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Organisations join CompTIA certification initiative

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) has announced that seven organisations are working with it to develop a vendor-neutral printing and document imaging certification. The organisations are:

  • Canon U.S.A., Inc.
  • Konica Minolta Business Solutions Europe GmbH
  • Lexmark International
  • Pitney Bowes
  • Sharp Electronics Corporation
  • Specialized Solutions
  • Xerox Corporation

CompTIA says the new certification will address technical skills related to printers (including inkjet, laser, dot matrix, thermal, and solid Ink), multi-functional printers, scanners, faxes, copiers, networking, connectivity, and colour theory.

Specific certification objectives will be developed in the coming months based on the results of a job task analysis and industry surveys.

"By establishing a standard method of measuring technical competencies, manufacturers can realise reduced costs for activities such as training, recruiting and hiring," said Richard Rysiewicz, vice president, services, CompTIA.

Target candidates for the printing and document imaging certification are expected to be entry- to mid-level technicians with six to twelve months of experience in the installation, connectivity, maintenance and repair and support of devices in the printing and document imaging industry. This includes service technicians, support technicians and help desk staff.

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