Beginning on April 1, channel partners will be able to take select training courses from CompTIA via a new self-paced, interactive e-learning option.
The new anytime, anywhere training delivery option -- available on any device -- will initially include three CompTIA Executive Certificate programs for the IT channel: Executive Certificate in Cloud (Intermediate), Executive Certificate in Mobility (Foundations) and Executive Certificate in IT Security (Foundations).
The online CompTIA training courses were announced by the nonprofit IT trade organization at its annual member meeting, held on March 12 and March 13 in Chicago. CompTIA will roll out additional e-learning modules at CompTIA ChannelCon 2013 in July and at its EMEA member partner conference in the U.K. in October, according to Kelly Ricker, senior vice president for education and events at CompTIA.
"The initial Executive Certificate e-learning modules were selected because they've been the most popular since launching the Executive Certificate program," Ricker said.
CompTIA, which launched its Executive Certificate programs in July 2012, offers coverage in more than half-a-dozen areas including cloud computing, data recovery and business continuity, healthcare IT, IT security, mobility, social strategies, and unified communications. Executive Certificate courses are designed to help IT solution providers develop niche practices to enhance their businesses, according to Ricker.
The CompTIA training courses include scenario-based learning, best practices, case studies and other interactive exercises designed to keep the student engaged in the learning process. Completion of a Capstone Session, which may be taken virtually during a scheduled webinar or face-to-face during a CompTIA member event, is the final piece in the e-learning Executive Certificate process.
Courses are free to CompTIA members, who can register for the e-learning training on the company's website or through a CompTIA partner community member, such as a vendor or distributor. Non-members can also access the training through a CompTIA member's partner portal.
According to Ricker, CompTIA is currently in beta with Tech Data Corp. and Synnex Corp., which will roll out the e-learning training on April 1. Tech Data will offer the Executive Certificate in Cloud, and Synnex will offer the Executive Certificate in IT Security.
CompTIA also announced the addition of several new courses to its channel training curriculum for spring 2013. The new material includes:
- The Executive Certificate in Channel Management, a program for technology vendors, and
- New Quick Start Guides and Quick Start Sessions on mobile marketing, managed print services and opportunities in the retail market
In addition, a Quick Start Guide and Quick Start Session on IT security have been updated.
In a separate announcement, CompTIA announced on Tuesday that the CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP) certification has earned approval from the U.S. Department of Defense and is now included in the Defense Department's Information Assurance Workforce Improvement Program.
The CASP certification is an international, vendor-neutral exam that proves competency in enterprise security, risk management, research and analysis, as well as integration of computing, communications and business disciplines, according to CompTIA.