The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) announced today six companies have lent their initial support to the development of a base-level convergence certification program.
Speaking at the associations annual conference, Ed Migut, director of CompTIAs Convergence Group, says these companies will form the cornerstone committee that will develop content, testing and a channel adoption plan for a convergence certification program expected to be launched in late first quarter of 2006.
The planning committee is expected to grow to include 20 companies, he says.
Initial contributors include Avaya Inc., a global provider of business communications applications, services and systems; Catalyst Telecom, a value-added distributor of convergence communications solutions including data, voice and video; Collin County Community College District in Texas, which serves more than 40,000 credit and continuing education students annually and offers more than 100 degree and certificate programs; Intel Corp., the world’s largest chip maker, and a manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products; Marcraft International Corp., a producer of technical textbooks, hardware, software and courseware; and Thomson Course Technology, a worldwide provider of computing education.
“The organizations announced today as participants in the convergence certification initiative represent a broad spectrum of this growing industry, from market leading product manufacturers and distributors to education, training and courseware providers,” says Alan Borck, chairman of the CompTIA Convergence Group’s Advisory Council and a member of the association’s board of directors. “They will provide valuable guidance as we craft a certification that establishes a baseline standard for an IT professional’s ability to install and support converged data, voice and video communications solutions.”
CompTIA already manages several certification programs for a broad range of IT skills. More than 1 million IT professionals around the world hold CompTIA certifications.