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Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)

Definition - What does Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) 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.

Techopedia explains Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA)

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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