IT professionals who were certified in 2010 or earlier in CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ or CompTIA Security+ have until the end of 2012 to enroll in the CompTIA Continuing Education program.
Those certified in 2010 or earlier are considered "certified for life," but these individuals can enroll in the CompTIA Continuing Education Program to show they are versed in the latest skills and technologies. It is optional unless mandated by an employer. For example, enrollment is required for those using a CompTIA certification for compliance with the Department of Defense 8570 IA Directive.
Continuing education credits can be earned over a three-year period through earning the newest version of a certification, training courses, on-the-job experience or publishing articles.
Once the enrollment period is closed, "certified for life" individuals will need to retake the certification exam to earn a continuing education credential.
Individuals certified in CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, CASP or CompTIA Storage+ in 2011 or later are automatically enrolled in the Continuing Education Program.