Friday, August 31, 2012

CompTIA’s Continuing Education Program CE CEU


Top 10 FAQs in CompTIA’s Continuing Education Program


1. Do I have to enroll in CompTIA’s Continuing Education (CE) program?
I thought my certification never expired. If you earned one or more of the following certifications,CompTIA A+CompTIA Network+ or CompTIA Security+, on or before Dec. 31, 2010, those certifications will never expire, and you will always be considered “certified for life” for those certifications, regardless of if you participate in the CE program.
If you earned a CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ or CompTIA Security+ certification after January 1, 2011, you are automatically enrolled in the continuing education program, and your certification has an expiration date of three years from the date certified. You will have three years from the date certified to either retake the most recent version of the certification exam or successfully complete the CompTIA Continuing Education program to earn a recertification.
2. Technically, I’m certified “for life.” Why is my employer asking me to enroll in CompTIA’s Continuing Education program?
Because information technology changes so rapidly, employers (in particular, those in the federal defense sector) often require participation in continuing education programs to pro-actively keep IT workers’ skills and knowledge current. CompTIA’s continuing education program provides a variety of methods for you to demonstrate your ongoing pursuit of knowledge and skills that will keep you current and relevant in your IT profession.
If you enroll in the CE program, you will be held to its policies for certification renewal. You will have three years from the date of enrollment in the CE program to meet all the program requirements, which also includes completing the appropriate level of continuing education units to receive a new CE designation. The “ce” will appear on your certificate (e.g., CompTIA Security+ce.) to indicate that you have completed a CE program cycle. Your “certified for life” designation will display as a separate credential on your record.
3. How do I read the CompTIA Continuing Education Program Activity Chart?
I can’t find the activity I was looking for. Due to the vast amount of relevant content and activities available as continuing education options for the various CompTIA certification programs, we have intentionally kept the CE activities broad to provide the greatest flexibility to participants. It’s likely there are things you are already doing in your day-to-day job that could count for units. Look for the description that closest matches the activity you plan to use to gain continuing education units (CEUs). Once you’ve determined your activity for earning CEUs, make sure you review the submission guidelines to help ensure you’ve meet the requirements. The information submitted may be audited.
4. I have questions about selecting CEU activities for myself or for my company’s employees, such as: Does CompTIA have a list of pre-approved CEU-earning activities? What types of computer-based or instructor-led, in-house training CompTIA will accept? Will SkillSoft e-learning courses count towards my CEUs? Whose training material can I use? What classes should I take to earn CEUs to renew my certification?
There is no list of pre-approved CEU-earning activities. CompTIA does not pre-approve or pre-authorize materials, classes, programs or activities that count towards CEUs. Our goal is to allow program participants to take advantage of the wide variety of continuing education options available for staying current in IT professions. However, you should follow two guidelines to help ensure that a selected activity will count towards CEUs for renewing your CompTIA certification or that of your employees:
1) The activity must be relevant to the level of certification that you are seeking to renew: it must build upon or exceed the objective levels of the original certification. AND
2) The information submitted must meet the submission requirements for that activity.
It is important to note that books and study guides that train to CompTIA exam objectives must bear the logo of the CompTIA Approved Quality Content (CAQC) program to be accepted materials for CEU activities in CompTIA’s continuing education program.
Check with your training provider to ensure they are using CAQC approved materials for their CompTIA training programs. Training can be counted towards CEUs even when the materials are not CAQC-approved if a) the training does not explicitly train to CompTIA exam objectives, and, b) the training builds upon or exceeds the original objectives of the CompTIA certification you are seeking to renew.
Follow all directions for submitting the proper information for your activities to help ensure that your CEU records are complete and to avoid any problems if your record is audited. Anyone in the CompTIA Continuing Education program can be audited at any time during his or her participation. Unresolved problems from an audit can result in a loss of CEUs and, worse case, decertification from a previously earned recertification.
5. I can’t find the advanced certification that I plan to obtain on CompTIA’s chart of Qualified Higher Level Certifications earning full CEU credits. Will you accept this advanced certification if it’s not on the chart?
We are continually evaluating other new or existing IT certifications programs for inclusion in the CompTIA Continuing Education program. As needed, we update the CompTIA chart of higher-level certifications approximately every six months. The next update is planned for July 2011. Go to CompTIA IT Pro and join the CompTIA Continuing Education forum to suggest advanced certifications for evaluation and/or ask about the status of a specific higher-level certification. CompTIA staff monitor the forum and will respond.
6. Do the maximum CEUs allowed for an activity pertain to one year or three years?
The maximum CEU limit pertains to the continuing education program’s three-year window for earning CEUs to renew a certificate.
7. I am a Department of Defense employee. How can I get my renewal fee paid for by my component?
You should check with your component point of contact to determine whether your component will pay for your annual CE maintenance fee and, if they will pay, how they will do it. Each defense agency handles the payment processes differently.
8. How many continuing education units (CEUs) are required to renew my certification?
With a 3 year CE cycle for a candidate to renew, CompTIA A+ requires 20 CEUs; to renew CompTIA Network+, 30 CEUs; and to renew CompTIA Security+, 50 CEUs.
9. I hold multiple CompTIA certifications. Am I required to renew each of them?
No. Individuals with multiple CompTIA certifications will be prompted to renew at their highest level of certification held. For example, someone who holds CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Security+ certifications would only need to meet the continuing education requirements for CompTIA Security+ to renew all three certifications.
10. How do I sign up for/enroll in the CompTIA Continuing Education Program?
  1. Login to the Candidate Database using your CompTIA Career ID.
  2. Click on the Continuing Education menu item.
  3. Click on Enroll in the menu bar or the Enroll link in the text.
  4. Click on the Enroll button.

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Lessons for Life in the IT industry



Lessons for Life in the IT industry


What does it take to grow a career in the IT industry — and still have a personal life?
Work ethic foundations
“Be the Best” and “Be independent and self-sufficient.” 
“You never tell anybody how good you are. You just pick up your horn and play.” 

Early career lessons

“You don’t have the education, so go get the experience.” 
“People work with you, not for you” and “Just because people don’t think the way you do does not make them stupid.” 
“You alone are responsible for your success” and “You can make your job anything you want it to be.” 
“People want you for the values you possess more than your skills” 

Mid-career, Movin’ on Up Lessons

“Build on what you know.” 
“Fear is a great motivator.” 
“Keep your Boss’ Boss off your Boss’ back.” 

Maxims for Playing in the Big Leagues

“Shift from ‘do more with less’ to ‘optimize resources’ “ 
“Every move you make… they’re watching you” 
“You can’t avoid politics” and “Loyalty can be dangerous to your career” 
“Advocates are more important than mentors” 

Reality Check for Work Life Balance

“Make sure you make the right choice.” 



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Friday, August 24, 2012

Stop Threats With a Good BYOD Policy



As much as the bring-your-own-device-to-work trend pleases CIOs because it means they don't have to buy as many BlackBerrys, laptops and smartphones for employees as they used to, the thought of all those foreign devices inside the firewall terrorizes security managers. Does there need to be a custom security solution for every single device, every version of every device and every person in the company? How problematic might that become? Let's face it: A plethora of mobile devices exist and are brought into the workplace by employees who assume the right to use them—with or without IT's approval. There certainly are pros and cons on this topic. Like anything else, it starts with research, creating company policies and then enforcing them. This eWEEK slide show will help you start the whole process. Our resource for the slide show is Citrix Chief Security Strategist Kurt Roemer, who leads security, compliance, risk and privacy strategy efforts for Citrix products.


Enterprises, after some initial resistance, are embracing the bring-your-own-device (BYOD) trend. According to a survey released in May by Cisco Systems, 95 percent of respondents said their organizations allow employee-owned devices in the workplace, and that 76 percent said BYOD was positive for their companies and challenging for their IT departments. The benefits are clear: Employees who are allowed to use their favorite smartphones and tablets for work are more satisfied and more productive. It also can save businesses some money by not having to buy corporate-issued devices. However, enterprises are still struggling with addressing the challenges in the areas of management and security. Officials at security software company Bit9 say that a key loose end in BYOD environments is employees, many of whom don’t think about security on a daily basis or take the needed precautions to protect themselves or their company. Bit9 officials stress the need for good security policies to help avoid pitfalls, and have outlined eight technologies already on the market for mobile devices that should be enforced by the company to protect against mobile malware and other risks.


SLIDESHOW 2



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Monday, August 20, 2012

Upcoming Cisco Courses by Todd Lammle



(Discounted!) Upcoming Cisco Courses

  • August 1st & September 26th, 2012:4-day ICND1 (CCENT) with Todd Lammle All-Inclusive
    Learn with the best! Achieve your ICND1 (CCENT) certification in only four days with Todd Lammle. Build the foundation you need in just four days! The class will be held at the luxurious Hyatt Hotel in Richardson, Texas. Our on-site all inclusive package includes your hotel stay, hot food, and your test! This course will also be taught online.
  • August 6th and October 1st, 2012:6-day CCNA Boot Camp with Todd Lammle All-Inclusive
    This high-quality, newly updated 6-day CCNA hands-on course with Todd Lammle will be held in Dallas and available online. This All-Inclusive class will be held at the luxurious Hyatt Hotel in Richardson, Texas, with your hotel stay, hot food, and your test delivered on site! FREE CCENT Pre-study material provided to build the foundation on subnetting before class, and Todd Lammle online videos included!
  • August 13th & October 8th 2012:12-day CCNP Boot Camp with Todd Lammle All-Inclusive
    This newly updated 12-day CCNP hands-on course will help you achieve the higher education you need in this financial market! The class will be held at the luxurious Hyatt Hotel in Richardson, Texas. Our on-site all inclusive package includes your hotel stay, hot food, and your tests! FREE CCNP Pre-study material provided to build the foundation you need is included! This course will also be taught online.
  • August 27th and October 22nd, 2012:5-day CCIE R&S Written All-Inclusive 
    We run this class only four times a year and it sells out every time! Guaranteed success or a second voucher is provided at no charge! A $350 value! A CCNA and CCNP, or equivalent knowledge, is a pre-requisite to this advanced class The class will be held at the luxurious Hyatt Hotel in Richardson, Texas. Our on-site all inclusive package includes your hotel stay, hot food, and your test!
  • September 17th & October 29th, 2012:5-day CCIE R&S Practical All-Inclusive 
    Attend the famous Narbik Kocharian's Routing and Switching as well as Cisco's 360 CCIE R/S Advanced. This program includes 5 days of Instructor-Led lessons, a lab guide and hands-on labs on specific topics, as well as Assessment labs, including instructor time and feedback to provide mentoring and support.
  • October 29th, 2012:5-day CCNA Voice/CVoice All-Inclusive 
    Achieve your CCNA Voice and CVoice in only 5 days with GlobalNet Training. Vouchers for both exams are included! The class will held at the luxurious Hyatt in Richardson, Texas. Our on-site all inclusive package includes your hotel stay, hot food, and your test! This course will also be taught online.

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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Making Money in the Cloud


Transitioning to Cloud Computing - Making Money in the Cloud

Recorded June 19, 2012
Presentation Slides
Join us and learn how cloud computing experts Jacob Braun, President & COO of Waka Digital, Robert Cioffi, President of Progressive Computers, and Jim Sammons Acropolis Technology Group VP Managed Services, use CompTIA Education and Research to attract more customers and increase margins for their cloud services business. During this "must attend" event, these Cloud Service Providers will share their insights and answer questions about how they built a profitable cloud service practice. As a special bonus, Leonard Dimiceli, Director of Channel Sales and Community Development of Spam Soap will share insights on partnering for success in the cloud. 


Presentation Slides


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Monday, August 13, 2012

Career Planning/Pathing: How to Move From One Level to the Next


Career Planning/Pathing: How to Move From One Level to the Next

Recorded June 27, 2012
Presentation Slides
Presented by Nancy Hammervik, Senior Vice President, Industry Relations, CompTIA and Shirley Turner, President and Founder, Black Lab Marketing
Some companies have glass ceilings; others have an escalator, which makes getting ahead confusing at best. Join us for a one-on-one conversation as Nancy Hammervik, Senior Vice President, Industry Relations, CompTIA asks Shirley Turner, President and Founder, Black Lab Marketing and 24-year alumnus of Intel, what works, what doesn’t work, and how to apply it to your company environment and career. Learn about Shirley Turner’s journey at Intel from Payroll Clerk to the Director of North American Channel Marketing, all while maintaining sound work-life balance. Learn how to recognize the value of your strengths to your organization, network inside your company and out in the industry, take appropriate risks, create a personal development plan, overcome the things holding you back, and when to move sideways to move up. 


Presentation Slides



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Friday, August 10, 2012

Profit from selling telecom services FREE webinar



Solution Providers/VARs selling IT and voice solutions have been working to combat margin erosion by developing recurring revenue streams. And, one of the quickest ways to do that is by selling voice and data telecommunications services. Find out more about how your VAR business can add and profit from selling telecom services in this free training webinar presented by Channel Partners, the leading resource for the telecom services channel. 






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Wednesday, August 8, 2012

End–User Cloud Behavior Points to Disruptive Times Ahead


End–User Cloud Behavior Points to Disruptive Times Ahead

With the 3rd Annual Trends in Cloud Computing study, CompTIA examines a maturing market and the changes that are taking place not only for IT but also for business in general. The study notes that 52 percent of end–users are growing their cloud investment by 10 percent or more, and 42 percent of channel firms project cloud revenue increases of 15 percent or greater. This growth, though, comes with a flip side. Is your business ready for the flip side?




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