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I’m an unemployed IT Professional.  How can CompTIA AITP help me?

  • Networking with your peers by participating our Shared Interest Groups (SIGs) and by attending Chapter Meetings and other special events
  • Education to enhance your skills – informal education through Chapter Meeting and SIG presentations and more formal education and skill enhancements from offerings available to members including Lynda.com, research, Blogs and newsfeeds Institute
  • Taking advantage of our TechTalent job portal, resume builder and an array of career planning tools.

Plus you can attend most of our events before becoming a member.

What makes CompTIA AITP different from other associations?

  • CompTIA AITP offers value for all IT professionals, “from the classroom to the board room”.
  • Our SIGs provide an opportunity for like professionals to share experiences, problems and solutions in a roundtable environment and an opportunity for collaborate outside of the formal meetings.
  • Our partnerships with other tech organizations such as SIM, PMI, ISSA, ISACA, InfraGard and the Executives Club of Chicago.

What kinds of IT Professionals does CompTIA AITP service?

CompTIA AITP is a national organization with student and professional chapters throughout the United States.  We are open to any level of professional up through managers, directors and CIOs.  As you’ll note from our SIGs we cover all areas of technology, e.g. security, PMO, application development, infrastructure, etc.

What other benefits does CompTIA AITP provide?

  • Product and services discounts are available from a wide range of vendors and service providers.
  • Leadership opportunities are provided at both the Chapter and SIG level.  This is an excellent way to provide contributions to the technology community while at the same time enhancing your leadership and technical skills.

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I am an IT Executive.  Are there programs that I can use to help my organization?

  • Quarterly Chapter Meetings – Presentations by CxO level executives and industry experts covering hot topics and allowing members and their guests to network and share information.
  • The Office of the CIO SIG provides opportunities for your direct reports to collaborate with peers and share experiences and vendor knowledge and to learn from each other.
  • Recognition Awards for you and your staff – CIO of the Year Award, CISO of the Year Award and the Most Effective IT Team Award (for direct report of the CIO).
  • Technical and soft skill training for you and your staff through the 1000+ assets of Lynda.com
  • Research reports on a wide variety of industry and technical topics
  • Career planning tools and a recruiting database to help find talent for your teams

What benefits are there for my company becoming an Enterprise member?

  • Discounted membership rates are provided for 2 levels – Level 1, 3-9 members; Level 2, 10+ members
  • Centralized billing – your organization can designate one person as the billing coordinator and AITP National provides a spreadsheet that allows you to designate who the members are at each location or business unit (that is, your company could have 7 members aligned with the Chicago Chapter and 3 with one of the New York Chapters – qualifying you for the 10+ member discount level).

What does the Enterprise Membership cost?

  • Level 1, 3-9 members – cost for Chicago Chapter Members is $110 per person
  • Level 3, 1-+ members – cost for Chicago Chapter Members is $100 per person

Membership dues include a national, regional and chapter component.  Since Chapter dues are different for each chapter, the dues amount billed by National vary by Chapter.

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I’m a full time student.  How do I become an AITP member?

  • The first step is to determine if your school already has an active student chapter.  If so, contact either the student chapter faculty sponsor or one of the Student Chapter officers to learn about their organization.  You can then sign up for the Student Chapter via www.aitp.org , selecting the appropriate student chapter in the process.   See the Membership tab on our site for more information and a link to the appropriate part of the national site.
  • If your school doesn’t have an active chapter you have two options;  First, you can try to organize one.  You will need to find a faculty sponsor and you need to recruit 10 members to have a formal chapter.   We have contacts at most of the universities and can help you find a willing sponsor.   You can find a document at www.aitp.org that explains the procedures and provides the forms for forming a student chapter.  Secondly, you can join the AITP Chicago – Student Chapter at Large

I’m a part time student.  Can I join AITP?

Although you need to be a full-time student to join AITP as a student member, we work closely with the Illinois Technology Foundation and their Student Technology Club.  See http://illinoistechfoundation.org/ for more information.  There is no charge for joining the Club.

What benefits do I get as an AITP Student Member?

You get all of the benefits of AITP at both the Chapter and National Level.  This includes any product and service discounts and membership rates for all events where fees are charged.  Many events, such as SIGs, are free to AITP members.

How do I keep my AITP membership active after I graduate?

AITP has a special category for you. It’s called the “Student to Professional Membership” and it reduces your annual membership fee by $50 for each of the first 3 years after graduation.

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What is the purpose of a Shared Interest Group (SIG)?

The topics covered at our Chapter meetings are generally at a fairly high level and attract a wide range of IT Professionals. The presenters are generally Senior level executives. The SIGs provide a platform for groups of people with common interests to share their knowledge and experiences in an informal setting. This allows them to drill down to a more detail level on specific problems and potential solutions.

I’m a vendor. Can I attend Shared Interest Group meetings?

Each SIG determines its own rules, but generally, a vendor can attend SIG meetings as long as they bring a client or prospect Practitioner with them. No “sales activities” are allowed at meetings., though clearly if you are contributing value, the SIG members will recognize that. Introducing Practitioners to a SIG is a great way for a sales person to provide value to there prospects and clients.

Technical staff not involved in sales can be considered “Practitioners” for SIG purposed. For instance, a Project Manager from Accenture can attend the PMO SIG as a Practioner, whereas an Account Manager or sales person would not. They would have to bring a Practitioner with them to be eligible to attend a PMO SIG meeting.

We believe there is value in providing different perspectives and knowledge. Practitioners, vendors, educators and students all can provide and obtain value from these meetings.

As a vendor, are there other ways I can participate in a SIG?

Yes. Each SIG has one or more co-chairs. We have found that the ideal structure for a SIG is to have 3 co-chairs comprised of 2 practitioners and one vendor. In addition, SIGs are always looking for locations for their meetings and for sponsors for coffee and roles. These are ways to gain exposure to SIG members and to contribute to the success of the SIGs.