ITCC Member Updates

As a member of ITCC, we wanted to provide you with key details on the latest special projects and member benefits. Below highlights the ways you can get more involved in ITCC in the coming months.

Fun Facts From the First Half of 2017
Here are some fun facts about ITCC from the first half of this year:

  • Held a total of 6 Member Meetings
  • 146 attendees at Member Meetings
  • Active Task Forces: 5
  • Completed Projects: 4

ITCC welcomes our newest members: Logical Operations and Dr. Wallace Judd, Authentic Testing Corp.

Monthly Member Meetings
Each month ITCC hosts virtual Member Meetings with the goal of encouraging members to take time to listen to what others are doing in the certification industry to spark discussion. Meetings are held the third Thursday of each month. Have an idea for an upcoming meeting? Interested in reviewing recent meetings? Visit the Member Meeting Database on Basecamp for more information.

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

March In Person Meeting Wrap Up
If you weren’t able to attend the March in person meeting at ATP, stop by the ITCC Blog for a quick recap. Otherwise, all materials are available on Basecamp for your review.

Fall In Person Meeting
We are thrilled to share that Microsoft has graciously agreed to host the next ITCC Face to Face Meeting!

Mark your calendar to join us October 4th-5th in Seattle, Washington. Both ITCC and the Performance Testing Council (PTC) will meet at Microsoft for their meetings and host a half day joint session between the two groups. The joint PTC and ITCC session will have performance based testing case studies as well as detailed discussion groups.

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.

Besides your travel expenses, all other meeting meals will be graciously covered by Microsoft as Fall Meeting hosts.

We hope you join us as we discuss the latest from ITCC and the certification industry in the beautiful northwestern U.S. this Fall.

If you are an IT vendor and interested in sponsoring the Member Dinner, please reach out to ITCC HQ for details on the opportunity.

Fall Meeting Schedule:
Tuesday, October 3rd:           PTC Meeting
Wednesday, October 4th:     Morning – ITCC Board Meeting
Afternoon – PTC and ITCC combined session
Thursday, October 5th:          ITCC Meeting

Feel free to begin booking your flights now according to the above schedule into Seattle Tacoma International Airport (Airport Code: SEA). The ITCC Meeting on Thursday, October 5th will conclude by 3:00 p.m. local time. Hotel information as well as a Travel Memo will be provided next week for you to reserve accommodations.

Join a Project or Task Force
Contribute to industry task forces and special projects that influence global IT Certification policies. Current projects include:

  • Agile Development
  • Certification Roadmap
  • Process for Legal and Program Support to Invalidate if Unauthorized Material is Used
  • ITCC Marketing Task Force
  • Badging

If you are interested in participating or have additional ideas, tell us here.

Recently Completed Task Force Projects:

  • ITCC Incident Response Matrix
  • Certification Program Question List
  • Remote Proctoring – Benefits, Risks, and Lessons Learned White Paper
  • Badge Program Checklist

Basecamp is the project management tool ITCC Task Forces use to collaborate and also hosts:

  • Member Meeting Video Database – All Member Meeting Videos since 2014
  • ITCC March In Person Member Meeting Wrap-Up 
    • March Meeting Presentation and Minutes
    • 2016 Employer Survey Results
    • Recently Completed Task Force Projects:
      • ITCC Incident Matrix
      • Certification Program Question List
      • Remote Proctoring – Benefits, Risks, and Lessons Learned White Paper

Join Our LinkedIn Group
ITCC’s private LinkedIn Group is the format members use to engage with each other. Have a quick question or interested in starting discussion? This is the place to connect with other individuals in the industry who are part of ITCC.

We also have a public company page, so feel free to connect with ITCC there as well.

Have questions about your membership? Want to learn more about other members of the group? Interested in getting more involved? Contact ITCC HQ for more information and support!

Invite Your Colleagues
To make sure you and your colleagues stay up to date on the newest ITCC news, please email ITCC the contact information of those who should be added to our member roster.

ITCC Badge Program Checklist

In the classic adventure film The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, banditos accost prospector Fred C. Dobbs and his companions, Howard and Curtin. The bandit leader, Gold Hat, attempts a crude truck, telling Dobbs, “We are federales. You know: the mounted police.” To which Dobbs replies, “If you’re the police, where are your badges?”

Caught off guard, Gold Hat famously blusters, “Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges!”

Just as badges are an essential signifier of trust and authority in society at large, they have an emerging and important role in the IT certification realm. IT certification badges, more commonly called digital badges, are image files containing various metadata that IT professionals can display on websites, digital documents, and social media.

Badges offer a number of benefits, both to professionals who earn them, and the certification organizations that issue them. Badges can be more conveniently stored and shared by individuals who earn them, while badge issuers generally find it far easier to verify these digital credentials to employers and other interested parties.

It’s no wonder, then, that many in the IT certification realm are leaving behind the era of ink-and-paper credentials and going digital.

A Blueprint for Success in Badging

The process of changing over from traditional certifications to digital badges is perhaps straightforward in theory, but can be both intricate and arduous in practice. Those more apt to leap before they look are likely to land in a minefield where each next step could blow up into an unforeseen complication.

Thankfully, there’s no need for anyone to go blundering off into the digital wilderness without a map or a clear destination. The IT Certification Council has a number of participating members who are old hands in the brave new world of digital badging.

With the benefit of the ITCC’s Badge Program Checklist, you can start at the very beginning — a very good place to start — and carefully design and build exactly the program that suits both your badging needs and the individual character of your organization.

For example, the Badge Program Checklist can help you determine the business objectives of your program, always an essential step in pitching any new direction to the bean counters and purse-string holders who will be providing the funds required to make the change.

The Badge Program Checklist also helps you work through key specifics like launching your new program. In the classic baseball movie Field of Dreams, farmer Ray Kinsella throws away his harvest by constructing a ballpark in his cornfield after a spectral voice promises him, “If you build it, they will come.”

Badging ventures, in spite of their obvious benefits, don’t come with the same guarantee. When everything is ready, you’ll want to both make a splash and be prepared to show the ropes to eager professionals, guiding them through your new arrangements.

Essentially, if there’s something that you need to think about while putting everything in place, it’s covered in the Badge Program Checklist.

The last thing you want is for the IT professionals who devote their time, energy, and finances to your certifications to become frustrated and decide that they don’t need your stinking badges. Become a member of the ITCC, get the Badge Program Checklist, and everything will unfold just the way it should.

ITCC Projects are for the use of ITCC  Members. To download, visit Basecamp or request a copy from ITCC HQ. Click here to view the condensed, public version of the Badge Program Checklist.