Association of Information Technology Professionals
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The Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP) is a professional association that focuses on information technology education for business professionals. The group is a non-profit US-oriented group, but its activities are performed by about 200 local chapters organized on a geographic basis worldwide, and a similar number of student chapters at college and universities.
The group was first organized in Chicago, USA, in 1949, as the National Machine Accountants Association (NMAA). It soon had over 20 chapters. Harvey W. Protzel, systems manager for Protzel's Company, was elected the first International President at the 1952 First Annual Convention in Minneapolis. In 1962, it adopted the more inclusive name, Data Processing Management Association (DPMA), and in 1996, the present name.
The Association began its certification program with the Certificate in Data Processing (CDP) professional examination, first held in 1962 in New York. In 1970, it added the Registered Business Programmer (RBP) examination. In 1974, the Association joined in establishing the Institute for the Certification of Computer Professionals (ICCP) to administer the examination program and stimulate industry acceptance of the examinations. The certification is now called Certified Computing Professional (CCP).
In 1969, the Association created the annual DPMA Man of the Year Award, awarding it (incongruously, given its name) to Dr. Grace Murray Hopper. After Dr. Ruth Davis of the US National Bureau of Standards won the 1979 award, it was renamed the Distinguished Information Sciences Award.
The Association requires its members to abide by a code of ethics that has been in place for decades, predating both the HIPAA and Sarbanes-Oxley legislation. The Association also requires members to operate by a "Standards of Conduct" for IT Professionals, which adds specifics.
- AITP official website
- Oral history interview with Willis Daniel, Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota. Daniel focuses on the origin and growth of the National Machine Accountants Association (NMAA), later the Data Processing Management Association (DPMA). He describes how the changes in business data processing in the 1940s and 1950s led to the creation of NMAA in an effort to pool knowledge and resources as well as increase the professionalism of the emerging position of data processing manager.
- Data Processing Management Association Records, Charles Babbage Institute, University of Minnesota.