Congratulations, you’ve earned an IT certification! You may think you’ve reached the end of your journey, but in fact, it’s just the beginning. To be the best IT pro you can be, you need to keep learning and stay on top of the latest trends and innovations. Continuing education can help you do that and in turn offer job security and competitive advantage and help you protect your organization from cyberattacks and technology outages. Luckily, CompTIA gives you a number of opportunities to sharpen your skills, including the upcoming CompTIA Plus virtual conference.
What Does Certification Renewal Mean?
CompTIA certifications that are accredited by ISO/ANSI have a continuing education requirement, meaning that to keep your certification current, you need to earn a certain number of continuing education units (CEUs) every three years.
In other words, you need to complete activities related to the objectives of your certification, like attending webinars and conferences, publishing articles or blog posts, and teaching classes to prove that you still have the skills and knowledge you demonstrated when you took your exam.
If you do not earn enough CEUs during your certification’s three-year renewal cycle, your certification will expire, meaning the time, effort and money you invested will go to waste. If you apply for or have a job that requires certification, letting yours expire could put you in jeopardy of losing the job and stagnating in your career. If your certification expires and you want (or need) to regain it, you would have to re-register, re-take and re-pass the full certification exam. In other words, earning CEUs, either slowly across your renewal cycle or in one fell swoop, will put you ahead of the game and could save you time and money later.
Everyone Needs Continuing Education
But beyond earning CEUs and keeping your certification up to date, continuing education and professional development are critical to a successful IT career. We’ve all heard Newton’s law that states, “An object at rest stays at rest. An object in motion stays in motion.” When it comes to your career, the minute you stop learning is the minute you stop progressing. Continuing education is one way to stay in motion and maintain your career trajectory.
In IT specifically, if you don’t keep up with the current trends and threats, you could put your organization at risk. Things like IoT, cybersecurity and emerging tech bring new innovations every day. As an IT pro, you want to recommend the best, most up-to-date options to your organization to help it grow and mitigate risk. Professional development through continuing education helps you do this.
CompTIA Plus Conference: The Holidays Have Come Early
Whether your certification is up for renewal or you’re just looking to learn more about cybersecurity, infrastructure and hot tech trends, attend this year’s CompTIA Plus Conference (formerly CompTIA IT Pro Day) to get the gift of CEUs and maybe even some fabulous prizes.
On December 6, 2017, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. U.S. Central time (convert to your time zone), join us for educational sessions, announcements and insight from CompTIA leaders and a trivia game where you can earn prizes like a CompTIA AITP membership, CompTIA exam vouchers, Starbucks gift cards and more.
Earn one CEU toward the renewal of your CompTIA certification(s) for each of the following sessions you attend:
- Today’s IT Challenges: Astoria Bank Senior Vice President/Chief Technology Officer Risé Jacobs will cover a range of topics today’s IT pros face, including security and privacy, networking, risk management and diversity. (CEU approved for CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Cloud+, CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA+) and CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP))
- Linux Security: What You Need to Know: CompTIA Chief Technology Evangelist James Stanger will discuss how Linux relates to cybersecurity, what systems run on Linux platforms, how to protect Linux systems and how cybersecurity professionals can address open-source flaws. (CEU approved for CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+, CompTIA Security+, CompTIA Cloud+, CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CSA+) and CompTIA Advanced Security Practitioner (CASP))
- Virtualization Best Practices: Miami-Dade County Public Schools Network Infrastructure District Technician Jesus Vigo will share best practices for planning, configuring, managing and securing virtual systems and how to best allocate resources to maximize performance. (CEU approved for CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ and CompTIA Cloud+)
- Datacenter to Cloud: Lessons Learned from an ERP Migration: East Tennessee State University Chief Information Security Officer and Associate CIO Andrea Di Fabio will talk about his experience re-architecting and re-engineering its enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution one server and one service at a time to fit the cloud model. (CEU approved for CompTIA Cloud+)
The best part is it’s free! No registration fees, no travel costs. Just you, your connected device and your favorite chair. Stay the whole day or pop in and out as your schedule allows. Log in and watch from the comfort of your home or office, and keep your career in motion.
Register for the 2017 CompTIA Plus Conference today!