CompTIA offering Green IT exam

The IT trade association is now offering an exam to certify technology pros who need to make sure their data centers and IT resources are environmentally friendly.

IT pros looking to make their workplaces greener might want to check out a new CompTIA exam.

CompTIA, or the Computer Technology Industry Association, is now offering a Green IT exam to certify IT professionals in the use of environmentally-friendly technologies and policies. CompTIA is a nonprofit trade group that offers certification, research, and other services to IT professionals. The new exam is geared toward IT supervisors, data center managers, and other IT admins who need to ensure that their operations and resources are green, said CompTIA.

More specifically, the exam covers key environmental topics such as waste disposal, preserving power, lowering your company's carbon footprint, recognizing green IT standards, setting up virtual machines, and determining your return on investment in setting up green IT projects.

The exam offers 30 questions that have to be answered in an hour, and test takers must get 70 percent of the answers right to pass. To bone up for the exam, CompTIA advises people to have at least 18-24 months of technical experience under their belts and to already have CompTIA A+ and CompTIA Server+ certification.

The exams are given through Pearson VUE and Prometric test centers, while the courseware is available from Axzo Press and Element K, said CompTIA.

"Green IT is at the heart of virtually every aspect of sustainability, from the power grid, smart buildings, and environmental control systems to telepresence, telecommuting, and virtualization," said Terry Erdle, CompTIA's senior vice president for skills certifications, in a statement.

A survey in late 2009 conducted by CompTIA found that technology companies are focusing more on green IT initiatives. Among those polled, 72 percent said they were running audits to measure their energy use and power management, 78 percent now consider environmental friendliness when buying new monitors, 77 percent do the same when purchasing computers, and 20 percent have a budget specifically geared toward green IT projects.

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