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CompTIA and OnForce Team to Raise Skill Levels of IT Service Professionals
Aug 07, 2008 (08:08 AM EDT)


OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill., Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), the leading trade association for the world's information technology (IT) industry, and OnForce, the world's largest 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 two industry leaders will collaborate on a number of programs aimed at raising the certified technical skills of IT professionals and helping them grow their businesses.

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.

"CompTIA certifications provide IT workers with internationally recognized, respected credentials that validate their technical proficiency and professionalism," said Richard Rysiewicz, vice president, services, CompTIA. "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 A+, Network+, Security+ and Server+. Members of the OnForce community will also have access to CompTIA membership and other training and certification opportunities.

"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 skills."

Both organizations agree 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 CompTIA-certified."

For more information on CompTIA certifications, please visit http://certification.comptia.org .

About OnForce

OnForce is the world's largest marketplace for IT service professionals. The company enables VARs, solution providers, manufacturers and retailers to find highly qualified, contract IT professionals across the U.S and Canada. The company's marketplace has been used to successfully complete nearly 750,000 work orders. The OnForce community is made up of 5,000+ service buyers and 12,000+ technicians who work in a number of technology categories, including computers, printers, networking, VoIP, point of sale and consumer electronics.

For more information about the U.S. marketplace, visit www.onforce.com To learn about the Canadian marketplace, visit www.onforce.ca

About CompTIA

The Computing Technology Association (CompTIA) is the voice of the world's $3 trillion information technology industry. CompTIA membership extends into more than 100 countries and includes companies at the forefront of innovation; the channel partners and solution providers they rely on to bring their products to market; and the professionals responsible for maximizing the benefits organizations receive from their technology investments. For more information please visit www.comptia.org .

CONTACT: Steven Ostrowski, Director, Corporate Communications of CompTIA, sostrowski@comptia.org+1-630-678-8468, ; or OnForce Media Contact:, MeganSoule of Airfoil Public Relations, +1-248-304-1428,

Web site: http://www.onforce.com/ http://certification.comptia.org/ http://www.onforce.ca/ http://www.comptia.org/