For purposes of this Agreement, the terms defined in this Section shall have the meanings set forth below:
1.1 "Candidate Information" shall mean all information related to you collected by CompTIA or any CompTIA Agent, including, without limitation, registration information, examination results and scores, and all other information you submit for purposes of participating in any CompTIA Program.
1.2 "CompTIA Agents" shall mean all testing facilities, vendors and other service providers authorized by and under contract with CompTIA to provide certain services related to any CompTIA Program.
1.3 "CompTIA certification" shall mean achievement of certification status for a particular CompTIA Program in accordance with CompTIA requirements and acceptance of the terms of this Agreement.
1.4 "CompTIA Program" shall mean one of the certification programs offered by CompTIA.
1.5 "Examination Materials" shall mean CompTIA certification examination(s) and any questions, instructions, responses, answers, worksheets, drawings, or diagrams related to such examination(s) and any accompanying materials.
1.6 "Marks" shall mean any and all CompTIA titles, trademarks, service marks and/or logos which CompTIA may from time to time expressly designate for use corresponding to the CompTIA certification which you have achieved. The term "Marks" shall not include any other titles, trademarks, service marks or logos of CompTIA.
CompTIA and all CompTIA Agents may collect, save, transmit, transfer, use, deliver and otherwise process Candidate Information for analysis, research, certificate fulfillment, marketing or other purposes deemed necessary or appropriate by CompTIA in connection with any CompTIA Program. Candidate Information may be transmitted or otherwise transferred outside of the country or geographic region in which you reside or in which you took any CompTIA certification examination. You are aware that data protection regulations in other countries, including, without limitation, the United States of America, may not fully correspond with data protection regulations in your region and may provide less effective protection.
I HEREBY AUTHORIZE THE COMPUTING TECHNOLOGY INDUSTRY ASSOCIATION, INC. (“COMPTIA”) TO DISCLOSE MY NAME, CAREER ID OR CERTIFICATION NUMBER, AND STATUS AS HAVING ACHIEVED OR NOT ACHIEVED ANY COMPTIA CERTIFICATION, AND IF I HAVE ACHIEVED ANY COMPTIA CERTIFICATION, THE RELATED COMPTIA CERTIFICATION EXAMINATION(S) PASSED AND THE DATE UPON WHICH SUCH ACHIEVEMENT WAS MADE, AND ANY OTHER INFORMATION VERIFYING MY COMPTIA CERTIFICATION, TO ANY PERSON OR ENTITY THAT SATISFIES ALL OF THE FOLLOWING REQUIREMENTS: (I) THE PERSON OR ENTITY MAKES A WRITTEN REQUEST TO COMPTIA FOR MY COMPTIA CERTIFICATION STATUS; (II) SUCH REQUEST INCLUDES MY NAME AND MY CAREER ID NUMBER.
Your CompTIA certification is based upon your
successful passing of the requisite CompTIA certification examination(s) and
your compliance with the terms of this Agreement. In order to achieve the right
to use any Marks, you will also be required to enter into a separate logo
agreement with CompTIA following your successful passing of the requisite
CompTIA certification examination(s), which agreement contains guidelines for
the use of Marks.
CompTIA may modify any examination, test objective or
the requirements for obtaining or maintaining any CompTIA certification at any
time. It is your responsibility to keep informed of any such modifications and
for maintaining your CompTIA certification. If any CompTIA certification
requirements are modified, this Agreement and your CompTIA certification may be
terminated by CompTIA without further notice, unless you complete any applicable
continuing CompTIA certification requirements.
You will not participate in any cheating
incident, breach of security, misconduct or any other behavior that could be
considered a compromise of the integrity or confidentiality of any CompTIA
certification examination or any CompTIA certification. Such behaviors will
include, but are not limited to, the following:
- Disseminating actual exam content by any means, including, but not limited
to, web postings, formal or informal test preparation or discussion groups, chat
rooms, reconstruction through memorization, study guides, or any other method.
- Copying, publishing, selling, offering to sell, distributing in any way, or
otherwise transferring, modifying, making derivative works of, reverse
engineering, decompiling, disassembling, or translating any Exam or any part
- Seeking and/or obtaining unauthorized access to examination materials (this
includes using braindump material and/or any unauthorized publication of Exam
questions with or without answers)
- Using falsified or altered certificates, score reports, or other documents
or electronic media to misrepresent Certification status.
- Except as authorized by the Testing Delivery Partners or CompTIA, possession
in the testing area of any materials or equipment including but not limited to
cellular phones, hand-held computers/personal digital assistants (PDAs), laptop
computers, pagers or other electronic devices, watches, wallets, backpacks,
briefcases, purses, hats, car keys, bags, vests, coats, books, notes, paper or
documents and any writing materials.
- Providing falsified information, documentation or statements as a means of a
false identity, false address or solicitation of someone to take a test on
- Causing a disturbance of any kind in a testing facility.
- Removing or attempting to remove exam material (in any format) from the
- Tampering with the operation of the testing facility computer or attempting
to use it for any function other than taking a CompTIA examination.
- Violating the CompTIA exam retake policy
- Giving, receiving, or obtaining unauthorized assistance during the
examination or attempting to do so.
- Misconduct as determined by statistical analysis
- Making notes of any kind while in the secure areas of the test center except
on the writing materials provided at the test center for this purpose.
- Failing to adhere to any CompTIA or Test Delivery Partner’s policy,
procedure, rule, or instruction.
- Altering or misrepresenting examination scores.
- Allowing another person, or an organization in which you are not actively
involved, to use your certification credentials to obtain employment or
- Otherwise violating the terms of CompTIA's Candidate Agreement
5. DATA FORENSICS
The CompTIA Security Team will
use Data Forensics as a basis for enforcement action. Data Forensics is the
statistical analysis of exam data to identify patterns indicative of test fraud
including cheating and piracy. Candidates may be banned and test centers may be
closed based upon the results of statistical data analysis.
6. RETAKE POLICY
In the event that you fail your
first (1st) attempt to pass any CompTIA certification examination, CompTIA does
not require any waiting period between the first (1st) and second (2nd) attempt
to pass such examination. However, before your third (3rd) attempt or any
subsequent attempt to pass such examination, you shall be required to wait for a
period of at least fourteen (14) calendar days from the date of your last
attempt to pass such examination.
a. If a Candidate has passed an exam, he/she cannot take it again without
prior consent from CompTIA.
b. CompTIA beta examinations may only be taken one (1) time by each
c. A test result found to be in violation of the retake policy will not be
processed, which will result in no credit awarded for the test taken. Repeat
violators will be banned from participation in the CompTIA Certification
determined by CompTIA to have violated the terms of this Agreement or diminished
the security and integrity of CompTIA’s Certification Program in any way shall,
if determined necessary or appropriate by CompTIA based upon the seriousness of
the incident or violation:
(a) have the CompTIA certification for the
applicable examination revoked, if such certification was previously granted by
(b) have all other CompTIA certifications previously granted to
such candidate revoked;
(c) not be eligible to register and/or schedule any CompTIA certification examination, or receive any CompTIA certification, for a minimum period of six (6) calendar months from the date of such determination; and/or
(d) be subject to any and all other appropriate
action, including legal remedies, that CompTIA deems necessary or appropriate to
enforce the terms of this Agreement.
If it is determined that you have violated CompTIA's Candidate Agreement, then CompTIA will send you a written notice of violations and applicable sanctions.
CONFIDENTIALITY OF EXAMINATION MATERIALS
are the proprietary, confidential and copyrighted materials of CompTIA. Any
disclosure of the contents of any CompTIA certification examination is strictly
prohibited. You agree to maintain the confidentiality of all Examination
Materials and you agree not to disclose, publish, reproduce, distribute, post or
remove from the examination room, any portion of the Examination Materials.
Violators of copyright law are subject to injunctions, civil liability,
forfeiture of profits, punitive damages and other legal sanctions. CompTIA will
take appropriate legal action against you to protect CompTIA's rights if you
breach the provisions of this Section.
9. CANDIDATE APPEALS PROCESS
After a candidate has received a written notice of violations and applicable sanctions from CompTIA, such candidate will have thirty (30) calendar days to file a written request for appeal pursuant to CompTIA's Candidate Appeals Process. The candidate is required to file a written request for appeal, along with a statement describing the grounds for the appeal, why the appeal should be granted and all supporting evidence, with CompTIA, within thirty (30) calendar days of receipt of the notice of violations and applicable sanctions from CompTIA. A candidate's appeal will not be considered after such thirty (30) calendar day period has expired.
If CompTIA determines that a written request for appeal is filed in a timely manner and upholds CompTIA's original decision, such appeal and the information submitted by the candidate will be submitted for binding arbitration to the Candidate Appeals Committee, which consists of voluntary industry peers. Three (3) members of the Candidate Appeals Committee will be appointed to act as an arbitration panel for the appeal. This appeals process shall not address any failures to pass any CompTIA certification examination, nor include any challenges to individual examination questions, answers or failing scores.
The arbitration panel will deliberate and decide the appeal. The decision of the majority of the members of the arbitration panel present at the hearing for the appeal, at which a quorum is present, will be the decision of such panel. The decision of the arbitration panel is final and binding as to all matters related to the appeal.
CompTIA certification, CompTIA will grant you a non-exclusive, personal and
non-transferable license to use Marks only on promotional, display and
advertising materials to publicize your CompTIA certification or to promote your
products or services corresponding to your CompTIA certification. Any other use
of Marks by you is prohibited. You may not use Marks of any CompTIA Program
unless you have completed the CompTIA Program certification requirements and
have been notified by CompTIA in writing that you achieved CompTIA certification
for that particular CompTIA Program. Any and all uses of Marks by you must be in
compliance with any and all CompTIA requirements, guidelines and quality control
standards, as established or amended from time to time by CompTIA. Furthermore,
CompTIA may, from time to time, amend the Marks, or designate new or different
Marks for your use. You agree not to incorporate any Marks, or potentially
confusing variations of Marks, as part of your name or the name of any product
or service offered by you or as part of any logo, name, trademark, service mark
or other commercial or product designation used by you. You agree not to file
any application to register or claim any interest in any Mark or any other logo,
name, trademark, service mark or commercial or product designation confusingly
similar to any or all Marks. You shall not misrepresent your CompTIA
certification status or your qualifications or misrepresent, imply or suggest
that CompTIA in any way endorses, sponsors or recommends you, or any of your
products or services.
The license granted to you by this Section is
conditioned upon and subject to your compliance with the terms of this
Agreement. Any attempted assignment, transfer or sublicense of such license by
you shall be null and void. Subject to the limited license granted to you by
this Section, CompTIA reserves and retains all rights, titles and interests,
including, without limitation, all trademark and other intellectual property
rights, in and to Marks.
11. TERM AND
This Agreement shall commence upon your acceptance
of its terms. Either party may terminate this Agreement, with or without cause,
by giving at least thirty (30) days' prior notice to the other party. CompTIA
may terminate this Agreement: (a) upon thirty (30) days' prior notice if you
breach any term of this Agreement and fail to cure said breach within such
thirty (30) day period; (b) if you fail to comply with any applicable continuing
CompTIA certification requirements specified by CompTIA from time to time; (c)
by CompTIA, if publicity or other information about you, your products or
services, or your use of Marks harms or adversely affects CompTIA or its
reputation or goodwill or otherwise damages or diminishes the value of Marks; or
(d) upon determination by CompTIA that you have otherwise violated any rule,
regulation or policy of CompTIA or of any CompTIA authorized testing facility
related to any CompTIA certification examination. Upon termination of this
Agreement, CompTIA may revoke your CompTIA certification(s) and terminate the
licenses and rights granted hereunder. This Section and Sections 3, 4, 5, 6, 7,
8, 10, 12, 13 and 14.4 hereof shall survive any termination of this
12. DISCLAIMER; LIMITATION OF
COMPTIA MAKES NO WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND, EXPRESS,
IMPLIED OR STATUTORY, RELATED TO OR ARISING OUT OF ANY COMPTIA CERTIFICATION OR
THIS AGREEMENT. COMPTIA DISCLAIMS AND EXCLUDES ANY IMPLIED WARRANTY OF
MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR A PARTICULAR PURPOSE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT OF ANY
THIRD PARTY RIGHTS. COMPTIA SHALL NOT BE LIABLE FOR ANY INDIRECT, CONSEQUENTIAL,
INCIDENTAL, PUNITIVE OR SPECIAL DAMAGES ARISING FROM OR OTHERWISE RELATED TO ANY
COMPTIA CERTIFICATION, OR THIS AGREEMENT, OR OTHERWISE INCURRED, WHETHER IN AN
ACTION IN CONTRACT OR TORT, EVEN IF ADVISED OF THE POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES.
COMPTIA'S LIABILITY FOR DAMAGES HEREUNDER SHALL NOT EXCEED THE AMOUNT OF
EXAMINATION FEES ACTUALLY PAID BY YOU TO COMPTIA. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT
ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION OF LIABILITY, SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSION OR
LIMITATION MAY NOT APPLY. HOWEVER, SUCH EXCLUSION OR LIMITATION SHALL APPLY TO
THE GREATEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.
You agree to indemnify, defend and hold harmless
CompTIA, and all CompTIA Agents, from and against any and all claims, damages,
liabilities, costs and expenses (including reasonable attorneys' fees) arising,
in whole or in part, out of any breach of this Agreement by you or any personal
injury, product liability, property damage or other claims which are caused,
directly or indirectly, in whole or in part, by any act or omission by
14. OTHER PROVISIONS
14.1 Successors and
Assigns. This Agreement shall be binding upon and inure to the benefit of the
parties and their respective successors and assigns. You may not transfer or
assign any CompTIA certification or any of your rights hereunder. Any such
transfer or assignment shall be null and void.
14.2 Amendments. CompTIA
may revise the terms of this Agreement from time to time. In the event of a
revision, your assent to a new agreement may be a condition of your continued
14.3 Waiver and Severability. No waiver of any
breach of this Agreement shall be deemed a waiver of any other or subsequent
breach. If any term of this Agreement shall be held by a court of competent
jurisdiction to be invalid, illegal or unenforceable, such term shall be
modified or deleted in such a manner so as to make this Agreement, as modified,
legal and enforceable to the fullest extent permitted under applicable
14.4 Equitable Relief. CompTIA shall be entitled to injunctive and
other equitable relief to prevent or curtail any actual or threatened breach of
the provisions of this Agreement and to recovery of reasonable attorneys' fees
incurred in any such action.
14.5 Notices. Except as otherwise expressly
provided in this Agreement, all notices hereunder shall be in writing or
delivered via e-mail. Notice to you shall be sent to your last address known by
14.6 Governing Law. Any and all disputes arising hereunder shall
be governed by and interpreted in accordance with the laws of the United States
of America and the laws of the State of Illinois.