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Arabic training lands in region

CompTIA offers Arabic versions of its IT certification schemes as it seeks to capitalise on its regional agreements with academic institutes.

Industry association and certifications body CompTIA will be working hard to spread its message of standards-based IT at GITEX Technology Week - made easier by its Arabic certification programmes.

CompTIA, which has a number of agreements with academic bodies throughout the region, took the step of translating selected certification schemes into Arabic, to facilitate development of IT skills within the region.

"We want to display our commitment to this market - we're working together with our partners to translate some of our certifications into Arabic. Because we are the first organisation to have translated technical IT certifications into Arabic, this puts us in a better spot," says Rudolf Tegelaar, regional director of CompTIA.

"With the translated version of CompTIA A+ into Arabic we have opened the doors for many Arabs to start an education in IT," he adds.

The organisation is also preparing some major new announcements for GITEX Business Solutions, but Tegelaar says these are still closely under wraps.

"We are in the works with a major announcement - I can't reveal anything on it at the moment, but it's not related to skills. It's more related to the IT industry - we're an IT association, so we do more than just IT certification, we also work with the leading vendors to develop standards as well. We're working on these types of announcements now at the moment," reveals Tegelaar.

CompTIA certainly has a lot to talk about at present.

In addition to its links with universities and colleges - including Zayed University and Higher Colleges of Technology in the UAE, and Al Khaleej in Saudi Arabia - it has recently signed a major new agreement with one of the new Economic Cities in the Kingdom.

"We're strengthening our relationship with educational institutions, especially with the memorandum of understanding between CompTIA and Al Madinah Knowledge Economic City in Saudi Arabia. That kind of relationship is a strong lead for us - working together with a government entity to develop the skills needed in the country," Tegelaar says.

The tie-up with Knowledge Economic City is a major boost to CompTIA's profile in the region, and the organisation wants to make the most of the opportunity it has to help further the spread of standardised IT certification.

He explains that CompTIA sees the show as an excellent way to meet customers, build its brand and generate new leads. The organisation is keen to stress the value of certification for individual students and employers.

"It's a real boost for students to get certification. In a professional environment, employers do look at certification as the next step," Tegelaar says.

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