AITP Champions Licensing of IT Practitioners

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The Board of Directors of the Association for Information Technology (AITP) has taken bold action to promote voluntary certification of Information Technology (IT) professionals. "The resulting certification of the IT professional is patterned after the CPA certification," said Larry Schmitz, past AITP president and member of the legislative committee.

The Board of Directors of the Association for Information Technology (AITP) has taken bold action to promote voluntary certification of Information Technology (IT) professionals. In unanimous votes, the AITP Board approved three resolutions at its June meeting.

The resolutions adopted by the Board assert that "the AITP endorses the Certified Computing Professional (CCP) examination offered by the Institute for the Certification of Computing Professionals (ICCP) as the preferred standard for certifying the expertise of information technology professionals; that the AITP rejects the 'Professional Engineer' framework as a valid approach for the licensing of information technology professionals; that the AITP supports a voluntary licensing framework for persons engaged in IT consulting services within the United States that is based upon the CCP examination offered by the ICCP in conjunction with an information technology ethics and ethical practices examination, furthermore, in order to maintain licensure, these persons must adhere to a professional code of ethics, must acquire continuing education and must meet minimum professional experience requirements."

AITP has enjoyed a long relationship with the ICCP and was instrumental in establishing its certification programs. "We are proud to be a part of this effort to recognize and certify those IT practitioners who have completed the needed education and experience to serve the public and private sectors," explained Sam Luke, president of AITP. The action comes amid growing concerns about practitioners in the field who lack the knowledge and experience to maintain professional standards.

The resolutions first were proposed by the AITP Executive Committee and submitted to the AITP Board for approval and promulgation. "The resulting certification of the IT professional is patterned after the CPA certification," said Larry Schmitz, past AITP president and member of the legislative committee. He went on to explain that the CCP includes a multifaceted series of examinations designed to test an applicant's overall knowledge and work experience. Crucial to the certification is the code of ethics. Schmitz cited the code as "essential to protect the employers, clients and general public."

In the implementation of these resolutions, Luke said that the AITP will work closely with the ICCP to elevate the public awareness of the importance of the certification. AITP regularly works with the ICCP to conduct examinations throughout North America. The association incorporates CCP sessions at its National Collegiate Conference, National Conference and regional and local meetings and seminars.

About AITP

The Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) is a non-profit organization of Information Technology (IT) professionals, educators, and students dedicated to continuing education, professional growth, leadership, and the exploration of issues that face the IT industry. Founded in 1951 under the name National Machine Accountants Association and later known as the Data Processing Management Association, AITP has kept pace with the changing needs and interests of our more than 7,000 members who span every level of the IT industry from mainframe systems, to micro systems, to PC based LAN and WAN systems, to virtual systems and the internet. For more information, please visit http://www.aitp.org .

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