UPDATE: CompTIA Won’t Expire Existing A+, Network+, Security+ Certifications

January 26, 2010 at 6:15 pm | Posted in CompTIA | 4 Comments
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On January 11, 2010, CompTIA announced via their corporate blog and website that A+, Network+, and Security+ certifications would expire three years from the date of issue in a retroactive change that applied to all holders of these certifications. Certified individuals would pay an annual fee to register a variety of continuing education credits in a pending CompTIA database in order to renew certifications.

As of January 26, CompTIA has reversed the decision with regard to currently certified individuals. While these three exams will still come with a shelf life, CompTIA will phase in expiration dates starting in January 2011, and apply them only to certifications earned after that date.

From the announcement
(full text is here at http://www.comptia.org/certifications/listed/renewal.aspx):

CompTIA will not require recertification for any current holders of CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ or CompTIA Security+ certification. You are not required to retest to maintain your valid CompTIA certification. Regardless of when you became certified in CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ or CompTIA Security+, you are certified for life.

For candidates currently preparing to sit for a CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ or CompTIA Security+ exam, if you pass an exam and become certified by December 31, 2010, you too will have a lifetime certification with no requirements for recertification or retesting.

Effective January 1, 2011, all new CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ or CompTIA Security+ certifications will be valid for three years from the date the candidate is certified. After three years, the certification must be renewed. This can be done by passing the most current exam for a respective certification or by participating in CompTIA’s upcoming new continuing education program, which will allow individuals to keep their skills current and their certification up to date without retesting.

To keep abreast of the situation, we encourage you to contact CompTIA directly with any questions, and to check www.comptia.org/renewal and http://blog.comptia.org/ for official policy announcements.


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  1. Why implement such policy now(2011)??? working experience would keep a certified individual updadted on technology like always… Don’t see why its compulory to update every three years… unless at employers requests…

  2. Cash grab is of course the reason, why else?

  3. I just entered the verification code from my A+ card and it said it was invalid. It’s definitely from before 2010. Who do I contact about that?

    • You should contact CompTIA directly. We’re not affiliated with their business; we provide practice test and study materials. Congratulations on earning your certification!

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