CompTIA to Retire e-Biz+ at Year’s End

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CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association, will be dropping the English-language version of its e-Biz+ certification at the end of this year, company officials announced. Candidates who are planning to take this exam have until Dec. 31 to do so, said Michael Johnson, product manager in CompTIA’s skills development department.


“Since CompTIA acquired e-Biz+ in 2001, changes in the marketplace have caused the target audience to shift away from the core competencies of this certification,” he said. “The basic concepts of the certification address issues and technologies related to electronic commerce solutions. The job role of the target candidate when the certification was initially developed has changed, specifically in North America and EMEA (Europe, Middle East and Africa). E-commerce is now a part of several job roles, and employees involved with e-commerce projects are now expected to have e-commerce skills in addition to other skills. There is little call today for workers solely dedicated to e-commerce.”


The e-Biz+ certification addresses concepts, issues and technologies in e-business at an introductory level. Unlike most other CompTIA certifications, it is not technology-intensive: The organization emphasizes that it is designed for professionals in IT, as well as areas like sales and marketing. CompTIA will continue to offer a similar certification, the i-Net+, which validates six months of experience with Internet, intranet, extranet and e-commerce independently of any particular job role. Also, many of the topics covered by the e-Biz+ also are included in other CompTIA credentials. “Several of the technical and security elements of the exam have current representation on the CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Server+ and CompTIA Security+ certification exams,” Johnson said.


Additionally, individuals who are interested in taking the exam before the year is out should not be discouraged by this announcement, he added. “Individuals who have achieved (or will achieve) CompTIA e-Biz+ certification have a professional credential that is valid for life.”


The organization will not be retiring the Japanese version of the exam in the foreseeable future, Johnson said. “The Japanese version of the CompTIA e-Biz+ certification exam was recently revised and launched with the assistance of the eBusiness Forum (eBF) in Japan to better align the certification for the industry’s needs that are unique to the Japanese market.”


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