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COVID 19: Tech industry trade association CompTIA has launched an “anytime, anywhere” online testing option for its certification exams as part of its response to the Coronavirus outbreak.

The online move sees CompTIA collaborating with global computer-based testing company Pearson VUE to make its exams available via Pearson VUE’s OnVUE online proctoring solution.

Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO, CompTIA, said, “Current and prospective IT professionals, students, career changers and others whose plans have been put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic can resume their studies and schedule their exams with the full confidence that we’re here when they’re ready to take their test.

“They’ll do so on a platform that delivers a rich user experience and robust security protection, all from the privacy and security of their home. This is a great advancement for our global certification program. We’re extremely pleased to work with our longtime partner Pearson VUE to deliver online testing to candidates around the world.”

According to Thibodeaux, online testing is ideal because it lets certification candidates:

  • Test from anywhere, especially from the security and privacy of their own home or from any private area.
  • Test anytime, so candidates can schedule their exam according to their schedule to avoid competing priorities and conflicts.
  • Test in a highly secure environment, because Pearson VUE’s OnVUE remote proctoring ensures all candidates test under the same secure monitoring conditions as a test centre.

The initiative provides for online tests to be scheduled for all CompTIA certifications except for CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer (CTT+), with exams available in English, around the world.

The move to online exams follows CompTIA’s launch last month of a new free resource - My IT Path - providing information on in-demand employment opportunities for anyone planning a career in IT.

My IT Path delivers an interactive, personalised experience for anyone interested in learning about careers in the IT field and CompTIA says the demand for IT professionals remains strong in many markets around the world in the tech sector and in other industries, such as financial services, manufacturing, healthcare, government, education and retail.


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Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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