Computing Technology Industry Association

What Does Computing Technology Industry Association Mean?

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a global nonprofit trade association founded in 1982. Originally known as the Association of Better Computer Dealers (ABCD), CompTIA’s founders represented five microcomputer dealers. Today, CompTIA has more than 2,000 members.

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Techopedia Explains Computing Technology Industry Association

Since its inception, CompTIA has established foundational objectives, goals and a broad range of membership benefits. CompTIA is geared toward enhancing the technology industry and facilitating communication between customers and government agencies with programs focused on the following four principles:

  • Philanthropy: Provides opportunities for the underprivileged to gain the knowledge and skills required for employment in the IT industry
  • Education: Uses educational techniques, tools and resources to facilitate learning and enhance member businesses
  • Advocacy: Provides a voice for small and medium-sized businesses
  • Certification: Provides vendor and technology neutral certifications
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