Vendor-neutral certification provider CompTIA, the Computing Technology Industry Association, has announced that the beta exam for its forthcoming CompTIA RFID+ credential will be available on October 31. The test (#RF1-001) is aimed at professionals who possess a basic comprehension of RFID (radio frequency identification) concepts, as well as six to 24 months of work experience with this technology.
The test will cover topics related to the installation, configuration and maintenance of RFID hardware and device software, including interrogation zone basics, testing and troubleshooting, standards and regulations, tag knowledge, design selection, installation, site analysis, RF physics and RFID peripherals. Candidates who successfully complete the beta exam will receive the RFID+ certification.
CompTIA predicts that RFID will be a growing discipline in the next few years. At present, Wal-Mart and the U.S. Department of Defense are two of the larger organizations that have established RFID technology mandates for inventory and other purposes.
CompTIA has collaborated with an assortment of leading commercial, professional and academic organizations to develop the RFID+, such as the Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility (AIM Global), DHL Express, Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis, the RFID Journal, The Enterprise Mobility Company and Texas Instruments Inc.
The beta test is the result of subject-matter experts’ extensive job-task analyses and exam-writing events that took place during the summer. This phase is used to ensure that the content of the final exam is fair, accurate and relevant. After a targeted number of candidates have taken the exam, the results will be analyzed, the best questions identified and a passing exam score established. The target date for completion of the new certification is around the beginning of next year.
Interested parties can register to take the exam through Thomson Prometric and Pearson VUE for a $75 fee. As with most beta tests, this charge—which is intended to cover delivery and publication costs—is a substantial discount from the planned non-member final exam price of $225.
For more information, see http://www.comptia.org.