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    Default CompTIA Stackable certifications

    I just got an email about this so I decided to log onto my portal and take a look. Apparently CompTIA has come out with something called "Stackable" certifications. They look like the pictures below. I don't really see the point personally in bundling them up into new names, but I guess it doesn't hurt.

    https://certification.comptia.org/certifications/which-certification/stackable-certifications

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    Well Hot Damn! I just became a security analytics expert!
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    There was talk of doing that some months back but then it never happened. I'm not going to use these titles personally as I already have enough buzz words in the titles of stuff in my resume.

    When I was a junior I would have appreciated something like this as a filler for my empty resume. I'm well into mid-level now and I find that more buzz words just make the resume cluttered and invokes a noisy message, ruining the impact.

    Less is more. This CompTIA thing is definitely more is more.
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    To be frankly this type of certs consolidation seems useless
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    I think it's probably good for someone like me looking to break into the industry. I personally find that setting small goals such as achieving all 3 of these certifications really helps me carve out a more focused path.
    Currently enrolling into WGU's IT - Security Program. Working on LPIC (1,2,3) and CCNA (and S) as long term goals and preparing for the Security+ and A+ as short term goals.
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    I would guess that they have done this to align stuff with the NIST NICE cybersecurity education stuff that has been coming out. Probably in a few weeks there will be a nice poster explaining how the stackable certifications map to all the categories in XXX jobs.
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    Count me as another who doesn't see the point. Feels a bit too RPG-inspired, like you have to collect all the certs to earn your badge or something.
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    The only way this will catch on is if it's added to DOD 8570.

    Link below for your pleasure....................

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    Oh, great. Now I have six "more" certifications. This seems to me to be a way to make it easier for businesses to ask for certifications without having to list out numerous requirements. For instance, asking for a Linux Network Professional will prevent a hiring manager from having to say that they need Linux+ and Network+. It doesn't really streamline things but it is interesting, nonetheless.
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    Lots of security certifications, yet the more I learn, the further I have to go...
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    resume-booster here i come!!
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    This is an awesome idea!! This just made my day! Thanks CompTIA!!

    I'm going to run out of room in my signature for all these certs!!
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    "Holders of "good-for-life" certifications may earn stackable certifications by re-certifying and validating that their skills are up to date."

    So retake your old certs, which costs mo' money. I wonder if there are any other fees.
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    what will happen for the certs for life? will qualify also?
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    Why all of the complaining? CompTIA is trying to make its certified members look better and all they can do is complain.... cmon guys "Ugh, now I have to add another cert to my resume...." Seriously? This is going to benefit anyone who is certified by them.

    EDIT: As for the 8570 status, CSA+ was thrown in almost immediately after its release. So I'd say you can expect these to be showing up soon as well.
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    Yeah, kinda wish they would get AWAY from +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    This is a positive step for sure
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    I think, if anything these titles allow you to shorten your certification list. I mean, I don't list every single Microsoft exam and it's full title on my CV. I've done 7 exams, but the consolidation allows me to list 4 instead and people know what it means.

    I think this is a positive step too.
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    Re post from the other thread ..

    I got 3 of them

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    Listing A+, Network+, Server+, Security+ is shorter than the above designation combos.
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    Upon further review, they left out the Linux Network Professional certification from their press release. Stack the Network+ and Linux+ certifications and you get the LNP.
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    But which one sounds better?
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    Quote Originally Posted by McxRisley View Post
    Why all of the complaining? CompTIA is trying to make its certified members look better and all they can do is complain.... cmon guys "Ugh, now I have to add another cert to my resume...." Seriously? This is going to benefit anyone who is certified by them.
    This is not going to benefit me in any way whatsoever. I already have the existing certifications, a new title added after the fact won't have any effect.
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    These certs mean nothing and when interviewed no one will even know what you are talking about. This is more of a marketing ploy to sell more certs and exams.
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    Quote Originally Posted by gilesjp View Post
    These certs mean nothing and when interviewed no one will even know what you are talking about. This is more of a marketing ploy to sell more certs and exams.
    Well idk where you work, but this will have a big impact on the DoD. People made the same comments you are making about CSA+ but it has taken the place of the CEH and is a much better option. What's with all of this negativity around Christmas?
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    Quote Originally Posted by McxRisley View Post
    Well idk where you work, but this will have a big impact on the DoD. People made the same comments you are making about CSA+ but it has taken the place of the CEH and is a much better option. What's with all of this negativity around Christmas?
    The CSA+ is actually a new certification exam.

    These are not new certifications, just labels for combinations of existing certifications. It's just like telling someone you have the CompTIA trifecta, except it has a new name that no one is (yet) familiar with.
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    Quote Originally Posted by mgeoffriau View Post
    The CSA+ is actually a new certification exam.

    These are not new certifications, just labels for combinations of existing certifications. It's just like telling someone you have the CompTIA trifecta, except it has a new name that no one is (yet) familiar with.
    Yes and HR departments are all about labels, especially in the DoD. The CSAE is most likely to fall into the IAM3 category which would be HUGE for contractors who still work under contracts that use the 8570 baseline requirements. That would mean a possible dethroning of the CISSP in DoD contracting. Nobody is looking at the bigger picture here it seems.
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    Any idea if they will offer Printed certificates and wallet cards ( I will pay for it - I like to collect things ).
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