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50 Years of Professional Certification

Tuesday, August 14, 2012   (2 Comments)
Posted by: Joseph Albers, CCP, CBIP, CDMP

Certificate in Data Processing (CDP) Emerged 50 Years Ago

By Joseph Albers, CCP, CBIP, CDMP
Chair of the IT Credentialing & Certification Committee

September 2012 is the 50th anniversary of the introduction of the Certificate in Data Processing (CDP) certification by the Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP), formerly known as the National Machine Accountants Association (NMAA) and the Data Processing Management Association (DPMA).

The first CDP examination was given at New York University in June 1962 where 235 of the 340 candidates passed. The first certificate, 620001, was awarded to George W. Abbott, FLMI, CPA, CDP on September 4, 1962 and was later presented to the Smithsonian Institution in October 1977.

In August 1973 the Data Processing Management Association (DPMA) became one of the founding constituent members of the Institute for the Certification of Computing Professionals (ICCP),, which expanded the goals of the certification along with other Data Processing related societies. Joining DPMA were nine other organizations: Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), Association of Computer Programmers & Analysts (ACPA), Association for Educational Data Systems (AEDS), Automation 1 Association (A1A), Canadian Information Processing Society (CIPS), The Computer Society of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), The Society of Data Educators (SDE), The Society of Certified Data Processors (SCDP) and The Society of Professional Data Processors (SPDP). Today, three of the ten founding organizations remain as constituent members; ACM, CIPS and AITP.

The CDP, along with Certificate in Computing Programming (CCP) and the Certificate in Systems Programming (CSP), were converted to the current Certified Computing Professional (CCP) certification in 1994, at which point 33,972 CCP certificates were issued.

The ICCP continues to be active in providing the standard in certification for business intelligence, data management and computing, with over 98,750 certificates issued in the past thirty-nine years. The ICCP currently offers eight designations (see Associate Computing Professional (ACP), Certified Business Intelligence Professional (CBIP), Certified Computing Professional (CCP), Certified Data Management Professional (CDMP), Certified IT Consultant (CITC), Data Governance and Stewardship Professional (DGSP), Information Systems Analyst (ISA) and Information Systems Professional (ISP).

AITP continues its involvement as a constituent member of the ICCP, appointing two directors, Bill Fly, CCP (ICCP President and AITP President-Elect) and Joseph Albers, CCP, CDMP, CBIP (ICCP Secretary and AITP Chair of the IT Credentialing & Certification committee), who serve on ICCP's Board of Directors.

Want to learn more about the beginning of the CDP and ICCP? Read the Data Management September 1982 article "CDP – 20 Years of Certification; Portrait of a Profession.

What are your thoughts about certification today? Join the discussions on AITP's LinkedIn group.


Deborah R. Lovell says...
Posted Friday, August 17, 2012
Thank you for the history all the "acronyms" that guided careers in IT for the past 50 years. But, this is the 21st Century and AITP is a lone "dying" ranger, so my response is "so what?" As a member of AITP for over 10 years, what are you offering me? I am not interested in 50 years ago, 20 years, or even 5 to 10 years ago. I am not interested in still being affiliated with ACM or CIPS. I just want to know the future with or without ICP. I want to know what AITP has to offer -the 21st century and beyond - that we make me want to remain a member Please tell me why I should I be a member - I welcome your sales spiel. Cheers "Want to learn more about the beginning of the CDP and ICCP,aand why I should be spend my ? Read the Data Management September 1982 article "CDP – 20 Years of Certification; Portrait of a Profession”"? You are offering me data that is over 30 years ago when we live in a mi
Norbert J. Kubilus CCP MBCS says...
Posted Tuesday, August 14, 2012
Congratulations on 50 years of certification. Norbert J. Kubilus, (CDP CSP) CCP, MBCS Association President

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