CompTIA Seeking RFID SMEs

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As Wal-Mart, the U.S. Department of Defense and other organizations adopt radio frequency identification (RFID) technology for inventory and other purposes, the demand for individuals skilled in this area has risen. Accordingly, CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association, is developing a new certification to verify RFID skills. The organization recently issued an invitation for subject-matter experts (SMEs) to help out with job-task analyses and exam item writing to support this burgeoning program.


“In particular, it’s focused on the physics of radio technology, tags, hardware and software installation, and global knowledge of RFID standards,” said David Sommer, the organization’s vice president of electronic commerce. “Basically, we’re looking for individuals with three or more years of experience with the technology and are currently involved with the technology. That’s the main criteria.” He added that item writing experience is a plus, too.


The initial RFID SME meeting is scheduled to take place from May 31 to June 1 at CompTIA facilities. “The subject-matter experts are going to perform the job-task analysis to detail out what types of tasks individuals in the target job actually perform,” Sommer said. “This initial meeting will engage between 15 and 20 subject-matter experts. We will actually engage the subject-matter experts again to do the item writing and review. For that meeting, we’ll be looking for a few more SMEs.”


Apart from a golf shirt that designates the wearer as a CompTIA RFID SME, participants will receive exam vouchers for the credential in recognition of their contribution to its development. The notable exceptions will be the authors of the test questions, who will be grandfathered in as the first certification holders, Sommer said.


The “RFID+” industry committee, which includes the Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility (AIM), Texas Instruments and the RFID Journal, is comprised of 12 organizations right now, but more are expected to join in the future. The members held their first conference last month, Sommer said. “At that first meeting, we went through the certification development process with the companies, explaining the way we approach certification development. We talked about what the domains of the certification might be and who the target audience for the certification should be.”


The target date for completion of the new certification is around the end of this year or the beginning of next year. Interested potential SMEs should go to the CompTIA Web site for additional details.


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