Tuesday, 13 August 2013

CompTIA nixes Green IT Exam

CompTIA, the vendor owned certification organisation, has announced it will drop its Green IT Certification course, launched with such fanfare three years ago.

The reason given is that Green IT is now “embedded in the way companies generally do business.”

Something’s going on here, because that is demonstrably false. Green IT is not mainstream – most organisations are struggling with it or ignoring it. Either CompTIA is not telling us the truth, or it doesn’t understand the market. Either way, that’s pretty poor behaviour.

I suspect the real reason is that the organisation is having trouble remaining relevant. It is known to be struggling financially, and is cutting back on things that aren’t making it any money. The Green IT certification is not. I have done the certification, and I have spoken to many of the training suppliers who issue it, and I can tell you it has not attracted a lot of interest.

“The last day to take the certification exams will be 31 December 2013,” says CompTIA. I can think of little better to do on New Year’s Eve. “Those who planned on taking these exams before the end of the year are encouraged to continue their studies and seek certification.”

CompTIA Introduced the certification in 2010, saying it was designed to validate knowledge and skills necessary to implement environmentally sound techniques within an organisation's IT infrastructure. “The product was developed at a time when organisations felt their employees needed to know more about green IT,” said Carol Balkcom, CompTIA director of product management. “However, at this point in 2013, green IT has become embedded in the way companies generally do business.”

That’s news to me, and I’ve been surveying CIOs around the world on their Green IT practices for longer than CompTIA has been offering the certification. Green IT is nowhere near “embedded”.

Not that I will not mourn its passing. The exam and curriculum were way too technical, with an emphasis on the minutiae of things like PC energy saving acronyms while almost totally ignoring the big picture. Former Green IT Review editor Peter Foster, one of the most knowledgeable people I know about the subject, failed the exam.

Whoever put it together had only a very limited knowledge of the real issues of Green IT. Given CompTIA’s ridiculous reasons for dropping the certification, I would say that is true of the whole organisation.

Last year CompTIA (Computer Technology Industry Association) cut its number of offices globally as its revenues fell. In Australia, where I live, its three person office closed and local enquiries are now handled out of South Africa.

It’s partially the GFC – training and certification tend to get cut when times are tough. Fair enough that it has stopped its second-rate Green IT certification, but at least it could be honest as to why it has done so.

Graeme Philipson


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1 comment:

  1. Totally agree. Companies are not doing all they can related to green it. Even though Comptia is retiring the certification I started a blog with the notes I'm taking to prepare the certification.
    Hope the content will be useful to others wether or not they are taking the certification.