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CompTIA Adds German Language Convergence Exams

The certification supports voice over Internet Protocol deployments as adoption of VoIP in Europe has increased.

The Computing Technology Industry Association has added a German-language version of its CompTIA Convergence+ certification exam.

CompTIA said Thursday that the new version is now available worldwide.

The German-language version of the CompTIA Convergence+ exam was launched with the support and input of several organizations and companies, including business communications provider Avaya GmbH & Co. KG, technology education company Educomp, and Siemens Enterprise Communications.

The certification supports voice over Internet Protocol deployments, while broadband availability has grown and the adoption of VoIP in Europe has increased. "The demand for skilled technicians is increasing, especially with the success of VoIP in Europe," Frauke Vossebein, Avaya professional certification manager, said in a prepared statement. "The CompTIA Convergence+ exam translation, as a localized version, is very beneficial for our German speaking audience groups and will support us as a proof of evidence that we have the properly qualified professionals we need."

The exams come at a good time. A recent global survey of 390 IT managers and 524 users by Dimension Data found IP telephony adoption is strong in Europe. Some 44% of those surveyed in Benelux countries (Belgium, Netherlands, Luxemburg) said they were using the same network for voice and data. France and Germany also were aggressive in their VoIP adoption (35% and 33%, respectively). However, the study found only 33% of companies in the United Kingdom use voice over IP.

The German-language CompTIA Convergence+ exam is available through Pearson VUE and Prometric testing centers worldwide.

CompTIA said the test measures knowledge and skills in solutions where data communications, telephony/telecommunications, video, and broadcast multimedia technologies are combined in a single IP-based delivery system. It is an internationally recognized, vendor-neutral credential that certifies a technician's ability to design, implement, and manage both data and voice networking, CompTIA said.

"Today's technology professional must expand their knowledge base beyond data-only or voice-only capabilities and equip themselves with a multiplicity of skills to support and maintain the new methods of communicating made possible by convergence technology solutions," John Venator, president and CEO of CompTIA, said in a prepared statement.

Steve Ostrowski, director of corporate communications for CompTIA, said the organization adds new language versions of its exams according to global market demands.

Earlier this year, CompTIA launched a Portuguese language version of a document imaging certification for the Brazilian market.

"We've also translated some of our exams into Arabic and Chinese based on interest in those regions," Ostrowski said in an e-mail interview.

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