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Renewing CompTIA Certifications: CEU Requirements, Renewal Process, and Expiration Policy

[fa icon="calendar"] May 22, 2024 10:39:09 AM / by Paul Ricketts

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If you've taken a CompTIA certification, you understand the value it brings to your IT career. However, as your certification's expiration date looms, it's crucial to take action to maintain your credential's validity. Renewing CompTIA certifications is straightforward, but understanding the Continuing Education Units (CEU) requirements, renewal process, and expiration policy is essential. Let's dive into how you can effectively renew your certification and update your IT skills.


Why Renewing Your CompTIA Certification Matters

CompTIA certifications are highly respected in the IT industry, validating your expertise and commitment to professional growth. However, these certifications are not indefinite. They expire every three years, requiring you to renew them to ensure your knowledge and skills remain current. You must renew your certification to avoid its expiration, which may impact your career advancement opportunities.


Understanding CEU Requirements

To renew your CompTIA certification, you must earn a specific number of Continuing Education Units (CEUs) within the three-year certification cycle. CEUs can be obtained through numerous educational activities, such as:

  • Completing additional training or higher-level certifications: Enroll in advanced courses or earn higher-level certifications that align with your career goals.
  • Attending webinars and conferences: Participate in industry-related webinars, workshops, seminars, skills training and conferences to stay updated on the latest trends and technologies. Note that you should check that the specific event qualifies for CEU's.
  • Publishing articles or whitepapers: Contribute to the IT community by sharing your knowledge through publications.
  • Engaging in professional development activities: Join IT professional associations, participate in mentorship programs, or participate in relevant projects.

Each activity has a different CEU value, so it's essential to plan accordingly to meet the required CEUs for your certification renewal.


The Renewal Process

Renewing your CompTIA certification involves a few straightforward steps:

  1. Log into your CompTIA certification account: Access your certification account on the CompTIA website to begin the renewal process.
  2. Submit proof of CEUs: Upload documentation of the CEUs you've earned. This may include certificates of completion, transcripts, or other proof of participation.
  3. Pay the renewal fee: CompTIA charges a renewal fee. Note that these fees vary depending on the certification level.
  4. Receive your renewed certification: Once your CEUs are verified and the fee is paid, you'll receive your renewed certification, valid for another three years.


Understanding the Expiration Policy

CompTIA's expiration policy is strict but manageable. If you do not renew your certification before the expiration date, you will lose your certified status. This could mean retaking the certification exam to regain your credentials, which can be time-consuming and costly.


Addressing Common Concerns

As the expiration date for your certification nears, you might have several questions and concerns. Here are some common issues and how to resolve them:


1. What happens if my CompTIA certification expires?

If you hold off renewing your certification and it expires, you will lose your certified status, hindering your career progression. To avoid this, start the renewal process early and stay informed about the CEU requirements and deadlines.


2. How soon should I start the renewal process?

Starting the renewal process at least six months before your certification expires is best. This gives you ample time to earn the necessary CEUs and complete the renewal steps without rushing.


3. How many CEUs do I need to renew my certification?

The number of CEUs required varies by certification. For example, the CompTIA A+ requires 20 CEUs, Network+ requires 30 CEUs, and Security+ requires 50 CEUs. Plan your activities accordingly to meet these requirements.


4. What activities qualify for CEUs?

You can earn CEUs through various activities, such as completing additional training, attending webinars and conferences, publishing articles, and engaging in professional development activities. Review CompTIA's guidelines to ensure your activities qualify for CEUs.


Taking Action: Renew Your Certification Today

The clock is ticking, and the urgency to renew your CompTIA certification is real. By proactively engaging in CEU activities and understanding the renewal process, you can ensure your certification remains valid, keeping your IT skills and career prospects strong.

Don't wait until the last minute—start earning your CEUs today and secure your professional future. Keeping your CompTIA certification up to date is essential to progress in your current job or explore new career opportunities.


Stay proactive and Stay Certified.

Renewing your CompTIA certifications doesn't have to be stressful. By understanding the CEU requirements, following the renewal process, and being aware of the expiration policy, you can seamlessly extend the validity of your certification. Stay proactive, stay certified, and keep advancing in the dynamic field of IT.


Stay Certified and Increase Your Opportunities

We've been teaching CompTIA classes since 2001, and during that time, we've helped thousands of students renew their certifications. 

In most cases, we've found that students prefer to renew their certifications by taking the next-level certification. This has the multiplier effect of adding a new level of skill, opening higher-level career opportunities, as well as validating their existing certification.

At TrainACE, we offer a variety of courses and resources to help you earn the CEUs needed for your CompTIA certification renewal. Explore our CompTIA training options and take the next step in your professional development today!

Topics: CompTIA

Paul Ricketts

Written by Paul Ricketts

Originally from the UK, Paul Ricketts is the Director of Marketing at TrainACE in Greenbelt, MD. Having started out in the field of Geographic Information Systems, Paul has a wealth of experience in a wide variety of industries, focused on tech., graphics and data analysis. Having finally settled in the field of marketing, he has spent the last 8 years fine tuning his skills in the art of communication and persuasion.

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