Last week CompTIA, the global IT trade association, announced the worldwide availability of its CompTIA Strata – Green IT certification program.
The Green IT certificate is designed for individuals looking to demonstrate that they have the knowledge and skills to implement environmentally sound green IT techniques. It’s intended for decision-making IT professionals who have authority over a company’s IT infrastructure, i.e. IT managers, supervisors, data centre managers or facilities and operations managers.
The exam includes 30 questions, which must be completed in 60 minutes, and covers green technologies, techniques, standards and policies. It includes issues such as saving power; reducing an organisation’s carbon footprint; identifying green IT organisations and standards; implementing virtualisation; disposal; and calculating the ROI in green IT initiatives.
“To fulfil the promise of green IT, technology professionals must add new skills unique to its environment,” said Terry Erdle, senior vice president, skills certifications, CompTIA. “We’re taking a big step in that direction through the training around CompTIA Strata – Green IT and the validation delivered by this important new program.”
The certificate comes on the back of the 2009 CompTIA study Green IT: Insights and Opportunities, which showed that 40% of IT service suppliers provide energy audits to clients; 26% offer carbon footprint measuring and monitoring services; and 23% plan to offer these services within the next two years.
This is clearly a move in the right direction. Various qualifications have already been introduced, including from the British Computer Society, but a globally available certification will help create a more universal baseline of knowledge (although the exam seems to be only available in English).
I have two reservations, though. Firstly, green IT is a big subject and it’s not clear exactly what will be included in the certification. It would also be useful to have some reassurance that the qualification is being kept up to date. There are various aspects to green IT and technology developments will have an impact.
Secondly, IT reflects the business and the business reflects regulation and legislation. As carbon laws come in, so will IT have to adapt and change. That’s a national issue requiring some local input to training.