Industry Leaders Establish Information Technology Certification Council

<p><strong>Oakbrook Terrace, Ill. &mdash; Nov. 20</strong><br />Corporations, associations, and education and training providers in the information technology (IT) industry announced they have formed the Information Technology Certification Council (ITCC) to position professional certifications for major new growth, ensuring a qualified workforce to support the world&rsquo;s technology needs.<br /><br />The ITCC will be the &ldquo;go-to&rdquo; resource for employers, government officials, academia, workforce development and individuals seeking information about the many advantages and benefits of IT certification.<br /><br />Founding members of the ITCC include leading IT corporations HP, IBM, Microsoft, Novell and Sun; the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) and the Linux Professional Institute (LPI); test development and delivery providers Pearson VUE and Prometric; and education provider Kaplan.<br /><br />&ldquo;The industry has come together to drive the value of certification,&rdquo; said Bill Horzempa, ITCC chair and director of the Worldwide HP Certified Professional Program at HP. &ldquo;We want our customers and partners to know that we, as industry leaders, are providing them with well-equipped people to do the job.&rdquo;<br /><br />The ITCC intends to confront many issues facing the IT certification industry, including exam security; perceptions versus realities of IT certification value and return on investment; and training to testing ratios.<br /><br />&ldquo;Organizations that benefit the most from their investment in technology are the ones that understand that certified IT professionals have the job skills necessary to run IT infrastructures efficiently and reliably,&rdquo; said Neill Hopkins, vice president, skills development, CompTIA. &ldquo;The positive impact of IT certification is measurable in many ways: Greater network availability, higher worker productivity and improved security are just a few examples. All of these factors have a positive impact on a business&rsquo;s financial bottom line. That&rsquo;s why more and more organizations view IT certifications as a business necessity.&rdquo;<br /><br />The ITCC will establish and execute industrywide marketing and drive other projects designed to better serve the IT certification industry. </p>

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