CompTIA’s Convergence+ in Beta

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) has announced the availability of a beta version of its newest certification, Convergence+. The upcoming credential, which will cover topics such as telephony, network engineering, applications, hardware, architecture, management and security, is aimed at a burgeoning area of IT.

“Virtually all market forecasts and research indicate that the demand for voice-over IP and other converged communications solutions continues to grow,” said Neill Hopkins, CompTIA vice president of skills development. “Deloitte Services says that two-thirds of the Global 2000 companies will have started deployment of voice-over IP to the desktop by the end of 2006. Just this month, IDC came out with a new report that projects that spending on equipment support services for voice-over IP deployments will reach $1.27 billion by 2010.”

Additionally, a recent CompTIA survey of more than 350 small and medium-sized businesses found two-thirds of those surveyed recognize the business value of converged communications solutions. About one-third of these organizations intend to invest in phone system upgrades over the next year.

The beta exam for CompTIA’s Convergence+ (CT1-001) is intended to assess candidates who have 18 to 24 months of experience in data networking, voice-over IP and other related convergence technologies. Individuals who pass the beta exam will be certified as a CompTIA Convergence+ professional.

“In that regard, the certification is more advanced than CompTIA A+,” Hopkins said. “But it is still a foundation-level exam that sets a baseline of the skills someone should have if they are planning…



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