One in a million: CompTIA A+ passes certification milestone

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The Million Man March didn’t actually have a million men. And the cave people in Raquel Welch’s One Million Years B.C. couldn’t have actually lived on Earth 1,000,000 years before Christ (look, they didn’t call the movie One Million Years BCE, so shut up). There really are, however, 1,000,000 CompTIA A+ certification holders. Not only that, but the lucky individual who turned the counter from 999,999 to 1,000,000 is in line to receive some pretty sweet prizes.

CompTIA has now given out 1,000,000 A+ certifications.CompTIA has not yet publicly disclosed the winning CompTIA A+ cert holder’s identity, or even formally acknowledged the certification milestone in a press release or news conference. The CompTIA A+ Facebook page, however, made things at least semi-official on Friday, with a milestone-commemorating status update.

Over the next few days, details about the prizes in store for the big CompTIA A+  winner began to trickle out. Courtesy of training provider Total Seminars, the lucky Mr. or Mrs. TBA will attend a tech conference of their choosing (lodging and travel expenses included), as well as appear in a Total Seminars CompTIA A+ training video and meet certification guru Mike Meyers. (No, it’s not the famous Mike Myers. And it’s not the infamous Michael Myers. And it’s not even the baseball pitcher Mike Myers. Or the baseball pitcher Mike Meyers.)

The A+ certification, first issued in 1993, is one of the oldest and most widely recognized credentials in IT. The exam has been updated four times, in 2003, 2006, 2009 and, most recently, 2012. Since 2003, the A+ exam has been reviewed and updated every three years in consultation with the CompTIA A+ Certification Advisory Committee.

Here’s how the initial announcement appeared on Facebook:



CompTIA officials announced in September that the landmark accomplishment was approaching.

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