10 Things to Watch for from CompTIA in 2019

by Debra B. McCraw | Feb 01, 2019

A notebook with a to-do list for 2019CompTIA has some great things planned for 2019 that you won’t want to miss. We’re updating two of our certifications, releasing more training products and providing you with many more opportunities to increase your IT knowledge, meet other IT pros and grow in your career.

1. The New CompTIA A+

If you read IT Career News or follow CompTIA on social media with any regularity, surely you know that we kicked off 2019 with a new version of CompTIA A+. This entry-level IT certification got a complete refresh, with enhanced coverage of critical subjects like cybersecurity and cloud computing.

Read more about the new CompTIA A+:

The New CompTIA A+: Problem Solvers Wanted
CompTIA A+: From PC Repair to Problem Solving in 26 Years
The New CompTIA A+: Your Questions Answered

2. The New CompTIA Linux+

This spring, CompTIA will release a new version of CompTIA Linux+ that has been completely revamped. As we bring the exam in house, ending the partnership with LPI, you will be able to earn CompTIA Linux+ by passing just one exam, not two. The content has also been updated to reflect where the technology is going and covers topics such as storage and virtualization, kernel modules, DevOps basics, networking and firewalls, and more.

Read more about the new CompTIA Linux+

3. More Training for More IT Certifications

In 2018, CompTIA expanded the CertMaster product line and introduced the Official CompTIA Study Guide for many certifications. Going into 2019, we’ll be rolling out more tools – both as individual products and as bundles – to support you every step of the way on your certification journey. Stay tuned for more info on what will be available and how it can help you get certified and grow in your IT career.

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4. Free IT Classes in More Cities

Creating IT Futures’ IT-Ready career program trains, certifies and places unemployed and under-employed adults in their first IT jobs. In 2019, free IT-Ready classes will be offered in more cities than ever before, doubling the reach of the program. Students can apply to participate in Charlotte, NC; Chicago; Minneapolis-St. Paul; Phoenix, AZ; Portland, OR; San Antonio, TX; and San Diego. The full-time courses are provided free of charge to students, thanks to grants and donations from organizations including CompTIA, Boeing, Cognizant U.S. Foundation and TEKsystems and in partnership with organizations including Goodwill Industries, the Urban League and the Wounded Warrior Project.

Learn more about IT-Ready and Creating IT Futures

5. More SME Workshops

CompTIA is always looking for new, qualified subject matter experts (SMEs) to help with exam development. We have upcoming workshops for the CompTIA A+, Linux+, Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) and PenTest+ exams. If you hold one of these certifications, consider applying to be a SME. If you’re selected, in exchange for your participation, you’ll receive a generous daily stipend, complimentary CompTIA exam voucher, continuing education units (CEUs) and recognition on our website, not to mention delicious meals and snacks while you’re here and the opportunity to collaborate with IT pros from around the world.

Learn more and apply to be a CompTIA SME

6. Annual CompTIA Events

Every year, CompTIA hosts a number of events, and 2019 is no different. Next week, technology executives, business owners, tech councils and policymakers from across the United States will gather in Washington, D.C., for the annual CompTIA DC Fly-In. And this summer, IT pros and instructors can connect with others in the industry and learn about the latest tech trends and innovations at ChannelCon and the CompTIA Partner Summit in Las Vegas.

See all of the upcoming CompTIA events

7. CompTIA at Industry Events

If you’re attending IT conferences, keep an eye out for CompTIA. In the past, we’ve been to events like SpiceWorld, the Service Desk and IT Support Show, HDI and more. March 4 to 8, we’ll have a booth at RSA, and CompTIA Chief Technology Evangelist James Stanger will be co-presenting with Tim Crothers, vice president of cybersecurity at Target.

Read about CompTIA at RSA

8. The Latest Research on IT Trends and the Workforce

CompTIA’s research team keeps its finger on the pulse of what’s happening in IT – everything from emerging technology to employment trends. Each month, the research team releases employment reports showing the state of the IT workforce. The annual IT Industry Outlook presents industry trends and paints a picture of the IT workforce. Other topics to be covered this year include the internet of things (IoT), the value of certifications, blockchain and more.

Check out the latest CompTIA research

9. Expanded Online Resources

In the coming months, CompTIA will be adding more resources to the website to help you do your job better and become familiar with emerging tech topics. Get answers to questions on everything from cybersecurity to cloud computing to drones to artificial intelligence (AI).

10. IT Career News in Your Inbox

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  • Ronald Abney

    Friday, February 1, 2019

    I'm wondering if the location of any of the free IT classes will be extended to the Philadelphia, Pa area? There are a lot of inner city youths who can't afford top pay out of pocket for entry level IT training, and would be very interested in the program. I am a veteran currently enrolled as a Network Engineering student, and have a nephew who interested in this field, but can' t afford college

  • Carmelo Baylon

    Friday, February 1, 2019

    I’m planning to take A+ core series sometime on Spring.

  • Steve Carter

    Sunday, February 3, 2019

    I need info on how to keep my security+ certification active.

  • Rajan

    Monday, February 4, 2019

    i am learning on comptia a+ course

  • Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    Hi, Ronald! Thanks for your question. Creating IT Futures is always looking for opportunities to expand, so there may someday be a class in Philadelphia. In the meantime, take a look at this article that offers suggestions on how to get free or discounted exam vouchers and training: https://certification.comptia.org/it-career-news/post/view/2018/08/31/voucher-discount

  • Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    Hi, Steve! Thanks for your question. You have a number of options for keeping your Security+ certification active, ranging from attending webinars and taking classes to completing CompTIA CertMaster CE - an online certification renewal tool. Learn more here: https://certification.comptia.org/continuing-education/learn/how-to-renew

  • Ben Clark

    Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    Hey, Someone messed up formatting this list. Every bullet is a 1.

  • Wednesday, February 6, 2019

    Hi, Ben! Thanks for bringing this to our attention. This seems to be a quirk with Internet Explorer, as it appears fine in other browsers. We are working to fix it. Let us know if you see this error in other browsers.

  • Gio Chavez

    Tuesday, March 5, 2019

    When will the CompTIA Linux+ and LPIC exam modules will end?

  • Tuesday, March 5, 2019

    Hi, Gio! Thanks for your question. The current version of Linux+ (LX0-103 and LX0-104) will retire on October 1, 2019. The new version of Linux+ (XK0-004) will not be in partnership with LPIC.

  • John Armstrong

    Thursday, April 11, 2019

    Hello I would just like to confirm that there is no plan for a phased retirement of the Security+ Certification programme and that the 3 year renewal will still see SY0-501 replaced by the next Exam code number in year 2020? Thanks John

  • Friday, April 12, 2019

    Hi, John! CompTIA Security+ is on schedule for a three-year revision that will come out in late 2020. We will follow our standard update schedule.

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