It's actually a requirement for the ANSI/ISO/IEC 17024 Personnel Certification Program, which is what CompTIA has joined up to and agreed to abide by. You can't access ANSI/ISO's documents regarding the requirements directly unless you're a member or pay for the documents, but I did find a presentation
from a company who became part of the program, and they outline the requirements very clearly. See slide 16 - recertification is a requirement of the program.
Fair point from what I read it seemed to be a 'reccomendation' not a requirement, without a lawyer or compliance expert I guess we will not know.
Apparently CompTia have had ANSI compliance since 2007 so I doubt that is the reason.
Directive 8570.1 for the US government appears to be the primary driver.http://www.slideshare.net/gtslearning/comp...directive-85701
Considering this is an international certification this is an absurd reason for the changes, hence maybe why the ISO explanation ?
In any case ISO complaince is not important to me and was not why I took the cert, lifetime certification was. I paid for my own cert, not my employer.
Different employers will value certifications differently. Some will require them and some will pay for them, some won't. Who pays for them doesn't play into the validity and respect that the certification gets, and I think it will earn CompTIA some more credibility to be affiliated with ANSI/ISO.
Plenty of ISO standards exist, some good some not so good, I really don't see it making any difference.
That would severely limit the jobs that tech people would get - using that logic, then any small company that doesn't have a large IT department shouldn't ever interview to hire an IT person. Quite often, HR people will do at least the first round of interviews, and they are often given a listing of the credentials needed.
Small companies should probably get references or use an outsource partner.
It does not limit the jobs people can get, it merely affects how people get recruited. In some cases agencies or service partners can help recruit.
Having people not qualified make judgements is no way to run a business. Having HR determine technical ability using purely certifications is foolhardy at best.
In the UK CompTia credentials are rarely listed and certainly never mandated.
Edited by dmarsh, 16 January 2010 - 04:53 PM.