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LearnKey’s Fast Track to CompTIA “Certify for Life”

If you are looking to start a career in IT and have decided on CompTIA certifications you should be aware of the changes that will be implemented in the coming year. Starting January 1, 2011 when you earn a CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, or CompTIA Security+ certification you will have to renew your certification every three years. In the past, earning one of those three certifications guaranteed you “Certified” status for the rest of your life. This seems good for the people earning certifications, but the drawback is that you aren’t required to keep up on current technology – earning your A+ Certification ten years ago meant learning a whole different set of skills than what you would need today. With the new policy, the certified must keep their certifications current by either retaking the current exam or earning Continuing Education Units (CEUs). CEUs are earned a number of ways – attending industry events, teaching/lecturing on relevant industry topics, taking *ahem* computer based training courses

The change came about because these three courses are accredited by the International Organization for Standardization and ISO requests that there is a way for certification holdersĀ  to update their certifications regularly. You can read more on CompTIA’s website where they outline the specifics of the changes in policy.

Don’t worry, there’s good news for those of you who want to skip that whole keeping current thing and get straight to the part where you show off your fancy new certifications to possible employers – anyone who certifies before the Jan 1, 2011 deadline is still considered “certified for life”. To help you out if you are interested in getting certified before the deadline, we have come up with special “Certify For Life” Fast Track bundles. Want to know more about them? Check out https://www.learnkey.com/certifyforlife for details.