In search of a few good RFID techies

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is inviting technology professionals with expertise in radio frequency identification (RFID) to participate in the development process for a new professional certification of RFID skills.

"The assistance of subject matter experts is crucial in developing the strong quality content that a certification requires," says David Sommer, vice president, electronic commerce, CompTIA. "These experts will help us create a certification that validates an RFID technologist's knowledge and skills in the areas of installation, maintenance, repair, and upkeep of hardware and software functionality of RFID products."

Subject matter experts will meet at CompTIA world headquarters in Oakbrook Terrace, Ill., May 31 though June 2 to conduct a job task analysis for the RFID certification. This effort will identify the knowledge and skills standards individuals should have to be proficient in RFID technology.

To participate in the certification development process, individuals must have at least three years of experience in RFID technology, such as installing and implementing RFID systems. More information on the requirements for RFID subject matter experts is available at:

Some 60,000 businesses are facing RFID usage mandates from their trading partners in the next three to five years, according to industry estimates. But a February survey of CompTIA members found that 80% of companies do not believe there are sufficient numbers of professionals skilled in RFID to hire from today. In addition, 53 % of companies say this lack of talent will have a negative impact on the adoption of RFID technology in the next two to three years.

The CompTIA RFID certification is expected to be available in late 2005 or early 2006.

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