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CompTIA Introduces CompTIA Authorized Partner Program.

Open to certification courseware, training and exam delivery partners

OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill. -- CompTIA, the leading trade association for the information technology (IT) industry, today introduced the CompTIA Authorized Partner Program, a new cohesive, managed channel for all CompTIA learning products and services including its portfolio of vendor-neutral certifications for IT professionals.

"We work closely with our partners around the world to help IT professionals advance their knowledge, skills and career credentials in order to raise on-the-job performance levels," said Terry Erdle, senior vice president, skills certification, CompTIA. "With the introduction of this program, CompTIA is expanding its commitment by adding substantial resources and working collaboratively with our partners to increase market impact and customer satisfaction."

The CompTIA Authorized Partner Program is designed to help CompTIA business partners grow their business by recognizing them as leaders in their field through powerful sales and marketing tools, increased resources and closer links to businesses seeking training providers.

In its introductory phase the program is targeted at CompTIA delivery partners whose primary focus is on IT training, delivered in classroom, virtual classroom or blended learning environments. To be considered for the program, training providers must:

* Offer courses at their own training centers, client site, rented space or online.

* Offer at least one CompTIA certification training course using instructors who are certified in the exams they teach.

* Use CompTIA Authorized Quality Curriculum (CAQC) materials in their courses to ensure a high level of quality, instructional design and 100 percent correlation to CompTIA certification exams.

The selection process to join the partner program involves a rigorous audit on the standards of course offerings, training provisions, facilities and overall customer care. Successful applicants will receive a rating of silver, gold or platinum, depending on the extent of portfolio and service offerings.

Program participants will have access to the latest industry research and information in IT industry trends, changes in skills and certification needs of employers and employment data.

CompTIA also will establish a marketing development fund program to assist partners with marketing initiatives related to CompTIA's 12 certifications as well as the new CompTIA Strata Fundamentals exam series.

Other benefits to participants will include discounts on CompTIA exam vouchers and complimentary exam vouchers for instructors. Courseware from CompTIA Press and CompTIA CAQC providers is also available at discounted prices.

About CompTIA

CompTIA is the voice of the world's information technology (IT) industry. Its members are the companies at the forefront of innovation; and the professionals responsible for maximizing the benefits organizations receive from their investments in technology. CompTIA is dedicated to advancing industry growth through its educational programs, market research, networking events, professional certifications, and public policy advocacy. For more information, please visit www.comptia.org.
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