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The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), and OnForce, a marketplace for IT service
professionals, announced today that they are working together to bring training
and certification opportunities to more than 12,000 IT technicians.

The pair
will collaborate on a number of programs aimed at raising the certified
technical skills of IT professionals and helping them grow their

The cooperation between
CompTIA and OnForce will combine industry-leading skills development and
professional certifications with the industry’s largest source for contract
service professionals, according to officials.
“CompTIA certifications
provide IT workers with internationally recognized, respected credentials that
validate their technical proficiency and professionalism,” said Richard
Rysiewicz, vice president of services at CompTIA, in a statement. “We are extremely pleased to be
working with OnForce to further build on the strong skills and qualifications
their service professionals already have. We look forward to future
collaborations, and launching more learning and certification programs with
OnForce in the future.”

As part of the ongoing
effort, OnForce’s community of more than 12,000 contract professionals can earn
several CompTIA certifications, including CompTIA
, Network+, Security+ and Server+. Members of the OnForce community will also
have access to CompTIA membership and other training and certification

 “CompTIA is the industry
standard for technology education and certifications, so they were the ideal
partner for OnForce in providing our community with best-in-class learning
opportunities,” said Jose Bernal, senior vice president of business development
at OnForce. “As more VARs and solution providers are utilizing contract IT
talent, access to advanced training is critical for service professionals. We
look forward to working closely with CompTIA on a number of initiatives to
enable our community to further develop their business and technical

Both organizations say that maintaining the right certifications is critical for IT professionals to
successfully grow their business and their technical acumen.

“When we look for
contract service professionals, we want to make sure we are putting the best
possible person in front of our clients,” said Peter
Manni, vice president of Siemens IT Solutions and Services. “One way we do that,
especially through our partners at OnForce, is to make sure the engineers are

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