Employers Rely on TechCertRegistry for Verified Transcripts

The ITCC TechCertRegistry application allows IT candidates to create a secure account to aggregate their IT certifications into one, convenient record. The candidate is able to create a unique ID to use universally with credential sponsors/certification vendors and testing providers. After the account and ID are established, candidates can publish an official verified transcript of their IT certifications to employers or other parties and save time, money and frustration. https://techcertregistry.org

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Attend Caveon’s Exam Integrity Investigations Webinar

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Exam Integrity Investigations: An Introduction to the Essentials

It’s time for an investigation…now what?

Attend this free webinar on Wednesday, January 21, Noon ET
REGISTER HERE!

In today’s high-speed, electronically connected society, exam integrity incidents occur more frequently and present greater risks to test sponsors and their examinations. When incidents occur that threaten the integrity of your exam, you must have a comprehensive investigation plan in place that your team members understand and are prepared to execute swiftly and thoroughly.

Thorough investigations of exam integrity violations are needed in response to a wide range of possible exam integrity incidents; from individual cheating, to collusion, to item harvesting. It’s important to have personnel trained and ready to respond with effective strategies to (1) detect and mitigate exam integrity vulnerabilities and (2) conduct internal exam integrity investigations when incidents occur.

Join our hosts, Marc Weinstein and Ben Mannes of Caveon Investigation Services as they discuss why a sound investigation plan is necessary, what to consider when an investigation is conducted, and why having the right resources is so important.

This webinar is free, and will only last about an hour.
REGISTER HERE!

Welcome ITCC’s Brand New Vice-Chair, Kristin Wall Gibson!

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Kristin Wall Gibson manages the IBM Cloud & Smart Infrastructure Certification Program and has been developing IBM certification exams since 2005. She has helped C&SI transition their exam development processes to exclusively utilize virtual SMEs using various collaborative technologies and tools.

ITCC Seeks Nominees for Innovation Award by January 26, 2015

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The Information Technology Certification Council (ITCC), a collective of IT industry leaders focused on promoting and growing professional IT certifications, is now accepting nominations for its first annual Innovation Award. The award will celebrate a true innovator in the industry responsible for creating a testing product, service or initiative that positively impacted a customer, test candidate experience, or company. Nominations will be open through January 26, 2015, and the award presentation will take place at an ITCC event gathering in conjunction with the ATP Innovations in Testing Conference in Palm Springs, California in March.

In order to qualify for a nomination, there are several criteria to meet. Participating companies and individuals must be a part of the IT certification industry and can include ITCC members. Implementation of an innovative test, process or service must have occurred within the past two years. The product, service or initiative must demonstrate a benefit to users and address a market need within the IT certification and testing industry. An example could be adding value to an IT certification or improving convenience or market access to a certification program. There is no fee associated with submission.

Participants must write a brief abstract of 500 words or less responding to any of the following questions, and a follow-up interview will take place if selected:

  • How did the product/service meet an unmet need or improve upon an existing process?
  • How is the product/service a unique offering?
  • What new value was created for the end user?
  • How will it go beyond marginal improvement and create a wide impact across the industry?
  • How has the product/service created a “me-too” response from competitors?
  • What quantifiable evidence or market data is available to support the success of the initiative?

The written response and contact information should be emailed to innovation@itcertcouncil.org.

The judging panel will be comprised of select members from the ITCC Board of Directors.

The winner receives a featured story in the ITCC quarterly e-newsletter, TechCertNews, and a recognition ad in industry press outlets; a presentation opportunity at an ITCC Member Meeting webinar; and a video capturing the ‘story’ around the winning product or service streamed through the ITCC website and social media outlets. For more information, contact info@itcertcouncil.org.

Welcome ITCC’s Brand New Membership Director, Steve Addicott!

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Effective January 2015, the IT Certification Council will have a brand new Membership Director, as Duane Draper has stepped into the Chair role. Steve Addicott is one of the founders of Caveon Test Security, and currently serves as Senior Vice President. He is an experienced technology professional and self-proclaimed test security evangelist. With 25 years of industry experience, Steve’s career has focused on growing companies in the technology and measurement arenas. In addition to driving Caveon’s growth, Steve is deeply involved in the delivery of Caveon’s proprietary security services to myriad testing companies. Through hundreds of client engagements, Steve has gained a close perspective of the security challenges faced by testing organizations, and recognizes the most effective means of confronting those challenges.

Addicott has been instrumental in shaping test security policy around the use of data forensics in certification and licensure and in K-12 education. In this arena, his expertise has influenced test security policy at the state, district and local levels. He spearheads Caveon’s ongoing work with many large, international certification and licensure programs and several state departments of education, formalizing the use of Caveon services into their test result quality assurance processes.

An avid cyclist and skier, Steve resides in Park City, Utah with his wife and two children.