Free webinar explains CompTIA’s Continuing Education process

August 9, 2018 at 3:26 pm | Posted in CompTIA | Leave a comment
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Eight years ago, CompTIA introduced its three-year expiration policy for its flagship certifications. To keep their certifications current, students may register Continuing Education Units (CEU) to recertify instead of re-taking the relevant exam at the end of the three years.

If you’ve been curious about the CE program, the CompTIA Instructor Network and Continuing Education (CE) team will present a free, in-depth discussion of their Continuing Education (CE) Program at 9:30 am EST / 10:30 am CST on August 22nd, 2018.

While the webinar will be geared toward instructors, anyone who wants clarification on the whys and hows of the CE program is welcome to join.

You can register for the webinar by clicking here.

CompTIA publishes FAQ regarding exam CEUs for certification expiration

July 18, 2011 at 8:27 am | Posted in CompTIA | Leave a comment
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Last year CompTIA announced its new certification expiration policy for A+, Network+, and Security+, which took effect on January 1, 2011.  At the same time, CompTIA also established its Continuing Education (CE) program for users to keep their certifications active.  Predictably, there has been confusion regarding both the changeover and the exact nature of activities that count for Continuing Education Units (CEUs).

Last week CompTIA posted a comprehensive FAQ for their CEUs on their blog. We thought it was worth referencing here in case you missed it! Read the full text here:

Keep your PMP fresh with PDUs

July 23, 2010 at 4:11 pm | Posted in Certification Paths, PMI | Leave a comment
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Now that you have that PMP credential framed in gold and proudly mounted over your mantle, you are probably interested in maintaining it. Having undergone the extensive application process the first time, you’d be loathe to have your certification expire and begin the application all over, not to mention the stress of taking the exam again. As with most things in life, it’s not just the achievement that matters, but also maintaining it for the long run.

Every three years, you will need to renew your PMP credential (unless you fall into the partial year extension outlined by PMP). If you forget to do so (like I did recently), then you will be suspended from the program for up to one year. During that year you cannot associate the PMP logo with your name, but you can still earn credits towards its renewal. After a year, you will lose the PMP credential completely and must re-apply and take the certification exam again.

There was an easy way for me to avoid the hassle of having my certification expire. If you read on, I’ll share the secret.

First, a quick background review. For any PMP certification holder to renew, you will need to participate in PMI’s Continuing Certification Requirements (CCR) Program. Adhering to the CCR Program means that you earn the required number of Professional Development Units (PDUs) and pay a renewal fee ($60 for PMI members, $150 for everyone else).  PMP certification requires 60 PDUs be earned in the three-year certification cycle.

A single PDU represents 60 minutes spent in learning, teaching, planning or executing a discipline in a structured project management environment. Although PMI provides an exhaustive list of all twelve types of PDU activity, here are some of the most common categories:

  • Formal Academic Education: Taking classes with a curricula that meet PMI standards for project management.
  • Self-Directed learning: Non-official learning sources, such as sessions with co-workers or reading books on project management. You can earn 9% of your PDU requirement through self-study, or 15 total PDUs.
  • Authoring or contributing to an article: Writing articles, white papers, or books that pertain to a project management discipline or best practice. Publishing in a refereed journal earns more PDUs than publishing in a non-refereed journal, but both will earn PDUs.
  • Speaker, panel member or instructor: Providing official training on a topic related to a project management discipline or best practice.
  • Project management practitioner: Actually practicing project management is considered on-the-job training. Any project-related activity you perform, including planning, execution, and evaluation, can be submitted for up to 15 PDUs (9% of your total required PDUs) for the three-year cycle.
  • Volunteer officer or committee member at a not-for-profit organization: That’s right, as long as there is some project management activity, you can do good work and earn up to 20 PDUs. And what volunteer organization do you know of that doesn’t engage in project management to some degree?

Each of these PDU categories can count towards renewal, but as I mentioned above, there are some PDU limits in each renewal cycle. For detailed information, consult the following resources:

How do you report these PDUs? PMI makes it easy, both on their website and within your PMI transcript.

  • From the PMI website, download the PDU Activity Reporting Form:
  • In your PMI transcript, you will click the Report professional development units (PDUs) to see your current PDU activity. To log new PDU activity, you will use the Report PDU link.

As you submit PDU credits through your transcript, you will receive almost instantaneous confirmation of approval or rejection. Any reported credits over the 60 required for 3-year renewal will be applied to the next renewal cycle.  That means if you register PDUs throughout the three-year cycle as you earn them, then the actual renewal process will require nothing more than a payment of the fees.

Just as the original application process is greatly simplified by good record-keeping beforehand, so is the PMP renewal process. Now that you know how to keep your PMP credential current, you need not worry about taking that beautiful certificate down from the mantle.

–Joshua Hester

CompTIA announces Continuing Education (CE) details for A+, Network+, Security+

June 30, 2010 at 8:32 am | Posted in CompTIA, Vendor news | 1 Comment

As you probably remember, back in January CompTIA announced that accreditation by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) would change the “lifetime certification” policy previously applied to these three CompTIA certifications in favor of a 3-year certification, with renewals based on continuing education (CE) credits. These changes take effect January 1, 2011. However, until yesterday, there was very little information available regarding the CE program.

Yesterday, I (and Robin, and other CompTIA certification holders) received an official e-mail answering many of our questions regarding continuing education! If you are certified and did NOT receive this email, please visit one of these two sites:

In a nutshell, starting in 2011 candidates will earn the new American National Standards Institute (ANSI) accredited versions of CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, and CompTIA Security+. These will be denoted by a CE following the certification (CompTIA A+ CE). What caught my eye is that this designation is a completely separate certification from the previous versions of A+, Network+, and Security+ (although CompTIA states that the objectives and content are the same as for the non-CE exam). Furthermore, although lifetime certification holders are not required to participate in the CE program, if they choose to do so, they will hold both certifications:

For example, if you were previously CompTIA A+ certified, you will retain that certification for life upon completion of the A+ CE program, and you will also receive a CompTIA A+CE certification. By enrolling and completing your CE program you will obtain this new CE certification.

There’s no risk to this approach; if you later choose to let the CE certification lapse, you will retain any previous “certified for life” status. This approach will enable anyone whose employer requires ANSI-accredited certification or other proof of continued study to meet those requirements.

CompTIA states they will make enrollment in the continuing education program available towards the end of 2010. In the meantime, a few more salient points to take away:

  • A+, Network+, and Security+ certifications are valid for three years as of January 1, 2011.
  • Qualified CE activities must occur within the 3-year certification period or within within 90 days prior to original enrollment in the CE program.
  • CompTIA A+ CE participation costs $25 per year ($75 total) and requires 20 CEUs.
  • CompTIA Network+ and Security+ CE participation both cost $49 annually ($147 total) and require 30 and 50 CEUs, respectively.
  • Renewal of higher-level certifications automatically renews lower-level certifications at no additional cost or CEU requirement.
  • Lifetime certification holders who choose to enroll in the CE program must do so before December 31, 2012 to avoid having to retake and pass the current exam.

Be sure to contact CompTIA Customer Support with further questions, and keep an eye on the CompTIA Blog for future updates.

–BM Ann

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