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:

To submit a nomination, please visit the ITCC Innovation Award page here:

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

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