ITCC Fights to Support Certified Professionals

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Red flags were raised when the ITCC was informed of Louisiana House Bill 748, which proposed restricting use of the term “certified” for professionals, and leadership promptly huddled together to determine how to best serve the Certification community we represent.  The bill included language suggesting that professionals who had earned specialist credentials would not be able to present themselves as certified. If the bills passed with this language, it could set a precedent that certification programs no longer determine if one is certified.

The ITCC leadership took action and quickly joined a coalition led by the Institute for Credentialing Excellence working to change the bill to allow certified professionals to identify themselves as such. ITCC leadership also decided to contribute financially to this work believing it to be in the “best interest” of the ITCC membership.

Due to these efforts, and to the efforts of many associations coming together to oppose the bill, the concerning language regarding the use of the term “certified” was deleted entirely by amendment. “This is a big win for us. It was an opportunity for the ITCC voice to be heard, and we are happy to be a part of the many associations working together to highlight the value of certifications, and proud to positively impact the community,” ITCC Chair, Gibson stated.

The ITCC is a community looking out for and supporting certified professionals within the IT industry. “Our mission is to promote IT certifications, grow professional certifications, and help to shape the industry. We are committed to broadcasting the value of skilled, certified professionals to stakeholders and generating global awareness. United together under ITCC, our voice is stronger than the individual companies members work for, and a huge benefit to the community ” ITCC Chair, Gibson stated.

Holding true to its mission, ITCC keeps a strong pulse on certification issues and works hard to represent the best interest of the industry. if you do hear of additional issues or bills within the industry that ITCC should address, please reach out to

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