ITCC September Member Meeting

National Instruments Certification: An Engineer’s Approach to Performance Based Testing

Presenter: Nathanael Letchford, National Instruments
 Thursday, September 21, 2017 – 11:00 a.m. CT

National Instruments has been involved in performance based testing for over 15 years to certify users of our flagship software, LabVIEW. Over the past 15 years the program has grown to 2500+ performance based exams administered per year and an additional 20,000+ multiple choice exams. This presentation will cover NI’s approach and philosophy to certification as well as technical and logistical hurdles and accomplishments along the way.

About the Speaker:
Nathanael is a mechanical engineering graduate from Texas Tech University. He began working for National Instruments in the Application Engineering department in January, 2013, specializing in NI’s vision and motion products. In August 2015 he moved to the Customer Education and Certification group to assume his current role of Staff Certification Engineer. In this role Nathanael has lead development on automated grading tools for performance based exams, expanding exam delivery options to an online, remotely proctored, exam delivery system and implemented the pilot program of NI’s digital badging effort.

If you do not already have this meeting in your calendar,
please contact ITCC today to have the invitation sent to you!

ITCC Fall In-Person Meeting

ITCC Fall Meeting Travel Memo
October 4 – 5, 2017 | Seattle, WA

The ITCC Fall In-Person Member Meeting is quickly approaching! Mark your calendar to join ITCC and the Performance Testing Council (PTC) at the Microsoft Campus in Bellevue, WA. Please find additional meeting details on hotel and transportation in the ITCC Fall Meeting Travel Memo.

Wednesday, October 4, 2017
PTC/ITCC Joint Session (1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.)

  • Introduction of the organizations and how we intersect with one another
  • Case Studies (Linux Foundation and Microsoft)
  • Open discussion based on the brainstorm from August’s ITCC Member Meeting

ITCC Member Dinner (6:30 p.m. / 7:00 p.m.) – Location TBA

Thursday, October 5, 2017
ITCC Meeting (9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.) – Full agenda to follow

Be sure to RSVP here. As we discussed during our last in person meeting, ITCC has been looking at ways to help offset costs of the in person meetings. The Board has been working hard to close the gap and we’d like to try offering a $50 fee to support covering the cost of the Member Dinner. With different reimbursement policies from each of our member companies, a receipt will be provided to mark it as either a registration fee for the meeting or as a meal cost for dinner, whichever the member chooses when providing their RSVP.

If you select registration fee, your credit card will be charged the day of the RSVP and a receipt will be provided. If you select dinner, you will receive a secure link to pay on the day of the dinner for ease of reimbursement from your company. Please RSVP early to ensure we have an appropriate count for the meeting.

RSVP Link:

Please feel free to contact us should you have any questions when booking your travel.

A special thanks to Microsoft for hosting the meeting! We look forward to seeing you in there.

Upcoming: August Member Meeting
Title: ITCC/PTC Joint Meeting Brainstorm
Date: Thursday, August 17th
Time: 11am CT

If you are interested in joining the August 17th Member Meeting, please contact us for the invitation.

Thank you,

Four Ways Employers Benefit from IT Certification

Written by Joe Mignano, VP of Channels at Logical Operations

At the IT Certification Council, we believe in professional certifications, and we’re glad to have the chance to work with industry leaders on the issue.

We think the value of certification to an IT professional is obvious. There is no better way to advertise your skills than to get them certified. Certification benefits employers, too. Obviously, certifications help in the hiring process, but we wanted to mention four benefits that don’t often get much play in discussions of certification.

  1. Certified staff increase customer/client trust. This is most true with IT consulting organizations, when some of your employees will be working to manage or implement customers’ applications or data. The customers want to know the staff handling their data are competent and professional, and they can be reassured by certifications. But in today’s world, even if you’re not doing IT consulting, you are probably handling customer data, and customers are increasingly wary (with good reason) about who they entrust with their data. In fact, if IT certifications aren’t very common in your industry, increasing employee certifications can give you a competitive advantage, even in marketing.
  2. Certified staff are easier to manage. If you are managing an IT operation, one of your major responsibilities is assigning people to projects and problems. If you’re a good manager, you know your staff’s skills pretty well, but if you are new to the team, staff certifications can help you get a jump on that knowledge. Certified staff are also easier to hire because certifications can reduce or eliminate the need for screening tests among job applicants, and they certainly help in sorting them by skills.
  3. Certified staff are more effective in their jobs. There is a reason that certified staff earn, on average, about five percent more than their non-certified counterparts. A recent survey on certification found that 70% of people who took certification training reported gains in their on-the-job effectiveness.
  4. Certified staff are more satisfied in their jobs. This is probably the most interesting and powerful benefit of certification. The same survey mentioned above found that 86% of certified staff were satisfied in their jobs. Note that the Conference Board’s annual job satisfaction report for 2016 found job satisfaction among US workers is at 49.6%. That means more than half of US workers are dissatisfied with their jobs. This is a perilous situation in an era of insider threats. Encouraging certification training among IT staff may be one of the best steps you can take for cyber security.

What are your next steps if you are an employer? Managers within any organizations should compile a list of the certifications that validate key skills needed in each job function. For the employees in those roles who don’t have those certifications, managers should work on a learning and development plan that allows those employees to validate those skill-sets and demonstrate to the business they have the knowledge needed to perform their job.

The member organizations of the ITCC are a great place to look for understanding what certification are on the market today and should be adopted by your organization!