Just last year CompTIA’s FAQ stated:
Question: Will I ever need to renew my certifications?
Answer: No, CompTIA certifications are lifetime certifications.
To me, this would seem to constitute a unilateral contract. Once consideration has been given to CompTIA, this contract should be binding.
Now, on a whim, CompTIA has decided to renege on their contracts with hundreds of thousands of certification holders.
From CompTIA's website:
> "CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ or CompTIA Security+ certifications are now valid for three years from the date the candidate is certified."
> "The new certification renewal policy is applicable to all individuals who hold CompTIA A+, CompTIA Network+ or CompTIA Security+ certifications, regardless of the date they were certified."
Whether or not expiring certifications are good or bad, for cert holders is besides the point. Previous cert holders had an agreement with CompTIA, and it is not fair, and should not be legal, for CompTIA to arbitrarily to break that agreements.
If CompTIA wants to change the agreement with subsequent exam takers, is a different matter. Comptia has not right to renege on agreements that they have already made.