CompTIA launches IT pro association to boost tech skills
CompTIA also acquires IT association to aid in success of new professional association
Global technology organisation CompTIA, has announced that it will launch its first IT professional association.
The move is expected to help foster an IT workforce that meets the technology sector's unmet job-skill needs.
Organisations often cite IT skills shortage as one of the greatest challenges they face, especially with digitisation in full force.
CompTIA's new association, to be officially activated this spring, will offer a multifaceted suite of member benefits for IT professionals of all types –designed specifically to help facilitate the success of IT pros throughout their careers: a "resume-to-retirement” employment-support strategy, CompTIA says.
“This new CompTIA association is only the latest, and next logical, step on our ongoing journey of helping create a skilled and proficient workforce,” said CompTIA CEO Todd Thibodeaux. CompTIA has issued over two million vendor-neutral IT certifications to technology professionals worldwide, provides comprehensive training and continuing education programs, and, through its Foundation, is supporting STEM education for underserved youth and adults, among other workforce activities.
CompTIA’s new IT pro association will not only recruit new IT professionals for membership, but enlist its many certification and continuing education alumni to also join and contribute to its success. “They’re our biggest asset, and we’ll fully engage them to help grow and enrich this new association,” explained CompTIA executive vice president, industry relations, Nancy Hammervik. “This will be a member-led, member-empowering association.”
CompTIA acquires IT association
To bolster its new organisation, CompTIA also announced its acquisition of the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP). Founded in 1951, AITP has advanced the IT profession through professional development, support of IT education, national IT policies, and robust student-focused activity.
"AITP, with its deep historical roots and established networks, will help us build a solid foundation for success for our new professional association,” said Thibodeaux.
Among membership benefits, CompTIA’s new professional association will provide, discounts on CompTIA’s certification and continuing education programs; access to the extensive Skillsoft library, addressing a wide range of management and networking topics; access to an exclusive, customized career portal that offers customizable resume building, facilitates specialized employment searches and provides a career path roadmap.
Additionally members will be able to participation in CompTIA’s AskIT program, for direct work experience as well as networking opportunities to connect with peers online and face-to-face.