The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), the provider of vendor-neutral certifications for professionals in the information technology (IT) industry, announced today that its newest certification, CompTIA RFID+, is now available worldwide.

CompTIA RFID+ is a professional certification of skills in radio frequency identification (RFID) technology that addresses the needs of RFID hardware and software manufacturers, value added resellers, training developers, and end-users of the technology. The certification was developed with the contributions of more than 20 organizations with leadership positions in the global RFID industry.

Research commissioned by CompTIA indicates that adoption of RFID technology is on the verge of explosive growth in 2006 and beyond. A survey of more than 500 organizations in North America found that just over one-half of these companies have either completed RFID implementations or plan to do so within the next 12 months. The most aggressive adoption of RFID is planned in the automotive industry, where 59 percent of companies surveyed said they will deploy the technology over the next 12 months; followed by the consumer goods industry and the transportation and logistics sectors, at 58 percent each.

At the same time, 75 percent of the technology companies participating in a February 2006 CompTIA survey said they do not believe there is a sufficient "pool of talent" in RFID technology from which to hire. Among companies that believe there is a talent shortage, 80 percent said the lack of individuals skilled in RFID will impact adoption of the technology.

CompTIA RFID+ certification is intended to help address the skills shortage. Certification competencies were developed through industry participation and the exam was created by subject matter experts who identified the types of skills that are critical to successful RFID implementations. Among the skills the certification exam will test are installation, configuration and maintenance of RFID hardware and device software; site surveys and site analysis; and tag selection, placement and testing. The certification is intended for technology professionals with a minimum of six to twenty-four months of experience in RFID or related data collection technologies.

Organizations that contributed their expertise in the development CompTIA RFID+ include American RFID Solutions; the Association for Automatic Identification and Mobility (AIM Global); Briljent, LLC; DHL Express (USA), Inc.; FC Business Systems; Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis; Intermec Technologies Corporation; ASURYS, formerly International Paper's Smart Packaging Business; ODIN technologies; OTA Training; Printronix, Inc.; RFID4U; RFID Focus, RFID Journal; Sparkice; ScanSource, Inc.; Symbol Technologies, Inc.; Texas Instruments Incorporated; and Zebra Technologies Corporation.

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