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Hey everyone! Long time, no see! In this post I want to let you know about a new series of IT certification exams offered by CompTIA called Strata. We can consider the Strata exams to be a sort of “pre-A+” benchmark for those who are brand-new to information technology.
The Strata home page at the CompTIA home page includes an excellent graphic that sums up the Strata certification product placement. Essentially, the path works like this:
Strata ==> A+ ==> Network+
In other words, it is presumed that the IT industry newcomer would begin by passing his or her Strata exam, proceed to the A+ skill set, and then “graduate” to the Network+ title.
One important point to consider is that the CompTIA Strata is not a certification; it is simply an exam that represents a benchmark of your proficiency in basic PC function and maintenance skills.
Following is the list of Strata exams, current as of September 2009:
As you can see, two of the four exams have quite limited geographical distribution, and the other two tests won’t be available until October 2009. Thus, you can expect a follow-up blog post from me once additional information is available on the IT Tech and IT Tech/Sales examinations.
In speaking with some IT professionals in the community I’ve heard some negative judgments with regard to the Strata exams. “What is CompTIA trying to do here?” some have asked. “Isn’t the A+ a low-level enough title?” Another thought is that CompTIA is simply trying to sprout yet another revenue stream. (We must remember that to IT certification vendors, even vendor-neutral ones like CompTIA, certification programs represent for-profit ventures.)
Please let us know in the comments portion of this post what you think of the CompTIA Strata exams.
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