Trade association CompTIA is marking the 20th anniversary of its A+ certification this month.
“CompTIA A+ is still on the cutting edge of technology skills, as relevant in 2013 in a world of BYOD, cloud computing and cyber security as it was when it was launched in 1993 as a credential for the break-fix PC repairman,” said Todd Thibodeaux, president and chief executive officer, CompTIA.
CompTIA A+ is an ISO/ANSI accredited certification that validates foundation-level knowledge and skills necessary for a career in IT service and support. More than 925,000 IT professionals have earned the credential since its introduction.
The first person to become CompTIA A+ certified was Patrick Farley, a training systems developer for Compaq’s server tech support. Farley was certified on March 19, 1993.
“Back in the day, any little highlight on my resume helped me differentiate myself,” recalled Farley, who now works as a systems engineer for IBM Systems & Technology Group. “I also liked how the articulation agreements in place allowed me to use A+ as an elective credit that counted toward my bachelor’s degree.”
CompTIA says that today’s IT professionals continue to rely on CompTIA A+ as an entry point to an IT career and a stepping-stone to advancement and promotion, while employers rely on certifications like CompTIA A+ when hiring IT staff because certified IT workers have a greater ability to understand new and complex technologies.
Happy birthday, A+!