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By Gina Roos

Starting April 1, CompTIA, a nonprofit association for the IT industry, will offer e-learning courses as part of its education and training programs for the IT channel. The initial e-learning executive certificate programs will focus on cloud-based IT services, mobile strategies and IT security.

All e-learning courses include scenario-based learning opportunities, case studies, other interactive exercises and a course assessment. Participants must complete all courses, pass the assessments for each course and participate in a one-hour Capstone session to receive the e-learning executive certificate.

Capstone sessions are available as a live Webinar or a face-to-face meeting during a CompTIA event or CompTIA member event. These sessions “provide an opportunity to discuss the concepts from the self-paced courses with peers and apply them to real-world situations,” according to CompTIA.

“We’ve created these interactive e-learning courses to help busy IT channel professionals accomplish their training needs on their own time and at their own pace,” Kelly Ricker, CompTIA’s senior vice president, events and education, said in a statement. “The courses can be accessed any time, from anywhere and on any device.”

The e-learning courses include the Executive Certificate in Cloud (Intermediate), Executive Certificate in Mobility (Foundations), and Executive Certificate in IT Security (Foundations). The association plans to add more e-learning courses in the coming months.

CompTIA also added several new courses to its channel training curriculum for Spring 2013. These include the executive certificate in Channel Management program for technology vendors, Quick Start Guides and Quick Start Sessions on mobile marketing, and an updated Quick Start Guide and Quick Start Session on IT security.

All channel training programs are available to CompTIA members. Vendor and distributor members may offer the e-learning courses to their partners through their partner portals. For complete details, visit CompTIA Channel Training.