CompTIA RFID+T Certification Helps Companies Prepare RFID Workforce
OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill., December 14, 2005 - With deployment of radio frequency identification (RFID) technology a matter of when, not if for many organizations, a new professional certification from the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is helping companies to develop workers skilled in the challenging technology.The beta exam version of CompTIA RFID+(tm) certification, a vendor-neutral professional credential to validate knowledge and skill in working with RFID, is available through December 31, 2005. The beta exam (RF1-001) is intended for individuals with a foundational knowledge of the technology and between six and twenty-four months of experience in the RFID industry. Individuals who pass the beta exam will be certified as a CompTIA RFID+ professional."RFID is a complex and still evolving technology, and expertise is absolutely required for its usage to be successful," said David Sommer, vice president, electronic commerce, CompTIA. "While the fundamentals remain the same, each deployment is unique because of differences in products, processes and physical environment. All of these factors can be overcome, but it takes knowledge and experience. CompTIA RFID+ certification provides the foundation-level credentials and skills that will prepare RFID professionals to overcome these obstacles to successful deployment."A 2005 study commissioned by CompTIA and conducted by Frost & Sullivan, a global leader in strategic growth consulting, found that just over one-half of more than 500 organizations surveyed in North America had either completed RFID implementations or planned to do so within the next 12 months. This included companies that are evaluating, pilot testing, implementing, or currently using RFID.While compliance with customer mandates continues to be a key market driver for implementation, organizations are increasingly exploring options for making better use of all that RFID has to offer. The CompTIA/Frost & Sullivan study found that the leading benefits companies hope to attain through RFID implementation are increased accuracy in data, improved delivery reliability, reduced waste and defects, and more supply chain visibility.The CompTIA RFID+ beta exam covers topics related to the installation, configuration and maintenance of RFID hardware and device software, including interrogation zone basics, testing and troubleshooting, standards and regulations, tag knowledge, design selection, installation, site analysis, RF physics, and RFID peripherals. Complete beta exam objectives are available at:www.comptia.org/certification/rfid/objectives.aspx.The certification is being developed with the assistance of leading organizations in the RFID market, including American RFID Solutions; the Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility (AIM Global); Briljent, LLC; DHL Express (USA), Inc.; FC Business Systems; Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis; Intermec Technologies Corporation; International Paper's ASURYS business (formerly Smart Packaging); ODIN technologies; OTA Training; Printronix, Inc.; RFID4U (a division of eSmart Source, Inc.); RFID Focus; RFID Global Solutions; RFID Journal; ScanSource, Inc.; Sparkice; Symbol Technologies, Inc., The Enterprise Mobility Company(tm); Texas Instruments Incorporated; Zebra Technologies Corp.; and others.The beta test is used to ensure that the final certification exam is fair and reliable. Candidates who take the beta exam are helping the RFID industry to establish the appropriate requirements for the certification. Candidates who pass the beta exam will be among the first in the industry to be certified as a CompTIA RFID+ professional and will not need to take the permanent CompTIA RFID+ certification exam, scheduled for availability in the first quarter of 2006.There is a $75 fee for the beta exam to cover delivery and publication costs. The fee is a 66-percent discount off the regular non-member exam price of $225 for CompTIA RFID+ certification. Registration for the CompTIA RFID+ beta exam is available through Thomson Prometric and Pearson VUE at www.comptia.org/registerforexam. About CompTIACompTIA is a global trade association representing the business interests of the information technology industry. For more than 23 years CompTIA has provided research, networking and partnering opportunities to its 20,000 members in 102 countries. The association is involved in developing standards and best practices, and influencing the political, economic and educational arenas that impact IT worldwide. More information is at www.comptia.org.
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