In an effort to help fill the ever-growing IT skills shortage, CompTIA is launching an IT professional association, the company announced on Monday. The association will be live this spring, and will offer a host of benefits to members.

According to a press release announcing the association, the suite of benefits included are “explicitly designed to help facilitate the success of IT pros throughout their careers: a ‘resume-to-retirement’ employment-support strategy.”

To date, CompTIA has issued more than two million IT certifications, and the launch of this association is the next logical step in maintaining a strong IT workforce, CompTIA CEO Todd Thibodeaux wrote in the press release. New IT professionals will be recruited to be part of the association, and its alumni will also be called upon to contribute to the group as well.

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“They’re our biggest asset, and we’ll fully engage them to help grow and enrich this new association,” CompTIA executive vice president of industry relations Nancy Hammervik said in the release. “This will be a member-led, member-empowering association.”

CompTIA also recently acquired the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), which will help lay the foundation for the new association. AITP was originally founded back in 1951, and works in IT professional development and on IT policies, the release said.

Members of the new association will receive discounts on CompTIA’s certification and education programs, as well as access to the Skillsoft library, the release said. Additionally, an online career portal and resume builder will help IT professionals who may be job hunting. Members will receive networking opportunities and product discounts as well.

“Ultimately, it’s not the things of IT, but the people in IT, that drive our industry’s success,” Thibodeaux said in the release. “And our overarching priority in growing this new association will be to help IT professionals start or restart careers that can realize their ambitions and fulfill their dreams–as they continue to help contribute to our economic growth and security.”

A one year membership will cost $99 normally, but there is currently an early-bird rate of $79.

The 3 big takeaways for TechRepublic readers

  1. CompTIA is launching a new IT professional association that will offer career help, discounts on training, and more.
  2. CompTIA recently acquired the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), whose history in IT will help build the foundation for the new association.
  3. The association will be member-driven, and officially kicks off in the spring.