The ITCC recently released to its membership a white paper titled “Test Development Techniques for Security”. This paper was a combined effort of the Securing Certifications task force.
Synopsis: Wouldn’t it be nice if you never had to worry about your test items getting stolen? Ever wonder if there is a way to cheat-proof your exams? Newer test development techniques and delivery strategies can help you do just that. This white paper discusses several innovative item development and test creation methods that can help your certification program protect the integrity of your exams and give you confidence in the exam scores produced. Each of these techniques are similar, in that they make each candidate’s examination more unique. Which in turn makes it harder for the candidate to use pre-knowledge to affect their test result. They also reduce the impact of any theft of your content. Get to know: agile test development, automatic item generation, Smart Items™, bank-based testing methods and use of surreptitious digital watermarking practices. It’s a bet you’ll be able to use at least one of these strategies to help protect your testing program.
For additional information on the ITCC or becoming a member, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mark your calendar to join ITCC March 16-17, 2019 in Orlando, Florida. Join in a networking dinner on Saturday evening, and meeting on Sunday featuring an industry panel, innovation award announcements, best practice sharing, and more
Hyatt Regency Orlando
9801 International Dr
Orlando, FL 32819
Dates & Times:
* Saturday, March 16
* Member Networking Dinner 6:30 p.m.
* Sunday, March 17
* Member Meeting 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.
ITCC Member RSVP
Members, be sure to RSVP here.
Have questions about the in-person meeting or your membership? Want to learn
more about other members of the group? Interested in getting more involved?
Contact ITCC HQ for more information and
There’s something about the word “certified” when it precedes
a professional title that conveys the consumers and employers a sense of trust,
credibility, knowledge and an official “stamp” of approval. This is not a
coincidence. IT certification has long been a proven means of differentiation
and qualification among professionals in the industry. Employers often include
certification as a prerequisite when seeking qualified candidates to fill
positions; consumers often trust only those IT professionals who boast
credentials proving they have attained a certain level of knowledge.
IT certifications carry tremendous value. For those of us in
the industry, we understand this statement to be inherently true. However, how
do we define that value if we are asked by our peers, our bosses, or our
customers, to do so?
Value of Certification white paper
is designed to help you answer that question, if it comes up, or to simply help
you appreciate the worth you receive after investing your time and effort in
preparing for and achieving your certifications. Some important statistics
- 50% of the business partner firms asked stated that certified staff provide a competitive advantage
- 75% of survey respondents say that IT certifications offer a meaningful indication of job skills and knowledge
- 65% of firms said that certified staff increases their credibility with customers
By referencing a variety of key research and other studies
on certification, this ITCC paper looks at value from the perspective of the IT
Professional, Business Partner and Decision Maker— each having a slightly
different reason to ask the underlying question of “Why
get IT Certified?”
Read more HERE.
Credential Engine: Pathways Data Model and CTDL Terms Proposal
Presenters: Jeanne Kitchens, Associate Director in Workforce Development at Southern Illinois University Carbondale and consultant for Credential Engine and Stuart A. Sutton, Associate Professor Emeritus in the Information School at University of Washington-Seattle and metadata consultant for Credential Engine
Thursday, January 17th 2019: 11:00am – 12:00pm CT
Abstract: Schools, states, professional organizations, employers, and many other organizations design pathways to achieve education and career goals. To address the need for descriptions of pathways to be machine actionable, the Credential Engine has convened a work group to develop a data model and terms based on Linked Open Data principles. The Pathways Work Group has concluded with a proposal for the model and terms to be included with the Credential Transparency Description Language (CTDL). The CTDL is available for anyone to use under an open license. The model and terms are now in a review period. Stuart Sutton and Jeanne Kitchens will provide an overview of the data model and terms and invite participants to provide input.
Thank You for Your Contributions to the ITCC
The IT Certification Council
has seen great growth and progress over the last year thanks to the
contributions and dedication of its members. The council would like to thank
its members for sharing their passion and resources to further the IT
credentialing industry. As 2018 wraps up, we’d like to recap the
accomplishments of the ITCC throughout the year:
- Welcomed new members to the council
- Completed multiple projects with several more in the works
- Supported legislative efforts to increase awareness around credentials
- Hosted 10 virtual member meetings and 2 in-person member meetings
- Strengthened the ITCC’s governance efforts.
you for your support to make this community a valuable experience for all
members. We are looking forward to another great year!
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.
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
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.