ITCC Innovation Award 2018

Call for Submissions is Open

Have you or your team created a product, service or initiative that resulted in a positive impact to your company or the IT certification industry? Was it a project that helped improve the customer or test candidate experience or resulted in candidates more accurately being able to demonstrate their skills and abilities? Then it's time to share your story and gain recognition for your leadership. Nominations are now being accepted for the Information Technology Certification Council's (ITCC) Innovation Award.

 Submission Qualifications

  • Implementation of an innovative test, process, or service within the past two years
  • The product, service, or initiative must produce value for one or more stakeholders within the IT certification industry, such as, but not limited to:
    - Increased security of a test
    - Resulted in a new method for evaluating competencies
    - Improved convenience or market access to your certification program
    - Enhanced the respect and demand for certified professionals
  • Open to companies and individuals in the IT certification industry (ITCC membership is not required)

Participants must write a brief abstract of 1,000 words or less responding to each of the questions below. Please consider and carefully address each point. A follow-up presentation and interview will take place if the submission is selected as a finalist. The written submission and contact information should be emailed to

  • Description of the innovation
  • Description of the genesis of the innovation
  • Describe the value or benefits from the innovation to the various stakeholders
  • Provide the measurable results
  • What lessons were learned as a result this innovation

Submission Dates

Nominations will be accepted through Friday, January 5, 2018. The award presentation will take place at an ITCC event gathering during the ATP Innovations in Testing Conference in San Antonio, Texas in February 2018.

For application information and to learn more on the process, please download the information page.

Be recognized as an IT certification innovator.

Submit today for this prestigious industry award!

ITCC Honors Acclaim and IBM with the 2017 Innovation Award

Every year the Information Technology Certification Council (ITCC) presents the Innovation Award in recognition of achievements or innovations from a team for the creation of a product, service, or initiative that results in a positive impact to their company or the IT certification industry. ITCC collects submissions ranging from projects that help improve the customer or test candidate experience to achieving results where candidates are more accurately able to demonstrate their skills and abilities. Over the years, winners have showcased success and innovation in increasing security of testing, a new method for evaluations, improved market access to certification programs, and more. After receiving numerous submissions, a panelist of judges reviewed applications and the top finalists prepared a presentation on their innovation.

This year, ITCC is thrilled to announce Acclaim / IBM as the winner of the Innovation Award. The award was presented at the ITCC Member Meeting during the Innovations in Testing Conference in Scottsdale, Arizona. The award was bestowed for the innovative learning recognition program created by IBM as their goal was attracting, developing, and engaging a workforce of IT talent to support its strategic goals. The recognition program uses open badges, which IBM began issuing in 2015 through Pearson’s Acclaim platform. Working together, the two organizations developed and applied best practices to create an industry-leading badging program that is producing remarkable results, increasing learner engagement and motivating skills progression across IBM’s talent ecosystem.

Through Acclaim, IBM has issued hundreds of thousands of open badges to recognize learning across its community. The two companies continue to innovate and educate together in an effort to spread the understanding and use of badges to attract, engage and progress IT talent across the globe.

The 2017 Innovation Award was presented to David Leaser of IBM Training and Skills and Peter Janzow of Acclaim, a digital badging venture opened and operated by Pearson VUE.