After more than a year of development, the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) announced it will release its RFID+ certification next week. CompTIA commenced development of the credential in response to demand among its member organizations for a reliable indicator of professional skill with radio frequency identification (RFID) technology, and that need has only grown, said David Sommer, CompTIA vice president of electronic commerce.
“We see a real looming shortage of people skilled in RFID technology,” he said. “We performed a survey in the January-February time frame that showed that 75 percent of our membership believes there isn’t a sufficient pool of talent in RFID technology. We are serving a purpose by providing foundational, baseline knowledge for people to measure themselves against. It will help the industry address the lack of a sufficient pool of talent. It’s going to be attractive to individuals to get certified in this technology because the market will be there for people knowledgeable in this technology.”
The certification exam 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, radio frequency physics and RFID peripherals. The subject matter covered by the exam was not changed as a result of the beta testing that took place last year, Sommer said.
“Some questions were thrown out, but that didn’t affect the overall content,” he explained. “If we found that the question was too easy, too difficult or misleading in one sense or another, the question was thrown out. The same blueprint, though—the outline of the exam with the weighting of the questions into the individual domain areas—all remained the same.”
Thus far, the reaction to this new credential has been overwhelmingly positive. “We’ve had a lot of industry interest,” Sommer said. “We had a booth at RFID World, which is the largest RFID trade conference, at the end of February and the beginning of March, and there was a great deal of interest in the certification from the attendees. We’re definitely going to continue our marketing efforts.”
The RFID+ exam will go live March 28. Individuals interested in this certification can expect to see a proliferation of germane face-to-face training opportunities, as well as electronic and printed self-study materials, come out in the following weeks.
For more information, see http://www.comptia.org.