What’s In a Badge?

A few years ago, digital badges (badges) started popping up and people weren’t really sure what to think of them. Today, thousands of organizations across the world issue badges, from non-profits to major employers and educational institutions at every level. But, what does a badge represent? The answer is that not all badges are created equally. Badges can be used to represent all types of accomplishments – obtaining a certification, completing a training curriculum, or attending a conference or webinar. So, how do you know what the individual did to earn the badge? It’s very simple: click the badge and see!

Read the full paper, written by the ITCC Badging task force, here.

For additional information on the ITCC or becoming a member, contact info@itcertcouncil.org.

February Member Meeting

Lessons Learned from Taking a Performance Based Exam to China

Presenter: Clyde Seepersad, General Manager for Training & Certification at The Linux Foundation

Abstract: During 2018, The Linux Foundation (together with our partners at PSI) worked to implement a performance based exam for the China market. This presentation summarizes our experiences and the lessons learned on topics ranging from getting a hosting account behind The Great Firewall to cultural preferences for in-person over remote proctoring.

Thursday, February 21st 2019: 11:00am – 12:00pm CT

Test Development Techniques for Security

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 info@itcertcouncil.org.

March ITCC Member Meeting in Orlando

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.

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 support!

The Value of Certification

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?

The ITCC 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 examined include:

  • 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.

January Member Meeting

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.

ITCC Year In Review

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.

Thank you for your support to make this community a valuable experience for all members. We are looking forward to another great year!

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.