Anyone who works in the computer industry has heard of CompTIA. Basically CompTIA is a company that provides vendor neutral computer certifications. One of the most popular certifications that CompTIA offers is the A+ certification. The A+ certification is two tests that cover PC hardware and software. The cost of getting this certification is about $220 USD but once acquired...lasts a lifetime
Or so we thought!
I myself am a CompTIA A+ certified technician. I studied for months, ponied up the money and received my title back in 2002. Now since 2002 I have not really been back to the CompTIA website. I just did not have the extra cash or time to continue on with the other certifications. Fast forward to the present, I am finally at a point in my life where I have a good stable job and some free time. I start making a list of all the certifications that I wish to acquire. I go back to the CompTIA website and what do I see????
What the hell! Are you fucking kidding me? How can you tell hundreds of thousands of people that when you certify with CompTIA that its good for life, and then pull this shit. According to Wikipedia, over 800,000 people are A+ certified! So you just expect 800,000 people to hand over $220 every 3 years??? Before you pulled this little stunt of yours, I had planned on getting the following certifications...
- Network+ ($220)
- Linux+ ($220)
- Security+ ($240)
Do you know how many CompTIA certifications I plan on getting now? ZERO!!!!! Thats right, because even though you are only expiring 3 of your certifications....I am not going to let you get over on me again! You have lost my trust CompTIA! We all know that companies throw that BS line into all documents that says that they can change the rules at any time. Sorry but if you tell 800,000 people that its a lifetime certification, thats how it should stay. If you do decide to change the rules, then the people who certified before you changed the rules should be grandfathered in. You know what you are doing is complete BULLSHIT! Oh sure you have other ways that we can renew our certifications, but we still have to pay a yearly maintenance fee for our certifications? I will leave it at this CompTIA, you lost out on the $700 in revenue I had planned to spend with your company. Its moves like this that start the downward fall, I hope you realize your stupidity before your company goes bankrupt!
For anyone who wanted to see the previous way that CompTIA advertised their certifications....May I recommend using the Wayback Machine at Archive.com I have started a Facebook Boycott group against CompTIA, everyone is free to join. Hopefully with enough supporters we can get CompTIA to rethink this horrible decission. Start by contacting CompTIA here!
Old Terms from 2005
Old Terms from 2003