sept. 12, with actual testing dates beginning Sept. 30. Meanwhile, individuals who prepared for the earlier version of A+ were told they needed to do so before Dec. 31, 2006. That’s now been moved to June 30, 2007.
“While the updated CompTIA A+ is enjoying a strong reception from the market, CompTIA A+ 2003 needs to remain available beyond Dec. 31, 2006, to satisfy ongoing high demand,” said Steven Ostrowski, CompTIA director of corporate communications. “CompTIA has decided to keep the current exams open longer to accommodate the numerous training organizations and schools currently in the middle of training and testing cycles.”