Coming together on convergence

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CompTIA working on developing a vendor-neutral convergence certification

In another sign that IP telephony is becoming mainstream, the Computing Technology Industry Association is developing a convergence certification to validate professionals’ skills and capabilities using this technology.

CompTIA, a trade association known for developing vendor-neutral certifications such as A+, Network+ and Security+, is developing a convergence certification and recently enlisted six companies to join its initiative.

The companies include IP telephony vendor Avaya, Catalyst Telecom, Collin County Community College District in Texas, chipmaker Intel, textbox producer Marcraft International, and computing education leader Thomson Course Technology.

“The organizations announced today as participants in the convergence certification initiative represent a broad spectrum of this growing industry, from market leading product manufacturers and distributors to education, training and courseware providers,” says Alan Borck, chairman of the CompTIA Convergence Group’s Advisory Council and a member of the association’s board of directors. “They will provide valuable guidance as we craft a certification that establishes a baseline standard for an IT professional’s ability to install and support converged data, voice and video communications solutions.”

CompTIA expects more organizations to join the certification development effort in the months ahead. The organization maintains that a vendor-neutral certification that provides a standard method of measuring competencies will benefit the entire industry. For example, a certification may reduce the costs of training and recruitment, validates on-the-job experience and boosts the convergence market and accelerates deployment of new communications technologies.

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