CompTIA acquired the Certified Technical Trainer credential in 2001 from The Chauncey Group, and that’s still very much the arena in which this general-purpose technical training certification plays. The CTT+ is accepted as evidence of trainer training in many IT certification programs outside CompTIA, including Adobe, Dell, Microsoft, Verizon and Cisco. CTT+ certified professionals are also highly sought after and employed by the U.S. Department of State.
Today, earning a CTT+ requires passing two exams: a CTT+ Essentials exam, which covers basic instructional concepts and techniques, and either a Classroom Trainer (real-life instructor-led training) or a Virtual Classroom Trainer (online training, usually video-based) exam. These latter items require submission of a recording of the candidate teaching in the environment to which the specific exam applies (in the classroom for Classroom Trainer; online or via video-based instruction for Virtual Classroom Trainer) and completion of a detailed questionnaire about the content, focus and coverage of the materials for the recorded teaching encounter submitted for review. Candidates must also pass the computer-based CTT+ Essentials exam before they can submit the forms for the Trainer exam.