Schaumburg, Ill. (March 16, 2021) — Those seeking a strong foundation in IT knowledge and hands-on experience to set themselves apart as they seek technology jobs can now earn the new ISACA® Information Technology Certified Associate (ITCA™) certification from global IT professional association and learning organization ISACA.
A dynamic addition to ISACA's globally recognized credentials, ISACA ITCA offers students, recent graduates, those new to the IT profession or professionals seeking a career change with a flexible, hybrid format comprised of both traditional knowledge-based learning and performance-based learning through live labs in a virtual environment. The certification can be achieved at one's own pace by completing all the following modular certificates that focus on different domain areas in IT—which can also be earned separately or stacked in different ways:
"A key part of ISACA's commitment to providing tools for lifelong learning is supporting professionals at every stage of their career journey, including in that critical period at the very beginning—whether they are new graduates or professionals seeking to make a career change to IT," says David Samuelson, ISACA CEO. "We are proud to be able to serve this new generation of IT professionals and thought leaders, including those transitioning their careers due to the pandemic, by helping them differentiate and elevate themselves as they enter the job market and start their careers."
With the ISACA ITCA certification, young professionals, students or recent graduates with degrees in IT or computer science, and those seeking a job change can prepare themselves for in-demand jobs like computer systems administrator, technical support specialist, database administrator, systems engineer, applications developer, front-end web developer, and quality assurance analyst— in a flexible format that can fit into existing school and work schedules. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment in computer and information technology occupations is projected to grow 11 percent from 2019 to 2029, much faster than the average for all occupations; these IT jobs also have a median annual wage more than double the median wage of other occupations. The certification can also serve more experienced audit, security or governance professionals looking to enhance their understanding of foundational IT concepts.
"Working within the IT industry presents so many amazing opportunities for recent graduates, young professionals and career-changers," says Daisy Jardine-Viner, recruitment specialist, NDK Infosec. "It's a constantly evolving and in-demand hiring environment that offers the chance to work at the forefront of technology. There are multiple paths to consider going down—you don't need to be a developer or programmer to be successful. There is a position in IT that will suit everyone's skillsets and passions."
The ISACA ITCA program offers study guides, self-paced training courses, performance-based labs, and exams for each certificate, available at discounted rates to ISACA members. Once all five exams are completed, the candidate can apply to become ISACA ITCA certified.
This new certification joins an established set of ISACA credentials that have been part of the professional community's learning journey for years, including Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA), Certified Information Security Manager (CISM), Certified in Risk and Information Systems Control (CRISC), Certified in the Governance of Enterprise IT (CGEIT), CSX Cybersecurity Practitioner Certification (CSX-P) and Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE).
For more information about ISACA ITCA, visit www.isaca.org/credentialing/itca. More detail about ISACA's other credentials can be found at www.isaca.org/credentialing.
For more than 50 years, ISACA® (www.isaca.org) has advanced the best talent, expertise and learning in technology. ISACA equips individuals with knowledge, credentials, education and community to progress their careers and transform their organizations, and enables enterprises to train and build quality teams. ISACA is a global professional association and learning organization that leverages the expertise of its more than 150,000 members who work in information security, governance, assurance, risk and privacy to drive innovation through technology. It has a presence in 188 countries, including more than 220 chapters worldwide. In 2020, ISACA launched One In Tech, a philanthropic foundation that supports IT education and career pathways for under-resourced, under-represented populations.