CompTIA recently launched a new certification. It’s unlikely that you are IT-related. This credential is for your friends and colleagues who don’t work in IT. They will need to call you whenever their computer gets hacked or their operating system goes down. We all know someone who doesn’t have any basic computer knowledge.
Even if you don’t work in the IT industry, it’s not a shame to be one of these people. CompTIA has created a formal credential to validate basic computer literacy for almost any job.
Meet IT Fundamentals, CompTIA’s newest credential. This credential replaces the Strata IT Fundamental certification, which will be phased out by summer 2015.
CompTIA IT Fundamentals certification is for non-IT professionals who can’t ignore the need to have basic IT skills. This is because most industries, such as sales, marketing, customer service, and management, rely on software, CRM, or other computer-based tools. These professionals require computer-based skills. This credential could be a unique selling point for professionals in communications, marketing, and other industries that are hard hit by recessions. It might also help them stand out from other applicants. The following professions are specifically mentioned by CompTIA:
Sales associates
Sales engineers
Managers of accounts
Business development managers
Marketing and product specialists
Customer support personnel
IT Fundamentals is the most basic IT certification. It is a step below CompTIA A+, which was designed for entry-level IT professionals, mainly service desk personnel. CompTIA IT Fundamentals covers these aspects:
Identification and explanation of computer components
Software installations and setting up a workstation.
Establishing network connectivity
Identify compatibility issues and identify and prevent security risks.
Computer safety and preventative maintenance.
CompTIA IT Fundamentals credential doesn’t require any prerequisites. However, candidates should allow enough time to learn all topics and information in exam blueprint. FC0-U51 is the exam. It lasts one hour and contains 75 multiple-choice questions.
Is this the right certification for you? Or, if IT professionals are already experienced, to whom would you recommend this credential?