CompTIA and AITP have merged effective Nov 1. As a chapter member, I received the following letter From Julian Wade, 2016 President of the National AITP organization. As the parent company of AITP, CompTIA plans to devote significant resources to promote AITP.
Jack Roof, President
AITP DC Chapter
November 1, 2016
I have some exciting news to share! AITP has a new parent company: CompTIA, the IT industry global trade association.
CompTIA is a strong champion of the IT workforce with considerable staff and resources. One of CompTIA’s goals is to elevate its voice, relevance and impact as the IT skills gap has widened and workforce needs have grown. CompTIA encourages individuals to pursue tech careers and supports those individuals with industry insight, training, education, tools and other resources to help them stay marketable and enjoy successful careers.
With more than 2 million individuals holding CompTIA certifications (including A+, Security+, Network+) and 200,000 additional certifying each year, CompTIA has a strong platform and pipeline to build a world-class professional association. CompTIA approached AITP and proposed a partnership to form a single entity. By combining forces, we will not be competing with each other or duplicating efforts. CompTIA and AITP have a vision of working together to grow membership from 3600 to 10,000 in 2017 and to 40,000 members in five years.
How does this affect our members? We’ll still be AITP, although you will begin to see the CompTIA brand adjacent to our logo. National and chapter dues will remain the same, and there will be no additional requirements for membership. AITP Chapters will maintain control over all local management, assets and events. The partnership will not have an impact on chapter board of directors, bank accounts, scholarship funds, monthly chapter meetings or any other local events.
Over time, CompTIA will introduce additional benefits to our members, including continuing education, an on-line resume manager, comprehensive job board, industry insight and more. They will also be providing additional financial support to chapters to increase marketing.
CompTIA is very committed to the next generation of IT and in continuing to support our student chapters. AITP’s National Collegiate Conference and Career Fair (NCC) will go on as planned in 2017 with support from CompTIA, who will help us make that event even bigger and better.
AITP’s current Board of Director’s will become the AITP Executive Council, serving in an advisory role to the CompTIA Board of Directors. CompTIA and AITP will work together during a transition period between now and December 31. There are many things still to be discussed and defined. Nancy Hammervik, Senior Vice President of Industry Relations for CompTIA, will lead the transition effort, working closely with the AITP Executive Council and membership and can be reached here.
Thank you for being a loyal AITP member. We look forward to providing you with expanded resources to support your career and drive our industry forward. If you have any ideas or suggestions to share, please feel free to reach out to Nancy or me.
AITP Board of Directors