CIN Captere-the-Flag at CompTIA Partner Summit 2023

Registration is now open for the CIN CTF at Partner Summit!! We are in Vegas this year, so try your luck and join the challenge!! No minimum skill level required, just register and go for it! Compete live and on-site with fellow CIN community members. The events begins at 9:00 AM PDT Wednesday morning, Aug 2 and runs through Thursday, Aug 3 at 3:00 PM PDT. Once you register, you will have access to Cyber Skyline virtual gymnasium where you can practice on sample challenges and have access to other resources to help get in to CTF condition!

Battle it out in Cyber Skylines virtual challenge environment where winner takes all! Join the fun and earn the ultimate bragging rights in CIN for a year as well as other cool prizes!

What: CIN Capture-the-Flag
When: August 2-3, 2023
Where: The Venetian Resort, Las Vegas NV (Must be registered to attend CompTIA Partner Summit 2023)
Register now!!

Forget the odds, Capture-the-Flag

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Two project certifications - 20 years apart

I passed the CompTIA IT Project+ exam in September 2003. It was good for life, so I did not re-certify after it was renamed Project+.

Due to an employer requirement, I took (and passed) the Project+ PK0-005 exam today.

It's still hard for me to believe that it's been 20 years between those two certifications. I've really enjoyed my professional relationship with CompTIA.


Hello everyone, I hope you are well.
I am preparing for my CompTIA CCT+ before the exam is withdrawn.
I would also like others to also have the chance to take this exam at a reduced price. The voucher is official from the CompTIA store

CTT+ Voucher CompTIA CTT+ (TK0-201) Essentials Voucher 230$
CTT+ Voucher CompTIA CTT+ (TK0-202) Classroom Trainer 250$
CTT+ Voucher CompTIA CTT+ (TK0-203) Virtual Classroom Trainer 250$

[email protected]

Discount limited

CompTIA CySA+ CS0-003 TTT Series

Hello Everyone!! The CIN TTT series is back in 2023! Join the CompTIA Instructor Network and special guest Bjoern Voitel as he Leads the CompTIA CySA+ TTT series. Bjoern will cover the exam objectives and provide hands on examples as you strengthen your cybersecurity analytics skills. We will discuss how to cover the content with students and suggest various labs to let students gain hands-on experience as they prepare for certification.

CompTIA Cybersecurity Analyst (CySA+) is a certification for cyber professionals tasked with incident detection, prevention and response through continuous security monitoring.

What: 12-session webinar series
When: Begins Tuesday, May 30, 2022
Where: ON24
Who: Bjoern Voitel, Next Akademie
Register Now

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Project+ Vouchers Gone Out - Inflate my Ego

Okay, CIN - Looks like those Project+ vouchers have gone out to those of you that were on for my Proj+ TTT! Good luck to all of you!

Now, in a shameless post, you get to inflate my ego. This is the part where we find out if the TTT was helpful/instrumental in getting you to that shiny Project+ cert. So if you pass, post it here! If I did something really right, let me know.

And if you don't get it, it's okay! Keep at it - I'll help if you need it, meanwhile, if there was something about my training that wasn't so good, please tell me that, right here publicly, even. No instructor can improve if he does everything right, yeah? And I love to improve myself too. Or as a verse from the Good Book says, "As iron sharpens iron...". This is how we make CIN instructors the best ones out there. So, bring your eggs and tomatoes - I can handle it.

It was a pleasure having all of you on for the TTT and I sincerely wish you good luck as you all start certifying!


Seeking a CYSA+ Instructor

Hi Guys,
We are a CompTIA learning partner.
We are looking for an instructor for the following class:
  • CYSA+
  • 5-day class.
  • June 26-30, 2023.
  • Start time 7:00AM (Hawaii) = GMT -10.
Experience in the CYSA+ course is a must.
We’ll use “Integrated” materials - so you’ll need to be conversant with this format.
Fluent in English language is required.
If you can do this class, and are available, please message me/us ASAP.

CompTIA Extends A+ Brand to Launch More Careers in Technology

CompTIA Extends A+ Brand to Launch More Careers in Technology​

May 23, 2023
DOWNERS GROVE, Ill. CompTIA, the world’s leading certifying body in information technology (IT), today announced plans to expand its CompTIA A+ brand, adding a new suite of introductory resources to prepare aspiring tech professionals for on-the-job success.

The CompTIA A+ underscore (_) technical learning and certificate programs is a series of modular programs that will offer learners greater flexibility to build the depth and breadth of their skills, while expanding accessibility to encourage more people to explore tech career pathway options. The CompTIA A+_ series centers around key knowledge domains and in-demand job roles, including the following areas:

CompTIA A+_cyberCompTIA A+_server
CompTIA A+_networkCompTIA A+_data
CompTIA A+_cloudCompTIA A+_coding

I'm getting disillusioned

Recently, I was on a CompTIA-related message board, and I noticed a disturbing trend. Most people posting were directly asking which multiple-choice questions other testers had on their exams and what PBQs they had. I was under the impression that sharing that information violated CompTIA's NDA. When I brought it up, I was met with derision and mockery.

There were also a lot of posts recommending 16-hour free video series and questionable practice exams. When I suggested taking a class, using CertMaster resources, or getting a decent book from Amazon, I was again met with mockery and ridicule.

There seemed to be a pervasive culture of encouraging cutting corners and taking shortcuts to "check the box" to get a cert and a tech career. They seemed to be mostly younger people with no experience whatsoever. It felt like a bunch of high school kids trying to share secrets on how to scam the system. None of them wanted to hear from an old geezer like me who told them they needed to study hard to have practical applied knowledge of the information and not just memorize and exam cram. My suggestions fell on deaf ears.

Does what we do as trainers really matter? Even in my 20+ years of being a trainer, I've encountered the occasional student (or class) who didn't care about learning as they did about "checking the box." I know I can't make people want to learn, but it's challenging to help them when they have a poor work ethic and attitude. There will always be people who try to cheat the system to get a certification that, quite frankly, they don't deserve. Even if they get certified and get past the recruiters and hiring managers, they'll struggle to perform the most basic tasks because they took the easy way out. Employers will see them struggle and start to believe the certifications have little value in the real world.

Maybe I'm just an idealist, but I strongly believe that certifications, or any education for that matter, have incredible value. They show that a person has a baseline mastery of a topic; for years, I've been preaching that the A+/Network+/Security+ trifecta should be the baseline level of certification for any tech job. Those three certifications are the broadest, foundational knowledge areas to cover how things work and basic troubleshooting. From there, a person can pivot into numerous different specialty areas.

Why do we do it? Why do we choose to be technical trainers? Does anyone care any more?

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Looking for Security+ and PenTest+ Instructor in Italy

Hi everyone.
I work for an Italian training center based in Rome.
We are looking for CompTIA Security+ and PenTest+ instructors to collaborate with for the delivery of distance and face-to-face courses.
Anyone available?

CySA+ CS1-003 beta results coming in.

Happened to be looking at my CompTIA/Pearson account today and decided to peek at the status of the CySA+ beta I took in December. I saw the words "Status: Pass". (🥳) Looked for it under score reports to verify and it's true.

I haven't received an official email yet and it's not appearing in my CertMetrics account, but... if you took it, your report might be in.

Fulltime/Permanent CompTIA Instructor Role - Dublin, Ireland

New Horizons Ireland are looking to hire a fulltime experienced technical instructor who will teach and mentor in-person CompTIA courses.

Candidates must have prior experience teaching CompTIA in a classroom setting as well as hands on experience in IT.

Essential Functions of the Job
  • Prepare students for successful completion of the CompTIA certification exam.
  • Building your skills and certifications to grow in role.
  • IT management of the network/classroom environments.
Required Qualifications
  • Certification in CompTIA A+, Network+, and Security+.
  • Minimum of 1 year teaching CompTIA courses.
  • Minimum 3 years related work experience.
  • Fluent English Language abilities.
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Working Location:

Primarily in an office environment in Dublin, Ireland.

For more information please email [email protected]