December Member Meeting

Best Practice – Translating Test Items

Presenters: John Kleeman, Executive Director and Founder, Questionmark and Steve Dept, CEO and Founding Partner, cApStAn

Thursday, December 13th 2018: 11:00am – 12:00pm CT

Abstract: How do you localize assessment items so they will reliably measure knowledge, skills and abilities across multiple languages and cultures? This session by Questionmark Executive Director and Founder, John Kleeman, and cApStAn CEO and Founder, Steve Dept helps you understand good practice in translating and adapting tests and exams.

We will explore strategic and procedural issues to consider when undertaking an assessment localization project—with a focus on IT certification—and provide tips for anticipating and preventing common pitfalls. We shall also discuss technology approaches, workflows and traceability in test localization.

ITCC Innovation Award 2019

The ITCC would like to thank Certification Magazine for showcasing the Innovation Award. Here is an excerpt:

“Speaking of innovative thinkers, there are a lot of bright ideas in the IT certification realm, and one of them is about to receive an impressive spotlight. That’s right, it’s time for the annual Innovation Award, bestowed each year by the IT Certification Council (ITCC) in recognition of one of the many innovators who keep expanding the boundaries and enhancing the usefulness of IT certification.

The 2019 Innovation Award will be the fifth such prize to festoon the mantelpiece (or possibly the bathroom) of one lucky winner. It’s also a great opportunity to both achieve professional recognition and spread the word among IT certification peers about useful ideas and technologies.

That lucky winner could be you, or someone you know, because the ITCC Innovation Award is open to everybody in the IT certification realm. You don’t have to belong to some stodgy academy, or drive a fancy car and live in California. The only requirements of the winner are that he or she a) be employed in the IT certification industry, and b) have done something or made something in the past two years to improve IT certification.”

Read more here: http://certmag.com/itcc-seeks-certification-innovation-drivers-annual-award/

To submit a nomination, please visit the ITCC Innovation Award page here: http://www.itcertcouncil.org/innovation

November Member Meeting

The use of Emulation vs Simulation in Certification, an IT Professional’s viewpoint

Presenters: Frederick Mendler – CEO and co-founder, TrueAbility and Marcus Robertson – CTO and co-founder, TrueAbility

Thursday, November 15th 2018: 11:00am – 12:00pm CT

Abstract: There is no doubt about it — working professionals have substantial incentive to earn certifications––Increased compensation, enhanced clout and superior job opportunities to name a few. Companies recognize the benefit in offering certifications, from confirming a set of skills to enhanced marketability.

As more jobs move to utilize software and technology, there exists a need for scalable assessment of digital skills. Innately, certification leaders seek out high fidelity methods for measuring skill and ability. Can we marry the two? Does a scalable high-fidelity assessment method exist?

The answer is “yes.” With a front row seat to a renaissance of assessment bolstered by advancements in technology, two clear options for high-fidelity and scalable certification have emerged: Simulation and Emulation.   

In this session, we will hear one IT practitioner’s perspective of the differences in the two types of performance-based assessment methods and how they can be applied for IT certifications.

ITCC Innovation Award 2019 – Call for Submissions Now Open

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 annual Innovation Award. The award celebrates 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 accepted November 1st, 2018 through January 4th, 2019, and the award presentation will take place at the spring ITCC gathering on March 17th in Orlando, Florida.

In order to qualify for a nomination, participating companies and individuals must be a part of the technology certification industry (ITCC membership not required). Implementation of an innovative test, process or service must have occurred within the past two years. The product, service or initiative must produce value for one or morestakeholders within the IT Certification industry, such as: increased security of a test, resulted in a new method for evaluating competencies, improved convenience or market access to your certification program or enhanced the respect and demand for certified professionals.

Please complete the first page of the submission form and email to info@itcertcouncil.org.

Follow-up presentations and interviews will take place if selected as a finalist.For more information, please visit the Innovation Award page on the ITCC website or contact info@itcertcouncil.org.

ITCC Fall In-Person Member Meeting recap

Over 30 ITCC member representatives joined together at SAP in San Ramon, California for two days of learning, sharing and networking with colleagues during the Fall In-Person Member Meeting. Each fall, members convene in one location to discuss the latest in IT certification best practices and industry trends. The meeting kicked off with attendees introducing themselves and sharing a challenge they are facing within their role in the IT certification industry and one business tool or process they use to be more efficient in their role. Discussion was lively and these challenges were discussed over the duration of the meeting. Information exchange was free flowing and the energy was contagious.
The first day was also highlighted with a Member Case Study presented by Scaled Agile followed by a lively brainstorming session. During the brainstorming session, attendees split in to 4 groups to discuss Subject Matter Experts, Performance Based/Remote Proctoring, Expiring vs Retiring exams, and Budget/Business plans. Members shared their expertise and challenges within their groups to collectively determine solutions for each other’s challenges.

Day two provided attendees with brief ITCC business updates, task force updates, and a vendor panel discussion. Representatives from five member vendors participated in the panel discussion focusing on industry trends. A final brainstorming session was conducted to tie up any last minute questions for attendees to take back and implement possible new ideas. To conclude the meeting, Kristin Gibson was announced as the Chair for ITCC serving a 2-year term January 1, 2019 – December 31, 2020.

Looking to learn more about the details of the meeting? The presentation and meeting minutes are available for members online. Contact ITCC HQ for access today.

Looking forward to sunny conversations in Orlando, Florida in March 2019. Would love to see you there.

September Member Meeting

Challenges in GDPR Compliance for International Certification Programs, and Preparing for Other Privacy Regulations Waiting in the Wings

Presenters: Robert Pryor – Director of Corporate Compliance & Security, PSI Services and Marc Weinstein – Chief Privacy Officer and Vice President of Investigative Services, Caveon

Thursday, September 20, 2018 – 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CT

Abstract: Now that GDPR has been in effect for nearly four months, certification organizations that process personal data as part of their business should be past the initial learning curve of GDPR basics. In this session, the presenters, both with extensive experience in the certification business, will discuss the technical and legal components of the greatest challenges certification organizations face in complying with GDPR. Presented in a conversational format, the presenters will offer their opinions on effective solutions to address GDPR challenges that include data minimization, maintaining security while respecting privacy, honoring subject access rights and criteria for selecting vendors to serve as data processors. The presentation will conclude with a high level summary of recently enacted and soon to be enacted US and international privacy laws that certification organizations will be required to understand and comply with in the near future.

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

ITCC October In-Person Meeting

The ITCC Fall Member meeting will be here before you know it! Please RSVP and book your hotel now.

This is a fantastic opportunity to connect, learn and share with other IT certification professionals. I attended my first in person member meeting last Spring and walked away truly inspired. So much so, that I joined the Marketing Task Force and now more recently became Chair of that Task Force.

The ITCC members have a shared, active mission. We are making a difference. We understand the critical value of certification programs. We want to connect with peers and share new ideas, discuss trends in the marketplace and have those resources to reach out to when we want to discuss strategic courses of action, path A or path B and what worked or didn’t work.

So, please join your fellow ITCC members on Monday, October 15 and Tuesday, October 16, 2018 in San Ramon, California. This day and a half meeting will include networking and group discussions to examine industry trends and share your personal experiences. Based on feedback from previous meetings, there will be more time for “Solve My Problem” brainstorm sessions and Company Case Studies on both Monday and Tuesday. Please register today.

~ Kristin Bernor, Questionmark

ITCC Marketing Director

 

Meeting Location

SAP America, Inc. – San Ramon

2700 Camino Ramon, San Ramon, CA 94583

Date & Times

  • Monday, October 15th
    • Member Meeting 1:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
    • Member Dinner 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. in the Round House Event Center at SAP
  • Tuesday, October 16th
    • Member Meeting 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.

Meeting RSVP

Be sure to RSVP here. Please note that there is a $50 fee to support covering costs. 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 the reception, whichever the member chooses when providing their RSVP.

  • If you select the registration fee, your credit card will be charged the day of the RSVP and a receipt will be provided.
  • If you select meal, you will receive a secure link to pay on the day of the reception for ease of reimbursement from your company.

Please RSVP early to ensure we have an appropriate count for the meeting.

Recommended Hotel Accommodations

There are two hotels within close proximity to the meeting location that we recommend. Please note that an ITCC room block is unavailable.

ITCC June Member Meeting

Using Gesture-Based Behavioral Biometrics to Identify and Authenticate Online Learners

Presenters: Mark Sarver, Chief Behaviorist at BioSig and Jim Lucari, Head of Certification Development at HPE
Thursday, June 21, 2017 – 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. CT

Abstract:

As ITCC members look to move beyond physical testing centers to deliver content and certifications online, it is essential to authenticate and validate the online participant. With over 12 million uses in 95 countries, Biometric Signature ID offers a patented gesture-based biometric solution where the participant draws their password using a mouse, stylus or touchpad instead of typing it. This solution requires no additional hardware, no software downloads and has been independently tested to be as accurate as a fingerprint without the equipment or risk of liability.  Hundreds of colleges, universities and businesses use BioSig-ID to identify and authenticate users. Jeff Maynard, CEO, and Dr. Mark Sarver, Chief Behaviorist, will discuss the technology, the applications across multiple industries, forensic reporting and a use case for ITCC members.

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

ITCC Fights to Support Certified Professionals

Red flags were raised when the ITCC was informed of Louisiana House Bill 748, which proposed restricting use of the term “certified” for professionals, and leadership promptly huddled together to determine how to best serve the Certification community we represent.  The bill included language suggesting that professionals who had earned specialist credentials would not be able to present themselves as certified. If the bills passed with this language, it could set a precedent that certification programs no longer determine if one is certified.

The ITCC leadership took action and quickly joined a coalition led by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence working to change the bill to allow certified professionals to identify themselves as such. ITCC leadership also decided to contribute financially to this work believing it to be in the “best interest” of the ITCC membership.

Due to these efforts, and to the efforts of many associations coming together to oppose the bill, the concerning language regarding the use of the term “certified” was deleted entirely by amendment. “This is a big win for us. It was an opportunity for the ITCC voice to be heard, and we are happy to be a part of the many associations working together to highlight the value of certifications, and proud to positively impact the community,” ITCC Chair, Gibson stated.

The ITCC is a community looking out for and supporting certified professionals within the IT industry. “Our mission is to promote IT certifications, grow professional certifications, and help to shape the industry. We are committed to broadcasting the value of skilled, certified professionals to stakeholders and generating global awareness. United together under ITCC, our voice is stronger than the individual companies members work for, and a huge benefit to the community ” ITCC Chair, Gibson stated.

Holding true to its mission, ITCC keeps a strong pulse on certification issues and works hard to represent the best interest of the industry. if you do hear of additional issues or bills within the industry that ITCC should address, please reach out to info@itcertcouncil.org.

IT Certification Council Awards: How We Determine the Winner

For the past four years, the IT Certification Council has awarded the Innovation Award for new and innovative ideas in IT certification. Often it is very difficult to evaluate and assign a ranking to the contributors.

This year was no exception. Choosing a winner among the top three finalists — even more difficult. How do we do it? Let’s first start with the criteria. Any organization with a focus on IT certifications can participate whether you are an IT company or a vendor. They do not need to be a member of the ITCC for submission of an innovation. In fact, this year the award nearly went to a non-member company.

We start with the written submission. All submissions will be distributed to the judging panel for the first phase of judging. The judging panel is comprised of experienced professionals working in the IT certifications industry. Judges score the applications based on the how well the written submission addresses each of the Judging Criteria Questions. The scores from each judge are totaled to get the submission scores. The top finalists will be selected for the presentation and interview phase of judging.

The scoring for the written submissions are done through a weighted-factor scoring method that once completed yields a total number for each submission. That allows us to select the top three as finalists without prejudice. The criteria is as follows:

  • How strategic was the genesis of the innovation?
    Does it address a known weakness or threat, expand on a strength or opportunity, expand market share, develop a new product, service a new client base, etc.
  • What was the level of innovation?
    Was it to improve an existing process/product/service or create a new process/product/service, was it an application of existing technology in the market or new technology, was it a high risk exploration or a low risk exploration.
  • What values or benefit did it create for one or more stakeholders?
    How did your innovation bring value to those who hold some influence over the certifications you build?  How does it benefit them while still being a benefit to the individual certified professional?
  • How well do the measurable results demonstrate an impact of the innovation?
    Provide hard data. Show how numbers of certified professionals improved due to your innovation, or how much time or effort was saved. Be as specific with numbers as possible.
  • How valuable were the lessons learned for the industry?
    Versus for the organization or the individuals involved.

Each finalist will be asked to give a 15-minute presentation explaining the innovation. Emphasis is placed on clearly defining the innovation, the reason the innovation was developed, the benefits to the different stakeholders, the measurable results, and the lessons learned. Following the presentation, the judges are given 15 minutes to ask questions of the innovation representative.

The judges discuss their evaluation of each of the finalists and then come to consensus on the winning submission. We then notify the winner and announce at our Spring face-to-face meeting.

In addition to receiving an award and recognition for their innovation, award recipients receive a digital badge they can share to highlight their accomplishment.

Innovation Award winners include Microsoft (2015), The Linux Foundation (2016), IBM/Acclaim (2017), and SAP (2018).

Contributing author: Jim Lucari, Vice Chair, IT Certification Council